• Friday, April 01, 2016 5:09 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who came to today's lunch featuring Howard Breuer and his strategies for getting published with the most appropriate reporters and media outlets.  Here are a few shots of the event.


  • Monday, February 08, 2016 8:06 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    The Santa Monica Bar Association's Employment Law Section has appointed Jon Weinman, Esq. of Broslavsky & Weinman, LLP as this year's chair (second from right).  The section is joined by Cynthia E. Fruchtman, Esq., Caroline Vincent, Esq. , Peter Marx, Esq., John McDowell, Esq., and Zack Broslavsky, Esq. (pictured from left to right), along with Rae Lamothe, Esq., Debra Warfel, Esq., Frank Hakim, Esq., and Roxanne A. Davis, Esq. (not pictured).  They are excited to bring the latest in topics and the best in speakers to the Santa Monica community.  Contact Jon Weinman if you are interested in becoming more involved in this section.

  • Saturday, February 06, 2016 7:56 AM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    Pepperdine Law’s Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law, in conjunction with the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship & the Law, is hosting their Spring 2016 Symposium, entitled Corporate Structure in an Emerging Market: Rethinking the Lawyer’s Role in Local Business Trends on Thursday, March 03, 2016, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For more information, click here.

  • Friday, February 05, 2016 9:06 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    In February, we had a three member panel speak on the ABCs of the ADA:

    What All Attorneys Need To Know.  Mediator/ADA expert, David Geffen, Esq., (center) plaintiff counsel, Anthony Goldsmith (right), and defense counsel, Amber Roller, Esq. (left) of Ogletree Deakins, gave a presentation through questions and answers, interaction with attendees, electronic visuals, and written materials…and prizes too! 

    David G. Geffen is an engaging and motivating speaker and educator who appears as an expert and commentator on television and radio, in magazine and newspaper interviews, and in film documentaries. No matter the media or the size of the group, he connects with the audience, relying upon humor and stories to illustrate, stimulate, and entertain.

    Amber Roller is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Roller received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She went on to receive her J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2010, where she graduated with honors. While attending Southwestern Law School, Ms. Roller was a member of the Southwestern Law School Moot Court Honors Program. Prior to practicing Labor and Employment, Ms. Roller practiced civil litigation in the area of insurance defense.

    Anthony Goldsmith is a civil rights attorney and member of the legislative committee of Californians for Disability Rights.

  • Wednesday, February 03, 2016 10:42 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    UCLA hosts an annual Mock Trial Tournament for the benefit of California schools.  Local and national mock trial tournaments were held at the UCLA Anderson School and Law School in January.  The Santa Monica Courthouse has been selected as the venue for the Opening Round of the National Championship (ORC) to be held March 12-13, 2016.

    Volunteer as a presiding trial judge or as a scoring judge at the Santa Monica Courthouse.

    This tournament determines which 6 teams in the Western U.S. will qualify for the National Championship.  Presiding judges will rule on objections and introduction of exhibits, while scoring judges will rate the students' performances. 

     This year's case involves a criminal prosecution of a bribery case. No prior criminal or trial experience is necessary.  You'll see college students present Openings, Closings, Direct Examinations, and Cross Examinations. Some of the top teams in the nation will compete, and most of the California colleges will be there (UCLA, USC, UCI, Cal, Stanford, etc.).  This tournament helps prepare all the local schools for the national tournaments.

    If you have any questions, please email Gonzalo Freixes, Associate Dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management.

  • Sunday, January 24, 2016 8:58 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    The PLATO Society of Los Angeles is sponsoring a symposium on Saturday March 5, 2016, entitled "What has happened to our criminal justice system? The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its prisoners.  How can it be fixed?".  Speakers include Mike Feuer, Rachel Metropol, Devon Carbide, and Alexandra Natapoff.  Click here to find out more.

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:28 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 6:00-7:30pm in Room 1314 of the UCLA School of Law, you are invited to meet a future generation of young attorneys, share professional experiences, and help students transition into the legal profession. There will be four 15-minute rounds of speed mentoring sessions where mentors will get to meet four different groups of students during the evening. At the end, there will be an opportunity for students to mix and mingle with any of the attorneys with whom they did not meet during the speed mentoring sessions. Light refreshments will be served. You can register HERE by 9:00 am on Tuesday February 9.

  • Thursday, January 14, 2016 12:25 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    If you would like a UCLA School of Law student to shadow you for a day at your office or in court to experience what it is really like to be in practice, please sign up HERE by Friday, January 29. UCLA School of Law will match you with a student interested in your practice area focus, and you can directly coordinate a time to be shadowed. This will provide invaluable experience for law students because they will see firsthand seasoned attorneys in practice, as well as allow students to explore various practice areas. Additionally, if you would like your assigned student to accompany you to a bar association or another networking event in addition to shadow you at work, please indicate so on the link above. Students will greatly benefit from meeting your contacts and learning to network with professionals.

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 10:30 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    Thanks everyone for making the Toast to 2016 at the Wilshire such a success.  Here are some photos of the event.  If you have pictures, send them to the SMBA.  


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  • Thursday, December 17, 2015 9:52 AM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    Become an arbitrator with the SMBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program.

    On Thursday, January 28, 2016, the California State Bar Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration is presenting the Basic Fee Arbitrator Training, at The State Bar of California, 845 S. Figueroa Street, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, [2.75 hours participatory MCLE credit, including 1 hour in Legal Ethics].  The program is free.  Click here to request more information.

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