Monday, April 22, 2013
Half-Norwegian Bar to Hold 25th Anniversary Meeting
The Half-Norwegian (on the Mother’s Side) American Bar Association will hold its 25th annual meeting on May 14—three days in advance of the holiday it gathers to celebrate: Syttende Mai (May 17), Norwegian Constitution Day.
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Berger, an online political commentator, will deliver a non-political talk entitled, “An Englishman Looks at Norwegian Americans.”
The group will gather for cocktails at 5:30 p.m., with a seafood buffet being opened at 6 p.m., featuring lump crab, crab claws, bay shrimp, prawns, smoked salmon, oysters, sushi, and other seafood, as well as non-seafood dishes.
The program is slated to start at 6:45 p.m.
There will be a break for attendees to partake of the dessert buffet which will offer hot fudge sundaes, cakes, pies, fruit, cheeses, and other sweets. After election of officers, aquavit will be served, to be consumed in a single gulp following the traditional toast to the president of the United States and the king of Norway.
The event will be held at a downtown Los Angeles private club which doesn’t allow its name used except on invitations.
Invitations are available by going to the group’s website at http://www.lawzone.com/half-nor. Reservations (which are required) can be made online.
The cost to attend is $70.
•The San Fernando Valley Bar Association on May 9 will present Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge David Wesley discussing, “Be Prepared! Seismic Changes Coming to Los Angeles Superior Courts!”
The noon event will take place at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Boulevard, in Tarzana.
The cost to attend is $40 for SFVBA members who pay by May 6 and $50 for non-members who pay by that date, with an additional $10 tacked on for those who pay later than that.
Lunch will be served and one hour of MCLE credit will be given.
•The San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Section will hold a roundtable discussion today at noon with attorney Marlene Seltzer on “Ethical Redflags.”
Seltzer is a senior associate in the law firm of Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten, LLP, specializing in elder law.
The event will take place in the SFVBA Conference Room at 5567 Reseda Blvd, Ste 200, in Tarzana.
One hour of MCLE credit in ethics will be supplied.
The cost to attend for those paying at the door is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.
•Southwestern Law School’s Alumni Association on Thursday will stage its 25th annual Awards Recognition Reception and Auction, to be held, starting at 6 p.m., at the historic Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 Lucerne Blvd.
Southwestern Professor Catherine L. Carpenter, who graduated from the institution in 1976, will be honored as “Alumna of the Year”; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Schuit, a 1979 graduate, will be recognized as “Outstanding Judicial Officer”; Southwestern Dean Emeritus Bryant Garth will be hailed as “Outstanding Friend,” and Carole Weiner, associate director of Southwestern’s Law Library, will receive the Betty Trier Berry Award.
The cost to attend is $60. Reservations, which are required, can be made online at www.swlaw-alumniawards.org.
•Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer is the author of a book—“Race Ipsa Loquitur: A Poetic Diary of My Journey from Compton to the Los Angeles Superior Court Bench”—which recently went on sale.
The book, according to a press release from the publisher, “is not just an ordinary poetry collection, it is a recollection of author and Los Angeles Superior Court [judge’s] arduous life journey,” adding:
“It chronicles his humble beginnings as a young boy who became a lawyer, a politician and a judge, a dream career that was nonetheless fraught with the perils of racism, a difficult divorce, and the vice of alcoholism, which the author strove to overcome in his pursuit of success.”
The press release goes on to say:
“His life story depicts a black man in a positive role, reflecting the racial division of his era, and how universal human commonalities overcame them, culminating in Filer’s ascension into the office of Superior Court Judge. The struggle depicted in this memoir and the resultant achievement will undoubtedly resonate with readers encountering similar difficulties in their lives.”
•The Los Angeles Superior Court has announced these reassignments of judicial officers:
Effective May 1, 2013
Judge Denise McLaughlin-Bennett is assigned to Department 285, McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center, Lancaster, from Department A13, Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse, Lancaster.
Commissioner Patricia Ito is assigned to Department A13, Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse, Lancaster, from Department K, San Fernando Courthouse.
Commissioner Nori Anne Walla is reassigned to Department K, San Fernando Courthouse, from Department 5, Glendale Courthouse.
Effective May 6, 2013
Judge Leslie E. Brown is assigned to Department 145, Airport Courthouse, Los Angeles, from Department 6, Beverly Hills Courthouse.
Judge Nancy Newman is assigned to Department Q, Santa Monica Courthouse, from Department 145, Airport Courthouse, Los Angeles.
Judge Lawrence Cho is assigned to Department R, Santa Monica Courthouse, from Department S, Santa Monica.
Judge Kathleen O. Diesman is assigned to Department 7, Inglewood Courthouse. from Department 8, Inglewood.
Commissioner H. Jay Ford is assigned to Department S, Santa Monica Courthouse, from Department R, Santa Monica.
Commissioner Steven Berman is assigned to Department 8, Inglewood Courthouse from Department 92, West Los Angeles Courthouse.
Commissioner John R. Johnson is assigned to Dept. 1, Inglewood Courthouse, from Department 7, Inglewood.
Commissioner Nicole C. Bershon is assigned to Department 8, Inglewood Courthouse, from Department 1, Inglewood.
Effective May 13, 2013
Judge Cesar C. Sarmiento is assigned to Department E, Santa Monica Courthouse, from Department J, Santa Monica.
Commissioner Steven Berman is assigned to Department 8, Inglewood Courthouse, from Department 92, West Los Angeles Courthouse.
Effective May 20, 2013
Judge Norman P. Tarle is assigned to Department J, Santa Monica Courthouse, from Department B, Santa Monica.
Effective June 3, 2013.
Judge Elden S. Fox is assigned to Department C, Airport Courthouse, Los Angeles, from Department 1, Beverly Hills Courthouse.
Judge Marsha Revel is assigned from Department 2, Beverly Hills Courthouse, to Department 1, Beverly Hills.
Commissioner Elizabeth Munisoglu is assigned to Department 140, Airport Courthouse, Los Angeles, from Department 5, Beverly Hills Courthouse.
Effective June 10, 2013.
Commissioner Pamela Davis is assigned to Department B, Santa Monica Courthouse, from Department 90, West Los Angeles Courthouse.
Also, as of today, designations for two courtrooms in the Van Nuys East Courthouse, 14400 Erwin St. Mall, will change. Judge Leland Harris’s courtroom will be designated Department O instead of Department 106; Judge Elizabeth A. Lippitt’s courtroom will be designated Department W instead of Department 108.
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