Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, January 30, 2013


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Los Angeles Superior Court Announces Bench Officer Assignment Changes


The Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday said that several bench officers will be moving to new courtrooms next month.

Effective Feb. 19, Judge Charles W. McCoy moves from Department 281 of the juvenile court in Pomona South to Department K, a civil mandatory settlement court. Judge Geanene M. Yriarte will move to Department 281, which will be redesignated Department K, from Department 2, in the criminal division of the Pomona North Courthouse.

Also effective Feb. 19, Judge Ramona G. See moves from Department 69 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse to Department M in the Torrance Courthouse.

Barry Schirm has been appointed partner-in-charge of the Los Angeles office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP, the firm announced yesterday. 

Schirm’s practice focuses on pretrial preparation and the trial of product liability matters, as well as appellate review, toxic tort and commercial litigation, and insurance defense litigation.  He also acts as national coordinating counsel for several companies related to their asbestos litigation.

Schirm earned his law degree from Southwestern University and an undergraduate degree from California State University Fullerton.

The Beverly Hills Bar Association partners with the West Legal Education Center on a live CLE webcast, “How to Recognize Cross Cultural Issues in Litigation, Negotiation, and Mediation,” on Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m.

The seminar provides one hour of ethics credit, and purchase of the $90 program provides online access for 180 days.

For more information or to register, visit

The Beverly Hills Bar Association also presents CLE programs in February at its new offices located at 9420 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor. Two-hour free parking for all events is available at 241 North Canon Drive.

•Feb. 6: “Planning When You Have To Go!”—closing or preserving your practice due to death, disability or retirement, with attorneys Marshall Oldman and Irwin Donald Goldring.

•Feb. 7: “Crowdfunding and Private Capital Raising: New Landscape of New Landmines?”—the current status of SEC rulemaking and permissible online activities, with attorneys Jennifer Post and Mark Hiraide.

Note: this event is free for members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys. All others, see below.

•Feb. 7: Movie Madness: How Hollywood Depicts the Ethics of Lawyers, with Elegant Gourmet Dinner, chaired by attorney Timothy Reuben, and including panelists retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins and attorneys Greg Barchie and Ella Brown.

Registration & cocktails for this event begin at 6:00 p.m., with dinner and program starting at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free to sitting bench officers, $85 for inn and litigation section members who pay in advance ($95 at the door). Guests (who must be invited by a current Inn of Court member) pay $99.

One hour CLE credit in ethics is available.

•Feb. 13: “The Interplay of Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney with Other Aspects of an Estate,” with attorney Randy Spiro of Altshuler & Spiro.

Except as indicated, the cost to attend the above events is $55.00 for members of the applicable BHBA section who pay in advance, $65.00 for other BHBA members who pay in advance, and $80.00 for all other advance registrants. ($10.00 more at door for all). Discounted fees are available to law students for certain programs.

With the exception of Movie Madness, the programs offer one hour of general CLE credit. Registration begins at noon.

For more information on BHBA programs contact(310) 601-2422 or visit


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