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JANUARY 2022
 
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Section Spotlight—Business Law Section
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Pro Bono & Community Investment Spotlight
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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:

  • Conversations With In-House Counsel regarding effective networking, business development tips & tricks, and advice on communicating with clients (January 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.)
  • BYA Outdoor Hike (tentatively set for February 2022)
  • ***SAVE THE DATE*** Bench Meets Bar Reception (March 24, 2022)

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:

  • January 21, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. (hosted by Marina Fraigun)
  • January 27, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. (hosted by Mark Hiraide)
 

Event Review – Brown Bag Event with Judge Rita Badhan (December 8, 2021) by Nicolas Franco

On December 8, 2021, Judge Rita L. Badhan of the Los Angeles Superior Court joined BYA members for an exciting brown bag lunch regarding access to justice issues in Los Angeles County and California as a whole. Judge Badhan’s discussion touched on how the legal community can work to increase access to justice. The event was moderated by Melisa Fumbarg and attended by more than 20 attorneys via Zoom. The Bench and Bar Committee, which organizes this ongoing monthly lunch series, is grateful to Judge Badhan for volunteering her time and experience to speak with our members.

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

 
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Barristers in the News
 

Congratulations to BYA Bench and Bar Committee Co-Chair Jamison Gilmore for his team’s major appellate court win!  On December 10, 2021, in Case No. 21-55165, the Ninth Circuit dismissed the defendants’ appeal regarding a Preliminary Injunction entered in favor of Jamison’s client.  The injunction was granted on October 26, 2021 after a Zoom bench trial, securing a total victory on the merits for the client in a first-of-its-kind unfair competition lawsuit. The district court adopted the client’s position, agreeing that the defendants violated a provision of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that prohibits the prescription of a compounded drug that is "essentially a copy" of an FDA-approved drug unless the prescription reflects the prescribing doctor’s judgment that the patient needs the compounded drug because it has a "significant difference" or "clinical difference" from the FDA-approved drug.

 
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Section Spotlight—Business Law Section
 

LACBA’s Business Law Section (“BLS”) is well known for its member engagement, networking opportunities, and access to the latest legal developments in the areas of business, corporate, and securities law. Equally notable are the section’s groundbreaking programs, CLE’s, and seminars, including the Annual Securities Regulation Seminar and Securities Enforcement and Arbitration Program, which provide attendees the opportunity to hear from and speak with high-level regulators in the industry.

By joining the BLS, attorneys will not only be joining a group of highly driven and successful business lawyers—both private practitioners and in-house counsel—but will also be gaining the opportunity to network and engage with other business lawyers, regulators, and key players in the areas of business, corporate, and securities law. More exciting reasons to join BLS include:

  1. Expertise/Access to Section Listserve. The BLS provides members with access to the knowledge and experience of other transactional attorneys through listserve for support and peer feedback.
  2. Seminars, Webinars, & Other Learning Opportunities: Members get reduced prices to seminars and CLE programs focused on business, corporate and securities law and practical application to the transactional practice, including the Annual Securities Regulation Seminar and Securities Enforcement and Arbitration Program. The BLS also provides webinars that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home while obtaining MCLE credit. The BLS makes available to members copies of prior seminars in CD or tape format to allow the members to learn about relevant topics and receive CLE credit.
  3. Corporate Counsel Roundtables: The BLS provides Corporate Counsel Roundtables, which are programs that provide the opportunity for senior corporate counsel to discuss relevant topics and compelling issues in an environment conducive to frank conversations.
  4. Awards. Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award: The BLS coordinates an annual event to honor an outstanding member of the corporate legal community, which is a social high point for contact between corporate and outside counsel. Additionally, the BLS provides venue for peer recognition and honoring one individual each year who best exemplifies the leadership and contributions of Marvin Greene.
  5. The Institute for Corporate Counsel (ICC): Co-sponsored with the University of Southern California Law School, the ICC is a nationally recognized legal education program, serving more than 500 business lawyers annually.

For additional information about the Business Law Section, visit the BLS Facebook page and remember to “Follow” and “Like” for the most up-to-date information. You can also contact the Section’s BYA Liaison, Dona Abdo, at Dona.Abdo@lewisbrisbois.com.

 
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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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Stephanie Taft is an associate attorney with Kiesel Law LLP and focuses her practice on representing plaintiffs in complex tort litigation, catastrophic personal injury, and wrongful death claims stemming from motor vehicle accidents, dangerous premises, and defective products. Stephanie has spearheaded and taken lead positions in mass tort litigation against Ford Motor Company pending in three separate coordinated proceedings throughout California, and participated in three bellwether trials against Ford which resulted in favorable plaintiff’s verdicts.

Stephanie is also closely involved in the JUUL e-cigarette litigation, in which her firm serves as co-lead counsel for the California JCCP. Most recently, Stephanie has led the new Carson gas leak litigation, stemming from the October 2021 stench emanating from the Dominguez Channel in the City of Carson.

In the past few years, Stephanie has published numerous articles and has been featured twice in the Daily Journal.

Stephanie enjoys her work with LACBA’s BYA Executive Committee board and serves as the liaison for LACBA’S Counsel for Justice. Stephanie also participates within a subcommittee of Counsel for Justice known as the cy pres committee, and actively works with class action attorneys throughout the state to attempt to secure funding for one or more of LACBA’s several pro bono, legal services projects.

 

Member Spotlight

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Kevin Zipser is an associate at Kiesel Law LLP, where he focuses on consumer class actions, mass tort litigation, and catastrophic personal injury. Most recently, he assisted in successfully opposing a motion for summary judgment on behalf of an Indian Tribe in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.

Kevin is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association where he serves on the BYA Law Student Outreach Committee.

Kevin attended Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was selected for membership on the Scott Moot Court Honors Board and served as a staffer and editor for the International & Comparative Law Review. Kevin competed in the National Moot Court Competition and was the principal editor of his team’s brief, winning First Place and Best Brief in the Southern California Region, and Third Best Brief across the Nation. As a member of the International & Comparative Law Review, he published three case summaries for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and edited twelve summaries into publication the subsequent year. While in law school, Kevin worked as a judicial extern to the Honorable James Di Cesare of the Superior Court of California of the County of Orange. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Sciences from the University of California, Irvine.
Kevin grew up in Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. Outside of the office, he enjoys traveling and golfing, and is a foodie always looking to discover new restaurants.

 
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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.

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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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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