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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—BYA’s Mock Interview Program

Barristers/Young Attorneys Section members have been conducting mock interviews to support local law students as they begin interviewing for jobs this spring. Almost eighty law students have been paired with law firm associates, in-house counsel, and other legal professionals throughout Los Angeles. The students have the opportunity to hone their interview skills with young attorney volunteers who will provide helpful guidance and share interviewing best practices. The BYA Mock Interview Program has proved rewarding for Barristers and law students alike, with several students expressing particular gratitude for a chance to practice interviewing virtually, which has now become the norm due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Feedback on the program includes:

“Thank you so much for facilitating this! It was a huge relief to get some practice before interviewing with firms during OCI. I will also be happy to dedicate my time as an interviewer in the future should I be in a position to do so.” 2L Student at USC Gould School of Law

“Thank you so much for offering a program like this. I greatly appreciate the opportunity[.]” 1L Student at Santa Clara University School of Law

To get involved in the BYA’s Mock Interview Program either as an interviewer or an interviewee, please contact

Event Review—Barristers Bachelor Bingo

The Barristers held a watch party for the much-anticipated Hometown Dates episode of The Bachelor, complete with Bingo and a grand prize for our lucky winner! Is there another program you’d like to watch with your fellow Barristers? Send us suggestions at

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

  • Learning About Federal Judicial Clerkships (March 3, 2021 5:30-6:30pm)
  • CLE: E-Discovery Principles with U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Audero, Heather Plocky, and Rohit Nath (March 9, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm)
  • But First, Unmute Yourself: Guerrilla Tactics for Virtual Lawyering, a Barristers' Networking Affair (March 18, 2021 6-7:30pm)
  • Bench and Bar Virtual “Bench Meets Bar” Event (May 2021)
  • Joint Event with Cannabis Section (May 2021)
  • New Bar Admittees Celebration (Spring 2021)
  • Advocacy Skills (Spring 2021)
  • Social Justice—Diversity in the Workplace (Spring 2021)
  • Bench and Bar Virtual “Brown Bag” Lunch (Spring 2021)


Section Spotlight—Labor and Employment Law Section

For young litigators interested in practicing in the constantly-changing labor & employment field, join LACBA’s Labor & Employment Section! This section is very active with breakfast programs, a dinner CLE series, Saturday seminars, an annual retreat, networking opportunities, and an annual symposium with cutting-edge topics and practical panels. A new mentorship program between junior attorneys and seasoned L&E attorneys is also in the works!

This year’s 41st Annual Symposium is around the corner – it will be a robust program of 10 panels split between two days, March 4 and March 11, 2021. Presiding Judge Eric Taylor will kick off the programming on the 4th, and California’s Secretary of Labor Julie Su will kick it off on the 11th. This is not one you’ll want to miss! The agenda and registration can be found here.

For more information about the Labor & Employment Section, contact the Section’s BYA Liaison, Natalie Alameddine, at

Barristers Spotlights

Meet Your BYA Executive Committee

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Jason Parnell is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Winston & Strawn LLP and is a member of the firm’s global corporate department. He represents domestic and international companies, private equity and venture capital firms, investment banks, private funds, investors, and entrepreneurs in a wide array of corporate and finance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private placement offerings, equity and debt financings, joint ventures, strategic investments, and structured finance transactions. Simply put: Jason negotiates, drafts documents for, and closes business deals.

Jason also serves on the Executive Committee for the Barristers Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), the Executive Board for the LACBA Counsel for Justice, the LACBA President’s Task Force for Racial and Social Justice, and the Corporations Committee for the California Lawyers Association.

In his spare time, Jason is a published author with features in the University Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law and the University of Virginia Journal of Law and Politics and, more recently, on the cover of the June 2020 issue of the Los Angeles Lawyer magazine. He also regularly represents pro bono and indigent clients in a wide array of criminal, civil, and immigration matters and feeds the homeless monthly. In 2020, Jason dedicated over 300 hours to his pro bono legal efforts, rendering services for clients in both Northern and Southern California.

For fun, Jason is an avid national and world traveler and, pre-COVID, was on 2-4 flights per week. Jason grew up in the Inland Empire (a little city called, Rialto, for those who know) and currently lives in Downtown. He received his JD/MBA from the University of Florida and completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Member Spotlight

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Thurgood Wynn is a new member of the Barristers/Young Attorneys (BYA) Section. He is a second-year law student at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law where he plans to graduate with his Juris Doctor, Criminal Legal Practice Certificate, and Masters in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine. Within the law school, Thurgood serves on the Student Bar Association as the Diversity Chair, the Veterans Law Society as the Social chair, a student mentor, a trial team member, and founder of the Multicultural Law Coalition, a student organization that aims to encourage and advance diversity and inclusion. In these roles, he helps organize, promote, and/or execute various student organization events and initiatives.

Thurgood grew up in the greater D.C./Maryland area. He attended the United States Naval Academy where, in addition to rigorous academic studies and military training, he lettered each year as a member of the Varsity Men’s basketball team. Thurgood completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics and was commissioned as an Information Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant, earning multiple Navy and Marine Corps achievement medals.

Though much of his Naval career was spent in Norfolk, VA (with a short six-month stint stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba), Thurgood now calls Los Angeles, CA home. Pre-pandemic, he enjoyed going to the movies, attending sporting events, and exploring new restaurants. During the pandemic, he has refined his Netflix watching skills and now enjoys the company of his French bulldog appropriately named, “Spyro”.

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 Meets Bar, Law Student Outreach, Networking, Professional Development, Social Media, and Membership. Committee descriptions can be found at


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