Barristers/Young Attorneys Section

Effective October 17, 2018:
Barristers Formally Changes its Name to
Barristers/Young Attorneys Section.

Statement About the Name Change from
Jessica G. Gordon, 

Jessica Gordon portraitOur Executive Committee came to the realization that no one knew what “Barristers” meant when they first heard it, and many would have gotten involved sooner if they had.  We want to encourage new and young lawyers in the community to check us out, and that starts with understanding who we are.

We are the section for young attorneys, under the age of 36, and for attorneys in their first 5 years of practice.  So, we surveyed the bar association landscape and arrived at Barristers/Young Attorneys Section

Come enjoy our events while you’re still young!

Jessica G. Gordon, President
LACBA Barristers/Young Lawyers Section


The Barristers/Young Attorneys Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Barristers/Young Attorneys) has been active for over 70 years and continues to bring professional development and opportunity-related services to young lawyers and the Los Angeles County community. If you are a member of LACBA and are younger than 36 years of age or have been admitted to practice for 5 years or less, you qualify as a Barrister.

The mission of Barristers/Young Attorneys is to provide opportunities for new and young lawyers to develop legal skills, build a professional reputation, network beyond each member's workplace and promote public service projects. Barristers/Young Attorneys activities also provide a forum for new and young lawyers to develop leadership skills and to interact with judges, experienced attorneys, as well as other Barristers/Young Attorneys members.

The Daily Journal featured the LACBA Barristers/Young Attorneys officers in an article about our Bench and Bar reception, which took place on January 26, 2017.   Article and photo are provided here courtesy of the Daily Journal.



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Section resources and documents will be added here as they become available.

Barristers/Young Attorneys Officers

Jessica G. Gordon is a Private Client associate at Thompson Coburn LLP where she represents clients in estate planning, trust and estate administration, and probate matters. In addition to her involvement in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Jessica also serves on the board of the Century City Rotary Club. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Victoria McLaughlin President-Elect
Victoria McLaughlin is an associate at the Law Offices of William E. Crockett, where she focuses on business litigation. Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and her law degree from the University of La Verne, where she graduated cum laude.


Jeanne Nishimoto Immediate Past President
Jeanne Nishimoto is the Pro Bono Training Manager at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Nishimoto earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an executive editor to the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and participated in the school's advanced clinical program. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College.
Diana A Sanders Vice President
Diana A. Sanders is an entertainment associate at Russ August & Kabat, where she represents clients in the media and entertainment industry, including writers, producers, and musical artists, production companies, fashion companies, and other high-profile individuals, in litigations and other disputes. Ms. Sanders began her legal career in New York prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2014. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science in Communications with minors in Music and Business from St. John's University, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Anne-Nashjessica-portrait Assistant Vice President of Public Relations
Anne Nash is general counsel at Carbon Activated Corporation, one of the largest activated carbon manufacturers and distributors in the world. She oversees all aspects of the company's legal affairs. Prior to joining Carbon Activated, Ms. Nash practiced business and construction litigation. She earned her J.D. from California Western School of Law, and her Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in international marketing from the University of San Diego..


Sarah Kelly-Kilgore Assistant Vice President of Special Events
Sarah Kelly-Kilgore is a partner at Greenberg Gross LLP, where her practice focuses on complex business matters, including private litigation in state and federal court, regulatory and enforcement actions, and sensitive internal investigations. Ms. Kilgore obtained her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Editor in Chief of the American Criminal Law Review and a member of the school’s national moot court team. Ms. Kilgore received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, where she was an Academic All-American on the women’s water polo team.
Sharon-Gelbart-portrait Assistant Vice President of Outreach
Sharon Gelbart is an associate at Crone Hawxhurst LLP where her practice focuses on labor and employment litigation, including individual disputes regarding alleged harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination, wage and hour class actions, and representative actions brought pursuant to the Private Attorneys General Act. Sharon also assists clients with pre-litigation resolution of employee disputes and general employment counseling. Sharon earned both her law degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Global Studies from University of California, Los Angeles.
J-D-Rees-portrait Secretary
J.D. Rees is an associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, where he is a member of the Private Wealth & Fiduciary Litigation practice group as well as the Business Trials practice group.  J.D. practices primarily trusts & estates litigation and general commercial litigation.  J.D. earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and his B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego, where he graduated cum laude.


Bench & Bar Committee

The Bench and Bar Committee aims to help new and young attorneys build relationships with Southern California's judiciary. To that end, the Committee puts on an annual Bench and Bar Mixer that provides new and young attorneys the chance to meet and learn from judges from the local and federal trial and appellate courts in an informal setting.

Law Student Outreach Committee
Chair—Melissa Hailey 

The Law Student Outreach Committee introduces future lawyers to the practice of law, engages them in the Los Angeles legal community, and provides networking resources. The Committee also raises awareness of the benefits of involvement in Barristers and encourages long-term membership in LACBA. The Law Student Outreach Committee facilitates the Barristers' Mock Interview Initiative, and serves as a liaison to the various LACBA clubs at area law schools.

Networking Committee
Chair— Stephanie Taft

The Networking Committee plans exciting networking events aimed at helping new and young attorneys develop relationships with other attorneys and professionals. The Networking Committee hosts networking events quarterly for both Barristers members and non-members alike, alternating between Downtown and Westside locations.

Prof Development:
Chair—Bridget Gordon
The Professional Development Committee's goal is to provide quality programming designed to advance the careers of young attorneys. The Committee will deliver several educational programs annually, on topics such as, how to build your book of business (from scratch), networking with a purpose, and writing for judicial eyes.  These programs feature prominent local judges and practitioners, who are both leaders in their respective fields and mentors to Barristers members.  While the goal is to advance professional development generally, some of these programs may also offer California State Bar-required CLE credits. 

Social Media:
Chair—  Gillian Clow 
The Social Media Committee is charged with managing the Barristers’ web presence. This Committee posts pictures and flyers related to upcoming events and other Barristers news items on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram, ensuring regular content is generated and Barristers-eligible attorneys are hearing about our events and activities. The Committee is also responsible for coordinating the Barristers Tips column in Los Angeles Lawyer, the official magazine of LACBA. The column offers practice tips and advice to new and young attorneys.

Co-Chairs— Yujin;Aaron
The Membership Committee’s goal is to introduce and engage our new members with the Barristers section, and encourage future participation. The Committee will host several FUN (and FREE) events throughout the year designed to bring people out and have a good time, from bowling tournaments and comedy shows, to dance parties, hikes, and many other activities. We think the more you know us, the more you will like us, so come out and give us a shot!

Counsel For Justice (CFJ)
Co-Chairs— Jason Parnell; Austin Norris;
Our CFJ representatives serve on the CFJ Board and act on behalf of the Barristers with respect to CFJ events and initiatives. The Barristers support the CFJ Projects, and partner on at least one program each year with the Veterans Legal Services Project, providing training to young attorneys on expungement, warrant and infraction issues, equipping the attorneys to offer legal assistance to the Veterans at the Project’s monthly clinic.

Past Barristers Presidents*

Charles E. Beardsley 1928-29
Edward S. Shattuck 1929-30
John P. Riches 1930-31
Leo E. Anderson 1931-32
Loweli Matthay 1932-33
Jack W. Hardy 1933-34
Kenneth N. Chantry 1934-35
E. Avery Crary 1935-36
Ned Marr 1936-37
James C. Ingebretson 1937-38
Joseph McFarland 1938-39
William T. Davis 1939-40
Harold W. Schweitzer 1940-41
Whitney Harris 1941-42
Stanley N. Gleis 1942-43
Carl A. Stutsman 1942-43
Homer H. Bell 1943-44
Robert Lane Morris 1943-44
Wixon Stevens 1944-45
Donald A. Dewar 1945-46
Adolphe R.E. Roome 1946-47
Cameron W. Cecil 1947-48
Edward C. Jones 1948-49
Robert M. Barton 1949-50
Edward C. Freutel, Jr. 1950-51
Loyd Wright, Jr. 1951-52
Gordon K. Wright 1952-53
Chester Lappen 1953-54
Ira M. Price, II 1954-55
Philip F. Westbrook 1955-56
Joseph L. Wyatt, Jr. 1956-57
Richard H. Wolford 1957-58
Robert H. Ingram 1958-59
Richard F. Alden 1959-60
Hon. Lester H. Olson 1960-61
Richards D. Barger 1961-62
David H. Massey 1962-63
Charles G. Bakaly, Jr. 1963-64
H. Randall Stoke 1964-65
Hon. Harry L. Hupp 1965-66
Hon. Richard A. Gadbois 1966-67
Hon. Richard P. Byrne 1967-68
John J. Quinn 1968-69
John E. Kehoe 1969-70
John D. Hussey 1970-71
William B. Campbell 1971-72
Joseph D. Mandel 1972-73
Dennis K. Metzler 1973-74
Joseph R. Austin 1974-75
C. Stephen Howard 1975-76
Ronald L. Olson 1976-77
Hon. David A. Horowitz 1977-78
Laurie Harris 1978-79
Donald P. Baker 1979-80
Dennis M. Perluss 1980-81
Gregory A. Long 1981-82
Hon. Margaret M. Morrow 1982-83
Bernard E. LeSage 1983-84
David J. Pasternak 1984-85
Helena Sunny Wise 1985-86
Jeffrey A. Tidus 1986-87
Marc L. Sallus 1987-88
Claudia A. Carver 1988-89
Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon 1989-90
Hon. Andria Kay Richey 1990-91
Paul A. Catalano 1991-92
Jay Ford 1992-93
Michele E. Flurer 1993-94
Jan A. Yoss 1994-95
Michael D. Schwartz 1995-96
Laura V. Farber 1996-97
Russell T. Ginise 1997-98
Mark T. Gillett 1998-99
Bill Bilderback 1999-2000
Lorin D. Snyder 2000-01
Gabrielle Harner Brumbach 2001-02
Elizabeth M. Calciano 2002-03
Margaret P. Stevens 2003-04
Luci-Ellen Chun 2004-05
Kim Tung 2005-06
Gavin Hachiya Wasserman 2006-07
Cindy Johnson 2007-08
Alexander S. Gareeb 2008-09
David W. Swift 2009-2010
David K. Reinert 2010-2011
Sarah E. Luppen 2011-2012
Andrew Dhadwal 2012-2013
Mark A. Kressel 2013-2014
Devon Myers 2014-2015
Robert Glassman 2015-2016
Damon Thayer 2016-2017
Jeanne Nishimoto 2017-2018

*In 2018, the name of the section was changed from Barristers to Barristers/Young Attorneys