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NOVEMBER 2021
 
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Events
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Lawyer Referral Service
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Barristers in the News
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Section Spotlight—Environmental Law Section
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Pro Bono & Community Investment Spotlight
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Barrister Spotlights
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Get Involved
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Court Updates
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Job Board
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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
 

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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Events
 
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Join the BYA in participating in the Los Angeles Turkey Trot on November 25, 2021!  Register here and follow our social media for additional information. Turkey Trots are a short run (between 3-5 miles long) where you get to set your own pace, further personal health goals and well-being, and is a fun way to connect with colleagues. The Los Angeles Turkey Trot is raising money to benefit Midnight Mission, an amazing organization that offers a path to self-sufficiency to those experiencing homelessness. Make sure you register to claim your spot in the Turkey Trot and ensure you get SWAG (including a shirt, *sparkly* medal, and other goodies)! If DTLA is not convenient, you can still participate in a virtual run with Los Angeles Turkey Trot, or join another Turkey Trot in the Los Angeles area; see below for a non-exhaustive list. Be sure to snap a picture of your Turkey Trot and tag BYA, and your post may be featured on our social media pages. Gobble gobble!

Los Angeles Turkey Trot:
https://turkeytrot.la (Join BYA at this location!)

Pasadena Turkey Trot:
https://pasadenatriathlon.com/events/turkey-trot-los-angeles/

Torrance Turkey Trot:
https://www.torranceca.gov/our-city/recreation/special-events/turkeytrot

Anaheim Turkey Trot:
https://racemob.com/races/159048-anaheim-turkey-trot-5k-fun-run

Hermosa Beach Turkey Trot:
https://www.raceentry.com/fall-pier-to-pier-runwalk/race-information

 

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

 

Please also join the Barristers 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:

  • November 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (hosted by Marina Fraigun)
  • December 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (hosted by Jeff Daar)
  • December 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. (hosted by Mark Hiraide)
 
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Lawyer Referral Service
 

Looking for a way to build your practice? LACBA’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) has successfully generated profitable client relationships for more than 300 LACBA members. All referrals are for paying matters. If you are interested in learning more about LRS and how it can fit your practice as a new or young attorney, please contact Coco Su at CSu@lacba.org. If you are ready to join LRS, please visit the LACBA LRS membership page

 
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Barristers in the News
 

Congratulations to BYA Executive Committee Member-at-Large Todd Berman, who was selected as one of two 2021-2022 Young Lawyers Fellows appointed by the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Young Lawyers Fellowship Program.

Congratulations to BYA Pro Bono & Community Co-Chair Stephanie Taft, who was recently published by the Daily Journal. Her article, Our Justice System Is Finally Warming Up To Tech, discusses the judicial system’s embrace of remote technology as part of a longstanding effort to maintain ongoing access to the courts in wake of COVID-19. 

Congratulations to BYA Vice President Nick Spear, who was named a Litigation Trailblazer by the National Law Journal in its 2021 compilation of lawyers who have “taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes” and who are “true agents of change.”

Congratulations to AVP of Public Relations Claire-Lise Kutlay, who was recently promoted to Counsel.

 
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Section Spotlight—Environmental Law Section
 

The Environmental Law Section brings together a diverse group of attorneys interested in the complexity of issues facing practitioners in the field. The Section is an excellent resource for new and young attorneys both for both mentorship and for becoming better lawyers. It truly is an exciting time to be practicing environmental law and a great time to be a member of this Section.

The Environmental Law Section consistently puts on timely and interesting events. This year’s Fall Symposium (November 17 and 19) will cover topics on SoCal’s water resources and air quality issues. The panelists are set to discuss issues concerning environmental justice, the impact of the drought on Southern California’s drinking water resources, updates on microplastics in stormwater & related permitting changes, and agency rules that impact air quality.

Because the Section includes members in private practice, government service, and in the public interest sector, BYA attorneys can establish meaningful relationships with practitioners across sectors.

For additional information or to get involved, please contact the BYA liaison to the Environmental Section, Brady Witbeck (brady.witbeck@morganlewis.com).

 
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Pro Bono & Community Spotlight (New Feature!)
 

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. LACBA’s Counsel for Justice (CFJ) is proud to support the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project, which has been providing services remotely by phone and email throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. You can continue to support this important work by donating, becoming a sponsor, and raising awareness by following the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and sharing posts.  Click here to learn more about how you can help. 

CFJ is also participating AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2021’s remote AIDS walk this year, with all proceeds raised will go directly back to LACBA CFJ to support the AIDS Legal Services Project. Please consider joining and fundraising with our team. Donations can also be made here. And don’t forget that you can always support CFJ by simply selecting it when shopping at Amazon or Ralphs!

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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Jamison Gilmore is a commercial litigator at King & Spalding LLP. Jamison’s practice focuses on the resolution of commercial, intellectual property, and products liability disputes in state and federal courts. He frequently litigates cases involving unfair and unlawful business practices, copyright and trademark disputes, products liability, and fatal personal injuries. Jamison handles all stages of litigation from pre-filing negotiations through post-trial motions. He is among the select few attorneys to have litigated a completely remote trial during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jamison is adept at obtaining favorable results for clients in California state courts. He drafted over 3,000 tentative orders while clerking for three judges presiding in Los Angeles Superior Court. This experience gives Jamison deep insight into effective written and oral advocacy in the state-court system.

Prior to clerking at Los Angeles Superior Court, Jamison attended Southwestern Law School. He was on the executive board for the Moot Court Honors Program and the Editorial Board for Southwestern Law Review. He was also involved in many programs that gave back to his community in fostering junior cohorts, including the Dean's Fellow Program and the Peer Mentor Program.

Jamison serves as Co-Chair of the Bench Meets Bar Committee for LACBA’s Barristers/Young Attorneys section. There, he connects local judges with young attorneys and law students to foster growth and mentorship. When not working or giving back to the legal community, Mr. Gilmore can be found playing tag with his toddler, peek-a-boo with his infant, or arm-chair critic with his wife while watching the latest streaming craze.

 

Member Spotlight

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Jessica Soriano is a third-year associate at Lynberg & Watkins, where she handles a variety of civil litigation defense and insurance coverage matters including matters involving products liability, premises liability and contract disputes.

As an undergraduate, she served as an intern for California Superior Court Judge Suzanne G. Bruguera. She then earned her Juris Doctor degree through SCALE, a two-year accelerated program at Southwestern Law School. During law school, Jessica actively participated in student organizations, small claims clinics, and served as an editor for the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law. She was also a board member for the Mindfulness on Law Society and the Latino Law Students Association.

Prior to rejoining Lynberg & Watkins, she externed for the Honorable Robert N. Kwan at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California, where she wrote bench memorandums and observed a variety of bankruptcy proceedings.

When not working, Jessica enjoys partaking in hiking, travel, bhakti yoga, camping, and spending quality time with family and 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.

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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Court Updates
 

On September 20, 2021, Los Angeles Superior Court began mandatory efiling for Complex Litigation.  All documents filed by parties represented by attorneys in Complex Civil matters must be filed electronically.  Check out lasc.org for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions.

On November 15, 2021, Los Angeles Superior Court will begin mandatory efiling for Family Law cases.  Self-represented litigants will also have the option to efile as of November 15.  Check out lasc.org for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions.

 
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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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