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DECEMBER 2021
 
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Pro Bono & Community Investment Spotlight
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Court Updates
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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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Social Media
 

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Events
 

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

Please also join the Barristers/Young Attorneys (BYA) at one (or more!) of LACBA’s upcoming virtual networking meetings. Registration is free, and LACBA’s flexible time options fit any schedule, with participation available in the morning, at lunch, or in the evenings. The next events include:

  • December 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (hosted by Marina Fraigun)
  • December 23, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. (hosted by Mark Hiraide)
 

Event Review – Los Angeles Turkey Trot (November 25, 2021) by Claire-Lise Kutlay

On November 25, 2021, BYA joined thousands in a Turkey Trot, helping to raise money to benefit Midnight Mission, an amazing organization that offers a path to self-sufficiency to those experiencing homelessness. BYA members started at City Hall and enjoyed a historic course along Spring Street, passing by Grand Park, Disney Hall. We hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Claire-Lise Kutlay is a counsel at Greenberg Gross LLP and BYA’s AVP of Public Relations.

 

Event Review – Law School Primer: What You Need to Know (November 16, 2021) by Adam Korn

On November 16, 2021, the BYA Law Student Outreach Committee hosted its first event of the term—Law School Primer: What You Need to Know—featuring several members of the BYA Executive Committee, including Adam Korn, Robby Naoufal, Nisha Parekh, and Harmony Gbe.  The event provided first- and second-year law students, particularly those who are first-generation and from other diverse backgrounds, an opportunity to ask questions about navigating law school, searching for jobs, and identifying mentors.

Adam Korn is a litigation association at Mintz Levin, a member of the BYA Executive Committee, and a co-chair of the BYA Law Student Outreach Committee.

 

Event Review – Bench and Bar Virtual Brown Bag Event with Judge Theresa Traber (November 16, 2021) by Jamison Gilmore

On November 16, 2021, Judge Theresa Traber gave nearly 20 participants specific advice on how to best prepare for and deliver oral arguments before a judge. The advice given was based on Judge Traber’s 30+ years of experience as a litigator and 5+ years of experience as a judicial officer. Bench and Bar committee member Elle Reed worked with Judge Traber to obtain answers to hot questions on the participants’ minds.

Jamison Gilmore is an attorney at King & Spalding, a member of the BYA Executive Committee, and a co-chair of the BYA Bench and Bar Committee.

 

Event Review – Barristers Fall Networking Picnic (November 14, 2021) by Yujin Chun

On Sunday afternoon, November 14, 2021, BYA hosted a networking picnic at Pan Pacific Park thanks to our wonderful sponsor, TM Forensics. BYA members enjoyed time in the sun and food outdoors in our first in-person event since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Yujin Chun is a litigation associate at Meyers Nave, a member of the BYA Executive Committee, and the chair of the BYA Networking Committee.

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Barristers in the News
 

Congratulations to BYA Secretary Harmony Gbe for being selected to the National Black Lawyers (NBL) Top 40 Under 40 in Los Angeles.  

Congratulations to Natalie Alameddine, BYA’s Labor & Employment Section Liaison, who recently published a Barristers Tips in the LA Lawyer Magazine regarding navigating the return to in-person work.

Congratulations to former BYA President Diana Sanders, who was named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021 and 2022 Edition) in recognition of her outstanding professional excellence in private practice. Diana was also recently promoted to Partner at Russ August & Kabat LLP, where she is a member of the firm's Media & Entertainment and Litigation & Trial groups. Learn more about Diana and her practice in her spotlight below!

Congratulations to former BYA President Jessica Gordon who recently opened her own firm, Gordon Trust Law, where she will provide a broad range of estate-related services to clients. 

Congratulations to BYA President Sarah Kelly-Kilgore, who was featured by the L.A. Times as a top litigator and trial lawyer in the Times’s 2021 roundtable series.  Read her insights here.

 
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Section Spotlight—Senior Lawyers Section
 

LACBA’s Senior Lawyers Section members include many former Presidents of LACBA, as well as attorneys from numerous practice areas. The Section’s purposes are to uphold the honor and dignity of the profession of law, to apply the knowledge and experience of its members to the promotion of the public good, to present programs of educational and general interest, to preserve the history of the legal profession in Los Angeles, and to cultivate social interaction among its members. Members must have been admitted to practice law for 25 years or be at least 55 years old.

The Senior Lawyers Section has hosted events geared toward the BYA, including providing younger lawyers the opportunity to refinance their student loans. Some of the Section’s popular past events are the "Frozen in Time—Historical Events," which feature legal proceedings that are unique to the legal history of Los Angeles County or made so by the participation of Los Angeles lawyers. One such program was an expert analysis of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the investigation by the Warren Commission, featuring Vincent Bugliosi (who prosecuted Charles Manson), Hon. Richard Mosk, and John Van de Kamp. Another Frozen in Time program examined the legal impact of the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, which was moderated by Andrea Ordin at the time she was County Counsel.

The Senior Lawyers Section was responsible for the publication of Lawyers of Los Angeles 1950 to 2020, which is an excellent resource for any student of the law and how its practice evolved during the last 50 years. Copies may be purchased from LACBA, with the proceeds going to the Counsel for Justice.

 
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Pro Bono & Community Investment Spotlight
 

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.

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 (taft@kiesel.law) and Dona Abdo (Dona.Abdo@lewisbrisbois.com).  If you would like to be spotlighted for your pro bono and community service engagements, please contact our AVP of Public Relations, Claire-Lise Kutlay (CKutlay@GGTrialLaw.com).

 
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Barrister Spotlights
 

Meet Your BYA Executive Committee

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Adam Korn is a litigation association at Mintz Levin, a member of the BYA Executive Committee, and a co-chair of the BYA Law Student Outreach Committee. His practice encompasses a wide range of complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on consumer fraud, contract disputes, and product liability defense. He has extensive experience successfully defending against class action claims in both state and federal court brought under California False Advertising Laws, California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.

Adam also maintains a robust pro bono practice assisting clients seeking Asylum in the United States and their Board of Immigration Appeals. Most recently, Adam drafted two amicus briefs (M.D.C.V. v. Barr and Ortiz v. Garland) on behalf of a number of leading immigration organizations, strategically challenging the application of the Migrant Protection Protocols on certain categories of asylum seekers. Both amicus briefs were successful and petitioners were able to enter and stay in the U.S. pending new hearings.  

Adam is always eager to meet fellow lawyers (or former New Englanders living in Los Angeles), so please feel free to reach out to him (abkorn@mintz.com) for a virtual coffee.

 

Member Spotlight

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Diana Sanders was just promoted to partner at Russ August & Kabat LLP, where she has been a member of the firm's Media & Entertainment and Litigation & Trial groups. Diana represents a variety of clients in the entertainment industry, including recording artists, writers, producers, managers, influencers, actors, production companies, and other high-profile individuals. Her practice ranges from advising clients on diverse music and media-related transactions to litigating disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, contracts, rights of privacy and publicity.

Variety just recognized Diana in its 2021 Hollywood’s New Leaders list, which profiles entertainment execs, entrepreneurs, and performers, 40 and under, who have solidified their positions in the industry and risen to prominence across film, TV, digital, music, finance, law, and content creation. Diana was also recently recognized by Billboard in its 2021 Top Music Lawyers list as well as its 2020 Women in Music Executives List. From 2018-2021, Diana has been selected a Super Lawyer Rising Star by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine. She has also been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021 and 2022 Edition) for Entertainment and Sports Law.

Diana served as the President of the LACBA Barristers/Young Attorneys Section for the 2019-2020 term. Read her Barristers Tip in the November 2021 edition of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine regarding the legal issues and privileges that arise when attorneys discuss legal issues in the press.

 
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Get Involved
 

Interested in getting more involved with the BYA Section? Connect with our AVP of Outreach, Jason Parnell (jparnell@winston.com), 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 https://www.lacba.org/sections/barristers-young-attorneys/homepage/officers-and-committees.

Interested in being Spotlighted in an upcoming newsletter? Please contact our Media and Marketing Chair, Mary Keller (mkeller@raklaw.com) for more information.

Interested in being a published author? Please consider writing an article for the Barristers' Tips section of the LA Lawyers Magazine. These are one-page columns (800-900 words) that focus on general coverage of a topic that may be of interest to attorneys still fresh to the profession. Past columns include how collaborative attorneys make great family lawyers, novel approaches to correcting the gender wage gap, and the benefits of legal specialization. This is a great opportunity to earn a sizable chunk of free MCLE credit and also to get published in the LA Lawyers Magazine, which is circulated to a huge following of attorneys. Please contact Mary Keller (mkeller@raklaw.com) to sign up and for more information. Articles for the 2022 issues are quickly filling up, so reach out today!

 
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Court Updates
 

The Los Angeles Superior Court has launched Unlawful Detainer Online Dispute Resolution (UD ODR) to enable parties in unlawful detainer actions to resolve their disputes online, for free, and without direct judicial intervention. UD ODR features access to free mediation and links to state and local housing resources for both sides of an unlawful detainer dispute. Beginning December 6, all plaintiffs (or their representatives) are encouraged to register for UD ODR within five calendar days of filing the complaint.

On December 9, 2021, Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor will sit down over lunch for a “Fireside Chat” with LACBA President Brad Pauley to discuss the latest updates, issues, and challenges from the court. Attendance at this virtual program is free. Registration is available here.

 
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Job Board
 

Looking for a new opportunity? Meyers Nave is hiring attorneys at all levels and staff in Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, and Sacramento. Meyers Nave represents business entities, public agencies, non-profit organizations and public-private partnerships across California as well as clients based in other states that have interests and operations in California. Contact Barristers Networking Chair, Yujin Chun (ychun@meyersnave.com) for more information.

 
 
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