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Friday, October 5, 2012


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Southwestern Law School to Honor Three Entertainment Law Attorneys


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Attorneys Thomas Hoberman, Deborah Drooz, and Russell Frackman are slated to be honored at an awards reception staged by the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute, established at Southwestern Law School, and by Southwestern’s Entertainment and Intellectual Property Alumni Association.

The reception will be held on Oct. 26, 2012 from 7-10 p.m. at the SLS Hotel at 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., in West Los Angeles. Tickets are $85 each.

A press release issued by Southwestern yesterday says:

“As one of the top entertainment law schools in the country, Southwestern will recognize three outstanding attorneys for their contributions to the entertainment and media industries, the legal profession and legal education.”

Hoberman, who received his law degree from Southwestern in 1975, will receive the award for “Outstanding Alumnus in Entertainment and Media Law”; Drooz, a 1985 Southwestern graduate, will be recognized asOutstanding Adjunct Professor in Entertainment and Media Law”; and Frackman, a graduate Columbia Law School, will receive theDonald E. Biederman Legacy Award.”

Hoberman is partner in the Beverly Hills law firm of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller LLP. He is chair of Southwestern’s Board of Trustees.

Drooz teaches entertainment and media law at Southwestern. She is a shareholder in the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP.

Frackman is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. He has been with that firm for 42 years, and specializes in intellectual property and entertainment litigation.

Information is available by telephoning (213) 738-6814.

The National Lawyers Guild will hold its 75th anniversary convention in Pasadena from Oct. 11-14, with the keynote address being given by Angela Davis, two-time vice presidential candidate of the Communist Party, USA.

The organization billed itself, in a press release yesterday, as the “Nation’s Leading Progressive Bar Association.”

The press release says:

“The National Lawyers Guild was the first bar association to send lawyers to the south to defend civil rights activists, the first to set up draft counseling and GI rights centers for soldiers and civilians resisting the war in Vietnam, the first to come to the aid of the fledgling immigrants’ rights movement and, in earlier times, the first to defend the labor movement in the late ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.  Most recently, it’s been the National Lawyers Guild that has defended the Occupy Wall Street movement, not only in New York City, but all around the country. During the ‘witch hunts’ of the McCarthy years, the NLG was the only bar association in the nation willing to defend those accused of being communists, including the defendants in the famous ‘Hollywood Ten’ case.”

During that time, it was placed on the Attorney General’s List of Subversive Organizations. The designation was later withdrawn.

Davis became nationally prominent in the 1960s in connection with her leadership activities in the Communist Party and the Black Panthers.

In June, 1970, she was fired as an assistant professor at UCLA in light of inflammatory language she used in speeches. Three months later, her name went on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List.

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1970 wanted poster

She was implicated the armed seizure of a courtroom in Marin County and the taking of hostages, which culminated in a shoot-out with police resulting in the death of a judge, two convicts, and a youthful friend of Davis. It was Davis who had purchased the firearms used in the attack.

Davis was apprehended in New York, returned to California and tried for murder and kidnapping. She was acquitted.

Her bids for election as vice president came in 1980 and 1984. She is now a professor at UC Santa Cruz.

Davis’s speech will take place at the start of the NLG convention on Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. The convention will take place at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel, 168 S. Robles St.

Tickets to the dinner are $80, except for students who will pay $35.

Preregistration for the convention has ended but registration will take place at the door. The cost is pegged to income, with lawyers and “legal workers” making less than $25,000 a year paying $95, the lowest of five levels, and those making more than $100,00 a year paying $440, the highest plateau.

Information is available at

Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County’s chief deputy district attorney, will be interviewed this morning on KPCC 89.3 Air Talk with Larry Mantle from 11:30 a.m.-noon. Lacey is a candidate for district attorney.


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