Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, December 12, 2012


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Ex-Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso Endorses Mike Feuer


Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso has endorsed Mike Feuer for Los Angeles city attorney, the Feuer campaign said in a release yesterday.

Reynoso, a civil rights lawyer and professor emeritus of law at UC Davis, was the first Latino to serve on the state’s highest court. He was a U.S. civil rights commissioner from 1993 to 2004, and received the presidential Medal of Freedom for “his efforts to address social inequity in the rural community.”

He is quoted in the release as saying:

“I’ve always been impressed by Mike’s intellect, leadership skills, and passion for social justice. From his time as the head of Bet Tzedek to his work as an elected official, Mike Feuer has been an inspiring, effective leader, who accomplishes great things. Los Angeles needs a City Attorney with Mike’s broad experience, exceptional legal skills, and talent for bringing people together.”

In the release Feuer praises Reynoso for overcoming “incredible odds to rise to the top of the legal profession,” adding:

“Notwithstanding his remarkable achievements, Justice Reynoso remains one of the most humble and sincere people I’ve ever met. He is also one of the most accomplished advocates for justice and equality of our generation. I’m deeply honored to have his endorsement.”

The Los Angeles Superior Court has announced that Judge Kenneth Freeman moved to Department 310 from Department 322 at the Central Civil West Courthouse on Dec. 4. Judge Lee Smalley Edmon will take over in Department 322 on Jan. 2 following the completion of her two-year term as presiding judge.

Also on Jan. 2, Judge David S. Wesley will move up from assistant presiding judge to presiding judge, Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl will leave Department 1 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse to assume Wesley’s current post, and the new civil courts supervising judge, Daniel Buckley, will move from Department 35 to Department 1.

Also, Judge Ann I. Jones will leave Department 86 to take over the newly created post of supervising judge of budget and planning implementation, working out of the presiding judge’s office.  

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced in a press release Monday that the U.S. General Services Administration has awarded the design-build contract for the Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse to the Clark Construction Group.

“A new courthouse will increase public safety, improve the downtown cityscape, and create thousands of jobs lasting beyond the five-year project,” he is quoted as saying, adding:

“It’s time to turn this eyesore into a jewel of downtown Los Angeles that will serve millions of Southern Californians for years to come.”

Clark Construction Group is headquartered in Bethesda, Md. and has regional offices in Costa Mesa, Oakland and San Diego.

California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard and attorney Patricia Phillips are to be honored as the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s “Trailblazers of the Bar,” on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Registration and reception begin at 5:30 p.m. for the hour-long 7:00 p.m. program, after which coffee and dessert will be served.

Tickets will be available for purchase in early January, the County Bar announced.

Matthew B. Gruenberg has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the corporate department and will chair the firm’s franchising and distribution law practice group, per a release issued Monday by the firm. 

Gruenberg, formerly a partner at Gruenberg Garnett Harris LLP, will continue to focus his practice on domestic and international franchising and licensing and distribution, as well as general corporate, trademark, and real estate matters.

Gruenberg’s addition to the firm said David Allen, managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s Los Angeles office, “continues the expansion of our practice by adding corporate and real estate transactional capabilities to our Los Angeles office.  Moreover, Matt’s depth of knowledge and understanding of the regulatory and business climate in which franchisors and franchisees interact will be of great assistance to our clients nationally.”

The firm’s Los Angeles office opened last year, the firm said, and currently has 22 attorneys whose practice areas include complex litigation, labor and employment, intellectual property, entertainment and corporate matters. 


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