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Barristers/ Young Attorneys Newsletter

Barristers/Young Attorneys Executive Committee Officers:

Sarah Kelly-Kilgore, President
Sharon G. Gelbart, Immediate Past President
Anne Nash, President-Elect
Nick Spear, Vice President
Jason Parnell, Assistant Vice President of Outreach
Claire-Lise Y. Kutlay, Assistant Vice President of Public Relations
Martin Hirshland, Assistant Vice President of Special Events
Harmony R. Gbe, Secretary
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Event Review—Zealous Advocacy: Navigating The Conflict Between Ethical Duty and Effective Representation (July 13, 2021) by Ryan Schiedermayer

On July 13, 2021, the Barristers/Young Attorneys (BYA) Section held an event titled “Zealous Advocacy: Navigating the Conflict Between Ethical Duty and Effective Representation.” Sidney Kanazawa from the Alternative Resolution Center, Lisa Harris from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, and Ryan Schiedermayer from Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell were panelists. The panelists explored the historical and modern meanings of zealous advocacy, and how young attorneys can balance their professional duties with an ethical framework that emphasizes cooperation and collaboration. All participants received one hour of ethics CLE credit.

Ryan Schiedermayer is a litigation associate at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP and member of the BYA Executive Committee.


Event Review—Brown Bag Lunch with the Honorable Dean Hansell (July 15, 2021) by Jamison Gilmore and Nicolas D. Franco

On July 15, 2021, Judge Dean Hansell of Los Angeles Superior Court spoke at the BYA’s Section’s Brown Bag Event, which was moderated by the Bench Meets Bar committee member Melissa Whalen. Judge Hansell explained the realities of being a LGBTQ+ judge and the in’s and out’s of the judicial selection process and family court. The event drew a sizable crowd and an enlightening Q and A.

Jamison Gilmore and Nicolas D. Franco are attorneys with King & Spalding LLP’s Los Angeles office, members of the BYA Executive Committee, and co-chairs of the BYA Bench and Bar Committee.


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Barristers in the News

Congratulations to BYA President Sarah Kelly-Kilgore for being selected to the Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List 2021. Please read Sarah’s discussion of the role and value of the BYA section in the Los Angeles legal community, as well as its plans and goals for the upcoming bar term, in the July/August issue of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine.

Section/Committee Liaisons Application (Now Open!)

The application period is open for the BYA liaison positions for the following sections:

  • Appellate Courts
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Law and Bankruptcy
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • Litigation Law
  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Small Firm and Sole Practitioner
  • Trusts and Estates

Applications are also open for the BYA liaison position for LACBA’s Lawyer Well-Being Project, a new initiative that focuses on all aspects of lawyer well-being.

Liaisons serve on the executive committee of their assigned section for 2-year terms, help foster a connection between the sections, and ensure that the BYA section and its members know of any upcoming events or issues in the liaison’s assigned section (and vice versa). Serving as a liaison can help you get on the fast-track to LACBA leadership both in the BYA and in whichever practice area you choose.

The application form is available here. Applications are due by August 23, 2021. Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested and contact Nick Spear ( or with questions.

Section Spotlight—Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property

The Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section focuses on a wide variety of entertainment and intellectual property law issues including copyright, patent, trademark, new media, licensing, unfair competition, libel, privacy, and right of publicity issues. The section consists of and welcomes all types of intellectual property and entertainment lawyers in these and other fields, including transactional and litigation lawyers, in-house counsel, and lawyers in private practice.

Key reasons to join the ELIPS: (1) CLE Programs - with an ELIPS membership, you will receive invitations to and discounts for seminars and events relating to issues of interest to our members, which cater to all skill levels—from the nuts and bolts of intellectual property law to emerging issues in the fashion industry. (2) Networking Events - Attending ELIPS events helps you keep current on the latest issues and further provides the opportunity to meet a broad network of IP and entertainment law practitioners and in-house counsel. (3) Access to the ELIPS Law Journal - the journal features articles on legal issues in topics ranging from podcast law to the video game industry to the music business.

If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join this valuable section. For more information, click here.

Pro Bono & Community Investment (New Feature!)

Congratulations to BYA Bench & Bar Co-Chair Nicolas D. Franco for his recent pro bono victory. Nico recently represented an indigent, undocumented client in an unlawful detainer action filed by her landlord. Thanks to Nico’s tremendous work, the landlord withdrew the complaint one month before trial and on the eve of his agent/family member’s deposition, allowing Nico’s client to remain in her home.

The BYA is proud to support our members’ pro bono and community service engagements, and we are pleased to announce that we will be featuring various pro bono and community service opportunities in the coming months. Please follow us on social media for regular updates about how you can get involved in the community.  If you would like to get involved immediately, please contact our Pro Bono & Community Co-Chairs, Stephanie Taft ( and Dona Abdo (

Barrister Spotlights

Meet Your BYA Executive Committee

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Mary Keller is a Media & Entertainment associate in Russ August & Kabat’s Media & Entertainment and Litigation & Trial groups. She represents artists, musicians, fashion companies and other noteworthy individuals in a variety of matters.

Mary earned her law degree from University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, where she was a Saks Scholar of Law and Psychology. Mary received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors from Columbia University, where she was concertmaster of the Columbia University Orchestra.

Prior to starting her legal career, Mary was a concert violinist. She made her debut with the Honolulu Symphony at age 10, and performed extensively throughout the United States. This experience inspired her to pursue a career representing creative individuals.

Mary currently serves on the BYA Executive Committee as its 2021-2022 Media & Marketing Chair.


Member Spotlight

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Jennifer (Jenni) Wilson is a first-year associate in the Los Angeles office of Jones Day, a large global law firm, and she graduated from USC Gould School of Law in 2020. At Jones Day, she is part of the New Lawyers Group, which allows first-year associates to work on cases in various practice groups across offices. Taking advantage of the opportunity to dive into different litigation groups, Jenni has been staffed on a patent infringement matter, complex commercial litigations, and a wage and hour employment action. She has also worked on a federal government investigation, real estate deals, and labor matters. She plans to join the Labor and Employment practice this Fall.

Throughout her time at USC, Jenni was a peer mentor, a staff writer for the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice journal, a Co-Academic Chair of Black Law Student Association, and a student scholar for The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics. One of her biggest achievements was serving as the Co-President and a Founding Board member of USC’s chapter of Womxn of Color Collective, an inclusive organization that provides a safe space and supportive community for womxn of color in the law. During her third year, she also studied international business law at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in Lyon, France. Currently, at Jones Day, Jenni participates in recruiting and retention efforts, is an active member of the Black Lawyers Group, and maintains a robust pro bono practice by working on matters within the Constitutional Policing and Civil Justice Reform Initiative and the Alliance for Asian American Justice. She also serves as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Womxn of Color Collective.

In her free time, Jenni enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, writing song lyrics, and tutoring undergraduate and law students.

Get Involved

Interested in getting more involved with the BYA Section? Connect with our AVP of Outreach, Jason Parnell (, to hear about the various BYA Committees and benefits of membership. The Committees are: Bench and Bar, Law Student Outreach, Networking, Professional Development, Media and Marketing, Membership, and Pro Bono and Community Investment Committee descriptions can be found at

LACBA’s Counsel for Justice (CFJ) supports four legal service projects: the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project, the AIDS Legal Services Project, the Immigration Legal Assistance Project, and the Veterans Legal Services Project. A great way to support these important projects is by selecting CFJ and its projects for a cy pres award. The Cy Pres Committee has undertaken a campaign to raise the visibility of CFJ and its projects among counsel who are active in complex litigation—the source of most settlements that yield cy pres awards—and with mediators in such cases. If you know or work with any mediators or other neutrals who specialize in complex cases and might be interested in learning more about CFJ and its projects, please reach out to LACBA Barristers CFJ Liaison Stephanie Taft (Taft@Kiesel.Law). More information about making a cy pres award to a CFJ legal services project can be found here.

CFJ is also participating AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2021’s remote AIDS walk this year, with all proceeds raised will go directly back to LACBA CFJ to support the AIDS Legal Services Project. Please consider joining and fundraising with our team. Donations can also be made here. And don’t forget that you can always support CFJ by simply selecting it when shopping at Amazon or Ralphs!

Job Board

Looking for a new opportunity?  Cedars-Sinai is looking for a junior/associate-level attorney to join their organization as Corporate Counsel.  Corporate Counsel is an in-house legal position for attorneys with at least three years of relevant experience.  Corporate Counsel will provide legal services and advice on a wide range of matters for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Health System, and other affiliates.  For more information, or to begin the application process, please visit the Cedars-Sinai job posting, available here

Thanks to our former Healthcare Law liaison, Brett Moodie, for sharing this opportunity!


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