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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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Event Review—October Bench Meets Bar Brown Bag with Judge Amy Yerkey

The Barristers/Young Attorneys Section (BYA) thanks Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy Yerkey for joining us on October 1 for another fantastic virtual “Brown Bag” lunch. Judge Yerkey shared some of her insights about career paths, appearing in court, collegiality and reputation in the profession, community service, and work-life balance.

Virtual Yoga with the Barristers—October 24, 2020 @ 10:00am

Get your stretch on with the Barristers! Our very own Barristers Executive Committee member, lawyer, and yoga teacher extraordinaire, Melissa Hailey, will lead a one-hour mixed-level class that will offer something for everyone. Zoom invitation to follow.

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

  • Fall Networking CLE—The Ethics of Referrals (November 16, 2020 at 6-7:30 p.m. via zoom)
  • Principles of E-Discovery with Federal Magistrate Judge Maria Audero (November 17, 2020 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. via zoom) (tentative date)
  • Bench Meets Bar Virtual “Brown Bag” Lunch (November 2020)
  • Clerkship Opportunities (November 2020)
  • Law Student Mock Interview Program (January 2021)
  • Tips for Virtual Interviewing (Winter 2021)
LACBA Section/Committee Liaisons

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

  • Environmental Law
  • Social Security Law
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity

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 know of any upcoming events or issues in their 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.

For those sections that have not yet been placed with a liaison, the application form is available at Applications are due by October 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested and contact for questions.

Section Spotlight—Immigration and Nationality Law

Composed of more than 600 attorney members, the LACBA Immigration and Nationality Law Section provides continuing legal education programs in key immigration practice areas, mentorship through the “Lunch with the Experts” series and the Section Listserve, opportunities to serve in a pro bono capacity in our community, liaison activities with the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, an annual diversity celebration, and mixer events co-sponsored with other bar associations.

Don’t miss their upcoming events:

  • October 15, 2020 - Lunch with The Experts: New California Employment Laws: What Employers Should Know
  • October 20, 2020 - Federal District Court Demystified - best practices in appearing before federal district court judges and magistrate judges
  • October 22, 2020 - October Voting Rights Townhall

For more information about the Immigration Section, please contact Afsha Randera, the Section’s BYA Liaison, at

Barristers Spotlights
Anne Nash newsletter photo

Anne Nash is General Counsel at Carbon Activated Corp. (CAC), a leading manufacturer and supplier of activated carbon and related services. Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, is heavily used in the water and air purification industries for removal of contaminants. Anne oversees all aspects of CAC’s and its subsidiaries domestic and international legal functions, including transactions and litigation related to Regulatory Compliance, Labor & Employment, Customs & Trade, Intellectual Property, Corporate Governance and International Expansion. She enjoys in-house counsel work because it allows her to handle a wide range of issues while collaborating with her business team to best protect the interests of the company.

Anne is a member of the LACBA BYA Executive Committee and serves as the Vice President, where she manages the BYA Section/Committee Liaison program. Having served on the BYA Executive Committee for more than 4 years, Anne has enjoyed the benefits of LACBA and BYA membership, gaining not only valuable career resources but also life-long connections.

Anne received her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and her J.D. from California Western School of Law. After law school, Anne practiced general business and construction defect litigation at law firms in San Diego and Los Angeles. Originally from Sri Lanka, Anne was raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. In her spare time, Anne enjoys hot yoga, beach days, and most importantly, spending time with her husband, Tom, and 2-year old son, Vincent.


Victoria McLaughlin is the principal attorney at McLaughlin Family Law & Mediation, APC, a firm she launched in 2020. She focuses on facilitating peaceful resolutions to family law disputes such as prenup negotiations and divorce proceedings. She prides herself on guiding clients down a path of cooperation rather than confrontation.

In 2020 Super Lawyers Magazine named Victoria a Rising Star for the second year in a row. She is a former member of the LACBA Board of Trustees and the WLALA Board of Governors. She has also served on the Barristers/Young Attorneys Executive Committee.

Prior to the pandemic, one of her top hobbies was traveling internationally as often as she could. For now, she is enjoying National Park road trips. She is currently based in Manhattan Beach, where she enjoys distance running and practicing yoga daily.

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 AVP of Outreach J.D. Rees ( to hear about the various BYA Committees and benefits of membership. The Committees are: Bench Meets Bar, Law Student Outreach, Networking, Professional Development, Social Media, and Membership. Committee descriptions can be found at

Interested in being a law student liaison to the BYA Section? Barristers’ Law Student Outreach Committee (LSOC) is looking for law students at UCLA, USC, Loyola, Pepperdine, and Southwestern Law Schools to serve as Barristers Student Liaisons for the 2020-2021 academic year. Liaisons will assist LSOC with promoting events at their respective schools, will be LSOC’s “eyes and ears” for any and all developments at their respective schools, and will be able to participate in monthly BYA Executive Committee meetings. Applications are now open at, but hurry—applications are due no later than October 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Please contact for more information.

Interested in giving back? This year has brought new and unprecedented challenges for those facing domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Domestic Violence Project is once again running its social media campaign titled #BeAware. They are looking for donations, sponsors, and promotion of the campaign to help bring awareness to victims of domestic violence and their needs. Please consider becoming a sponsor or making a donation at Please also promote the campaign by following, liking, and sharing posts and information on Instagram: @lacbadvp, Twitter: @lacba_dvp, and Facebook: Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Legal Services Project. And don’t forget that you can always support LACBA’s Counsel for Justice by selecting it when shopping at!


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