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Barristers/ Young Attorneys Newsletter

Barristers/Young Attorneys Executive Committee Officers:

Sharon G. Gelbart, President
Diana A. Sanders, Immediate Past President
Sarah Kelly-Kilgore, President-Elect
Anne Nash, Vice-President
J.D. Rees, Assistant Vice President of Outreach
Janette Blair, Assistant Vice President of Public Relations
Melissa Hailey, Assistant Vice President of Special Events
Nick Spear, Secretary
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Event Review—CLE on Ethics of Referrals (November 16, 2020)

On November 16, 2020, the Barristers Networking Committee held a virtual CLE/Networking event with marketing expert Larry Kohn and former CA State Bar prosecutor Erin Joyce. Attendees learned about the ethics of referrals, including issues of exclusivity, conditionality, disclosure, compensation, and gifts, as well as general business development advice. After the presentation, many participants joined the networking portion of the event, meeting other young attorneys in the LA area.

Event Review—Brown Bag Lunch with Ninth Circuit Judge Richard Paez (December 17, 2020)

The Barristers Bench and Bar Committee welcomed Judge Richard Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for a virtual brown bag lunch on December 17. He provided us with some of his insights about appellate practice and how the Ninth Circuit has weathered the pandemic. Attendees greatly enjoyed his presentation and were grateful for his support of the next generation of appellate attorneys.

Be on the lookout for news on our upcoming winter and spring events, including:

  • OCI Tips and Tricks (January 13, 2021) 
  • E-Discovery Principles with Magistrate Judge Maria Audero (January 27, 2021) 
  • Mock Interview Program (January 2021)
  • Virtual Game Night (January 2021) 
  • New Bar Admittees Celebration (February 4, 2021) 
  • Advocacy Skills (March 2021) 
  • Clerkship Opportunities (March 2021) 
  • CLE on Elimination of Bias (May 2021)
LACBA Section/Committee Liaisons

Interested in Social Security law? The application period is open for the BYA liaison position to the LACBA Social Security Law Section. If you’re interested in Social Security law, this is an excellent opportunity to work with and learn from experienced attorneys in this field.

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 know of any upcoming events or issues in their 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.

Applications are due by December 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested and contact for questions.

Section Spotlight—Family Law Section

Check out LACBA’s Family Law Section to learn more about this dynamic practice area and its outstanding community of family law attorneys.

The Family Law Section has an exciting year ahead. On January 23, 2021 the Section will present its 4th annual Trope Trial Institute via Zoom. This is a trial advocacy course designed to help lawyers improve their court room skills so they are more confident and persuasive advocates. Hear from judicial officers about what works and what doesn’t in court. You don’t want to miss it!

The Section is also introducing a mentorship program, which will provide the invaluable opportunity for lawyers new to family law to be mentored by respected and experienced family law attorneys in Los Angeles.

The Section also has a Virtual Settlement Officer (VSO) Program-- offering up to 3 hours of free mediation with attorneys and private judges including the support of a forensic accountant or mental health professional as needed.

To learn more about upcoming events, news, and opportunities to get involved, follow the Family Law Section on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Barristers Spotlights
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Justin Gordon’s law practice focuses on estate planning, trust administration, probate, and real estate law. After graduating from Temple University School of Law in 2012, he established Gordon & Gordon with his father. Justin enjoys helping individuals and families through what can be, at times, a difficult process, be it planning for the future, navigating family disputes, or guiding clients through probate. Justin is an Executive Board Member of the Barristers and Co-Chair of its Networking Committee. He has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2019 and 2020.

A native of Santa Monica, CA, Justin enjoys playing golf, watching sports, and is still ecstatic about the Dodgers winning the World Series. Justin loves to travel, even though he was named the World’s Unluckiest Traveler by the New York Post in 2011, after a 17 hour flight from Los Angeles to New York, including 5 hours on the tarmac; being stuck on a train for seven hours due to snowfall after interviewing for a summer associate position in DC; and, living through the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Tokyo during his study abroad semester. Justin lives in Marina Del Rey with his wife, Liliana, and their mini goldendoodle, Benni. 

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Robby Naoufal  is a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a global law firm consistently named to The American Lawyer’s A-List of elite U.S. law firms and the first major New York law firm to open an office in Los Angeles

Robby received his J.D. from Duke University and B.A. in Political Science and Public Law from the University of California, San Diego. Robby began his legal career in Hughes Hubbard’s Washington, D.C. office with a focus on Securities Litigation and Enforcement, representing publically listed companies, executive management, and securities-trading firms. He then spent several years in Hughes Hubbard’s Paris office, conducting global anti-corruption investigations for some of France’s largest publicly listed firms.

Now back in his native California and based in Hughes Hubbard’s Century City office, Robby’s practice focuses on complex business litigation and internal investigations for clients with particularly sensitive issues. Robby litigates state and federal claims in courts across the country and very recently secured a victory for tech-industry client at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Robby is a member of the LACBA BYA Networking and Membership Committees. Robby enjoys golf and can be found on the first ski lift kicking off the season. With the outdoors high on modern travel agendas, Robby continues to tour the country’s many beautiful National Parks and insists this is one fad that should never fade.

Get Involved

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

With the holidays upon us, we are reminded that this can be an especially difficult time of year (especially this year) for some. Throughout this challenging time, with your help and support, LACBA’s Counsel for Justice continues to serve our vulnerable communities through its Domestic Violence, Immigration, Veterans, and AIDS Legal Service Projects. Please donate now to CFJ or one of its projects this holiday season to help those in need. And don’t forget that you can always support LACBA’s Counsel for Justice by simply selecting it when shopping at or Ralphs!


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