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Thursday, April 25, 2013


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IALA, CWL to Offer Tips on How to Become a Judge


The Italian American Lawyers Association and California Women Lawyers will each hold a meeting next month featuring advice on how to land a judgeship.

IALA’s meeting is slated for May 15 dinner and will be held at Casa Italiana, 1051 N. Broadway, just north of Chinatown. The cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m., with dinner and the program following.








The discussion is labeled, “The 411 on Becoming a Judge: Information Night on Judicial Appointments and Elections.”

Participating in the program will be Alice Salvo, a former chair of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation; Joshua Groban, Gov. Jerry Brown’s senior advisor for policy and appointments; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Randolph Hammock, who gained office through election; and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jeff Winikow, a recent Brown appointee to the bench.

The cost to attend, for those who make a reservation by May 10, is $35 for IALA members, affiliates and retired judges, and $40 for non-members. Those without timely reservations will be charged an extra $5.


Sitting judges are admitted free, with or without reservations.

Reservations can be made by e-mailing or telephoning (213) 891-4845.

CWL calls its program “So, You Want To Be A Judge?” The event, co-sponsored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 18, a Saturday, at UCLA School of Law, 385 Charles E Young Drive East, #1112.

A Continental breakfast will be served during the registration period from 9:15-10 a.m.

Groban, along with Lara Krieger, the current chair of the JNE Commission, will speak in the morning. Moderators will be Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Kathleen O’Leary of the Fourth District’s Div. Three and Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Diana Becton.

The lunch speaker will be Alameda Superior Court Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte.

An “Ask the Judges” workshop is slated to take place from 1:15-3 p.m., featuring 14 jurists. Among the Los Angeles Superior Court judges who are scheduled to participate are Bobbi Tilmon, Michael Carter, Dianna Gould-Saltman, Patricia Titus, Mildred Escobedo, and Laura Walton.

There are seven price categories ranging from $75 for students to $325, with registration combined with joining CWL. Registration is available online at

Patrick M. Kelly, president of the State Bar of California, was beckoned to the microphone by attorney Peter B. Dolan at the last meeting of the Italian American lawyers, and the bar chief joined Dolan and the honorary Irish Consul General Finbar Hill, assistant Orange County public defender, is singing “Danny Boy.”

The occasion was the annual “Gaelic and Garlic Night,” which the Irish American Bar Association co-sponsors.


Lisa Specht, a partner in Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and a one-time politician and on-air personality, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of The Music Center, it was announced yesterday.

Specht has served on the board since 2007 and has been vice chair since 2009.

She also serves as a trustee and vice chair of Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges, as an executive committee board member of Central City Asso­ciation, and as a board member of the American Jewish Committee.

From 1979-89, Specht did reports on legal matters for KABC news, and 1991 co-hosted NBC’s daytime series, “TrialWatch.” She appeared in a movie in 1989, and one in 1990, each time playing a reporter.


In 1985, Specht lost the Los Angeles city attorney’s race to then-Controller James Hahn (now a Los Angeles Superior Court judge).

Specht previously chaired the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and in 2000 served as chief counsel for the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.

A press release quotes Specht as commenting:

“It is an honor to lead The Music Center board as we continue to develop programming and initiatives to engage our diverse communities and provide new and inspiring ways to enjoy the arts,”  Specht.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board and with The Music Center’s world class resident companies as we look forward to our 50th anniversary.”

The Pasadena Bar Association’s Probate & Trust Law Section will present a noon talk on May 6 on “Portability, Income Tax, and Surtax—The Quiet Revolution in Estate Planning.”

Attorney Steven E. Trytten will be the speaker.

The University Club of Pasadena, 175 North Oakland Avenue, will be the venue.

The cost to attend is $35, payable at the door.

Reservations are required and are due by noon, May 3. They can be made by telephoning (626) 441-1707 or e-mailing

One hour of MCLE credit will be given.

The San Fernando Valley Bar Association and University of West Los Angeles School of Law will host a debate tomorrow between Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and his challenger, former Assembly member Mike Feuer.

It will take place at UWLA’s Chatsworth campus at 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 201.

The one-hour debate is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. UWLA President Robert Brown will be moderator.

LA Law Library will not only celebrate “Law Day” on May 1—declared by the president each year since 1958—but will stage events during “law week” from April Monday, April 29, through Monday, May 6.

April 29: “Public Records Access,” 2-3 p.m., LA Law Library Main Library. In a one-time offering to celebrate National Law Day, LA Law Library Executive Director Sandra J. Levin will outline the processes and procedures for obtaining public records from state and local agencies in California. Register:

May 2: “Landmark Supreme Court Cases That Have Affected Law & Society,” 2-3 p.m., LA Law Library Main Library. LA Law Library reference staff will give an overview of Supreme Court cases that have affected law and society. Learn about the library, legal research, and cases that have had a profound effect on all Americans. Register:

May 4: “Estate Planning,” 10-11 a.m., LA Law Library Main Library. Estate Planning Attorney Elizabeth Botsford will discuss the steps that need to be taken to prepare for the transfer of assets and what can be done today to maximize the value of an estate. She will address the basics of wills, living trusts, advance healthcare directives, and powers of attorney. Register:

May 6: LA Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra Concert. LA Law Library Main Library. Reception, 5 p.m.; concert, 6-7 p.m. Having performed at Disney Concert Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Gary Greene, Esq. and the LA Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra bring their 50-musician orchestra to the LA Law Library for an enjoyable and entertaining evening of classical and contemporary melodies for music lovers of all ages. RSVP: www.


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