Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, August 20, 2012


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Italian American Lawyers Assn. to Stage DA Candidate Forum


The Italian American Lawyers Assn. will stage a debate on Sept. 19 between the two candidates for Los Angeles County district attorney, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson.

Moderating the debate will be retired U.S. District Court Judge George Schiavelli, a former IALA president.

The venue will be Casa Italiana, 1051 N. Broadway, Los Angeles 90012. A no-host bar will open at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m., then the debate.

There’s a choice of entrees: chicken, sausage with peppers, or vegetarian lasagna. Antipasto, mostaccioli, spumoni and wine will also be served.

The cost to attend is $50 for non-members (with a $5 discount if a reservation is made at least 48 hours in advance). $40 for members of the IALA and other sponsoring organizations, as well as retired judges (also with a $5 discount for timely reservations), and $20 for students. Sitting judges pay nothing.

There will be one hour of MCLE credit.

Co-sponsors are the Armenian Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Century City Bar Association, Irish American Bar Association, Japanese American Bar Association, Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association, John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles, the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

The John M. Langston Bar Association and the Mexican American Bar Association will stage a program on Aug. 30 on “The Judicial Appointment Process.”

It will take place in the Burns Lounge of Loyola Law School at 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles.

There will be “welcoming remarks” by Jackie Lacey, candidate for district attorney, who is being supported by MABA.

Retired California Supreme Court Justice Carlos R. Moreno will be the moderator. The panelists will be Joshua Groban, the governor’s senior advisor for policy and appointments; Marco Saenz, a former member of the  State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation; and Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Stephanie Bowick and Allen J. Webster.

Registration will open at 6 p.m., followed by the progra from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.

There is no cost to attend. However, reservations are required and can be obtained by telephoning Maria Torres at (213) 749-2889or e-mailing

Two hours of MCLE credit will be provided.

Carmen Trutanich has put out a press release saying:

“LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has delivered on his promise to raise at least $100,000 for LA’s BEST by Aug. 12, his birthday.”

He had vowed in 2008 that if elected city attorney the following year, he would serve out his term, seek reelection and, if successful, would serve out that term. He promised to make the donation to the after-school program if he broke his commitment.

Trutanich ran for district attorney this year. He told the Los Angeles Times’ Steve Lopez in March that he would raise the money he promised by his birthday. He was 61 on Aug. 12.

The LA Weekly Daily Blog says of the first paragraph of the press release:

“That’s not quite true in all the particulars, or in any of them actually. First of all, he delivered $30,000, not $100,000. Second, he delivered it on Aug. 15, not Aug. 12. Third, his original pledge was to pay $100,000 in personal funds. Of the $30,000 he gave on Wednesday, only $10,000 came directly from Trutanich. The rest is from unidentified Trutanich supporters.”


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