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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


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Senior Lawyers Section of LACBA to Host ‘Nostalgia Night’


The Senior Lawyers Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association will host a “Nostalgia Night” on Feb. 27 at Taix French Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Boulevard.

Registration and cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m., and the program will commence at 7:30 p.m.

“Gary Greene, Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers” will be providing music, and actress June Lockhart will moderate a game show panel, with lawyers and retired judges and justices as panelists.

The restaurant will be offering three choices for dinner, including filet mignon with sautéed mushroom, filet of sole, and vegetarian pasta.

Those interested may register online at, or by telephoning LACBA Member Services at (213) 896-6560.

After registering, send an e-mail to: with your choice of entrée.

Registration must be received by Monday, Feb.24, at 4 p.m.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has admitted 15 new lawyers to the partnership, including Duane Beasley of Los Angeles.

Beasley is a member of Orrick’s Structured Finance Group.  His practice focuses on capital markets transactions, including residential mortgage-backed securitizations, master repurchase facilities, sales of debt related assets, servicer advance facilities and re-securitizations of asset-backed securities. 

Beasley serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Diversity in the Profession Committee. He also serves as the chairperson for the firm’s Los Angeles Office Diversity Committee.

Beasley earned his law degree from UCLA and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed three local attorneys to various state boards:

Luis Li, 48, was named to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

Li has been a partner at Munger Tolles and Olson LLP since 2005. He was chief of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Criminal Branch from 2002 to 2005 and an assistant U.S. attorney from 1995 to 2002.

From 1991 to 1992, he was a law clerk for U.S. Judge Dickran Tevrizian of the Central District of California, since retired.

Mark Silverman, 63, of Santa Monica, was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy.

Silverman has been an advisor at Twistory Entertainment Studios and entrepreneur in residence at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business since last year. He was an advisor at WynnStarr Foods Inc. in 2013 and held multiple positions at ScrollMotion Inc. from 2009 to 2013.

Garry Shay, 58, of Reseda, was reappointed to the Dental Hygiene Committee of California, where he has served since last year.

Shay has been an associate trial attorney at Stockwell Harris Woolverton and Muehl since 2012. He was senior trial attorney at Chernow and Lieb Law Offices from 2004 until 2012. He is also a former chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg has been reassigned to civil Department D, Santa Monica, from Department V. Schnegg assumes the position of retiring Judge Joseph S. Biderman.

Effective Feb. 10, Judge Roberto Longoria is assigned to criminal Department 48, Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Los Angeles, from Department 30. Newly appointed Judge Mark Hanasono is assigned to criminal Department 45, Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge Renee Korn is assigned to criminal arraignment Department 30, Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Los Angeles, from Department 45.

Effective Mar. 3, Judge Amy Pellman will sit in Department 421 of Children’s Court, Monterey Park, moving from Department 413.

The Armenian Bar Association is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program.

The scholarship is awarded to meritorious students of Armenian descent attending, or accepted to, law schools in the United States, Armenia, or elsewhere.

The scholarship is primarily funded by donations and various bar association fundraising events. 

Students interested in applying can obtain an application at the bar association’s website,

The application deadline is March 31.

UCLA law student Arienna Grody has been chosen as the first recipient of the Law School Partnership Project’s Gideon’s Promise Fellowship

Grody, a student in the law school’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, will work in the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office in Birmingham, Ala. as part of the Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Project.

Grody, who grew up in Oakland, gained experience working as an advocate for criminal defendants during law school. In addition to participating in UCLA’s Criminal Defense Clinic, she spent two summers at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office.

The LSPP is a partnership between Gideon’s Promise, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to public defense reform, and several law schools. UCLA School of Law was the first law school to join the group, which was launched in November of last year.

The goal of the program is to help recruit talented, third-year law students interested in public service careers and place them in positions at underserved public defender offices.


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