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JUNE 2021
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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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LACBA Election & Installation

The LACBA Barristers/Young Attorneys Section (BYA) is thrilled to announce its officers for the 2021-2022 term:

  • 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; and
  • Harmony R. Gbe – Secretary.

During this year’s election process, the BYA’s membership unanimously elected officers for the upcoming 2021-2022 term.  All of the BYA’s officers for the 2021-2022 term will be sworn in to their new positions during LACBA’s Installation & Awards Celebration on June 24, 2021, which will be held via Zoom.  The event will feature brief remarks from several speakers, including incoming BYA President, Sarah Kelly-Kilgore, and a celebration of key figures in the L.A. legal community.  Registration is free for all BYA members. 

We hope to see you there!


Our Upcoming Summer Events:

  • Equal Pay Laws: What You Need to Know Today! (June 15, 2021, 5:30-6:30 p.m.) 1 hour of Elimination of Bias credit.
    Register here
  • Virtual Paint Party (June 17, 2021, 5:30-7:00 p.m.)
  • Virtual “Brown Bag” Lunch with Judge Christopher Lui (June 30, 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m.)
    Register Here
  • What Does Zealous Advocacy Mean? A Primer for Young Attorneys (July 13, 2021)
  • Networking Event (August 2021)

Event Review—Bench Meets Bar Reception (May 20, 2021) by Jamison Gilmore and Nicolas D. Franco

On Thursday May 20, 2021, the BYA hosted its annual Bench Meets Bar reception with a pandemic twist—the entire star-studded event was held via Zoom! The reception featured networking with and insightful remarks from some of the County’s leading jurists. Chief Judge Philip Gutierrez of the Central District, Presiding Judge Eric Taylor of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and Assistant Presiding Judge Samantha Jessner of the Los Angeles Superior Court gave speeches focused on the progress of the court and advice for the professional development of young attorneys. Before and after those speeches, over 200 young attorneys and judges were slated into breakout rooms of about 5 to 8 attendees to network amongst each other.

While the logistics of putting on this event over Zoom were challenging, the committee members, and most importantly our Chair, Jena MacCabe, rose to the occasion and made the event truly memorable. Thank you to all those who attended. We look forward to seeing everyone (in person!) at next year’s reception.

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

Event Review—California Bar Exam Success Panel (May 24, 2021) by Todd Berman

This timely, well-attended, and well-received event was for California Bar examinees in July 2021 and beyond.

The diverse panel of successful bar passers and bar exam specialists included:

  • Selina Farrell, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
  • Natalie Rodriguez, Southwestern School of Law
  • Alexandra Mayo, National Womxn of Color Collective
  • Jennifer Wilson, National Womxn of Color Collective
  • Todd Berman, Northwestern California University School of Law
  • Each panelist provided their unique perspective with answers that were all tailored to a broad range of the many attendee questions on California Bar Exam success.

    Thanks to Kaplan’s sponsorship, five lucky attendees won a $500 certificate for Kaplan’s Complete Bar Review course!

    Todd Berman is a tutor for the bar, law school professor, and member of the Barristers/Young Attorneys Executive Committee.

    Barrister Spotlights
    Ryan Schiedermayer headshot

    Ryan Schiedermayer is a commercial litigator at Sheppard Mulllin Richter & Hampton LLP in Century City. Before starting at SMRH, he completed law school at Georgetown and worked at the Senate Judiciary Committee. His litigation experience includes complex and general business disputes, trust and estates litigation, class action defense, copyright, trademark, unfair business practices, and fraud. Ryan enjoys the problem-solving opportunities and varied subject matters that litigation provides.

    Ryan serves on the BYA Executive Committee and is currently the Professional Development Committee Chair, where he works to provide quality programming designed to advance the careers of young attorneys.

    Ryan is a California native. A fourth-generation UC Berkeley grad, he lives and (mostly) dies with Cal football. When not working, Ryan enjoys smoking ribs and brisket, hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, reading history of Colonial America, and playing golf.

    Nicolas D Franco Headshot

    Nicolas D. Franco is a trial attorney. He currently practices with King & Spalding’s Trial and Global Disputes group, where he advises companies navigating high-stakes commercial disputes. Nico’s practice spans a broad range of industries and matters, including class actions, contract disputes, business torts, enforcement actions, antitrust matters, and employment-related suits. A former public defender with the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York City, and intern at the ACLU and the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Nico also maintains an avid pro bono practice focusing on indigent criminal defense and eviction defense. Prior to joining King & Spalding in September 2020, Nico clerked for the Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of California.

    Nico attended New York University School of Law where he served as a Derrick Bell Scholar for Public Service, Co-President of NYU’s Latinx Law Students Association, and student fellow with the Center for Race, Inequality, and the Law. Nico remains involved as a Member of the Board of the NYU Law Alumni of Color Association, with which he advocates for diversity and inclusion efforts at NYU and within the legal profession.

    Prior to law school, Nico worked as a management consultant for Deloitte in Los Angeles, where he advised multinational companies as to new growth opportunities and corporate strategy. Nico also helped lead the office’s fundraising for United Way and its programming in Los Angeles. Nico joined Deloitte after graduating from the University of Chicago.

    Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Nico has now lived in almost 10 cities around the United States, and is excited to be living again in his former home of Los Angeles. He enjoys working with LACBA, where he will be serving as Co-Chair of the Bench Meets Bar Committee starting in July, and with the New Leaders Council of Los Angeles, where he is currently a fellow. Prior to the pandemic, Nico also enjoyed travelling the world with his partner. He looks forward to exploring new places once traveling becomes more accessible.

    Interested in being spotlighted in an upcoming issue? Please email Claire-Lise Kutlay (

    Get Involved

    Interested in getting more involved with the BYA Section? Connect with our Assistant Vice President of Outreach J.D. Rees ( 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


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