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JULY 2021
 
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Social Media
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Barristers in the News
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Section/Committee Liaisons Section
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Section Spotlight—Taxation
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Barrister Spotlights
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Get Involved
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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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Message from the President
 

Welcome to LACBA’s 2021-2022 term! I am honored to represent our members as president this term, and I am very proud to serve with my fellow Barristers/Young Attorneys (“BYA”) officers, as we all continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and the many social justice issues that 2020 brought to the forefront. On behalf of BYA’s leadership, we look forward to working together as the future of L.A.’s legal profession. We hope to see many of you at our events and to show you all of the benefits that the BYA offers. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me directly at skellykilgore@ggtriallaw.com.

Sarah Kelly-Kilgore
President, Barristers/Young Attorneys Section

 
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Social Media
 

To stay connected with us and receive information about events, updates and opportunities, follow us on the following social media forums:

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  • LinkedIn: Connect with us. Group Name: Barristers/Young Attorneys Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7071699/)
 
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Events
 

Event Review—Brown Bag Lunch with the Honorable Christopher Lui (June 30, 2021) by Jamison Gilmore and Nicolas D. Franco

On June 30, 2021, Judge Christopher Lui gave practical advice regarding informal discovery conferences, civility, and other discovery-related procedures to approximately thirty-two attendees at the Bench and Bar Committee's Brown Bag Event. Judge Lui gave a wide array of tips, ranging from the types of disputes best suited for resolution at informal discovery conferences to the optimal page number for an informal discovery conference form to maximize persuasiveness. The participants asked many questions to which Judge Lui offered insightful answers. All-in-all, the event turned out to be a free masterclass of litigating discovery disputes in a civil manner. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next virtual “brown bag lunch” with Judge Dean Hansell (details below).

Jamison Gilmore and Nicolas D. Franco are attorneys with King & Spalding LLP’s Los Angeles office, members of the BYA Executive Committee, and co-chairs of the BYA Bench and Bar Committee.


Event Review—LACBA Installation by Mary Keller

On June 24, LACBA held a virtual installation celebration which recognized jurists, firms, and attorneys who have made outstanding contributions to our community and the legal practice. The event also featured a message from United States Senator Alex Padilla, and culminated with the installation of the BYA officers and LACBA board and officers, which included a speech by incoming BYA president Sarah Kelly-Kilgore. The entire installation event can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5opSzoy4oU (Sarah’s speech begins at 36:17), After the official ceremony, members participated in a virtual take on the popular post-installation mixer, utilizing break out rooms to engage in more intimate discussions.

Mary Keller is an associate at Russ August & Kabat, a member of the BYA Executive Committee, and chair of the BYA Media and Marketing Committee


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

 
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Barristers in the News
 

Congratulations to all of the BYA members named Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars, including current and former Executive Committee members Sarah Kelly-Kilgore, Sharon Gelbart, Nick Spear, Claire-Lise Kutlay, Yujin Chun, Justin Gordon, Diana Sanders, and Kate McMorrow.

The June 2021 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine included Ryan Schiedermayer’s “Barristers Tips” article on how young attorneys can use setbacks and mistakes made early in their practice to build the resiliency and insight they will need to succeed in law practice. Read the article here.

The May 2021 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine included Mary Keller’s “Barristers Tips” article on addressing mental health challenges for young attorneys, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and suggestions for organizations on how to prevent and manage these issues. Read the article
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Section/Committee Liaisons Section
 

The application period is open for the BYA liaison positions for the following sections:

  • Appellate Courts
  • Business Law
  • Cannabis Law
  • Commercial Law and Bankruptcy
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Real Property
  • Senior Lawyers
  • Small Firm and Sole Practitioner
  • Social Security
  • Trusts and Estates

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 section and its members know of any upcoming events or issues in the liaison’s 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.

The application form is available here. Applications are due by July 30, 2021. Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested and contact barristersliaison@gmail.com for questions.

 
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Section Spotlight—Taxation
 

The Taxation Section is concerned with all areas of federal, state and local taxation. Section Committees include corporate, employee benefits, entertainment, estate and gift, foreign, income, pass-through entities, procedure and litigation, real estate taxation, state and local tax, tax-exempt organizations and young tax lawyers committees. They offer programming and monitor and comment on pending legislation.

The Taxation Section also oversees the prestigious Dana Latham Memorial Award. The award is given to a then-living leader of the Los Angeles tax bar who has made an outstanding contribution to the community and to the legal profession in the field of taxation. Generally, such service involves a broad participation in community and public service coupled with achievement as a leader on the Bench, in legal education, tax literature, or in practice as a lawyer. The award was presented in 2019 to Charles Rettig, current Commissioner of the IRS. For more information, click here.

 
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Barrister Spotlights
 

Meet Your BYA Executive Committee

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Nicholas (Nick) Starkman is corporate counsel at Trusaic, a company dedicated to solving the most complex challenges across people, data, and compliance. He advises a team of statisticians, data scientists, and engineers on working on equal pay audit and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) analytics solutions for businesses.  He regularly writes about legal developments in the areas of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and pay equity. Nick is passionate about how regulations can be an opportunity to demonstrate transparency and integrity to stakeholders, employees, and customers. He graduated in 2013 from UC Davis Law (King Hall).

Nick serves on the BYA Executive Committee and is a 2021-2022 Professional Development Committee Chair, where he works to provide quality programming designed to advance the careers of young attorneys. Most recently, the Professional Development Committee hosted an event on Equal Pay laws with lawyers from Equal Rights Advocates and the California Women’s Law Center. 

In his free time, Nick enjoys reading novels old and new, listening to jazz, and rooting for the Lakers.


Member Spotlight

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Alexandra Mayo is a first-year associate with Morris Music Law, PC, where she handles a variety of music and entertainment related issues, such as contract drafting and review, copyright registration, and licensing. As a singer, dancer, and pianist, music has always been an integral part of Alexandra’s life. She knew she wanted to advocate for musicians after she took an entertainment law course at Syracuse University, where she received a B.S. in the Recording and Allied Entertainment Industries. Alexandra then went on to receive a J.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) with a Certificate in Media and Entertainment Law.

While at USC, Alexandra was one of the founding board members of USC’s Womxn of Color Collective, a student organization created to provide a safe, inclusive space for womxn of color during law school (the “x” is intentional for inclusion). Being able to build a community and opportunities for womxn who felt underrepresented and misunderstood inspired Alexandra to want to do more for womxn of color in the legal community. As a result, she founded the National Womxn of Color Collective (NWOCC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering womxn of color in the legal profession at every stage of their careers through increased employment, networking, and educational opportunities. Through her work with NWOCC, Alexandra hopes to empower womxn of color and create a safe space where they feel free to take risks, learn, and follow their dreams with like-minded individuals.

In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys singing, dancing, and going on random adventures throughout Los Angeles with her friends.

 
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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.

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. More information about making a cy pres award to a CFJ legal services project can be found here. And don’t forget that you can always support CFJ by simply selecting it when shopping at Amazon or Ralphs!


 
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