Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sandra J. Levin to Join LA Law Library as Executive Director
The LA Law Library Board of Trustees announced yesterday that Sandra J. Levin will be joining the library as executive director effective Dec. 26, succeeding Marcia J. Koslov, who is retiring after over seven years in the position.
“We are extremely pleased that Sandi will be joining the LA Law Library full time,” Susan Steinhauser, president of the Library’s Board of Trustees said in the release. “With a total of 25 years in the legal profession in roles ranging from named partner to elected official, she brings an extraordinary blend of experience and ability to the Library.”
Levin, a former mayor and councilmember of Culver City, has served as the library’s general counsel for the last two years, and before that was the founder, owner and co-manager of the law firm of Colantuono & Levin. She also brings to the position knowledge of public sector governance and operations from her experience as both general and special counsel to numerous government agencies, the release says.
“I am excited to be joining the LA Law Library at such a momentous time,” Levin said in the release. “The accomplishments of Marcia and her staff over the last seven and half years are nothing short of remarkable. I look forward to carrying out the vision of the Board of Trustees to reach a larger segment of the public and the legal community, provide services both virtually and at our Main Library, branch and partnership locations and open our doors to a broader range of events and activities.”
•The Mexican-American Bar Association said yesterday it has endorsed Councilman Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles, explaining in a release:
“MABA takes its mission statement very seriously when it comes to endorsing a candidate for office and Eric Garcetti exemplifies this mission in much of his work. Additionally, we believe that his impressive professional accomplishments and personal integrity render him the best candidate in the primary.”
Another mayoral candidate, Controller Wendy Greuel, picked up the endorsement of retired California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian.
A release issued by the Greuel campaign quoted the jurist as saying:
“Wendy Greuel has demonstrated that she will be a Mayor for all of Los Angeles. Right now we need a mayor who is going to do whatever it takes to get our economy back on track and make city government accountable to the people. Wendy is a true leader, and I’m proud to endorse her for mayor.”
•Susan Mattisinko has been appointed to the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles’ newly created position of general counsel, the foundation announced yesterday.
She will supervise all legal and compliance matters for the foundation, the largest manager of charitable assets and planned-giving solutions for Los Angeles-area Jewish philanthropists.
“We are fortunate to have a person of Susan’s legal expertise and professional acumen, as well as commitment to the Jewish community, join our organization,” the release quotes President and CEO Marvin I. Schotland as saying. “She brings a wealth of experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors.”
Mattisinko previously served for three years as general counsel of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest New Jersey. Before that she spent three years as associate counsel with Oppenheimer Funds in New York, following eight years as an associate with Sidley Austin, and two years as a La Guardia Fellow with the City of New York.
Mattisinko earned her law degree from New York University, her master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A registered in-house counsel with the State Bar of California, she is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.
•Steve Cooley, the recently retired Los Angeles County district attorney, will ride on Rotary International’s float in the 24th Tournament of Roses Parade, the organization said in a press release yesterday.
Riding with Cooley will be Paul Geisel, nephew of Theodore Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss—and Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka, visiting from Japan. The theme for the 2013 New Year’s Day parade is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” the title of a book by Dr. Seuss.
Rotary International’s float will feature a central world globe representing the community and global service contributed by Rotary’s international network of 1.2 million volunteers. As the globe spins and gears turn, lotus and cherry blossoms and giant origami “peace cranes” will inform the millions of parade viewers around the world of Rotary’s commitment to peace.
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