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FEBRUARY 2022
 
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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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Events
 

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

  • Virtual "Brown Bag" Event with Judge Kristin Escalante regarding advocacy during summary judgment and adjudication proceedings (February 23, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.)
  • BYA Outdoor Hike (tentatively set for February 2022)
  • Bench Meets Bar Reception (March 24, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.) Join us for a cocktail reception for our local state and federal judicial and meet the juridical officers who help ensure we have a just, efficient, and accessible legal system. Sign up today!

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:

  • February 18, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. (hosted by Marina Fraigun)
  • February 24, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. (hosted by Mark Hiraide)
 

Event Review – Conversations with In-House Counsel Event (January 19, 2022) by Vivienne Chen

On January 19, 2022, Justin Brandt (Corporate Counsel of Westlake Financial), Anne Nash (General Counsel, Secretary & Senior Vice President of Carbon Activated Corporation) and Jayson Nayagam (Associate General Counsel of North Equity LLC) candidly discussed strategies to network effectively with in-house counsel, shared professional development advice, and identified qualities in-house counsel often look for in outside counsel. Julianna Simon (Associate, Greenberg Traurig LLP) moderated the discussion for the benefit of nearly 40 virtual attendees. The Professional Development Committee, which organized this event, is grateful to the panelists for volunteering their time and experience to speak with our members.

Vivienne Chen is a Real Estate Associate at Snell & Wilmer, a member of the BYA Executive Committee, and a co-chair of the BYA Professional Development Committee.

 
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Barristers in the News
 

Congratulations to BYA Law Student Outreach Committee Co-Chair Adam B. Korn for his outstanding pro bono service! Over the last year, Adam drafted two Ninth Circuit amicus briefs (M.D.C.V. v. Barr and Ortiz v. Garland) on behalf of a number of leading immigration organizations, which strategically challenged the application of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) on certain categories of asylum seekers. Adam's team creatively argued that the government was willfully misclassifying migrants as "arriving aliens," as opposed to migrants "entering without inspection," in order to force asylum seekers to leave the United States under MPP. Both amicus briefs were successful and the petitioners were ultimately allowed to enter and stay in the United States pending new hearings.

Congratulations to BYA Secretary Harmony Gbe for a major voting rights case win! On January 24, 2022, after a 7-day full evidentiary hearing, in a 225-page decision, a federal court struck down Alabama's newly drawn congressional map (Milligan v. Merrill). The preliminary injunction ruling was issued by a unanimous three-judge panel in a lawsuit filed in November 2021 on behalf of Greater Birmingham Ministries, Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, and several individuals who are represented pro bono by Hogan Lovells, the ACLU, the ACLU of Alabama, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Alabama's current map only has a single majority-Black district, District 7, which includes part of Birmingham and some of the Black Belt in Alabama. While Black people are about 27% of Alabama’s population, they are represented in only one of seven (14%) congressional districts. As a result of the preliminary injunction, the state Legislature must draft a new congressional map that complies with the Voting Rights Act by including two districts where Black voters have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. Learn more about Harmony in her below spotlight!

Congratulations to BYA member Robert Glassman, who was recently elevated to partner at his firm, Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP. Robert represents plaintiffs in large and complex personal injury cases and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers publication since 2013.

Congratulations to BYA Executive Committee member Natalie Alameddine, who was recently elevated to partner at Blank Rome LLP. Natalie concentrates her practice on labor and employment matters. Learn more about Natalie in her below spotlight!

 
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Pro Bono & Community Investment Spotlight
 

LACBA’s Counsel for Justice (CFJ) Immigration Legal Assistance Project, in co-sponsorship with NALEO Educational Fund, is looking for 5-10 attorney volunteers to help review applications at its upcoming Citizenship Workshop. The virtual workshop will take place on March 19, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A training will be held prior to the event. For interested volunteers, the sign-up form can be found here.

CFJ’s Domestic Violence Project (DVP) is continuously looking for new volunteers to help domestic violence victims prepare their court forms requesting domestic violence restraining orders. DVP volunteers work one-one-one with litigants to prepare their court forms and write their detailed declaration describing the abuse. DVP has a special need for bilingual English/Spanish volunteers. To register for upcoming 2022 training sessions, please click here. DVP also has volunteer opportunities for law school students, law school graduates, and paralegals. Sign up here!

For more information about any of the aforementioned opportunities, 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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Harmony Gbe is a Senior Associate in the Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment Practice of Hogan Lovells in Los Angeles, CA. Her practice focuses on class actions, complex commercial litigation, media and entertainment employment matters, and internal investigations. Harmony’s recent experience includes representing a health insurer in a multimillion-dollar payment dispute with a hospital system, defending a television studio against allegations of discrimination, responding to a government subpoena on behalf of a Fortune 500 office supplies company, and investigating a food company for potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in Thailand. Harmony also serves on the firm’s recruitment and diversity committees and devotes significant time to impactful pro bono matters.

Harmony earned a B.A. in Government and Sociology and a minor in French from Dartmouth College, and her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before law school, Harmony served as a litigation paralegal in the Pro Bono Practice of Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., assisting attorneys handling wrongful conviction cases and immigration matters. During law school, she served as a judicial extern in the Eastern District of Virginia – known nationwide as the “Rocket Docket” – and in the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District. Harmony also interned in the Business & Legal Affairs department of a major Hollywood film studio, where she handled global licensing disputes and facilitated content distribution across international platforms. Harmony recently served as a law clerk in the Central District of California and worked closely with the U.S. District Court Chief Judge.

Harmony was recognized this year as one of the Top 40 under 40 attorneys in Los Angeles by the National Black Lawyers. Harmony currently serves on the BYA Executive Committee as Secretary.

 

Member Spotlight

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Natalie Alameddine is an Employment & Labor attorney at Blank Rome LLP, where she was recently promoted to partner in January. In her practice, Natalie represents and defends employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, misclassification, and wage and hour class actions. She also advises employers on policy updates, handbooks, separation agreements, COVID-19 protocols, employee investigations, and harassment trainings.

Natalie earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2009 and her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2013. During law school, she served as an intern to the Hon. Bobbi Tillman at the Los Angeles Superior Court, volunteered as a mediator through the Small Claims Mediation Clinic at the San Francisco Superior Court, and served as the 3L Class President.

Natalie was recognized as a 2021 and 2022 “Ones to Watch” by Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Labor and Employment Law – Management. Natalie currently serves as the Barrister’s Section liaison to the Labor & Employment Section and was recently elevated to the BYA Executive Committee. She also currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California. Outside of work, Natalie enjoys skiing, learning to cook, and confusing people with her twin sister.

 
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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 Counsel for Justice. 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.

 
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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.

LACBA’s Counsel for Justice (CFJ) Veterans Project and AIDS project are seeking a seasoned attorney with experience in housing rights and landlord/tenant issues for a new Part-Time Project Attorney role for their new Homelessness Prevention Advocacy Project (HPAP). This individual will help manage and develop an innovative homelessness prevention dispute resolution pro bono project to serve disabled low-income veterans and service members. CFJ is also looking for volunteers for this project. For more information about either position and HPAP, including how to apply, please reach out to Laurie Aronoff at laronoff@lacba.org or Tara Hunter at thunter@lacba.org.

The Maloney Firm is hiring an employment lawyer. Reach out to Carl Mueller (cmueller@maloneyfirm.com) for more information!

 
 
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