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OCTOBER 2019
 
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Barristers/ Young Attorneys Newsletter

Barristers/Young Attorneys Executive Committee Officers:

Diana A. Sanders, President
Jessica G. Gordon, Immediate Past President
Sharon Gelbart, President-Elect
Sarah Kelly-Kilgore, Vice-President
Anne Nash, Assistant Vice President of Outreach
Yujin Chun, Assistant Vice President of Public Relations
J.D. Rees, Assistant Vice President of Special Events
Melissa Hailey, Secretary

 

 
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Social Media
 

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Section Liaisons
 

The application period is now open for the Barristers/YA liaison positions. For those sections that have not yet been placed with a liaison, the application form is available at https://forms.gle/hDN4QjYhkKc5c5N69. Please feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested and connect with barristersliaison@gmail.com with any questions you have.

 
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Barristers Spotlight
 

This Barristers Spotlight highlights one member of the Barrister/Young Attorney Section who has demonstrated an exceptional career achievement, milestone, or is just generally awesome! If you would like to be considered for the Barristers Spotlight please contact our social media chairs, Janette Blair and Brittany Shugart. This month’s Barristers Spotlight is on Sarah-Kelly Kilgore. See Sarah’s bio below:

The Los Angeles Daily Journal has named Sarah Kelly-Kilgore, the Barristers/Young Attorneys current Vice President, as one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in California. Administrative Partner of Greenberg Gross LLP’s Los Angeles office, Kilgore was recognized for her leading role on a number of the firm’s most high-profile matters. For example, Kilgore was recently counsel of record on two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, both of which involved significant First Amendment issues, and, in August, she argued Bill Cosby’s criminal appeal in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Kilgore is engaged in a groundbreaking trade secrets lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. and a blockbuster gender discrimination lawsuit against Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

A native Angeleno and avid Dodgers fan, Kilgore was crowned MVP of the Landau Lawyers League recent softball All-Star game. Although she is the least-athletic member of her family, Kilgore nonetheless enjoys competing in curling, axe-throwing, and water polo in her free time. She lives in Pasadena with her fiancé and curling skip, Jon, and their two adorable dogs, Hank and Nelson.

 
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Events and Info
 
Barristers/Young Attorneys Hike

Join the Barristers/Young Attorneys Section for a hike through Elysian Park on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. The event is free but is limited to current Barristers members and their guests only. The Barristers Membership Committee hosts a hike, yoga class, or other fun outdoor event every month! RSVP by emailing BarristersMembership@gmail.com.

Networking Events

The Barristers/ Young Attorneys Summer Social was held on August 22nd the Henry in Beverly Hills. It was a great success! Current and prospective Members enjoyed the opportunity to connect, network and unwind at a great venue. Check out our social media pages for photos of the event.

The Barristers also attended the “State of the Court” address and social hosted by LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section on September 10th at the Birds & Bees in Downtown L.A. Barristers attendees were able to network with titans of the appellate bar and hear from Presiding Justice Elwood Lui at this special event, which was free to all Barristers members.

If you were able to attend the event and are not yet a member, please connect with our Barristers Membership team leaders Mera Baker (merabaker@gmail.com) and Kate McMorrow (kate.mcmorrow@dentons.com) to hear more about the benefits of membership and get on board. We look forward to connecting with you at future events!

Securities Regulation Seminar

The 52nd Annual Securities Regulation Seminar, which is sponsored by the SEC and LACBA, will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. This year’s program promises to be timely and informative and should be of interest to a wide range of practitioners, particularly those young and new attorneys who are interested in securities regulation and enforcement—or just the opportunity to meet with in-house counsel and senior staff from the SEC, DBO, FINRA and other agencies. Registration is open ONLINE

Announcements from L.A. Superior Court

Attention all litigators! The schedule for processing limited civil cases in Department 94 has changed: Trials will now begin promptly at 8:30 a.m., motions will be heard at 10:00 a.m., and ex parte applications will continue to be heard at 1:00 p.m. Additionally, our local state court is undertaking a number of improvements, including the installation of digital equipment in trial courtrooms, the opening of new courtrooms in the Beverly Hills courthouse, and the appointment of new commissioners. Check the Barristers’ next newsletter for future updates.

 
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IAALS Invitation to Join New Lawyer Focus Group
 

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver (IAALS), together with Professor Deborah Merritt at The Ohio State University, seeks lawyers to participate in focus groups for a national research project, Building a Better Bar: Capturing Minimum Competence. This project will generate important insights into the work that new lawyers perform and the challenges they face. Those insights, in turn, will help state supreme courts and bar examiners define the minimum competence they test on the bar exam. We seek new lawyers for this study. You qualify as a new lawyer if:

  • You were first admitted to a bar between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2018; and
  • You have held jobs that required a law license for at least one year total since that time.

If you are interested in participating, please complete our Participant Information Form. Feel free to complete the form even if you are not sure whether you qualify; the form will help us make that determination. If at all possible, please complete the form by October 28, 2019.

More Information About Participation in the IAALS Project
 

If you participate in our project, you will take part in a focus group of 4-6 new lawyers. The sessions will be held during a weekend morning or a weeknight evening between late September and early December; we have a set date for the evening of September 25th in Downtown Los Angeles and will be scheduling additional sessions based on participant availability.  We will find a day that is convenient for you and other group members. The session will last about 2 hours, and food will be provided. Anahid Gharakhanian, Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills and Director of the Externship Program at Southwestern Law School, will facilitate the discussion, while an observer will take notes. We will audio record the session to create a transcript for analysis.

During the session, discussion will focus on the knowledge and skills that new lawyers need during their first year working in a position that requires them to have a law license. The discussion will be confidential, all transcripts will be de-identified, and we will destroy the recordings after they have been transcribed.

For more information, please see our project page. You are also welcome to contact:

 
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Section Spotlight
 

The Small Firm & Sole Practitioner section is dedicated to serving the unique needs and concerns of its membership. Our small but mighty section is a robust group of close to 300 members strong and growing. A very active list serve is our hallmark, and a must-have tool for those not in a larger firm. Daily attorneys from diverse practice areas seek referrals for clients with issues outside their bailiwick, ask for and receive advice on legal matters both technical and substantive, engage in lively discussion and debate about issues they encounter in their practices, and share resource referrals (whether for a Court reporter, a process server, expert witnesses, or someone to cover a depo appearance).

Our Section recently reactivated by forming an Executive Committee; our Executive Committee Task Force & Committee Roster reveals the varied activities that allow members to engage in collaborative and leadership positions. Many members have enjoyed great camaraderie and collegiality for years on the list serve, but have just recently met in person! Our networking events have met with rave reviews. On Saturday November 23 we will conduct a half day seminar “Small Firm Practitioner’s Tool Kit” with panels on the best computer software tools, practice pitfalls, time management and marketing.

Another benefit of membership is mentorship. Many of our experienced attorneys take the time to help younger and newer members of the Bar navigate the waters of small and solo practice. This year’s plans include organizing a more formal mentorship program.  We are actively engaged in recruiting new members and our section newsletter will commence featuring members of our Executive Committee, section members and our newest section members.

We are active on social media: Click Here for LI; Click Here for FB. And stay tuned for Instagram in development. Our monthly newsletters keep everyone up-to-date with our section activities and other news; the July 2019 Small Firm Newsletter will give you a better idea of our many activities and projects.

Please visit our Section Home Page and give some thought to joining the Small Firm & Sole Practitioner Section. We would love to have you!  For questions or more information contact Chair Caroline Vincent at cvincent@adrservices.com, or Executive Committee member Stuart Chelin at stuart@chelinlaw.com.    

The Small Firm & Sole Practitioner section is dedicated to serving the unique needs and concerns of its membership. Our small but mighty section is a robust group of close to 300 members strong and growing. A very active list serve is our hallmark, and a must-have tool for those not in a larger firm. Daily attorneys from diverse practice areas seek referrals for clients with issues outside their bailiwick, ask for and receive advice on legal matters both technical and substantive, engage in lively discussion and debate about issues they encounter in their practices, and share resource referrals (whether for a Court reporter, a process server, expert witnesses, or someone to cover a depo appearance).

Our Section recently reactivated by forming an Executive Committee; our Executive Committee Task Force & Committee Roster reveals the varied activities that allow members to engage in collaborative and leadership positions. Many members have enjoyed great camaraderie and collegiality for years on the list serve, but have just recently met in person! Our networking events have met with rave reviews.  On Saturday November 23 we will conduct a half day seminar “Small Firm Practitioner’s Tool Kit” with panels on the best computer software tools, practice pitfalls, time management and marketing.

Another benefit of membership is mentorship. Many of our experienced attorneys take the time to help younger and newer members of the Bar navigate the waters of small and solo practice. This year’s plans include organizing a more formal mentorship program. We are actively engaged in recruiting new members and our section newsletter will commence featuring members of our Executive Committee, section members and our newest section members.

We are active on social media: Click Here for LI; Click Here for FB. And stay tuned for Instagram in development. Our monthly newsletters keep everyone up-to-date with our section activities and other news; the July 2019 Small Firm Newsletter will give you a better idea of our many activities and projects.

Please visit our Section Home Page and give some thought to joining the Small Firm & Sole Practitioner Section. We would love to have you!  For questions or more information contact Chair Caroline Vincent at stuart@chelinlaw.com.

 
 
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