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Daily Journal Article Re Cruz Reynoso, Karina Hamilton — Spouse of Allen Matkins’ Bob Hamilton (TLR Note: notice name of Orange County Judge Frances Munoz — may be of interest to esteemed legal scholar and champion of justice Dan Dydzak )

It’s not always clear to law firms trying to implement diversity programs how to reach
out to the next generation in the community in a meaningful way, when many young people in that
community have had little positive experience with the law – and their path to higher
education is filled with challenges. Bringing students into the firm for a pizza lunch
discussion with attorneys is a popular event that can open the eyes of low-income minority kids.
Mentoring programs and internships are profoundly important. But sometimes, a special event
with a historical figure can be transformational.

Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg is a documentarian of social justice heroes. But it’s not
just the filming of people like Thelton Henderson (“Soul of Justice: Thelton
Henderson’s American Journey”) or Arthur Kinoy (“Doing Justice: the Life and Trials
of Arthur Kinoy”). Ginzberg plans the timing of her documentaries so that the subject
can tour with the film to communities across the country once they are completed. For
diversity-oriented law firms, this can be an opportunity to bring youngsters face to face
with a historical figure who is eager to answer their questions and inspire them to
pursue their dreams.

A poignant example of this took place last June with the Orange County screening of
the documentary, “Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice,” which was attended by
50 high school students who participate in the UC Irvine Saturday Academy of Law, or
SAL. SAL hosts a series of Saturday morning classes for Santa Ana Unified School
District ninth graders, focusing on three main objectives for the students: improving
their writing and public speaking skills and helping them learn about the law as a
profession. Two hundred college-bound students have gone through this program,
which was launched in 2009.

Our Diversity Committee’s Community Outreach subcommittee organized the event
and co-hosted it with the Orange County Diversity Task Force. The Orange County Bar
Association, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, Orange County Asian American
Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Foundation, Public Law Center, and the
Orange County Bar Foundation all participated. Judge Frances Munoz, the first
Latina appointed to the State Bar, was there, as was UC Irvine vice chancellor Manuel
Gomez. Altogether about 150 people attended, including Ginzberg and Justice Reynoso.
While there are plenty of people creating films that touch on diversity, Ginzberg is an
inspired partner for an event of this kind. An attorney who practiced for 10 years, she’s
documented successes of programs for at-risk and under served youth, AmeriCorps
members, and those who have been at the front lines of civil rights and grass roots
justice issues.

She strongly believes that these screenings are far from opportunities to preach to the
choir. “The choir is a handful of people like myself devoted to social justice issues,” she
emphasizes. “The people who come to these screenings are people who haven’t thought
about any of this. They see a Hispanic surname in the title of the film and have enough
pride in their community that they want to see who this person is. They leave feeling
inspired.” But, she adds, this film is not simply for Hispanics. “I’m looking for a diverse
audience for every film I do. This film has done a really good job of reaching beyond the
choir to people who have never heard of him.
And, just in case you haven’t heard of him, Reynoso was born into a large Spanish-
speaking farm worker family in Brea. Despite his father’s insistence that he forego his
education and work to help support the family, he stood his ground and attended
Pomona College and then UC Berkeley Law School, graduating in 1958. From there he
became the first Latino director of California Rural Legal Assistance and then one of the
first Latino law professors in the United States, when he joined the faculty of the
University of New Mexico Law School. Years later he was appointed to the state
Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown and later lost his seat in a divisive recall election
that centered around the death penalty. Reynoso returned to private practice and also
joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law until 2001. In 2000, he served as vice
chair on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which addressed the voting rights abuses
in the 2000 election in Florida. Capping his career was receiving the nation’s highest
civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Bill Clinton. Today, he
teaches law at UC Davis Law School.

“You take someone whose life has traversed really interesting parts of history and
through the prism of biography you can teach history,” explains Ginzberg. “And
through the lens of history, teach a little biography. They’re mutually reinforcing
efforts. My job is to preserve their legacy and help create role models.”
She believes there’s a good reason to select older subjects. “They’re not going to be
around forever,” she notes. “If you pick your people carefully – and I do – that ability of an older person to inspire young people is pretty strong. Cruz manifests respect from
young people and has a liveliness of spirit that kids can respond to. And many of these
kids have never met anyone as successful as him. Cruz has been particularly open and
willing to do this. He’s humble and he’s accessible. It’s been an honor to go out with
him.”

Ginzberg has gone out with Cruz to many community screenings. At a recent
Alameda County Office of Education event celebrating “History Day” at a local high
school, the question came up about re-establishing civil discourse when there are so
many polarized fights going on. Ginzberg says that Reynoso and others of his
generation talk to young people about the importance of negotiating. “He told these
students that it doesn’t mean you can’t take your cause to the streets, but you don’t
make it impossible to communicate with the people you’re opposing. That’s a message
these kids need to hear from someone who fought big battles in his time.”
The documentary, of course, is important as an introduction to someone like Justice
Reynoso. But the power of the event seems to be cemented in what happens afterwards.
For the SAL students, it was a profoundly inspirational connection.

“The students were absolutely captivated,” recalls Karina Hamilton, SAL’s founding
director and now a volunteer with UC Irvine Mentors. “They learned about California
history and the civil rights movement through Justice Reynoso. And he was so
engaging. He answered all their questions, which ranged all over the place, including
the new Arizona law and immigration, his background, and what kind of student he
was.”

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Allen Matkins Facebook Page for April 2010 and June 2010 (TLR Note: Notice in April, no mention of visit by UC Irvine Saturday Academy of Law ; In June, ample coverage of social events i.e. Cruz Reynoso; conclusion: April visit never took place)

April 2010

  1. OC Attorney Keith Paul Bishop recently published an article in the Daily Journal regarding trading in private shares.

  2. Green Building Update – April 28, 2010
    The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) funded $4 billion in construction projects to make federal buildings more energy efficient.More than500 companies received contracts for 391 projects include retrofits of existing buildings and construction of new buildings. …

  3. Los Angeles Attorneys Timothy McGinity and Andrew Miller Elected to Partnership

  4. Renewable Energy Update – April 27, 2010
    Voters support increasing the use of wind power in the U.S. and adopting a strong Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), according to a national poll released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). …

  5. OC attorney Keith Paul Bishop was interviewed by Michael Finney of KGO AM 810 about how the Securities and Exchange Commission’s amending Rule 144 a few years ago opened the door to trading of non-reporting issuers on the Internet.

  6. You may need to amend your estate planning documents.

    Legal Alert: Repeal of the Estate Tax – What You Need to Know for 2010
    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP is a California law firm with over 230 attorneys practicing out of seven offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, Century City, Del Mar Heights, San Diego, San Francisco and Walnut Creek. …

  7. Walnut Creek attorneys David Blackwell and Mike Durkee publish an article in the Daily Journal: “EIR for Prohibiting Plastic Bags?”

  8. Renewable Energy Update – April 20, 2010
    A revival in stock prices is reigniting interest in IPOs by environmental companies, spurring businesses from China to California to issue new shares. IPOs have increased as the MSCI World Index of stocks …

  9. Green Building Update – April 16, 2010
    Nearly 50 U.S. firms, including Google, GE, and AT&T, urged the President to let consumers know how much energy they use so they can decide where to cut back. The group said technology exists to let consumers see their power use. …

  10. Legal Alert: California Court of Appeal Rejects Insurance Company’s Attempt to Cap and Arbitrate Dam
    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP is a California law firm with more than 220 attorneys practicing out of seven offices in Los Angeles, Century City, Orange County, Del Mar Heights, San Diego, San Francisco and Walnut Creek. …

  11. Renewable Energy Update – April 13, 2010
    A group of 47 companies and organizations, including several in the IT sector, have asked President Obama to take new steps that would allow homeowners and businesses to better monitor their energy use. …

  12. Renewable Energy Opportunities – April 14, 2010
    Los Angeles (213) 955-5504 pperry@allenmatkins.com Emily Murray Los Angeles (213) 955-5584 emurray@allenmatkins.com Kaylynn KimLos Angeles(213) 955-5645kkim@allenmatkins.com Eleanor M. Ord Los Angeles (213) 955-5653 eord@allenmatkins.com

  13. Green Building Update – April 9, 2010
    The economy may slow cap-and-trade in California, Arizona and the Nation. Citing the recession, Arizona backed out of a cap-and-trade plan with other states and parts of Canada. Meanwhile, the California …

  14. Renewable Energy Update – April 6, 2010
    The California Public Utilities Commission has tapped experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help the state stimulate solar energy research and build a sustainable solar industry. …

  15. Green Building Update – April 1, 2010
    The EPA crowned Los Angles as the city with the most Energy Star buildings in 2009. LA had 293 Energy Star-labeled buildings or over 76 million square feet of floor space, with an estimated cost savings …

June 2010

  1. Renewable Energy Update – June 29, 2010
    Biomass proponents see themselves as a positive force in the effortagainst fossil fuels, the New York Times reports. But power generated by burning wood, plants and other organic material, which makes up 50% of all renewable energy produced in the U.S., according to federal statistics, is facing inc…

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  2. Green Building Update – June 25, 2010
    The DOE announced awards of $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.

  3. The Air District’s new comprehensive CEQA Guidelines provide tools for local agencies to use in making smart development decisions that protect residents from harmful air emissions and reduce greenhouse gases.

    Legal Alert: Bay Area Air District Adopts Groundbreaking CEQA Thresholds of Significance for Greenho
    Los AngelesPatrick A. Perry, Partner Patrick E. Breen, PartnerChris Safarian, Partner Michael Gonzales, Sr. Counsel Emily Murray, Sr. Counsel Kaylynn L. Kim, AssociateEleanor M. Ord, Associate Orange CountyWilliam R. Devine, Partner John C. Condas, Partner K. Erik Friess, PartnerMi…

  4. Green Building Update – June 23, 2010
    A new reportreleased by Greenpeace International provides a detailed scenario for the global energy future that describes how governments can create 12 million jobs by 2030 (8.5 million in the renewable energy sector alone), and achieve nearly 100% renewable energy globally by 2050. The report provi…

  5. Renewable Energy Update – June 22, 2010
    The annual KPMG survey on global renewable energy mergers and acquisitions found 37% of respondents plan to invest in biomass, 36% plan to invest in solar and 35% in wind energy. Survey respondents indicate they prefer biomass plants because of their potential to yield higher returns than other rene…

  6. OC attorney Keith Paul Bishop recently published an article in the Daily Journal regarding when California’s corporate law applies to derivitave suits involving foreign corporations.

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  7. Sustainable Industries unveils its 2010 Top 10 Green Building Product winners in a free one-hour web conference tomorrow at 10 a.m.

    California-based judges Kris Kimble, CEO of The Green Hive and Barry Giles, CEO of BuildingWise discuss thSee More

  8. Renewable Energy Update – June 15, 2010
    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu gave limited support to a Republican senator for introducing an alternative climate bill that would limit emissions by less than President Barack Obama wants to, but would also take steps to reduce U.S. …

  9. San Diego attorneys Lynn Borkenhagen and Charlie Pernicka wrote an article that appeared in the June 11 issue of GlobeSt.com regarding real estate investors seeking to take advantage of low prices for distressed residential properties and construction defect liability that may result.

    GlobeSt.com – Didnt Build? Why Are you Being Sued for Defects? – Commentary Article
    SAN DIEGO-Broken residential projects make attractive targets for real estate investors seeking to take advantage of low prices, but these projects come with a hidden cost.

  10. Green Building Update – June 14, 2010
    In October 2009, President Obama signed E.O. 13154 that included green building standards for the construction and renovation of all federal buildings. The DOE is proposing regulations to comply with E.O. …

  11. Bryan Jackson wrote an article regarding Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and affordable green home improvements that appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Green Homebuilder.

    Greenhomebuildermag Magazine: Departments
    builder and developer magazine by peninsula publishing, Reaching the Professionals of the Home Building Industry Nationwide- From Hawaii to Maine. building manufacturers, Construction material distributors, construction material retailer, construction materials buyers guide, home design ideas, onlin…

  12. Mike Durkee and Dave Blackwell wrote an article regarding the Williamson Act and siting implications for California projects for Solar Industry magazine.

  13. OC Partner Keith Paul Bishop recently published an article in The Daily Journal regarding drafting contract amendments and determining whether the amendment is subject to the California Corporate Securities Law (CSL).

  14. Marshall Wallace Joins Litigation Practice Group in San Francisco Office

  15. OC Partner Bill Devine recently published an article regarding the slow pace of utility scale solar development in California.

  16. Renewable Energy Update – June 8, 2010
    ‘Not in my backyard’ opposition, or NIMBY-ism, can cause delays and added expenses in delivering projects, and in some cases, has led to them being cancelled. Measures to combat such objections have been developed and implemented by New Zealand-based firm, Truescape. …

  17. Green Building Update – June 8, 2010
    Alleging their $4.5 million condo is not green enough (NGE), the unit owners are suing The Riverhouse One Rockefeller Park for $1.5 million.The Riverhouse, which is seeking LEED Gold certification, was …

  18. Allen Matkins hosted an event with the Orange County Diversity Task Force on Monday, June 7 – a screening of the documentary film, “Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice,” at the Sage Hill School in Newport Coast. Several organizations,See More

  19. Alan Hearty Joins Litigation Practice Group: Ireland Native Counsels Irish Companies and Government Agencies Doing Business in the U.S.

  20. Renewable Energy Opportunities – June 4, 2010
    Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) plans to issue its 2010 Solar Photovoltaic Program Power Purchase Agreement Request for Offers (RFO) once the RFO is approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). …

  21. If you are attending tomorrow’s ULI Urban Marketplace at the Anaheim Convention Center, be sure to stop by the the Allen Matkins table (table 25) where you can join in on a discussion with Partner John Condas on: New Trends in Land Use Regulation, and How to Keep Your Entitlements Alive

  22. Renewable Energy Update – June 1, 2010
    The U.S. and Canada should have more than enough power to keep homes and businesses cool during the peak summer air-conditioning season as a slow economy depresses electricity demand for the second year in a row, according to a reliability assessment report. …

  23. Great to see another Angeleno working hard for clean, sustainable efforts. Check out CleanTechLA and spread the word!

 

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EXIF Data Obtained from Separate Photo Also Point to Fraud and Deceit by Allen Matkins In Re CaliforniaALL Financial Scheme

https://i1.wp.com/allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL02.jpgClaim by Allen Matkins photo was taken on on April 6, 2010, please see@:http://allenmatkinsdiversity.com/2010/04/saturday-academy-of-law/
In actuality, however, Allen Matkins’s photo has an EXIF Data with an original date of January of 2007.  See below:
Photo URL

Media_httpallenmatkin_ffcdj

Photo

Exif data

Permalink: http://www.findexif.com?l=3Q1oOD6xpsRM

Color Space sRGB Components Configuration YCbCr Compressed Bits Per Pixel 4 bits/pixel
Compression JPEG (old-style) Contrast None Custom Rendered Normal process
Date/Time 2010:05:17 09:45:31 Date/Time Digitized 2007:01:24 15:54:57 Date/Time Original 2007:01:24 15:54:57
Exif Image Height 480 pixels Exif Image Width 824 pixels Exif Version 2.21
Exposure Bias Value 0 EV Exposure Mode Auto exposure Exposure Program Portrait mode
Exposure Time 1/200 sec F-Number F8 File Source Digital Still Camera (DSC)
Flash Flash did not fire, auto FlashPix Version 1.00 Focal Length 5.8 mm
ISO Speed Ratings 125 Image Description Light Source Unknown
Make SONY Max Aperture Value F2.8 Metering Mode Multi-segment
Model DSC-W80 Orientation Top, left side (Horizontal / normal) Resolution Unit Inch
Saturation None Scene Capture Type Portrait Scene Type Directly photographed image
Sharpness None Software Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows Thumbnail Data [6939 bytes of thumbnail data]
Thumbnail Length 6939 bytes Thumbnail Offset 822 bytes Unknown tag (0xc4a5) 80 114 105 110 116 73 77 0 48 51 48 48 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
White Balance Auto white balance X Resolution 72 dots per inch Y Resolution 72 dots per inch
YCbCr Positioning Datum point

Allen Matkins v. The Leslie Brodie Report – which version of the truth do you believe? – Part 2: Exif Data Obtained from Photo Published by Allen Matkins Proves Event Took Place in 2007 — NOT in 2010

Allen Matkins’ version,, which allegedly took place in 2010:

https://i2.wp.com/allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL01.jpg

image source: allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL01.jpg

As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”). The SAL program consists of a group of outstanding 9th grade students from various public schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District, a school district where 92% of the students are Latino and 75% qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. SAL members attend six consecutive weeks of Saturday morning classes which emphasize the development of critical reading, writing and speaking skills. Additionally, the group participates in activities that create an understanding and excitement about the field of law.

Please see entire story @: http://allenmatkinsdiversity.com/2010/04/saturday-academy-of-law/

 

The Leslie Brodie Report’s version, which took place in 2007:

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.
Please double-click on the photo for full view.

SAL Visit to Allen MatkinsPlease see source @: lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/allen-matkins-v-the-leslie-brodie-report-which-version-of-the-truth-do-you-believe/

 

EXIF DATA

Almost all digital cameras save JPEG files with EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) data. Camera settings and scene information are recorded by the camera into the image file. Examples of stored information are shutter speed, date and time a photo was taken, focal length, exposure compensation, metering pattern and if a flash was used.  

(EXchangeable Image Format) Descriptive data (meta-data) in an image file that include the date the photo was taken, resolution, shutter speed, focal length and other camera settings. Developed in 1995 by JEIDA for JPEG images, EXIF data was later added to TIFF, RAW and other formats. Most digital cameras support EXIF and save the data in the file headers. However, when an image is edited, the EXIF data may sometimes be removed by the software.

 

EXIF DATA OF PHOTO PUBLISHED BY ALLEN MATKINS

The URL of the above photo published by Allen Matkins in 2010 is the following:

Media_httpallenmatkin_haspd

In order to extract the Exif Data from the photo, one can visit:

http://www.findexif.com

The shocking outcome — supports our claim that CaliforniaALL was a sham entity ab initio and that Sarah Redfield did not “launch” SALUCI in 2009 — provides the photo was first taken on January 24, 2007.

See original story @: lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/03/15/californiaall-part-8-unh-law-professor-sarah-e-redfield-in-the-make-belief-launching-of-sal-10828936/

Results of Exif Data, below:

Photo

Exif data

Permalink: http://www.findexif.com?l=Unxw2kJ

Color Space sRGB Components Configuration YCbCr Compressed Bits Per Pixel 4 bits/pixel
Compression JPEG (old-style) Contrast None Custom Rendered Normal process
Date/Time 2010:05:17 09:44:10 Date/Time Digitized 2007:01:24 14:53:28 Date/Time Original 2007:01:24 14:53:28
Exif Image Height 480 pixels Exif Image Width 640 pixels Exif Version 2.21
Exposure Bias Value 0 EV Exposure Mode Auto exposure Exposure Program Program normal
Exposure Time 0.04 sec F-Number F2.8 File Source Digital Still Camera (DSC)
Flash Flash did not fire, auto FlashPix Version 1.00 Focal Length 5.8 mm
ISO Speed Ratings 1600 Image Description   Light Source Unknown
Make SONY Max Aperture Value F2.8 Metering Mode Multi-segment
Model DSC-W80 Orientation Top, left side (Horizontal / normal) Resolution Unit Inch
Saturation None Scene Capture Type Standard Scene Type Directly photographed image
Sharpness None Software Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows Thumbnail Data [7102 bytes of thumbnail data]
Thumbnail Length 7102 bytes Thumbnail Offset 822 bytes Unknown tag (0xc4a5) 80 114 105 110 116 73 77 0 48 51 48 48 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
White Balance Auto white balance X Resolution 72 dots per inch Y Resolution 72 dots per inch
YCbCr Positioning Datum point    

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Allen Matkins v. The Leslie Brodie Report – which version of the truth do you believe?

On April 13, 2010 Allen Matkins published part of the following:

https://i2.wp.com/allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL01.jpg

image source: allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL01.jpg

As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”). The SAL program consists of a group of outstanding 9th grade students from various public schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District, a school district where 92% of the students are Latino and 75% qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. SAL members attend six consecutive weeks of Saturday morning classes which emphasize the development of critical reading, writing and speaking skills. Additionally, the group participates in activities that create an understanding and excitement about the field of law.

Please see entire story @: http://allenmatkinsdiversity.com/2010/04/saturday-academy-of-law/

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On March 15, 2011 The Leslie Brodie Report published the following:

SAL Our Work

CaliforniaALL, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity, came about as a result of a San Francisco restaurant meeting between Ruthe Ashley (a Diversity Officer at CalPERS and Vice President of the State Bar of California) and Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey. Also present at that meeting was Professor Sarah E. Redfield.

CaliforniaALL’s alleged purpose was to award grants to entities that would increase minority participation in the “pipelines” that feed into industries such as finance, technology, and law.

Donations to CaliforniaALL came primarily from utility companies (including AT&T, Sempra Energy, and PG&E). In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million, including an unusually large sub rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation in 2008. CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in July 2010.

According to confidential sources, an ongoing multi-prong inquiry is continuing, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

A source maintains that one aspect of the inquiry involves grave misconduct surrounding the circumstances by which the public was misled to believe that CaliforniaALL was responsible for the creation of the Saturday Law Academy (SAL) at U.C. Irvine (UCI) in 2009 when, in fact, the SAL at UCI has actually been in existence for many years.

These sources maintain that the inquiry involves personnel at CaliforniaALL, the State Bar of California, and the California Bar Foundation, as well as University of New Hampshire (“UNH”) School of Law Professor Sarah E. Redfield, who falsely took credit for the project.

A 5 Year Visit to Sacramento
Ms. Sarah E. Redfield is a tenured law professor at the UNH School of Law. She is an expert in the area of education, education jurisprudence, and matters relating to diversity in the legal profession.

Ironically, as one can see below, the faculty of UNH School of Law is approximately 98% Caucasian. See below a representative sample photo of the faculty. Either to maintain privacy or to make a statement, Prof. Redfield is camera-shy, and the below photo is as it appears on UNH’s website.
UNH1 UNH2 Faculty, Sara E. Redfield,

Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Redfield served as a “visiting” professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. From 2008-2009, she served as interim Executive Director of CaliforniaALL, as well as program director. Professor Redfield was paid $157,763 for her services while she was misclassified as an “independent contractor.” See http://tinyurl.com/Portia-Balthazar

At and around the time that Prof. Redfield was serving at McGeorge, Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker served as the law school dean, and currently remains in that position. According to Dean Parker, because the pool of available minority students was not large enough, law schools were “competing” amongst themselves for each qualified minority student.

Parker, former General Counsel of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), took matters into her own hands to create her own supply of well-qualified minority students from minority neighborhoods in the surrounding Sacramento area.

As circumstances presented themselves, particularly with the election of former NBA player Kevin Johnson as the mayor of Sacramento, an idea surfaced that McGeorge (and other law schools in their respective communities) would create their own supplies of qualified minority students by actively engaging the community of potential future students as early as junior high school. Activities would include mentoring, speaker series, field trips, on-site visits to the law schools, Saturday law classes, and the like.

Thus, with visiting Professor Redfield – an expert in the area of education and education law – various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield. See below.
Pacific Pathways

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Ashley, as well as State Bar Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley.

Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

Shortly, thereafter, Ashley left McGeorge to work at CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer” for External Affairs. As previously mentioned, Peter Arth, Jr. invited Ashley and Redfield to dinner, whereupon the idea for CaliforniaALL (initially known as Ca AAL) was memorialized on a paper napkin in approximately July 2007.

By the end of 2007, the State Bar of California, the CPUC, and CalPERS all agreed to enter into a partnership with CaliforniaALL, and to otherwise endorse the organization which had its first board meeting in November 2007. Two noted board members who were with CaliforniaALL from its inception until it was dissolved were James Hsu and Pat Fong-Kushida.

Fong-Kushida is a longtime acquaintance of Ashley, and served as President of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce. Fong-Kushida, along with Board of Governors member Gwen Moore, are both members of the California Utilities Diversity Council.

Similarly, James Hsu – a corporate attorney who advises companies regarding off-shore transactions and has a “China Specialty” – was actively involved in efforts to diversify the California workforce by attending CPUC meeting relevant to the matter.

Holly Fujie ,Ginger Bredemeier
Ms.Ginger Bredemeier(right), from May 2007 to May 2008 was employed at CalPERS as Administrative Assistant, Diversity Outreach Program. From May 2008 to August 2009 she was a “Writing Projects Manager – Human Resources and Grant Projects” at CaliforniaALL. Ms. Bredemeier was elected President of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) while a law student at McGeorge, and is seen here with Ms. Holly Fujie who in 2008 was serving both on the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation, participated in a scheme along with Ruthe Ashley, Patricia Lee, Judy Johnson and Leslie Hatamiya relating to the transfer of $780,000 in “hush-hush” funds from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL. (Photo :courtesy)

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

In mid 2008, CaliforniaALL was ready to rock and roll. It had just obtained Section 501(C)(3) approval, Ruthe Ashley was hired as a CEO, a sub rosa transfer of $780,000 had been received from the Cal Bar Foundation, and close to another million dollars from utility companies poured in.

In addition to having and employing “best practices,” CaliforniaALL was fortunate to have on board talented and dedicated staff such as Sarah E. Redfield, Program Director; Consultant Larissa Parecki, office manager; Ginger Bredemeier, Writing Projects Manager, Human Resources, Grant Projects; and Matt Cumida, executive administrative assistant.

According to Professor Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

Work CALALL SAL

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

UCI SAL

In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.
Please double-click on the photo for full view.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

SAL Partners

 

Source: http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/03/15/californiaall-part-8-unh-law-profes…

TIMELINE April 13, 2010, Allegedly: Allen Matkins joins with the Orange County Diversity Task Force to host the Saturday Academy of Law Program for Santa Ana Unified School District Students (TLR Note: Notice photo TLR alleged — and still does — was tak

Source: http://allenmatkinsdiversity.com/2010/04/saturday-academy-of-law/

Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”).

The SAL program consists of a group of outstanding 9th grade students from various public schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District, a school district where 92% of the students are Latino and 75% qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. SAL members attend six consecutive weeks of Saturday morning classes which emphasize the development of critical reading, writing and speaking skills. Additionally, the group participates in activities that create an understanding and excitement about the field of law.

Seven members of the SAL program visited Allen Matkins. Allen Matkins Associate, Matt Fogt, served as office tour guide and the students (many of whom had never been in a multi-level office building) appeared interested in everything they saw. They were impressed by Allen Matkins’ professional yet fun environment and the friendliness of the attorneys and staff.

After the tour, the students and about 15 associates and partners got together for an informal pizza lunch. Attorneys offered insight into the legal profession and discussed their favorite (and not-so-favorite) aspects of the profession.

The students were given a fun Allen Matkins swag bag, with the most popular items being a set of Allen Matkins I-Pod speakers and thumb drive. It was a great experience for all involved and Allen Matkins distinguished itself as having the most attorney participation of the six different firms that hosted such similar office visits.

Allen Matkins sponsors documentary film “Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice”

Allen Matkins hosted an event with the Orange County Diversity Task Force on Monday, June 7 – a screening of the documentary film “Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice” at Sage Hill School in Newport Coast.  Several organizations, judges, and students were invited to participate.  More than 150 people came to the school for the reception, film screening and Q&A with Justice Cruz Reynoso. Film maker Abby Ginzberg, Retired Judge Frances Munoz, Judge Salvador Sarmiento, and Orange County Superior Court Judge Fred Aguirre were also in attendance.

Nearly 50 students came from the UCIrvine Saturday Academy of Law, which hosts a series of Saturday morning classes for 9th grade students in the Santa Ana Unified School District to help them develop the skills they need to successfully pursue higher education and a potential career in the law.  Representatives from various organizations, including the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, Orange County Asian American Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Foundation, Public Law Center, Orange County Bar Foundation, among others, also attended. Those from the firm involved in planning the event include Guy Rounsaville, Bob Hamilton, Susan Johnson, Pam Kuckelman and Ewelina Kajak.

Photos: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=229748&id=147856356223&ref=pb

Cruz Reynoso Profile from Wikipedia / California Forward

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Cruz Reynoso
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California
In office
1981–1986
Appointed by Jerry Brown
Preceded by Mathew O. Tobriner
Succeeded by Marcus Kaufman
Associate Justice of the California Courts of Appeal
In office
1976–1981
Vice-Chairman, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
In office
19 November 1993 – 7 December 2004
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Personal details
Born 2 May 1931 (age 81)
Brea, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jeannene H. Reynoso (passed away in 2007 after 50 years of marriage), Elaine Rowen Reynoso
Children Trina Teresa Reynoso Heter, Ranene Reynoso Royer, Len ReidReynoso, Rondall Reynoso
Alma mater Fullerton College
Pomona College
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
National University of Mexico
Occupation Lawyer
Profession Civil rights activist
Committees California Fair Political Practices Commission
California Post Secondary Education Commission
Presidential transition of Barack Obama
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1953–1955
Unit Counterintelligence Corps

Cruz Reynoso (born 2 May 1931) is a civil rights lawyer, professor emeritus of law, and the first Chicano Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court (1982–87). He also served on the California Third District Court of Appeal.[1] In 1986, along with two other members of the California Supreme Court—Chief Justice Rose Bird and Associate Justice Joseph Grodin—Reynoso became one of only three State Supreme Court justices ever recalled and ousted by voters under California’s judicial-retention election system. He served as vice-chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1993 to 2004.

In 2000, Reynoso received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, for his efforts to address social inequities and his public service.

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Early life and education

Reynoso was born in Brea, California.[2] He grew up as one of 11 children, and from age eight worked as an agricultural worker in orange groves.[3] His father was a farmworker.[2]

When Reynoso was seven, the family moved to a barrio outside of La Habra, California.[3] While there, he attended the Wilson Grammar School, a racially-segregated grade school for children of Mexican descent.[3][4] His junior high school was integrated, as was Fullerton Union High School, from which he graduated.[3]

The United States Postal Service refused to provide Rural Free Delivery service within the barrio, even though non-minority families living nearby received the service. Reynoso circulated a petition demanding service; the Postal Service responded to his petition and began providing mail delivery to the barrio.[5] He also challenged the local school board about the Wilson School, after which the school was desegregated.[5]

After high school, Reynoso attended Fullerton College, a community college, receiving an associate of arts degree in 1951.[6] A dean from Pomona College offered him a scholarship if he applied and was admitted to that school.[3] He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in 1953, after which he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Counterintelligence Corps for two years.[7] He was stationed in Washington, D.C., where his assignments included reviewing the House Un-American Activities Committee files on potential applicants for Federal jobs, a task he found distasteful.[3] He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 1958.[1][7] Under a Ford Foundation fellowship, he studied constitutional law at the National University of Mexico in 1958–59.[6]

Legal career

Reynoso began his career in private law practice in El Centro, California.[7] He served as a legislative assistant in the California State Senate (1959–60. He was an Associate General Counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1967 and 1968.[8]

He then served as deputy director of California Rural Legal Assistance in 1968.[3][9] Shortly thereafter, internal problems at CRLA lead to his assuming the directorship; he was the first Latino to hold the position.[3][9] His work with CRLA gained him national recognition.[6] Reynoso recalls that, during his tenure, CRLA was “mentioned not infrequently as being the leading legal services program in the country.”[3] Then-Governor Ronald Reagan attempted to cut state funding for the CRLA during Reynoso’s tenure, but the agency successfully resisted the challenge.[10]

He was a professor of law at the University of New Mexico School of Law from 1972 to 1976.[1]

Judiciary career

In 1976, Reynoso was appointed to the California Court of Appeal as an associate justice.[1] He was the first Latino appointed to the Court.[3] In 1981, he was appointed to the California Supreme Court by outgoing Governor Jerry Brown, succeeding the retiring Mathew O. Tobriner.[10][11] George Deukmejian, then the attorney general and on the commission on judicial appointments, voted against Reynoso’s confirmation.[12]

In 1982, Reynoso was up for reconfirmation: under a measure adopted in 1934, California voters confirm a governor’s appointments, and periodic unopposed elections are held for each justice during general elections, giving voters the opportunity to vote a justice out of office.[13] Deukmejian, running as a Republican candidate for governor, urged voters to vote against justices Otto Kaus, Allen Broussard, and Reynoso; he hoped to replace them with conservative appointees, creating a new majority on the Court.[14] The Californians for Judicial Reform campaign to unseat the justices cited Reynoso’s stance joining Richardson’s majority opinion upholding the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the “Victim’s Bill of Rights”, as among the reasons the justices were “soft on crime”.[15] The campaign labelled Kaus, Broussard, and Reynoso “Jerry’s Judges”.[13] All three justices were retained; Reynoso received the lowest margin of victory, receiving the vote of only 52 percent of voters.[16] A 1988 academic study of this election suggested that, although the retention election was theoretically nonpartisan and intended to retain justices based on their merit, partisan information (such as the affiliation of the governor who appointed the justice) is used by voters to structure their decisions in such elections.[16]

Also during the 1980s, Reynoso was a member of the Congressional Select Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Policy.[17] He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter.[7]

As part of the court led by Chief Justice Rose Bird, Reynoso was part of the liberal majority.[18] With that majority, he extended environmental protections, individual liberties, and civil rights.[18]

When a case came before the Supreme Court regarding whether or not due process required that a non-English-speaking person charged with a crime be provided with an interpreter, Reynoso drew upon his experiences representing such clients to persuade a majority of his fellow justices that “basic fairness on the constitutional sense require that there be an interpreter for that individual”.[19]

Ouster from the Supreme Court

During the next retention vote in 1986, Bird, Joseph Grodin, and Reynoso were targeted by conservative and victims-rights groups.[20][21][22] The 1986 campaign again portrayed the targeted justices as “soft on crime”,[22] but this time focused on the court’s handling of the state’s death penalty law.[23] Reynoso believes Governor Deukmejian’s decision to oppose him, Bird, and Grodin was the most important factor in that election.[24] Deukmejian said that the justices’ decisions on death-penalty cases demonstrated a “lack of impartiality and objectivity”.[21] Reynoso’s advisors told him that it would take three campaign ads to counteract one ad by his opponents;[25] he and the other justices lacked the funds to compete with the campaign, raising a collective $3 million to the opposition’s $7 million.[25] Deukmejian told Grodin and Reynoso that he would oppose their retention unless they voted to uphold more death sentences.[26]

The campaign highlighted that the Bird court had overturned 59 consecutive death-penalty cases during Bird’s nine-year tenure.[27] Reynoso, who had voted to uphold the state’s death-penalty law, voted only once for a death sentence during his seven years on the court.[28] The Oxnard Press-Courier said in an editorial that Reynoso was Bird’s “most consistent ally” and that “he has been second only to the chief justice in supporting decisions that favor criminal defendants over prosecutors”.[29] The California District Attorneys Association issued a 78-page report attacking the three justices, mainly over their death-penalty rulings, but dropped their campaign later because of fears a political campaign could affect the group’s tax-exempt status.[30]

“There’s clearly an effort to politicize the court”, Reynoso told United Press International during the campaign.[31] He was endorsed by the California Organization of Police and Sheriffs.[31] According to California attorney general John Van de Kamp, the court refused to hear appeals of, or affirmed, 97 percent of convictions in the 1984/85 fiscal year; Reynoso remarked, “That doesn’t sound at all like a ‘soft on crime’ record”.[31] Defending his death-penalty votes, he said that “most, but not all” of the reversals stemmed from the 1978 Briggs Amendment, which “does not comport with US Supreme Court law”.[22]

The campaign to remove the justices succeeded; voters rejected new terms for Bird, Grodin, and Reynoso.[32] Reynoso was rejected by 60 percent of voters.[33] This made Deukmejian the first governor in California history to have the opportunity to appoint three justices to the court at once.[32] The justices left the bench when the court’s term ended on 5 January 1986.[34]

Afterward, Donald Heller, a former Federal prosecutor who drafted the 1978 death-penalty initiative approved by California voters, disagreed with the campaign to unseat the justices, calling Reynoso “a thoughtful, decent man who got thrown out” and “a very capable judge who tried to do the right thing in cases.”[35] Reynoso said of the result, “you can’t blame [the voters] when the governor of the state, who is a lawyer, says the justices aren’t following the law. If I didn’t know better, I would have voted against me, too.”[25]

Impact of the ouster campaign

The 1986 California Supreme Court retention election started a major trend turning such elections into “an ideological battleground over judicial philosophies and specific decisions”, making them “as highly salient as races for overtly political offices”, wrote one academic paper.[33] Even before the election, California Supreme Court Justice Otto Kaus remarked “You cannot forget the fact that you have a crocodile in your bathtub”,[36] referring to the act of making a judicial decision without regard to the potential political consequences.[37] “You know it’s there, and you try not to think about it, but it’s hard to think about much else while you’re shaving.”[38] “You keep wondering whether you’re letting yourself be influenced, and you do not know. You do not know yourself that well,” he wrote.[36] “You worry about it in two different ways,” wrote Reynoso; “First you worry it might influence you improperly. Then you worry because you’re concerned you might overcompensate, and not pay enough attention to arguments that are perfectly legitimate.”[39]

Erwin Chemerinsky, a law professor from the University of Southern California, agreed with the ousted Justice Grodin, saying “the legacy of 1986 could be that justices facing retention elections will decide cases with an eye, perhaps subconsciously, on how their rulings will affect their chances at the polls.”[40] Chemerinsky called for abolishing judicial-review elections.[40] He wrote, “Largely due to defects in a poorly worded death penalty law, the court had a strikingly one-sided pattern of decisions on the issue”, noting that this, Bird’s controversial history, the trio’s appointments by an unpopular governor, and the realization by their opponents that the court’s ideology could be completely changed if the campaign succeeded lead to the opposition campaign.[40] Jazon Czarnezki, assistant professor of law at Marquette University, attributed Bird’s defeat to “her resolute opposition to the death penalty and overturning a series of death sentences”.[41] Exit polls indicated that the death-penalty issue was the major reason why voters refused to retain the justices.[42]

The justices were also impacted by a lack of support from Democratic legislative incumbents in safe districts.[26]

Despite the fact that California Supreme Court justices undergoing a retention election are running uncontested, the median spending for justices’ campaigns rose from $3,177 in 1976 to $70,000 in 1994.[43]

Campaigns similar to the one expelling Bird, Grodin, and Reynoso have since been mounted against judges in other states, such as Justice Penny J. White of Tennessee, who also lost a retention election due to a death-penalty issue.[44] Retired California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George advocated eliminating retention elections and appointing justices to single 15-year terms, following an election in Iowa where three justices were removed from office after that state’s high court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage.[45] The campaign was largely funded by out-of-state organizations; George said that the January 2010 United States Supreme Court ruling allowing corporations and unions to contribute unlimited sums to independent political committees was likely to increase the influence of well-funded groups in nonpartisan judicial retention elections like those in Iowa and California.[45]

Post-judiciary

After leaving the Court, Reynoso returned to private law practice and academia. Shortly after his ouster, he was appointed to the California Post Secondary Education Commission.[3]

He has worked for the New York–based firm of Kay, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, out of their Sacramento office,[46] where he was a special counsel.[3] He worked on complex civil litigation, as an expert witness on legal ethics, and as a mediator.[46] His agreement with the firm allowed him to spend up to 40 percent of his time on pro bono work.[47]

In 1991, he joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law, where he taught until 2001.[1] He was a faculty adviser for the Chicano-Latino Law Review.[48] In 1995, UCLA law students selected him as Professor of the Year.[49]

The United States Senate appointed Reynoso to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in April 1993.[50][51] He was appointed the vice-chairman of the Commission by President Bill Clinton on 19 November 1993.[17][51] During his tenure, he accused California Governor Pete Wilson of generating anti-immigrant sentiments to gain popularity.[17] When the Commission harshly criticized Florida’s handling of the presidential election of 2000, Reynoso said “the greatest sin” was the number of people who weren’t allowed to vote.[52] He was among the commissioners that looked into complaints that some eligible voters were denied the right to vote, or that votes were improperly counted, in Florida.[53] Reynoso, along with Commission chairwoman Mary Frances Berry, resigned his commission on 7 December 2004, after President George W. Bush‘s White House staff announced that their six-year terms had expired on 5 December and announced replacements for them.[54][55] Berry and Renoso maintained that their commissions were not due to expire until midnight on 21 January 2005, but said in their resignation letters that it wasn’t worth the fight.[54] The move to replace them occurred after the Commission released a draft of a report criticizing Bush’s civil rights record.[56]

On 1 July 2001, Reynoso joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis, School of Law as the first Boochever & Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality.[6][18] The chair, established with a gift from UC Davis alumni Charles Bird, is named in honor of Judge Robert Boochever and Bird’s parents, and is awarded in recognition of outstanding scholarship, teaching, and commitment to preserving and expanding the understanding of “the virtues necessary of a great republic.”[6] He retired in December 2006, becoming a professor emeritus.[57]

In 2009, Reynoso spoke with UC Davis law students, noting that he has retired a few times, but was then chairing a citizens’ commission investigating the death of Luis Gutierrez, a farm worker shot by police in Yolo County.[58]

President-elect Barack Obama appointed Reynoso to his White House transition team in early 2009, as part of a justice and civil rights sub-team.[59]

Following a 10 June 2010 Washington, DC screening of Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice, the Abby Ginzberg documentary film, he was injured in a car accident in Virginia, along with his wife Elaine and grandson.[60] Reynoso suffered a broken collarbone, a punctured lung, and other injuries when a Hummer struck their rental car at an intersection, hospitalizing him for nine days.[61][62] His wife suffered “grave injuries” to her brain and internal organs, requiring multiple surgeries.[61] Both were placed into medically-induced comas; Elaine remained in a coma after the inducement was stopped.[62] Reynoso was initially cited for pulling out into the path of the Hummer, which had the right of way, but a judge dismissed the case.[61] Elaine Reynoso resigned from her position as a trustee of Sierra College in June 2011 to focus on recovering from her injuries;[63] she has required extensive physical rehabilitation.[61]

After the accident, Reynoso said he has re-evaluated his priorities, and will focus on completing his memoirs and legal articles, as well as resuming work on the Yolo citizens’ commission probe.[61] The commission’s work was put on hold while the Reynosos recuperated.[61]

Reynoso has served on the boards of directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund,[47] the Natural Resources Defense Council,[47] and Children Now.[51] He co-founded the Latino Issues Forum with Bob Genasda,[3] and was Chairman of its board of directors.[47] He is a trustee of the Garment Workers Trust Fund.[64]

Awards and honors

On 9 August 2000, President Clinton awarded Reynoso the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’s highest civilian honor.[49] The medal’s citation said “Through his efforts to address social inequity in his rural community, his leadership of the pioneering California Rural Legal Assistance program, his tenure as the first Latino on the California Supreme Court and his service on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he has been a strong force for change and a passionate voice for our nation’s disadvantaged”.[48]

Reynoso received the Hispanic Heritage Award in Education on 7 September 2000, during a nationally-televised presentation at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.[49]

In 2003, UC Davis law students organized the La Raza Law Students Association; donors established the Cruz Reynoso Social Justice Fellowship.[18] The fellowship helps Latino law students attending Berkeley Law afford the opportunity to work as judicial externs or in social justice during the summer break.[65]

He was honored with the University of California Davis Medal of Honor at a lifetime achievement event on 15 September 2007, at the Mondavi Center.[57] The medal is the highest honor bestowed by the university.[66] At the event, UC Davis announced the Cruz and Jeannene Reynoso Scholarship for Legal Access, which helps first-year students with financial needs.[57]

Documentary filmmaker Abby Ginzberg produced the film Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice.[9] It was funded in 2009 in part by the California Documentary Project of the California Council for the Humanities.[67] The film was screened at film festivals and other institutions in the United States, Cuba, and Uruguay.[9] Ginzberg says she chose to make the film because “I was involved in the effort to save the justices in 1986, and I have always wanted to take a second look at why the campaign to recall them was so successful.”[68] It was first screened on 16 March 2010 at the Chicano Resource Center of the East Los Angeles Library.[67] The film was a Gold Winner of the 2010 Davey Awards in the Film/Video/TV category.[69] It also received the Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival.[70]

The City of Chicago passed a resolution honoring Reynoso that was presented to him while he was a visiting distinguished scholar at the John Marshall Law School in 2009.[71]

The State Bar of California gave Reynoso its Bernard E. Witkin Medal in September 2009 for his “significant contributions to the quality of justice and legal scholarship” in California, recognizing him as a “legal giant”.[72][73]

In April 2011, the University of California, Merced awarded Reynoso the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance.[74] The prize honors people who exemplify the delivery of social justice, diplomacy, and tolerance in their work.[75] The prize included a $10,000 award.[76]

Chapman University conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon him in May 2011.[77]

Source@: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruz_Reynoso

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Cruz Reynoso was an associate justice for the California Supreme Court and the Third District Court of Appeal. He previously was special counsel for Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, and is currently professor of law and Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality at the UC Davis School of Law.

From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Reynoso served as vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He also was a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and at the University of New Mexico. Earlier in his career, he was director of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. and deputy director of the California Fair Employment Practices Commission. Mr. Reynoso also served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He is the son of Mexican immigrants and was an agricultural worker in California fruit orchards.

He has served on numerous other federal, state and professional boards and commissions concerned with civil rights, immigration and refugee policy, government reform, the administration of justice, legal services for the indigent, and education. In 2000, Mr. Reynoso received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, for his lifelong devotion to public service. He also is a recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Award in Education. Mr. Reynoso’s publications include articles on cultural diversity, educational equity and affirmative action.

Mr. Reynoso holds a bachelor’s degree from Ponoma College in Claremont and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  Source: http://www.cafwd.org/pages/cruz-reynoso

ALM: Munger Tolles & Olson’s New Partners Class Is 75 Percent Women of Color (TLR Note: of the four, one with the least amount of color is Katherine Ku; have you no shame, Ron Olson, labeling Misty Sanford as Mexican?; FPOC suspect! ; sordid business)

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP has selected Daniel B. Levin, Miriam Kim, Misty M. Sanford and Katherine H. Ku to join its partnership, effective January 1, 2013.

“We are proud to welcome these esteemed colleagues to our partnership. We believe their great legal talent and diversity will strengthen our law firm and serve our clients and the community well into the future.” Munger Tolles Managing Partner Sandra A. Seville-Jones said. Source:http://www.mto.com/news/headlines/2012/Munger-Tolles-Names-Four-Attorneys-to-Partnership-Ranks

 

Vivia 

Munger Tolles & Olson sets a diversity record. The Los Angeles-based powerhouse firm just elected Misty Sanford, Miriam Kim, Katherine Ku, and Daniel Levin (pictured above, left to right) to its partnership, effective January 1, 2013. According to the firm, Kim and Ku are Asian American, and Sanford is Mexican American. What’s more, all three women each have two sons; their elevation also set a new record for the firm in both the number and percentage of people of color promoted in a single year. (emphasis added)

The firm didn’t say so, but we assume that Levin is the sole white guy in the group. But hey, we’re cool with that. Source: http://thecareerist.typepad.com/thecareerist/2012/12/news-bites-1212munger-to…

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Misty M. Sanford is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Sanford practices real estate and land use law and represents institutional investors, developers, multi-national corporations, nonprofits, public entities and individual entrepreneurs in various transactions.

Misty M. Sanford

Community Service

Ms. Sanford is a founder and treasurer of For People of Color, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students of color to attend law school and become attorneys. She is a founder and vice chair of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that converts blighted parcels of land into neighborhood parks, gardens and community centers. Ms. Sanford serves on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association and served as president of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission for three years. 

In addition, Ms. Sanford co-chairs the Munger Tolles Law Fellows Program, which offers full-time positions at the firm’s Los Angeles office to students of diverse backgrounds who have recently graduated from college and plan to attend law school.

Background

Ms. Sanford graduated from UCLA School of Law, where she completed the program in public interest law and policy, was chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation and a Hagman Land Use and Planning Scholar. Source: http://mto.com/lawyers/Misty-M-Sanford

Furthermore, Misty is an accomplished athlete and former artistic roller skating national and world champion. Source: http://forpeopleofcolor.org/about/mistysanford/

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Katherine Ku, please see @:http://mto.com/lawyers/Katherine-Ku

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Necessary to end the “sordid business [of] divvying us up by race”  — as Chief Justice John Roberts said in a prior Texas case, please see @: http://www.corson.org/archives/legal/L2012_03.htm

 

 

 

MTO’ Black Hiring Partner Bart Williams Says Diversity Is Elusive (TLR Note: race-obsessed institutions often position a minority as hiring partner to rebut allegation discrimination in hiring;Williams appears bi-racial;Jews a minority?Italians?Catholics?

We are zipping over to California today to chat with Bart Williams, the hiring partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Founded in 1962, the  firm is known as one of the most selective firms in the country.

Munger Tolles is both elitest and progressive. Everyone is supposed to be whip-smart, associates have votes, and the firm even runs a day care center. It sounds like Xanadu, so tell me about the firm’s dark side.

We feel we have a special place, but it gets harder and harder to maintain. It used to be that you could be here for four years and make partner. But here and elsewhere, it’s gotten longer.

Bart Williams_Munger Tolles

Bart Williams

Can we talk about Munger’s reputation for diversity? The firm seems to be way ahead of most big firms.
We’re better than most firms, but that’s sad. The numbers are way up for Asian Americans. Of 88 partners, we have ten Asian Americans; two African Americans; and three Hispanic/Latinos. 

You are African American. Doesn’t that help with recuiting other African Americans?
Anytime you feel affinity with someone, it helps, but it doesn’t close the deal. It’s a complicated process. The number of black students we’ve recruited has been static or down. At the 11 law schools we recruit at, [the African Americans] are highly coveted and tend to go to New York, and it makes them very hard to recruit. Please continue @:http://thecareerist.typepad.com/thecareerist/2012/04/munger-tolles-hp.html

 

 

Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship: Meet KEKER & VAN NEST DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP, INC.

Entity Name: KEKER & VAN NEST DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP, INC.
Entity Number: C3400349
Date Filed: 06/10/2011
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 633 BATTERY ST
Entity City, State, Zip: SAN FRANCISCO CA 94111-1809
Agent for Service of Process: HOLLY SAYDAH
Agent Address: 633 BATTERY ST
Agent City, State, Zip: SAN FRANCISCO CA 94111-1809

Source: http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/cbs.aspx

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Keker & Van Nest Launches $50,000 Diversity Scholarship

Press release 04/04/2011

Keker & Van Nest LLP is accepting applications for its inaugural diversity scholarship. In July, the firm will award up to $50,000 in scholarship grants to several student recipients. The firm, with 45 percent of its associates and 24 percent of its partnership as members of minority groups, has a long-standing commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. It maintains that commitment through a successful mentorship program, participation in minority career fairs and the support of diversity organizations.

“At Keker & Van Nest, we reap significant benefits from having a diverse group of attorneys throughout our ranks,” said Keker & Van Nest Partner and hiring committee leader Brian Ferrall. “Through this diversity scholarship, we can continue Keker & Van Nest’s commitment to diversity, and can create opportunities for talented law students.”

Scholarship applicants must be current first-year or second-year law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of litigators in the Bay Area. Recipients must attend University of California, Berkeley School of Law; University of California, Hastings College of the Law; or Stanford Law School as a full-time student and remain in academic good standing for the academic year of the award. While financial need is not required, it will be considered along with other factors. Additional information about the scholarship including the application can be found on the Careers section of the firm’s website.

Source @: http://www.kvn.com/news/press-releases/Diversity_Scholarship

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For earlier stories, including matters relating to alleged fraud by Tom Pack, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com//?s=Keker+Diversity+Scholarship

 

 

Tom Pack — Recipient of Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship – Part 3: Profile of Gibson Dunn in San Francisco (TLR Note: Notice Gibson Dunn Does Not Practice “American Indian Law” Nor Does it Have Native American Tribes as Clients)

In Part 1, TLR established that Tom Pack, who is a quarter Native American, wants to pursue a career in American Indian law. Tom was able to select Stanford Law School, his dream school, as a result of the funding provided by the Theodore Weisman Scholarship Fund. Tom hopes to return to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in government. Ideally, he dreams of helping American Indian and Alaska Native tribes achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system. 

Tom Pack
Mr. Tom Pack (image: courtesy of Linkedin)

In Part 2, TLR established that American Indian and Alaska Native tribes will have to “achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system” independently of Tom Pack. A 2012 graduate of Stanford Law School, Pack no longer plans to return to Washington, D.C to fulfill his dreams of helping American Indians and Alaska Native tribes.  At least according to his Linkedin profile, Pack plans to remain in Northern California and has accepted an offer of employment from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

PART 3 : Profile of Gibson Dunn Office Located in San Francisco

Consistent with TLR’s commitment to accuracy and fairness, the possibility that Tom Pack can fulfill his dream of practicing American Indian Law and/or helping American Indian achieve true sovereignty and self-determination from within the confines of Gibson Dunn in San Francisco had to be examined. 

Predictably, Gibson Dunn does not practice American Indian Law nor does it have any native tribes as clients.  See below:

“The lawyers in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher enjoy a premier reputation as high-quality legal counselors.  Backed by the extensive resources and networks of a renowned national and international law firm, our lawyers have both the substantive expertise and the technology demanded by clients who pioneer the products and services that have revolutionized the global economy. 

Among our 75 lawyers are a two-time recipient of the Presidential Rank Award (by Presidents Clinton and Bush), the highest honor conferred on federal government executives; a former Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeals and Legal Affairs Secretary to the Governor of California; and a two-term appointee to the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust, a federal agency (by Presidents Clinton and Bush).  The San Francisco office is a target destination for some of the country’s best legal talent.

Our lawyers have significant expertise in international cartel enforcement and antitrust, intellectual property, constitutional law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, real estate, securities litigation, corporate governance, and trials and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country.  We provide counsel to Fortune 100 companies and Silicon Valley founders alike, in the technology, telecommunications, financial services, and professional services industries.  A short list of our diverse clientele include Intel, Micron Technology, St. Jude Medical, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Coast Capital Partners, Applied Materials, Cadence Design Systems, and The Williams Companies.  With an unparalleled combination of solid local service and international expertise, our lawyers often achieve outstanding results for our clients.

Since 1979, lawyers in our Bay Area offices have acted as lead trial counsel in a number of the biggest securities class actions and SEC enforcement matters of the current era, including representation of leading Bay Area and national companies such as Hewlett Packard, Levi Strauss,  Amazon.com, The Williams Companies, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Merrill Lynch.  For many years, Northern California has led the nation in the number of securities class action suits filed each year, and our Bay Area partners are on the “short list” of lawyers who routinely are sought out to represent public companies and their directors and officers in these cases.  Our seven Bay Area partners specializing in this field include one of the co-chairs of Gibson Dunn’s national practice group, as well as partners who lead the firm’s representation of “Big Four” accounting firms in securities and other financial fraud litigation.  In addition to defending federal court class actions, our Bay Area partners also handle high stakes takeover litigation, derivative suits, and regulatory investigations, including a number of recent matters involving stock option backdating that have been in the headlines over the last two years.  Several of our Bay Area partners have been recognized in state and national publications as leading lawyers in their field.  Our Bay Area partners regularly are called upon to serve as amicus counsel for some of the nation’s leading industry organizations, and to speak out on securities-related and law reform topics in national conferences and publications.  Our Bay Area securities litigation practice is complemented by the firms’ Business Crimes and Crisis Management groups, with whom we work closely in major matters.

San Francisco’s antitrust lawyers are well-recognized as experts in their field.  The matters they work on span the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and cover a broad array of industries, including high technology, retail, defense, chemical, and manufacturing.  Our counselors provide services to clients in every significant area of antitrust and trade regulation law, including civil antitrust litigation (including class actions), international cartel investigations and criminal litigation, other federal and state civil and criminal investigations, government review of mergers and acquisitions, antitrust compliance counseling, and trade regulation matters that involve unfair competition and consumer protection issues.  They have served in policy-making and enforcement positions in government, making major contributions to antitrust jurisprudence and policy.

The lawyers that comprise San Francisco’s corporate team have experience with virtually every type of corporate or commercial transaction, regardless of a client’s size or stage of development.  We regularly represent our clients in connection with a broad variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings, cross-border transactions, securities regulation, corporate governance, executive compensation and global finance.  In addition to representing several of Silicon Valley’s heaviest hitters in their corporate matters, we’ve represented public and private corporations alike, in the transactions that can make or break their business.

Our intellectual property lawyers in the San Francisco office have extensive experience and expertise in all facets of IP litigation.  We have represented some of Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies in their day-to-day and big-ticket IP matters, successfully steering them to favorable results.  We have litigated – and tried – significant patent cases in courts throughout the country as well as at the U.S. International Trade Commission.  We have demonstrated technical expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including electrical design and engineering, software, hardware, mechanical design and engineering, biological compounds and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and life sciences.  Backed by our outstanding national practice, our IP team is able to efficiently manage, and successfully resolve, complex IP cases for our clients. 

San Francisco’s real estate lawyers are part of the team that comprises one of the largest real estate groups among law firms in the United States.  They work with developers and financiers alike, on some of the most sophisticated financings and land use deals throughout the world.   Transactions they handle include acquisitions and dispositions, financings, including structured and securitized transactions, REITs, public/private deals, workouts and restructurings, and leases, including office, “big box” and general retail, and major industrial and warehouse leases.  The land use team in San Francisco is of the highest caliber, having played a central role in several of the most significant of the development and redevelopment projects that have reshaped the country.   Significant projects in the Bay Area include the negotiation of the 90-year ground lease and development agreement for the LucasArts campus in the Presidio National Park, the historic restorations of the Ferry Building and Piers 1 ½, 3 and 5, the development of the Westfield San Francisco Centre in the heart of San Francisco, and the current redevelopment of the Treasure Island Naval Station. 

Gibson Dunn’s “client first” culture ensures that all of our lawyers remain involved with and available to our clients at all times.  This is the cornerstone of our practice and has resulted in our clients entrusting us with their most sophisticated and significant legal matters.  Our culture also embraces a strong commitment to community service activism and pro bono representation.  In addition to our fundraising efforts for local charities by lawyers and staff alike, a San Francisco Gibson Dunn attorney was honored with the “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service” Award for two years in a row by the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  Our lawyers were also recognized by the California State Senate for our efforts to support pro bono legal work in the Bay Area with the “2005 Outstanding Law Firm in Public Service” Award.  Recently, the San Francisco office was recently named one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times. “

Source @: http://www.gibsondunn.com/offices/SanFrancisco

Tom Pack — Recipient of Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship Part 2: Incoming Associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco

In Part 1, TLR established that Tom Pack, who is a quarter Native American, wants to pursue a career in American Indian law. Tom was able to select Stanford Law School, his dream school, as a result of the funding provided by the Theodore Weisman Scholarship Fund. Tom hopes to return to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in government. Ideally, he dreams of helping American Indian and Alaska Native tribes achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system.  Please see story @: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/the-leslie-brodie-report-launche…

PART 2: Tom Pack as  Incoming Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco

Unfortunately, it now appears that American Indian and Alaska Native tribes will have to “achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system” without the help of Tom Pack.

A 2012 graduate of Stanford Law School, Pack no longer plans to return to Washington, D.C to fulfill his dreams of helping American Indians and Alaska Native tribes.

At least according to his Linkedin profile, Pack plans to remain in Northern California and has accepted an offer of employment from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Tom Pack

Tom Pack

Incoming Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Law Practice

See source @: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-pack/5/a74/217

 

The Leslie Brodie Report Launches Journalistic Inquiry Into Stanford Law School Graduate Tom Pack — Recipient of Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship — Part 1: Background Information

Before coming to Stanford, Tom Pack worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), focusing on American Indian/Alaska Native health issues. Working for HHS allowed Tom, who is a quarter Native American, to see that while he had an interest in health, he ultimately wanted to pursue a career in American Indian law.

Tom Pack
Mr. Tom Pack (image: courtesy of Linkedin)

“I could see myself having a micro impact on people’s lives by becoming a doctor, but by pursuing a law degree I realized I would have the opportunity to make a macro impact on tribal government,” he says.

Tom was able to select Stanford Law School, his dream school, as a result of the funding provided by the Theodore Weisman Scholarship Fund. Without the graduate fellowship, he wouldn’t have had the financial capability to attend Stanford.

“The cost of attending law school was a huge barrier for me,” recalls Tom. “Receiving a graduate fellowship not only made it possible for me to attend Stanford, it will also relieve the burden of debt and allow me to take a job I am really passionate about. For that I am incredibly thankful.”

On track to earn his JD in 2012, Tom hopes to return to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in government. Ideally, he dreams of helping American Indian and Alaska Native tribes achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system.

(emphasis added)

Source: http://giving.stanford.edu/get/layout/g2s/Profile_ThomasPack

Addendum to Race Discrimination by Keker & Van Nest Prompts Scrutiny: Hastings College of Law, Boalt Hall, Stanford Law School

In TLR’s previously published story “Race Discrimination by Keker & Van Nest Prompts Scrutiny” dealing with Keker & Van’s announcement by which the firm declared unequivocally its intention to disregard and otherwise violate myriad local, state, and federal laws prohibiting race discrimination, as well as state and local laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation; TLR was remiss in failing to mention that in addition to being a LGBTQ law students of color in order to qualify for its scholarship, Keker & Van Nest also placed the following arbitratry and capricious conditions:

        a) must be current first-year or second-year law students.

        b) must attend University of California, Berkeley School of Law; University of California, Hastings College of the Law; or Stanford Law School.

        c) a full-time student and remain in academic good standing for the academic year of the award.  See source @:http://www.kvn.com/careers/diversity/Diversity-Scholarship

Per one source, on its face, it appears Keker & Van Nest violates California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act which provides in part: “All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion,ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.”

TLR’s original story, please see @: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/race-discrimination-by-keker-van…

 

Race Discrimination by Keker & Van Nest Prompts Scrutiny — Developing Story

Embattled San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest and named partner John Keker are under scrutiny, yet again.

According to various knowledgeable sources, the controversy surrounding Kekers stems from an announcement by which the firm declared unequivocally its intention to disregard and otherwise violate myriad local, state, and federal laws prohibiting any form of race discrimination, as well as state and local laws prohibiting any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Specifically, earlier this year Keker & Van Nest announced that it was “launching the Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship to benefit diverse law students.” (emphasis added) Source@: http://www.kvn.com/careers/diversity/default

Keker & Van Nest further stated that “Scholarship applicants must be current first-year or second-year law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community (emphasis added) Source @: http://www.kvn.com/careers/diversity/Diversity-Scholarship


Matthew Werdegar AKA Matt Werdegar of Keker & Van NestDavid Werdegar
(L) Matt Werdegar of Keker & Van Nest who participated in the scheme to hide Chris Young’s association with his firm from the public. He is the son of California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Kathryn Werdegar and David Werdegar (R), former CEO of of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging. Strangely, while Justice Werdegar recused herself in a suit against the late Richard Goldman due to major contributions by Goldman to Institute on Aging, she did not recuse herself in many other cases involving other major contributors. Once the scheme was exposed on The Leslie Brodie Report, David Werdegar abruptly quit his CEO position. (Image:courtesy photo)

This latest controversy involving Keker & Van Nest comes on the heels of a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit naming as defendants (among others) Keker & Van Nest and partner Matt Werdegar which was filed in federal court.

 The suit was advanced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey alleges that defendants — who allegedly run the San Francisco law firm as a criminal racketeering enterprise — engaged in predicate acts of a pattern of racketeering through and by means of obstruction of justice and myriad acts of fraud. 

The suit further contends that named partner John Keker participated and was well aware of the surreptitious and conspiratorial alliances and unlawful agreements. 

The action seeks monetary and equitable remedies. 

Matt Werdegar is the son of the former CEO of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging David Werdegar who abruptly quit his position earlier this year amid media reports of alleged financial improprieties. 

Subsequent to Werdegar’s departure, the IOA appointed J. Thomas Briody, MHSc as the organization’s new President and CEO. 

In a separate suit, Dydzak’s avers that Califorrnia Supreme Court Justice  Kay Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA, totaling tens of thousands of dollars. 

Dydzak further alleges that he sustained legal injury based on his representation of a client against Charles Schwab — specifically, a former paramour of Charles Schwab co-founder Hugo Quackenbush — and subsequent retaliation by various entities that sought to silence him (and his client), including the now-defunct law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, which had previously represented Charles Schwab. 

According to Dydzak, once his allegations of retaliation by Howard Rice and others were presented for adjudication before Justice Werdegar, she had an absolute duty to either obtain a waiver from Dydzak or recuse herself because of Charles Schwab’s financial donations to IOA; he claims that she did neither. 

Dydzak further alleges that Justice Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties (and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar), by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab, because further actions by him would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities; at the same time, ruling against Dydzak enriched her husband, David Werdegar, financially — and, by extension, enriched her as well.

 

 

Dan Dydzak and Nancy McFadden Hereby Asked to Comment on Money from California Bar to “California Supreme Court Historical Society”(TLR Note: PG&E’s Ophelia Basgal of CaliforniaALL – shockingly – “treasurer” of CSCHS – Ties to Barbara Babcock, Werdegar)

Voluntary Contributions

Attorneys are encouraged to support and contribute to bar-related entities that are not funded by State Bar annual fees. The list below summarizes the goals of those entities and provides a link for additional information. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

    Justice Gap Fund
    Bar Relations & Elimination of Bias Fund
    Legislative Activities Fund
    California Bar Foundation
    California Supreme Court Historical Society
    Conference of California Bar Associations

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Justice Gap Fund

The Justice Gap Fund implements AB 2301 (2006), which authorizes the State Bar to solicit contributions from its members to support legal services for low-income Californians.

Legal services for the indigent are a critical component of the justice system, helping to improve trust and confidence in the court system and working to ensure justice for vulnerable individuals who cannot represent themselves.

The Justice Gap Fund is one of three sources of funding for the State Bar’s Legal Services Trust Fund Program, which makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide free civil legal services to low-income Californians.

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Bar Relations & Elimination of Bias Fund

The Elimination of Bias Fund maintains programs that address concerns of bias in the legal profession. In addition to funding various outreach and education activities, the Elimination of Bias Fund supports the work of the Council on Access & Fairness, which acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees to enhance diversity opportunities and advancement in the legal profession. Initiatives to educate students about the law and legal career opportunities are also a focus of the council.

The Office of Bar Relations Outreach provides program development and support services to more than 235 voluntary bar associations throughout the state).

Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Legislative Activities Fund
LAF

The State Bar’s Office of Governmental Affairs (OGA) spearheads the Bar’s legislative efforts to ensure the protection of the public in matters relating to the practice of law, increase access to and improve the delivery of legal services to the people of California and improve the administration of justice in the state.

The OGA engages in many projects and activities designed to help achieve these objectives. These include:

    Tracking bills and advocating legislation sponsored or supported by the Board of Trustees and against legislation that is contrary to the goals and mission of the State Bar
    Producing publications on legislative matters (including Sacramento Scene newsletter)
    Providing members of the legislature with consumer education and protection materials developed by the State Bar
    Coordinating efforts to offer the legal expertise of the Sections and Standing Committees as a resource to the legislature

Donations to the Legislative Activities Fund ensure that the interests of State Bar members are protected in Sacramento and are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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California Bar Foundation
www.calbarfoundation.org

The California Bar Foundation assists young people in developing an interest in the law and in going to law school on scholarships. A donation will:

    Provide scholarships for worthy law students committed to public interest careers
    Print and distribute the popular consumer guides Kids & the Law, When You Become 18 and Seniors & the Law
    Ensure that grants will continue to fund similar services in the future, especially for young citizens who take an interest in the law
    Continue the expansion of many law-related programs that benefit a broad cross-section of children, students, adults and seniors throughout California

Donations of $250 or more receive special recognition in the Leadership Circle. In addition, contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information, visit the Foundation’s Web site.

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California Supreme Court Historical Society
www.cschs.org

The mission of the California Supreme Court Historical Society is twofold: preserving the rich legal history of our state and broadening public understanding of, and appreciation for, the contributions of courts and attorneys to California’s history.

The Society works to carry out its mission in several different ways. For example, during the past two years the Society:

    Commissioned a University of California historian to prepare an oral history of recently-retired Chief Justice Ronald M. George
    Partnered with the Northern District of California Historical Society to present “Chief Justice David Terry and Federalism,” a program featuring seven judges from both state and federal courts in dramatic readings from the life of David Terry, a colorful and controversial man who served as Chief Justice of California in the turbulent 1850s
    Co-sponsored a program on the history and future of the citizen initiative in California
    Co-sponsored a program at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Law celebrating the contributions of African American appellate court justices in California
    Conducted two writing competitions, open to students in law schools and graduate schools, and published the winning essays in California Legal History, the Society’s highly regarded annual journal

The Society receives no financial support from the State Bar or government at any level. It relies for nearly all of its revenue on donations from individual lawyers and judges. These donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Conference of California Bar Associations
www.calconference.org

The independent Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA) provides California attorneys with an effective way to make positive changes to California public policy and statutory law through the development, debate, sponsorship and lobbying of legislation.

Each year delegates from local and specialty bars throughout the state develop resolutions proposing changes in state statutes and the rules of court and debate those resolutions (often more than 100) at the CCBA’s annual conference. Many of those resolutions are then introduced in legislation in the California Legislature and lobbied towards enactment with the help and guidance of the CCBA’s legislative representative. In 2010, 13 CCBA-sponsored resolutions were signed into law.

The independent CCBA is not part of The State Bar of California and receives no bar funding. Contributions are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions, but the portion not allocated for legislative lobbying expenses may be deducted as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

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Source:https://secure.calbar.ca.gov/contribute/precont.aspx

 

For more about, please see @: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/california-supreme-court-historica…

An open letter to Mark Yudof — Final chancellor candidate list needs to represent women, underrepresented minorities

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Sucharitha Yelimeli/Staff

Dear UC President Mark Yudof,
We understand that you are coming to a final decision on the chancellor search at UC Berkeley.As a group of UC Berkeley faculty who remain unconditionally committed to achieving racial diversity on the campus, we want to reaffirm our expectation that each of the final candidates must have a proven track record of promoting faculty, staff and student diversity, especially in promoting faculty of color to senior management positions. We expect that the successful candidate will not only provide an estimable record of effective commitment to progress in equity and inclusion but will also, in final interview, articulate a faculty diversity plan for the Berkeley campus that is clear and measurable.

As you know, under the leadership of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Vice Chancellor Gibor Basri we have made significant gains in the campus diversity goals. As the position announcement notes, “The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund recognized UC Berkeley as a national model for equity, inclusion and diversity in 2010 with a pioneering $16 million, 10-year grant that engages Berkeley students, faculty, and staff across all disciplines in research, teaching, and public service.”

Please continue @:http://www.dailycal.org/2012/10/26/an-open-letter-to-mark-yudof/

 

IRS’s Exempt Organization Disclosure Requirements (TLR Note: Voice of OC / SCE- subject of complaints upon refusal; VOC, via Jayne Kim, hinted, incorrectly, YR needs to travel to OC to inspect; To date, IRS took no action -Tony West? Feinstein?)

Source: http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Public-Disclosure-and-Availability-of-Exempt-Organizations-Returns-and-Applications:-Documents-Subject-to-Public-Disclosure

How can I obtain a copy of an organization’s annual return or exemption application?

You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of a tax-exempt organization’s:

    Annual information returns (e.g., Form 990);
    Exempt status application materials; and
    Notice of status under Internal Revenue Code section 527(i),

in person at the organization’s principal office, or its regional or district offices, during regular business hours. Unrelated business income tax returns filed by organizations exempt under Code section 501(c)(3) are also available. You may also request copies of such materials in writing. The organization may charge a reasonable fee to cover copying and mailing costs. Note: An organization that filed its application before July 15, 1987, must make the application available only if it had a copy of the application on July 15, 1987. See Notice 88-120 for details.

You are entitled to inspect or receive a copy of any annual return for three years from the date the return was required to be filed (or, for an amended return, from the date it was filed). For more information, see our frequently asked questions on public disclosure, the final regulations, or Disclosure Requirements.

For exemption application materials, you are entitled to inspect or receive a copy of the organization’s exemption application (Form 1023, 1024, or other document required to be filed), any papers filed in support of the application and any determination letter issued by the IRS with respect to the application.

What tax documents must an exempt organization make available for public inspection and copying?

An exempt organization must make available for public inspection its exemption application. An exemption application includes the Form 1023 (for organizations recognized as exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3)), Form 1024 (for organizations recognized as exempt under most other paragraphs of section 501(c)), or the letter submitted under the paragraphs for which no form is prescribed, together with supporting documents and any letter or document issued by the IRS concerning the application. A political organization exempt from taxation under section 527(a) must make available for public inspection and copying its notice of status, Form 8871.

In addition, an exempt organization must make available for public inspection and copying its annual return. Such returns include Form 990 , Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-EZ , Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation, Form 990-BL , Information and Initial Excise Tax Return for Black Lung Benefit Trusts and Certain Related Persons, and the Form 1065 , U.S. Partnership Return of Income. 

A section 501(c)(3) organization must make available for public inspection and copying any Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return, filed after August 17, 2006. Returns must be available for a three-year period beginning with the due date of the return (including any extension of time for filing). For this purpose, the return includes any schedules, attachments, or supporting documents that relate to the imposition of tax on the unrelated business income of the charity. See Public Inspection and Disclosure of Form 990-T for more information.

An exempt organization is not required to disclose Schedule K-1 of Form 1065 or Schedule A of Form 990-BL. With the exception of private foundations, an exempt organization is not required to disclose the name and address of any contributor to the organization.

A political organization exempt from taxation under section 527(a) must make available for inspection and copying its report of contributions and expenditures on Form 8872, Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures. However, such organization is not required to make available its return on Form 1120-POL, U.S. Income Tax Return for Certain Political Organizations.

 

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Related stories:

Complaint against Voice of OC, please see @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/23/voice-of-oc-orange-county-s-nonprof…

 

Complaint against Southern California Edison (“SCE”), client of Munger Tolles & Olson, rebublished below:

 

As public service to the community, staff members of The Leslie Report shall publish a copy of a complaint YR submitted to the IRS, below:

August 31, 2012

Internal Revenue Service
Exempt Organizations Unit
1100 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75242-1198

Re:  A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organizations Edison International Foundation EIN:95-4383002; Southern California Edison Co Veba Represented Trust Ein: 95-4372790; Southern California Edison Co Veba Non Represented Trust EIN: 95-4372792

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against Rosemead, California-based Edison International , Southern California Edison; Edison International Foundation EIN:95-4383002; Southern California Edison Co Veba Represented Trust Ein: 95-4372790; Southern California Edison Co Veba Non Represented Trust EIN: 95-4372792.

On August 22, 2012  Edison International (“EIX”) and  Southern California Edison (“SCE” — collectively, “Edison”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023.  (See Exhibit 1.)

Specifically, the request stated in part: “Please consider this communication a formal request to SCE and EIX (including, but not limited to, all subsidiaries and foundations owned and maintained by SCE/EIX)  to produce their IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, as well  Form 1023. ”

In a letter dated August 30, 2012 (see attachment), Edison (through their senior attorney Allan D. Johnson) informed me that they will not comply with the request.  Edison wrote:  “EIX and SCE are unaware of any authority that would obligate them to produce these documents to you.”  Furthermore, Edison also wrote: “Neither EIX nor SCE plan to take any  further action in response to your request.”

In view of Edison’s anticipatory failure to comply, the undersigned reluctantly makes this referral. 

INTRODUCTION:

Close to one year ago, I fortuitously stumbled upon unusually large and highly peculiar financial transactions in conjunction with what appeared to me to be clear attempts to conceal and mislead involving the California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, as well as utility companies Southern California Edison, PG&E, AT&T, Sempra, and Verizon.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the misuse of non-profit entities  California Bar Foundation and CaliforniaALL.   Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” 2008 presidential campaign, one likely possibility is that funds originating from utility companies were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign by representatives of those utility companies (i.e.  Edison International, Southern California Edison) who supported then Senator Barack Obama in hope he would expand the Smart-Grid and clean energy initiatives.

INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

1. AMBASSADOR JEFFREY BLEICH — Mr. Bleich served as a director with the Foundation in approximately 2007-2008, as well as president of the State Bar of California.

In 2007, Mr. Bleich established “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” National Finance Committee and served as its Chair.

He is a personal friend of President Obama, who served as President Obama’s personal attorney and subsequently was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Mr. Bleich was a partner with the San Francisco office of Munger Tolles & Olson, which represents clients Edison International, Southern California Edison, and Verizon Wireless.

Out of close to 230,000 lawyers in California, also serving as a director with the California Bar Foundation in approximately 2007-2008 was another attorney from Munger Tulles Olsen, Mr. Bradley Phillips. Presently, Ms. Mary Ann Todd (also of Munger Tolles & Olson) and Richard Tom of Southern California Edison are directors with the California Bar Foundation.

2. DEREK ANTHONY WEST OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE — Mr. West, who goes by the name “Tony West,” presently serves as third in command within the Department of Justice below Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer.

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Tony West also served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.”

Prior to joining the DOJ, Mr. West was a partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster, the law firm which assisted with the legal aspects of creating CaliforniaALL.

Along with attorneys Raj Chaterjee and Susan Mac Cormac, Mr. West was part of senior partner James Brosnahan’s clique. For example, it was Brosnahan, West, and Chaterjee who defended John Walker Lindh, who is more widely known as the “American Taliban.” (It should be noted that it was actually Mr. Brosnahan who initially agreed to the representation since he knows Lindh’s father — Frank Lindh — who served as in-house Chief Legal Counsel at PG&E; Mr. Lindh is presently the Chief Legal Counsel of the CPUC.)

Mr. West is married to Maya Harris, sister of Kamala Harris, who was part of CaliforniaALL.

3. STEVEN CHURCHWELL OF DLA PIPER — Mr. Churchwell is a partner at the Sacramento office of DLA Piper, where non-profit CaliforniaALL was housed free of charge.  Churchwell served as Treasurer, draft committee of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” — also housed at the Sacramento offices of DLA Piper, adjacent to its roommate — CaliforniaALL.

DLA Piper represents client Sempra Energy which owns San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

4. RON OLSON OF MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON — Mr. Olson is a partner with the Los Angeles office of Munger Tolles & Olson, which represents clients Edison International, Southern California Edison, and Verizon Wireless.   In addition to representing Edison, Olson  is also a board member of Edison International and Southern California Edison, as well as the board of Berkshire Hathaway, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, Western Asset Trusts, RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Council of Foreign Relations.

As of 2008, in-house general counsel for Edison International and Southern California Edison is Mr. Robert Adler — former managing partner of Munger Tolles & Olson.

Around 2007-2008, Ron Olson was also part of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.” 

5. JAMES J. BROSNAHAN OF MORRISON & FOERSTER – Mr. Brosnahan is presently a senior partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster.

He considers himself to be the “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.” CaliforniaALL was created by Morrison & Foerster, under the supervision of Mr. Brosnahan (known as the prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger). Specifically Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate assisted with the legal aspects of creating the entity. Mr. Brosnahan represented utility companies during California’s energy crisis (which Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, and Geoffrey Brown were investigating) opposite Thomas Girardi.

Later, Dunn, Escutia, Brosnahan, and Girardi launched the online publication known as Voice of OC.

6. CHRISTOPHER JACOB YOUNG OF KEKER & VAN NEST — Mr. Young, commonly known as “Chris Young,” is currently listed on the State Bar of California’s database as an associate with Keker & Van Nest. Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young was an associate at Morrison & Foerster.

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.”

As noted above, State Bar of California records still show that Chris Young is an employee of Keker & Van Nest. However, very recently, Keker & Van Nest ( at the direction of partners John Keker and Jon Streeter, who also worked on the 2008 campaign as a “bundler” and is presently a director with the Foundation) abruptly removed Chris Young’s name from its web-site.

7. ANNETTE CARNEGIE — Ms. Carnegie is presently employed at the Kaiser Foundation. Around 2007-2008, she was a partner at Morrison & Foerster and served as a director of the California Bar Foundation. In 2008, the Foundation poured into CaliforniaALL the large sum of $774,247; by comparison, most other donations were around $10,000 to $20,000. As shown below, the transfer of said money appears to be imbued with fraud and secrecy, especially in connection with four utility companies (Verizon, PG&E, Edison, and AT&T).

8. KAMALA HARRIS — In around 2007-2008, Ms. Harris served as the District Attorney in San Francisco while at the same time she was also Co-Chair of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.” Ms. Harris was part of CaliforniaALL’s “Advisory Council.” She is the sister of Maya Harris, who is married to Tony West. Media reports provide that parliamentarian Willie Brown served as mentor to both Tony West and Kamala Harris, and was Ms. Harris’s paramour. John Keker of Keker & Van Nest (known as the prosecutor of Oliver North) is also considered to be a “mentor” of Kamala Harris. (Incidentally, State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore — also a “mentee” of Willie Brown — was honored by CaliforniaALL at a lavish dinner in a Sacramento hotel. Parliamentarian Moore is no stranger to your agency, having been the target of a sting operation known as Shrimpscam.)

9. OPHELIA BASGAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (“HUD”) — In around 2007-2008 , Ms. Basgal was Vice President of Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives at PG&E, where she managed the company’s $18 million charitable contributions program, and oversaw its community engagement programs and partnerships with community-based organizations. Separately, around that time she surprisingly served as “Treasurer” with the “California Supreme Court Historical Society.” In that role, she presumably had contact with many judges, including those who were handling matters dealing with PG&E, such as Justice (Ret.) Joseph Grodin who acted as the mediator in a case Attorney General Bill Lockyer advanced against PG&E, which Jerry Brown (cousin of Geoffrey Brown) later dismissed in his capacity as the new Attorney General for California.

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

10. VICTOR MIRMAONTES — Mr. Victor Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros in an entity known as CityView, was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

Mr. Miramontes has various connections to Orange County, and is otherwise familiar with its various legal circles.

11. SARAH E. REDFIELD — Ms. Redfield is presently a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and served as the interim director of CaliforniaALL. Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, also appear to be imbued with fraud and deceit, and it appears her role was to create a subterfuge to justify the existence of CaliforniaALL. Since CaliforniaALL’s main achievement was the purported creation of a “Saturday Academy of Law” at UC Irvine (“SALUCI”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. For her services as interim executive director and an alleged consultant of CaliforniaALL, Professor Redfield was paid approximately $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $160,000 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others, especially that of Rob Vacario of Santa Ana who co-founded SALUCI several years earlier.

12. JUDY JOHNSON – Ms. Johnson is the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. Ms. Johnson (along with Robert Hawley and Starr Babcock) is no stranger to financial schemes. For the past 8 years, she has been quietly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (California Consumer Protection Foundation AKA “CCPF”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. CCPF forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities in South Los Angeles or to an entity headed by Michael Shames known as UCAN — presently under federal grand jury investigation in San Diego. It appears that Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by various law firms in courts and before the CPUC. In addition, while never prosecuted for the scheme, some have speculated that Johnson and cohorts Hawley (whom Johnson labeled the “Wizard of OZ”) and Babcock were “in” on a financial scheme perpetrated by former State Bar employee Sharon Pearl, who was lightly prosecuted by then-attorney general Jerry Brown, cousin of Geoffrey Brown.

Ms. Johnson was part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council and was responsible for maintaining secrecy over the project by misleading the public, including a quadriplegic law-student, litigant Sara Granda.

13. RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY — Ms. Ashley is a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at Cal PERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors alongside Mr. Bleich, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

14. SONIA GONZALES — Ms. Gonzales presently serves as the Foundation’s executive director as of earlier this year, after the former executive director (Ms. Leslie Hatamyia) suddenly quit. Ms. Gonzales is a close friend and confidante of Ms. Maya Harris, the wife of Mr. Tony West.

She presently serves the same function as current Foundation directors Mary Ann Todd of Munger Tolles & Olson, Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest, Douglas Winthrop of Howard Rice, Richard Tom of Southern California Edison, and Raj Chatterjee of Morrison & Foerster.

 15.  JOE DUNN — Mr. Dunn is  the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency. He is also a  Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as  CaliforniaALL  (FEIN Number 51-0656213). Presently, Dunn serves as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation.   The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL. Previously, In his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, Dunn was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

16 . GEOFFREY BROWN – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation.  While at the CPUC, Brown was the assigned commissioner in the application Edison International/ Southern California Edison — owners of  San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) –  submitted to the CPUC for authorization: (1) to replace SONGS 2 & 3 steam generators; (2) establish ratemaking for cost recovery; and (3) address other related steam generator replacement issues.

Messrs. Geoffrey Brown, Michael Peevey, and Peter Arth were also involved in countless proceedings involving California energy crisis.  Those proceedings were mainly litigated by the law offices of Munger Tolles & Olson (representing Southern California Edison), Morrison & Foerster, Keker & Van Nest (representing PG&E), DLA Piper (representing Sempra Energy — owner of San Diego Gas & Electric). At times, said proceedings concluded in settlements worth billions of dollars.

Previously,  I asked the State Bar of California to investigate this matter. Within a few hours of sending the request, Geoffrey Brown sent me a demand to cease and desist from insisting that he had done anything wrong under threat of litigation. In essence, Brown wanted me to ignore the circumstances dealing with the fact that he was both a CPUC Commissioner and a Director with the Foundation when it quietly made the largest grant in its history to an entity that was conceived by CPUC’s Peter Arth to absorb hundreds of thousands of dollars from utility companies.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by Cal PERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with Cal PERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a career counsel at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield. At that time, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson was serving as President of the State Bar. Both Bleich and Ashley are politically active, and were supporting the 2008 campaign of Barack Obama for President. Ruthe Ashley was involved in the Asian-Americans for Obama branch in Sacramento.

In April 2007, Ashley and Sarah Redfield were urged to meet Peter Arth, Jr. of the California Public Utilities Commission at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting, the idea to create CaliforniaALL (initially named CaAAL or CaALL) was conceived. Eventually, Cal PERS, the CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

At that time, both Ashley and Redfield were also part of the State Bar of California’s Council on Fairness and Access, as well as a separate project by the State Bar of California known as The Diversity Pipeline Task Force, through which both presumably amassed vast amounts of data and information on the topic of diversity pipeline projects.

Subsequent to the meeting with Peter Arth, on June 26, 2007 State Bar BOG member Ruthe Catolico Ashley and Patricia Lee presented to the entire BOG a proposal (see http://www.scribd.com/doc/48713393/1-In-June-26-2007-Member-of-State-Bar-Boar… ) urging the BOG to support the creation of California Aspire Achieve Lead Pipeline Project (CaAAL), later named CaliforniaALL.

For reasons that are not clear to me, Jeffrey Bleich saw fit to call an urgent, emergency-like meeting of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Committee on Operations in order to appoint Peter Arth of the CPUC as member of the State Bar of California’s Council on Fairness and Access.  See:   http://www.scribd.com/doc/103136304/2nd-Upload-of-Document-Peter-Arth-Assista…

Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaALL’s interim executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel were Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate of Morrison & Foerster.

Despite the fact that she served as interim executive director, and despite the fact that it was a given that Ruthe Catolico Ashley would be hired as the permanent CEO, Sarah Redfield nevertheless apparently engaged in an RFP (request for proposal) which was closed just as quickly as it started even before Ms. Ashley was hired as the permanent CEO.

CaliforniaALL’s web site (www.calall.org) stated:

“Saturday Law Academy RFP

PLEASE NOTE:

The application process for this RFP is closed. Please contact Sarah Redfield at sarah.redfield@gmail.com or (207) 752-1721.

RFP PROPOSAL INFORMATION

California ALL seeks proposals to implement its law career pathway starting with the 2008-09 academic year (AY).

The following and attached document describes a program area in which California ALL has particular interest based on its initial research. An additional RFP will follow for college level prelaw work. Self generated proposal for other parts of the pipeline will also be considered, and another round of RFPs is possible. California ALL has not attached a specific dollar amount to the RFP, though cost effectiveness and the presence of a competitive match will be part of its consideration. California ALL has some funding in hand from a generous grant from Verizon for the Saturday Academy and intends to seek additional funding as needed to support programs selected. It is anticipated that funding will be provided for year one of the (3 year) proposal, with following years contingent on successful completion of the prior year(s). ”

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The California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of the law firm of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided free of charge courtesy of partner Steven Churchwell – an attorney specialized in the representation of political entities.

CaliforniaALL’s 2008 tax-return shows an expense of around $16,000 for “occupancy.” See http://www.scribd.com/doc/48714110/6-CaliforniaALL-2008-Tax-Return

In June 2008, after a nationwide search and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL not surprisingly hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer. (See Press Release http://www.scribd.com/doc/48717715/5-California-ALL-Announces-Hiring-of-Ruthe… )

As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward, it did so by awarding small grants to the UCI Foundation (FEIN Number 952540117), where State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee, for the purported purpose of establishing a Saturday Law Academy at UC Irvine known as SALUCI.

Sarah Redfield’s CV, which states (falsely) that she launched SALUCI, can be found at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/48772426/10-Resume-CV-of-University-of-New-Hampshir…

In September 2009, Ruthe Catolico Ashley exited CaliforniaALL (http://www.scribd.com/doc/48713268/7-Ruthe-Ashley-Announces-Departure-from-Ca… ), the entity which she previously proclaimed to Diane Curtis that it “will change the face of the future in the workplace and of our leaders,” “will be a model for other states,” and “is here to stay for the foreseeable future.”

Ultimately, the following events prompted me to ask Voice of OC to make its tax returns available for my review, as required by IRS regulations: the sham RFP by Sarah Redfield, who pre-selected the UCI Foundation as the only recipient of funds from CaliforniaALL; Joe Dunn served as chair of the UCI Foundation audit committee; in September 2009 Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL; in September 2009 Joe Dunn (together with his business partner Martha Escutia, James Brosnahan — who created CaliforniaALL, and Thomas Girardi of In Re Girardi, Erin Brokovich, and the one who James Towery appointed his personal attorney (Jerome Falk of Howard Rice) to act as special prosecutor against him) launched an online “news agency” known as Voice of OC. I also suspected that James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster (who represented various utility companies during California’s energy crisis) may have engaged in a scheme with Joe Dunn, as Dunn was the person investigating those utility companies and California’s energy crisis. In fact, Dunn was discredited by the media for claiming that he was the one who “cracked” Enron.

Voice of OC ignored my request for its tax records, whereupon I filed a complaint with the IRS. To date, I have not received a response from the IRS indicating that it has taken any steps to help me obtain those much needed records and impose the appropriate sanctions against Voice of OC.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing. Later, when Mr. Tony West was appointed third in command at the DOJ, I learned of his identity due to wide media coverage and his association with Morrison & Forester and James Brosnahan. From there, it became harder to ignore the common denominator of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” involving  James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, and Susan Mac Cormac (of Morrison & Foerster) Geoffrey Bleich, Ron Olson (of Munger Tolles & Olson) Steven Churchwell ( of DLA Piper) in conjunction with Kamala Harris — which is that money originating from utility companies was misappropriated or laundered through the California Bar Foundation / CaliforniaALL to the campaign of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.”

Other then collecting close to $2 million directly from utility companies (including the “hush-hush” transfer of $774,247, comprised of one installment of $5000 and another contribution of $769,247 from the Foundation which was never mentioned in the Foundation’s “newsroom” or by any other of its publications such as the California Bar Journal or by any of the newsletters and alerts published by CaliforniaALL), CaliforniaALL appears to have been be a sham, phantom entity from its inception in 2008 to the day it began to slowly be dissolved in approximately 2009, subsequent to the election of Barack Obama as president of the U.S. Its only alleged achievement was providing some money for the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine (“SALUCI”) in approximately 2008-2009. Here too vast and intense suspicious circumstances exist as the funds from CaliforniaALL actually went to the UC Irvine Foundation, where the present executive director of the State Bar of California (Senator Joe Dunn) serves as a member of the audit committee, and it turns out that the SALUCI was actually already created in 2005 and was fully operational before CaliforniaALL arrived on the scene. In addition, some records seem to indicate that Verizon Wireless funneled the money directly to SALUCI , while CaliforniaALL took the credit.

Specifically, the Foundation reported to the IRS that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES in 2007 equaled plus +$373.842.00. However, in 2008, the Foundation reported to the IRS that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES equaled minus -$537,712.    In its 2008 Annual Report (See page 9 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/48712884/3-2008-Annual-Report-of-Foundation-of-the-… ), the Foundation alludes to CaliforniaALL by stating:

“In 2007-2008, the Foundation supported the launching of CaliforniaALL and, as the project filed for incorporation and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, served as CaliforniaALL’s fiscal sponsor. A collaboration between the California Public Employment Retirement System, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Department of Insurance, and the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL was created in an effort to close the achievement gap among California students from preschool to the profession and, specifically, to bolster the pipeline of young people of diverse backgrounds headed for careers in law, financial services, and technology. Once CaliforniaALL obtained its tax-exempt status and was able to function as a fully independent nonprofit organization, the foundation granted the balance of funds raised for the project – totaling $769,247 – to the new entity.”

Also cleverly buried in the California Bar Foundation’s 2008 annual report was the following sentence :

“We thank the following corporations for their gifts in support of CaliforniaALL:

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

See page 24 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/48712884/3-2008-Annual-Report-of-Foundation-of-the-…

While I was able to ascertain from California Bar Foundation’s tax records an “exit” of the $774,247 in 2008 (the apparent source of which was allegedly the above-referenced 4 utility companies), I was unable to ascertain when and where the Foundation reported to the IRS — either in 2008 or 2007 or 2006 or 2005 — an “entry” of those funds which it allegedly held in trust for CaliforniaALL.

(Later, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California, in a letter she sent to me dated July 28, 2011 claimed that “….No State Bar or California Bar Foundation funds were used for CaliforniaALL creation…The California Bar Foundation served as CaliforniaALL’s escrow holder only to hold fundraising funds before its formal incorporation… Once CaliforniaALL was formed as a non-profit entity, the funds were paid over to it…”

Most troubling, however, is the fact that Verizon did not report to the IRS either in 2007 or 2008 that it had contributed any money to the California Bar Foundation or CaliforniaALL. See :

http://www.scribd.com/doc/102325087/Verizon-Foundation-IRS-990-Year-2007
http://www.scribd.com/doc/102325330/Verizon-Foundation-IRS-990-Year-2008

As such, several days ago, on August 22, 2012, in search of the truth, Edison was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023.   On August 30, 2012  Edison stated that it does not plan to comply with the request.

In view of the above, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Edison’s refusal  violated IRS rules and regulations.  I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

I look forward to your response.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

 

 

URGENT: CaliforniaALLExposed — Scribd Website Containing Documents Relating to CaliforniaALL — Sabotaged (TLR Note: 1. Site belongs to YR; Specifically, sabotaged was the resume of Sarah Redfield which contains fraudulant statments 2. SAL/UofP

The Leslie Brodie is now reporting that a document titled ” Resume-CV-of-University-of-New-Hampshire-School-of-Law-Professor-Sarah-E-Redfield” has been sabotaged.

Said document is located @:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/48772426/10-Resume-CV-of-University-of-New-Hampshir…

Relevancy of said document relate to false and misleading information found on Redfield’s resume.

Additionally, it is also relevant to the inquiry surrounding University of Phoenix, John Burton, and Richard Blum.

As shown below, Sarah Redfield claims (falsely) that she had launched SALUCI with grants from Verizon and University of Phoenix.

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Originally posted on The Leslie Brodie Report ” The Make Belief Launching of SAL”, below:

 

 

 

SAL Our Work

CaliforniaALL, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity, came about as a result of a San Francisco restaurant meeting between Ruthe Ashley (a Diversity Officer at CalPERS and Vice President of the State Bar of California) and Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey. Also present at that meeting was Professor Sarah E. Redfield.

CaliforniaALL’s alleged purpose was to award grants to entities that would increase minority participation in the “pipelines” that feed into industries such as finance, technology, and law.

Donations to CaliforniaALL came primarily from utility companies (including AT&T;, Sempra Energy, and PG&E;). In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million, including an unusually large sub rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation in 2008. CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in July 2010.

According to confidential sources, an ongoing multi-prong inquiry is continuing, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

A source maintains that one aspect of the inquiry involves grave misconduct surrounding the circumstances by which the public was misled to believe that CaliforniaALL was responsible for the creation of the Saturday Law Academy (SAL) at U.C. Irvine (UCI) in 2009 when, in fact, the SAL at UCI has actually been in existence for many years.

These sources maintain that the inquiry involves personnel at CaliforniaALL, the State Bar of California, and the California Bar Foundation, as well as University of New Hampshire (“UNH”) School of Law Professor Sarah E. Redfield, who falsely took credit for the project.

A 5 Year Visit to Sacramento
Ms. Sarah E. Redfield is a tenured law professor at the UNH School of Law. She is an expert in the area of education, education jurisprudence, and matters relating to diversity in the legal profession.

Ironically, as one can see below, the faculty of UNH School of Law is approximately 98% Caucasian. See below a representative sample photo of the faculty. Either to maintain privacy or to make a statement, Prof. Redfield is camera-shy, and the below photo is as it appears on UNH’s website.
UNH1 UNH2 Faculty, Sara E. Redfield,

Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Redfield served as a “visiting” professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. From 2008-2009, she served as interim Executive Director of CaliforniaALL, as well as program director. Professor Redfield was paid $157,763 for her services while she was misclassified as an “independent contractor.” See http://tinyurl.com/Portia-Balthazar

At and around the time that Prof. Redfield was serving at McGeorge, Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker served as the law school dean, and currently remains in that position. According to Dean Parker, because the pool of available minority students was not large enough, law schools were “competing” amongst themselves for each qualified minority student.

Parker, former General Counsel of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), took matters into her own hands to create her own supply of well-qualified minority students from minority neighborhoods in the surrounding Sacramento area.

As circumstances presented themselves, particularly with the election of former NBA player Kevin Johnson as the mayor of Sacramento, an idea surfaced that McGeorge (and other law schools in their respective communities) would create their own supplies of qualified minority students by actively engaging the community of potential future students as early as junior high school. Activities would include mentoring, speaker series, field trips, on-site visits to the law schools, Saturday law classes, and the like.

Thus, with visiting Professor Redfield – an expert in the area of education and education law – various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield. See below.
Pacific Pathways

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Ashley, as well as State Bar Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley.

Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

Shortly, thereafter, Ashley left McGeorge to work at CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer” for External Affairs. As previously mentioned, Peter Arth, Jr. invited Ashley and Redfield to dinner, whereupon the idea for CaliforniaALL (initially known as Ca AAL) was memorialized on a paper napkin in approximately July 2007.

By the end of 2007, the State Bar of California, the CPUC, and CalPERS all agreed to enter into a partnership with CaliforniaALL, and to otherwise endorse the organization which had its first board meeting in November 2007. Two noted board members who were with CaliforniaALL from its inception until it was dissolved were James Hsu and Pat Fong-Kushida.

Fong-Kushida is a longtime acquaintance of Ashley, and served as President of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce. Fong-Kushida, along with Board of Governors member Gwen Moore, are both members of the California Utilities Diversity Council.

Similarly, James Hsu – a corporate attorney who advises companies regarding off-shore transactions and has a “China Specialty” – was actively involved in efforts to diversify the California workforce by attending CPUC meeting relevant to the matter.

Holly Fujie ,Ginger Bredemeier
Ms.Ginger Bredemeier(right), from May 2007 to May 2008 was employed at CalPERS as Administrative Assistant, Diversity Outreach Program. From May 2008 to August 2009 she was a “Writing Projects Manager – Human Resources and Grant Projects” at CaliforniaALL. Ms. Bredemeier was elected President of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) while a law student at McGeorge, and is seen here with Ms. Holly Fujie who in 2008 was serving both on the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation, participated in a scheme along with Ruthe Ashley, Patricia Lee, Judy Johnson and Leslie Hatamiya relating to the transfer of $780,000 in “hush-hush” funds from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL. (Photo :courtesy)

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

In mid 2008, CaliforniaALL was ready to rock and roll. It had just obtained Section 501(C)(3) approval, Ruthe Ashley was hired as a CEO, a sub rosa transfer of $780,000 had been received from the Cal Bar Foundation, and close to another million dollars from utility companies poured in.

In addition to having and employing “best practices,” CaliforniaALL was fortunate to have on board talented and dedicated staff such as Sarah E. Redfield, Program Director; Consultant Larissa Parecki, office manager; Ginger Bredemeier, Writing Projects Manager, Human Resources, Grant Projects; and Matt Cumida, executive administrative assistant.

According to Professor Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

Work CALALL SAL

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

UCI SAL

In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.
Please double-click on the photo for full view.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

SAL Partners

 

 

TIMELINE November 2007: Ronald Stovitz Elected UC Regent (TLR Note: Relevant to 1. Richard Blum / University of Phoenix /CaliforniaALL / Sarah Redfield / Money Laundering and-or Embezzlement by Mean of Cal Bar Foundation 2. Major Player in 60/OS Scandals

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Retired Judge and University of California, Riverside graduate Ronald Stovitz was selected Nov. 15 by the Board of Directors of the UC Riverside Alumni Association to serve as alumni representative to the UC Board of Regents.

His two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2008. Stovitz, a 1964 graduate of UCR, served as president of the UCR Alumni Association from 2004 to 2006.

“This year’s pool of candidates was the largest and most competitive ever,” said Kyle Hoffman, Assistant Vice Chancellor Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Executive Director of the UCR Alumni Association. “After significant effort it was narrowed to five finalists who were interviewed. Ron Stovitz, who has contributed his time serving the university for almost two decades, is one of the most dedicated volunteers we have seen.”

Stovitz, who was presiding judge for the State Bar Court in San Francisco, first volunteered to help his alma mater with scholarships and student recruitment. In 1993 he became a member of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors.

He also has been a trustee of the UCR Foundation since 1998 and a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, from 2003 to present. In June of this year he was awarded the UCR Medallion for distinguished service to the campus.

In the summer of 2008 he will begin his term as Regent-designate and Secretary of the Alumni Associations of the University of California until 2009 when he rises to president of the organization and will have voting powers as a Regent. His primary responsibility in his new position will be to serve on the Board of Regents as an alumni representative where he will help facilitate system-wide concerns of the alumni.

“There are numerous challenges facing the university,” Stovitz said. “Perhaps the lead issue is access to the university for all eligible students, and making tuition affordable. Also, will the university reflect diversity that is California in the 21st Century? I’m very honored and humbled to serve as the newest Alumni Regent and look forward to the challenges and the opportunities.”

Stovitz also acknowledged the UC System as the driving engine through all of the state’s growth, whether it is in medical research, the citrus industry, the multi-billion dollar wine industry or technology of the Silicon Valley.

“It’s all fostered and driven by the University of California System,” he said.

Source:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/1717

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In a stunning new development and a victory for Leslie Brodie and TLR, Ronald Stovitz, the former presiding judge of the State Bar Court is no longer a judge.

This development resulted from the recent exposure and the filing of an ethics complaint for misconduct by Brodie and TLR, which brought about an abrupt end to the career of this controversial judge.

Ronald Stovitz, known to many State Bar insiders as “Judge Ron,” listed himself as an “active attorney,” rather than an “inactive, serving as judge,” on the State Bar website this month, ipso facto acknowledging that he is no longer a judge with the State Bar Court.

Stovitz, who served as the presiding judge of the State Bar court, retired in November of 2006 and was replaced by Judge JoAnn Remke. Stovitz indicated then that he would like to serve as a part-time, volunteer judge after his retirement. In March 2008, the Supreme Court of California, which is solely authorized to appoint judges to the Review Department, appointed Stovitz as a judge pro tem for a period of eight months, until newly-appointed Judge Purcell was to take office in November 2008.


Mr. Ronald Stovitz (Photo:courtesy of Cal Bar Journal)

Nonetheless, from November 2008 until recently, Stovitz acted as a Review Department Judge, despite the fact that the Supreme Court never authorized him to do so and never extended his appointment as a judge pro tem.

Brodie, who discovered these improprieties while investigating Stovitz and Remke in connection with allegations of misconduct relating to different cases, immediately informed Presiding Judge Remke and State Bar Deputy Executive Director Mr. Robert Hawley of these facts.

Additionally, Brodie filed an ethics complaint against Stovitz, and intends to soon file additional complaints with the Office on Judicial Performance concerning this matter.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a State Bar insider who is familiar with the scandal opined, “The latest development is certainly a minor step in the right direction. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg as the State Bar Court is a creature of statutes and rules …. the Court is not a place where any one can volunteer.” The insider further stated, “There are still many unanswered questions which I hope Brodie will explore. I, for example, ask myself why this was not discovered by the members of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel.” “It would certainly be better if David Cameron, Diane Karpman, Ephraim Margolin, or one of the Margolises who have both the clout and the knowledge to take on such an undertaking would be more proactive in exposing this and other State Bar scandals.”

Additionally the insider questioned Stovitz’s motives in wishing to delay his departure from the court. “He certainly overstayed his welcome, and he needs to let JoAnn Remke and the rest of them develop their own independent style and fly on their own. I am very suspicious of his motives.”

The latest revelations concerning Stovitz come in the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the integrity of several judges and executives of the State Bar of California. Most notable among these are the bribery of Judge Patrice McElroy and the forced departure of Executive Director Johnson, which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in State Bar leadership.

As previously mentioned in this column, Brodie does not intend to speculate whether the many rulings, decisions, and recommendations made after November 1, 2008 by any panel which included Stovitz are void, voidable, or valid. However, any developments relating to this and related issues will be covered by TLB.

Source:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/06/20/no-longer-judge-ron-as-the-former-p…

 

 

TIMELINE November 2007: Ronald Stovitz Elected UC Regent (TLR Note: Relevant to 1. Richard Blum / University of Phoenix /CaliforniaALL / Sarah Redfield / Money Laundering and-or Embezzlement by Mean of Cal Bar Foundation 2. Major Player in 60 Scandal)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Retired Judge and University of California, Riverside graduate Ronald Stovitz was selected Nov. 15 by the Board of Directors of the UC Riverside Alumni Association to serve as alumni representative to the UC Board of Regents.

His two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2008. Stovitz, a 1964 graduate of UCR, served as president of the UCR Alumni Association from 2004 to 2006.

“This year’s pool of candidates was the largest and most competitive ever,” said Kyle Hoffman, Assistant Vice Chancellor Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Executive Director of the UCR Alumni Association. “After significant effort it was narrowed to five finalists who were interviewed. Ron Stovitz, who has contributed his time serving the university for almost two decades, is one of the most dedicated volunteers we have seen.”

Stovitz, who was presiding judge for the State Bar Court in San Francisco, first volunteered to help his alma mater with scholarships and student recruitment. In 1993 he became a member of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors.

He also has been a trustee of the UCR Foundation since 1998 and a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, from 2003 to present. In June of this year he was awarded the UCR Medallion for distinguished service to the campus.

In the summer of 2008 he will begin his term as Regent-designate and Secretary of the Alumni Associations of the University of California until 2009 when he rises to president of the organization and will have voting powers as a Regent. His primary responsibility in his new position will be to serve on the Board of Regents as an alumni representative where he will help facilitate system-wide concerns of the alumni.

“There are numerous challenges facing the university,” Stovitz said. “Perhaps the lead issue is access to the university for all eligible students, and making tuition affordable. Also, will the university reflect diversity that is California in the 21st Century? I’m very honored and humbled to serve as the newest Alumni Regent and look forward to the challenges and the opportunities.”

Stovitz also acknowledged the UC System as the driving engine through all of the state’s growth, whether it is in medical research, the citrus industry, the multi-billion dollar wine industry or technology of the Silicon Valley.

“It’s all fostered and driven by the University of California System,” he said.

Source:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/1717

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In a stunning new development and a victory for Leslie Brodie and TLR, Ronald Stovitz, the former presiding judge of the State Bar Court is no longer a judge.

This development resulted from the recent exposure and the filing of an ethics complaint for misconduct by Brodie and TLR, which brought about an abrupt end to the career of this controversial judge.

Ronald Stovitz, known to many State Bar insiders as “Judge Ron,” listed himself as an “active attorney,” rather than an “inactive, serving as judge,” on the State Bar website this month, ipso facto acknowledging that he is no longer a judge with the State Bar Court.

Stovitz, who served as the presiding judge of the State Bar court, retired in November of 2006 and was replaced by Judge JoAnn Remke. Stovitz indicated then that he would like to serve as a part-time, volunteer judge after his retirement. In March 2008, the Supreme Court of California, which is solely authorized to appoint judges to the Review Department, appointed Stovitz as a judge pro tem for a period of eight months, until newly-appointed Judge Purcell was to take office in November 2008.


Mr. Ronald Stovitz (Photo:courtesy of Cal Bar Journal)

Nonetheless, from November 2008 until recently, Stovitz acted as a Review Department Judge, despite the fact that the Supreme Court never authorized him to do so and never extended his appointment as a judge pro tem.

Brodie, who discovered these improprieties while investigating Stovitz and Remke in connection with allegations of misconduct relating to different cases, immediately informed Presiding Judge Remke and State Bar Deputy Executive Director Mr. Robert Hawley of these facts.

Additionally, Brodie filed an ethics complaint against Stovitz, and intends to soon file additional complaints with the Office on Judicial Performance concerning this matter.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a State Bar insider who is familiar with the scandal opined, “The latest development is certainly a minor step in the right direction. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg as the State Bar Court is a creature of statutes and rules …. the Court is not a place where any one can volunteer.” The insider further stated, “There are still many unanswered questions which I hope Brodie will explore. I, for example, ask myself why this was not discovered by the members of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel.” “It would certainly be better if David Cameron, Diane Karpman, Ephraim Margolin, or one of the Margolises who have both the clout and the knowledge to take on such an undertaking would be more proactive in exposing this and other State Bar scandals.”

Additionally the insider questioned Stovitz’s motives in wishing to delay his departure from the court. “He certainly overstayed his welcome, and he needs to let JoAnn Remke and the rest of them develop their own independent style and fly on their own. I am very suspicious of his motives.”

The latest revelations concerning Stovitz come in the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the integrity of several judges and executives of the State Bar of California. Most notable among these are the bribery of Judge Patrice McElroy and the forced departure of Executive Director Johnson, which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in State Bar leadership.

As previously mentioned in this column, Brodie does not intend to speculate whether the many rulings, decisions, and recommendations made after November 1, 2008 by any panel which included Stovitz are void, voidable, or valid. However, any developments relating to this and related issues will be covered by TLB.

Source:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/06/20/no-longer-judge-ron-as-the-former-p…

 

 

TIMELINE 2011: Mitch Kapor:Silicon Valley really likes to think of itself as a meritocracy; TechNet’s Rey Ramsey: we live in a society where race is still a factor (TLR Note:TechNet / Manatt Phelps & Phillips)

Wayne Sutton has been asking venture-capital investors and Silicon Valley executives a question that’s not often broached here in the epicenter of the technology industry:

“Why aren’t there more black people in tech?”

“We live in a society where race is still a factor,” said Rey Ramsey, an African-American man who runs a political lobbying firm for the tech industry called TechNet. Referencing Facebook’s famous young founder, he added, “We’re waiting for the black Zuckerberg.”

A few standout black leaders have emerged in tech over the years, said Charles Moore, an African-American who founded Rocket Lawyer, a startup that offers online legal documents and advice. He cited Frank Greene, a pioneering semiconductor engineer turned venture capitalist who died in 2009, and Charles Phillips Jr., the former Oracle co-president, as inspirations.

Still others, like the founder of Kapor Capital, say risk-aversion within venture capital stifles changes in the demographics of entrepreneurs chosen to be financed.

“African-American candidates are much more likely not to match the pattern,” said Kapor, who hosted NewMe’s demo day at his office. “To recognize the truth is to accept that the winners at the top did so through a rigged game.”

His wife, Freada Kapor Klein, a longtime adviser to tech firms on racial diversity in employment, believes people of different racial or ethnic backgrounds can solve problems with technology that others can’t because of perspectives learned during their upbringings. Firms that recognize this, she said, should have an edge on less open-minded rivals.

The venture capitalists, including business-software designer Mitch Kapor, told them the struggles of blacks in the tech industry might be attributed to a concept called “pattern matching,” which is prevalent in venture-capital circles and yet alien to the rest of the business world.

“Silicon Valley really likes to think of itself as a meritocracy,” Kapor said. In fact, “the general state of Silicon Valley is completely backwards,” he said.

Source and complete story @: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/11/tech/innovation/black-tech-entrepreneurs/index….

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TechNet / Jim Hawley office in Sacramento located @:

1215 K Street
Suite 1900
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 594-7987

Source: http://www.technet.org/contact/

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Manatt Phelps & Phillips office in Sacramento located @:

Sacramento
1215 K Street
Suite 1900
Sacramento, CA 95814
General: 916.552.2300
Fax: 916.552.2323

Source: http://www.manatt.com/OfficeList.aspx

Major, Lindsey & Africa merges with Hughes Consultants

Major, Lindsey & Africa merged with Atlanta-based legal recruiting, executive search and diversity management firm Hughes Consultants.

Financial terms to the deal were not disclosed.

Hughes Consultants has a national client base of Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 100 law firms and governmental agencies. Representative clients include Del Monte Foods, Kenyon & Kenyon, Turner Broadcasting System Inc., General Electric Co., Paul Hastings, Entergy Corp., MetLife, Asbury Automotive Group and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Source:http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2012/11/01/major-lindsey-africa-merges-with.html

CPUC / Jeannine English Connection – Part 4: June 2006 California Bar Journal Declares English Retired “In December From Lehman English Kelly and O’Keefe” (TLR Note: Did She Really? of LEHMAN ENGLISH & ASSOCIATES ?)

Jeannine English, former executive director of California Little Hoover Commission, was named a public member of the State Bar Board of Governors last month. The appointment, which runs through September 2007, was made by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

English, 51, replaces Dorothy Tucker, a Los Angeles psychologist who was first named to the board in 1990 and served a total of 12 years. Tucker was appointed twice by then-Speaker Willie Brown and again by then-Senate President Pro Tem Bill Lockyer. Her term expired in 1998 and she was reappointed to the board in 2002 by then-Speaker Herb Wesson.

With a background in public policy issues, English said she wanted to join the bar board because “it is really involved in a lot of broad sweeping policy issues that would be of interest to me,” particularly education and diversity issues.

“Jeannine English’s depth of experience in management will go far in providing guidance to the State Bar Board of Governors,” Nunez said in announcing the appointment. “She will be an enormous asset to the board.”

English retired in December from Lehman English Kelly and O’Keefe, a Sacramento lobbying firm she co-founded. Among its clients are the California Small Business Association and the AARP. She now runs a small consulting firm and serves on the AARP National Policy Council.

Source:

http://archive.calbar.ca.gov/Archive.aspx?articleId=79148&categoryId=7836…

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Ninth Circuit’s Kim Wardlaw’s RICO Defendant Bill Wardlaw Hereby Asked to Opine on Connection Between Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC’s Norberto Santana to Your Predecessor Kinde Durkee ?

Voice of OC Kinde Durkee
Joe Dunn’s VOICE OF OC located at 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

 


Kinde Durkee of 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

Norberto Santana of Voice of OC
Norberto Santana of Voice of OC

Sir James J. Brosnahan
James Brosnahan of Voice of OC (former). Brosnahan, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Democratic Party and spouse of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan, gained fame after his psychiatrist — Berkeley-based Scyzophrenia specialist Dr. Bruce Africa — threaten to kill him due to an alleged sexual affair between Brosnahan and Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa. In September of 2009, once Ruthe Ashley existed CaliforniaALL, Dunn (with the help of Escutia, Girardi and Brosnahan) launched online publication “Voice of OC.” Dunn is also a trustee of UCI Foundation — an entity which absorbed most of the grants CaliforniaALL collected from utility companies Senator Dunn officially investigated during California energy crisis.(Image: courtesy photos)


David Washburn of Voice of OC

Martha Escutia
Martha Escutia of Voice of OC (former)


Girardi & Keese’s Tom Girardi of Voice of OC (former). Per the Ninth Circuit, Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi have resorted to employing “the persistent use of known falsehoods” and “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation. Subsequent to those findings, the State Bar of California appointed Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk to serve as special prosecutor against Girardi, Lack, and their respective firms. None mentioned that Girardi and Lack are actually clients of Jerome Falk and Howard Rice. See story here. For additional allegations of misconduct leveled against Girardi, please see here, and here , and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here. For the latest on Walter Lack, please see here. (Image: courtesy photo)

 

Mr. Joe cotchett

 

 

 

 

 

California Democratic Party operative and home-nudist Joe Cotchett of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, represents Diane Feinstein in suit against Kinde Durkee. Cotchett, as well as Nancy Fineman and others, were part of a criminal conspiracy to file false criminal charges against YR in connection with the ethics complaint in re CaliforniaALL / quadriplegic UC Davis  law student Sara Granda.  As a result of said conspiracy,  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Mike Cabral obtained a search warrant which resulted in the confiscation of all data referring or relating to Voice of OC and CaliforniaALL.

COPY OF YR’S COMPLAINT AGAINST VOICE OF OC SUBMITTED TO IRS IN 2011, BELOW:

Internal Revenue Service
Exempt Organizations Unit
1100 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75242-1198

Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1.) To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned makes this referral.

INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

Voice of OC ‘s James Brosnahan — Former Mentor to United States Department of Justice’s Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West — Hereby Asked to Comment on Connection Between Voice of OC and Kinde Durkee as Exposed by YR

Voice of OC Kinde Durkee
Joe Dunn’s VOICE OF OC located at 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

 


Kinde Durkee of 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

Norberto Santana of Voice of OC
Norberto Santana of Voice of OC

Sir James J. Brosnahan
James Brosnahan of Voice of OC (former)


David Washburn of Voice of OC

Martha Escutia
Martha Escutia of Voice of OC (former)


Girardi & Keese’s Tom Girardi of Voice of OC (former)

 

Mr. Joe cotchett

 

 

 

 

 

California Democratic Party operative and home-nudist Joe Cotchett of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, represents Diane Feinstein in suit against Kinde Durkee. Cotchett, as well as Nancy Fineman and others, were part of a criminal conspiracy to file false criminal charges against YR in connection with the ethics complaint in re CaliforniaALL / quadriplegic UC Davis  law student Sara Granda.  As a result of said conspiracy,  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Mike Cabral obtained a search warrant which resulted in the confiscation of all data referring or relating to Voice of OC and CaliforniaALL. 

 

COPY OF YR’S COMPLAINT AGAINST VOICE OF OC SUBMITTED TO IRS IN 2011, BELOW:

Internal Revenue Service
Exempt Organizations Unit
1100 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75242-1198

Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1.) To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned makes this referral.

INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

*Links and photos inserted by The Leslie Brodie Report.

Diversity Expert Avers Most White People Think Blacks Are Intellectually Inferior (TLR Note: Esto Es La Verdad?)

Luke Visconti’s Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers.

Ask the White Guy Luke Visconti

Question:
I think you have a distorted view of Americans when you make such blanket statements like the one you made in your reply to the question of “Why doesn’t the NBA look like America?” You stated “… because it’s still not acceptable in our society to think of black people as being intellectually equal.”

I find that very offensive. I know I don’t think like that, nor do most whites I know. I do know a number of African Americans who think whites think that way, and your statement just reinforces their thinking. Perpetuating that kind of thinking only aids in supporting the separatist attitude that too many African Americans hold, and it certainly won’t help it to go away.

Answer:
You may not think like that–and because you don’t, you associate with people who share your opinion. That’s good. However, unless we face the facts as they are, we can’t change our circumstances. I think the facts show that most whites do not accept blacks as intellectually equal.

Please continue @:

http://www.diversityinc.com/ask-the-white-guy/most-white-people-think-blacks-…

Former Chief Diversity Officer for CalPERS Mired in Controversy Amid Allegations of Racketeering

The president of an organization committed to diversity and leadership pipelines in the legal profession has been accused of racketeering.

A civil RICO action filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia alleges that Ruthe Catolico Ashley, president of Rocklin-based Diversity Matters, engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

The suit, advanced by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, seeks monetary and equitable remedies.

Ashley is the former Chief Diversity Officer for CalPERS and former Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Prior positions include past president of Legal Services of Northern California, past chair of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce , past president of the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento, and past president of The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

 

Please continue @:

http://tinyurl.com/8cmug2r

Three-Card Monte Game Over as John Keker and Diverse Proxies Jon Streeter, Chris Young Reinstate Profile of OBAMA FOR AMERICA Chris Young on Keker & Van Nest Website

Three-card Monte, also known as the Three-card marney, Three-card trick, Three-Way, Three-card shuffle, Menage-a-card, Triplets, Follow the lady, Les Trois Perdants (French for Three Losers), le Bonneteau, Find the lady, Bola bola or Follow the Bee is a confidence game in which the victim, or mark, is tricked into betting a sum of money, on the assumption that they can find the money card among three face-down playing cards. It is the same as the shell game except that cards are used instead of “shells”.  (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-card_Monte )

3 card monty

These old school hustlers brought out the 3 Card Monty setup and got this dude for his grip. This is a variation on the ‘shell game’ where a pebble is hidden under a shell and the confidence man managing the game moves the pebble around discreetly so that you never correctly guess the shell it is under. (Image and nerrative credit: http://dallaspenn.com/weblog/?p=2564 )

gambling pictures

The tosser shows the player all three cards. So is there any way to win these games? In most cases, no — the games are rigged so you can’t win. (credit: http://www.howstuffworks.com/question590.htm  )

Three Card Monte in Las Vegas

There was the three card monte on the pavement. (source: http://adventureivan.com/2010/12/hitchhiking-las-vegas-and-surrounds.html )

https://i1.wp.com/affordablehousinginstitute.org/blogs/us/wp-content/uploads/imagesthree-card-monte-small.jpg

Just put down 3% and you’ll make a fortune (source: http://affordablehousinginstitute.org/blogs/us/2008/06/seller-paid-down-payments-fundamentally-flawed.html  )

KEKER’S DIVERSE PROXIES REVEALED AS JOHN KEKER LOSES THREE CARD MONTE


Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest (image: courtesy)

Christopher Jacob Young, commonly known as “Chris Young,” is currently listed on the State Bar of California’s database as an associate with Keker & Van Nest. Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young was an associate at Morrison & Foerster.

Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for OBAMA FOR AMERICA.   Dereck Anthony West, who goes by the name “Tony West,” presently serves as third in command within the Department of Justice below Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer.  Around 2007-2008, West served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of OBAMA FOR AMERICA .


Tony West, Chris Young

 

Sir James J. Brosnahan
MORRISON & FOERSTER TEAM: JAMES BROSNAHAN, TONY WEST,
ANNETTE CARNEGIE, CHRIS YOUNG —
Brosnahan, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Democratic Party and spouse of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan, gained fame after his own psychiatrist — Berkeley-based Scyzophrenia specialist Dr. Bruce Africa — threaten to kill him due to an alleged sexual affair between Brosnahan and Dr. Africa’s wife —  Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa. In September of 2009, once Ruthe Ashley existed CaliforniaALL, Dunn (with the help of Escutia, Girardi and Brosnahan) launched online publication “Voice of OC.” Dunn is also a trustee of UCI Foundation — an entity which absorbed most of the grants CaliforniaALL collected from utility companies Senator Dunn officially investigated during California energy crisis.(Image: courtesy photos)


Martha Fay Africa (AKA Marty Africa), managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa. Formerly Director of Law Placement at the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a founder of ABA Women Rainmakers, she is Co-Chair of the ABA LPM Section’s Management Core Group Standing Committee on Diversity. According to Schizophrenia specialist — Berkeley-based psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Africa — former patient James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster and Marty Africa were involved in an illicit love affair.  Recently Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac was nominated by Marty Africa as Rainmaker of the Year.  Incidentally, both Brosnahan and Mac Cormac are under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL for the alleged suspicious activities of laundering money to State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC and OBAMA FOR AMERICA via California Bar Foundation — Please see HERE and HERE for additional information. (image: courtesy of Major, Lindsey & Africa)

James Brosnahan is presently a senior partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster. He considers himself to be the “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.” CaliforniaALL was created by Morrison & Foerster, under the supervision of Mr. Brosnahan. Specifically Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate assisted with the legal aspects of creating the entity.

Carnegie is presently employed at the Kaiser Foundation. Around 2007-2008, she was a partner at Morrison & Foerster and served as a director of the Foundation. In 2007-2008, the Foundation poured into CaliforniaALL the large sum of $774,247; by comparison, most other donations were around $10,000 to $20,000. As shown below, the transfer of said money appears to be imbued with fraud and secrecy, especially in connection with four utility companies (Verizon, PG&E, Edison, and AT&T)

In 2007, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson launched and co-chaired the national finance committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA. Other attorneys from law firms representing utility companies seeking to place Obama in office because they hoped he would support the Smart-Grid and clean energy initiatives followed suit , including James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” ) Tony West (OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s Chair of California Finance Committee) Chris Young (“OBAMA FOR AMERICA” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, OBAMA FOR AMERICA ; member of CaliforniaALL) Steven Churchwell ( DLA Piper, Treasurer, draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA )

Bleich — while serving as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors and as director of the California Bar Foundation (alongside another attorney from Munger Tolles, Bradley Phillips) — was a man on a mission.

Ruthe Catolico Ashley served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors alongside Jeffrey Bleich,  came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey).

CaliforniaALL was conveniently housed free of charge at the offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, alongside the draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA, where Steve Churchwell of DLA Piper in Sacramento served as Treasurer of the draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA.

Subsequent to the election of Barack Obama, CaliforniaALL was dissolved.

Once CaliforniaALL was exposed as sham entity, including on and by The Leslie Brodie Report, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Chris Young’s name from its web-site.  In seeking to conceal Young’s present association with Keker & Van Nest, John Keker sought to protect his own pecuniary interests and was clearly motivated by the totality of the circumstances surrounding Young, especially around 2007-8.

 

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

Pleadings submiited by Keker & Van Nest bearing the name of Chris Young

 Keker & Van Nest - Elliot Peters -- Chris Young -- March 2012

State Bar of California profile of Chris Young

 

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

See original story @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/06/26/scrutiny-of-keker-van-nest-s-jon-streeter-intensifies-as-shocking-revelations-further-implicate-keker-van-nest-s-chris-young-doj-s-tony-west-13946817/

See also subsequent ethics complaint @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/08/08/copy-of-superseding-ethics-complaint-against-keker-van-nest-john-keker-jon-streeter-chris-young-in-re-events-subsequent-to-alleged-embezzlement-f-14415974/

However, in an almost unprecedented turn of events and somewhat ironically, within the last few days, Keker & Van Nest reinstated the profile of Chris Young on its website.

Said profile reads: Chris Young devotes himself to his client’s success, ushering them through confounding and often overwhelming situations where personal freedom, reputations, and significant damages are often at stake. Whether handling white collar, intellectual property, professional liability, class action or commercial litigation, he works alongside his clients to achieve their short and long-term goals.   Please see @: http://kvn.com/Lawyers/Young-Chris

As to John Keker’s other diverse proxy, see below:

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich



Above (L-R) Mr. David Werdegar of IOA; State Bar of California BOG Member Jeannine English; Mr. Thomas Girardi of embattled Voice of OC; Executive Director of State Bar of California Joe Dunn of embattled Voice of OC; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Hon. Kathryn Werdegar; really special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi and controversial judicial aspirant Prof. Rory Little; controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein (spouse of Jeannine English and a client of Keker & Van Nest), MoFo’s James Brosnahan of embattled Voice of OC; Keker & Van Nest partner Matthew Werdegar – son of David and Kathryn Werdegar; Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little (spouse of Rory Little); Keker & Van Nest partner Elliot Peters — attorney for Howard Dickstein; California Democratic Party operative and mentor to Willie Brown’s former paramour — Mr. John Keker; Keker & Van Nest partner, attorney for Howard Dickstein, controversial judicial aspirant, and President of the State Bar of California — Mr. Jon Streeter. (Image:courtesy photo)

 

Obama Campaign Borrows $15M from Bank of America(TLR Note:May interest Joseph Zernik In Re Bet Tzedek,Sustain,Munger;GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN)

Obama-Buffett

Obama For America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America last month, according to the campaign’s October monthly FEC report. The loan was incurred on September 4 and is due November 14, eight days after the election. OFA received an interest rate of 2.5% plus the current Libor rate.

Warren Buffett, Obama donor and namesake of the infamous “Buffett Rule,” invested $5 billion in Bank of America last year in an effort to help the ailing financial institution. Last month, two weeks after OFA took out the loan, Bank of America announced a plan that would lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.

Warren Buffett, Obama donor and namesake of the infamous “Buffett Rule,” invested $5 billion in Bank of America last year in an effort to help the ailing financial institution. Last month, two weeks after OFA took out the loan, Bank of America announced a plan that would lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.

Please continue @: http://freebeacon.com/obama-campaign-borrows-15m-from-bank-of-america/

 

GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN — GOOD Ol’ BOYS

Ronald Leroy Olson is a man proud of his humble Iowa background. Like his two close friends and business partners from across the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska — Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger –Olson prefers to not flash his wealth and engage in conspicuous consumption.

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson
Ronald L. Olson (image:courtesy)

Given the opportunity, Olson will boast about his upbringing in Iowa, which he claims instilled in him an honest work ethic. To hear him talk, one would often believe that Olson is a good-ol’ country farmer who sweats profusely while tilling the land and fears the limelight lest it fade his suit, rather than the shrewd, well-connected attorney who sits on the board of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, Western Asset Trusts, RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Council of Foreign Relations, or the attorney who in his spare time practices law out of Los Angeles-based Munger Tolles Olson on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, Western Asset Trust, and many other entities such as The Yucaipa Company, Hollywood studios, and other major banks and utility companies.

A similar tactic is used by Warren Buffett, who portrays himself as the harmless average Joe who drinks 5 cans of Cherry Coke a day and spends his time playing bridge. Gold? That’s for Jews to sew into their garments, Charlie Munger declared recently. We are into value investing in productive and honest businesses. Greed ? Speculation? Hollywood? Churning ? Control and influence over banks, monetary policies, the media, utilities, and the government? Not us, no sirree Bob.

WAR STORY TIME

The second-in-command at Berkshire Hathaway — Charlie Munger — is not currently actively practicing law, although he holds the position of “of counsel” at Munger Tolles & Olson — a firm previously described by various media outlets as the best law firm in the country with an army of lawyers ready to wage war, and whose client list includes Berkshire Hathaway, Verizon Communication, and Southern California Edison.

Those warring lawyers often win various awards and designations by major California legal newspapers such as the “Los Angeles Daily Journal” and “San Francisco Daily Journal,” coincidentally owned by Charlie Munger, one of the founding fathers of Munger Tolles & Olson.

Other corporate law firms operating in California with large books of business from major utility companies include Northern California-based Morrison & Foerster (PG&E, El Paso), Keker & Van Nest (PG&E), DLA Piper (Sempra Energy, owner of San Diego Electricity ), and now-defunct Howard Rice (PG&E), which is now part of Arnold & Porter.

Beginning in 2000, these law firms were busy defending utility companies in the countless lawsuits and monumental proceedings stemming from California’s energy crisis. A unique features of those law firms is a tendency to obscure their corporate practices (i.e. defending tobacco companies, banks, utilities, mortgage companies) from public view. Instead, they would rather publicize their effort to promote diversity, and their alleged contributions to equal rights for all. For example, in the “Prop 8 marriage cases” Keker & Van Nest, Munger Tolles & Olson, Howard Rice, and Morrison & Foerster played pivotal roles. However, and although I may be mistaken, a quick review of Morrison & Foerster’s website listings for its California offices does not show even one male, African-American attorney working in California; moreover, Howard Rice has been sued for rescinding an offer of employment to a Latina attorney on the grounds of downsizing, only to continue to hire white men.

Those firms which represented the utility companies during California energy crisis, and the class-action plaintiffs’ firms who sued on behalf of consumers (such as Girardi & Keese and Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy) developed a penchant for congregating around the State Bar of California, and more specifically the California Bar Foundation. At times, strange though it may seem, two representatives from the same firms would serve as directors of the California Bar Foundation, as was the case in 2007-2008 when Jeff Bleich and Bradley Phillips of Munger Tolles & Olson served as directors, or currently where there are two directors from Arnold Porter.

A GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN

In 2007, Jeffrey Bleich was a ready-to-wage-war attorney working for Ronald Leroy Olson at Munger Tolles & Olson who was dubbed by some media outlets as Superman.

Bleich (if you believe Charlie Munger, while he had gold sewed into his cape) launched and co-chaired the national finance committee of Obama for America. Other attorneys from law firms representing utility companies seeking to place Obama in office because they hoped he would support the Smart-Grid and clean energy initiatives followed suit. Steven Churchwell of DLA Piper in Sacramento , James Brosnahan, Tony West and Chris Young of Morrison & Foerster, Kamala Harris (a protege of Willie Brown – a lackey of PG&E), and Doug Scrivner (who served as chief legal counsel of Accenture- a relatively unknown yet powerful entity) organized to push for the election of Barack Obama on behalf of those seeking to promote green energy.

At that time, Bleich was on a mission to put Obama in office on behalf of utility companies. The cover story was that Bleich and Obama are “good friends” ever since Bleich was asked to recruit Obama as clerk for appellate court Justice Abner Mikva.

Bleich — while serving as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors and as director of the California Bar Foundation (alongside another war ready, gold sewing attorney from Munger Tolles, Bradley Phillips) — was a man on a mission.

SMART GREED

While an officer at the State Bar of California, Jeffrey Bleich and James Brosnahan were instrumental in pushing for the urgent creation of a non-profit entity known as CaliforniaALL.

Please continue @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/08/27/copy-of-san-diego-reader-depublishe…

Alliance of California Judges Assails Tani Cantil-Sakauye Selective Selection Process (TLR Note: Diversity Anyone? Notice Persistent Presence of Nefarious Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court)

It should come as no surprise that when a working group is formed (the Judicial Council and the AOC’s favorite sleight-of-hand gesture at addressing anything) that it would be the loyal soldiers of the Chief Justice that would be getting the nod to speak with one voice. Most of these loyalists have been in the judicial branch for less than 10 years themselves so they have an ideal point of reference to make recommendations and discuss the impact on a law that is 15 years old.

While we feel that such a group has no relevance at the discussion table because they lack a frame of reference, apparently our Chief Justice feels differently.

Of course, items that probably won’t come up for discussion are things like committing 1.8 billion dollars to one courthouse over the course of 35 years while two dozen other courthouses and well over 200 courtrooms are mothballed across the state.

Maybe they will not bring up how hundred thousand dollar embezzlements in the AOC go unprosecuted and how that might affect judicial branch efficiencies by sending a clear, unambiguous message that anything goes with the publics money.

Or maybe they will not bring up how centralization has brought us $2,000.00 light bulbs, $409.00 clock batteries and unlicensed contractors maintaining every courthouse from the Oregon border to the Mexican border. But they weren’t really unlicensed. A sham lawsuit wherein if they lose, they are innocent of the crime and if they win, they are guilty of committing numerous crimes proved that!

Please continue @: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/chief-appoints-familia…

 

October 16, 2012Dear Members and Others,

We include an article by reporter Cheryl Miller concerning the creation by the Governor of a working group which will evaluate the 15-year-old State Trial Court Funding Act.

The Chief Justice has selected the following justices, judges and others to represent the judicial branch on this committee: Justice Harry Hull, Los Angeles attorney Angela Davis, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias, Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Mary Ann O’Malley, Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg and Santa Clara Superior Court Executive Officer David Yamasaki. You should note that all of these appointees are also current hand-selected members of the Judicial Council.

Since the demise of the AOC E-News we believe it is important to keep you apprised of current events affecting the judicial branch. Please feel free to forward this along to your colleagues.

Directors, Alliance of California Judges

Source: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/chief-appoints-familia…

As mentioned recently, following on the heels of allegations of duplicity and manipulations by Judge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court, Judicial Council Watcher now promises to further expose his past misdeeds.

Specifically, Judicial Council Watcher stated: “We’ve mentioned that some get appointed to the star chamber because they did something wrong or illegal and rather than face prosecution, they are selected as malleable tools to be used by the power brokers. In our ongoing investigation of how some of these compromised players got to the star chamber, we’re working on the story that will illustrate how our favorite hockey puck, Judge Dave Rosenberg got there. “

Recently, Judge Daniel Goldstein of San Diego commented with some disbelief on the judges who voted for supporting reform.  He called Rosenberg’s methodology for counting the vote “erroneous.”

Commentators on Judicial Council Watcher were similarly taken aback by Rosenberg’s antics. The OBT wrote: Judge Rosenberg aka Judge Rosenblab , who our CJ appointed to the JC is out only for himself. His misuse of his position as Chair of the Presiding Judges group is “transparent” . Thanks to Presiding Judges Earl,Ellsworth and Judge Goldstein for seeking to do what is right and calling him on his blatant attempts at obfuscation. Said obfuscation only allows the JC to delay the reforms the SEC report makes clear are necessary.The bottom line is we need to implement the SEC report recommendations and move on to see that the branch works for the benefit of the public we serve.We need to pass 1208 and democratize the JC to avoid the mess we are now mired in.

 

Meet The Honorable Henry Ramsey of The Berkeley Diversity And Institutional Development Fund (TLR Note: Unlike some, Ramsey’s Efforts to Diversify/Integration Appears Genuine

Henry Ramsey Jr.
Henry Ramsey Jr.

Henry Ramsey Jr. (’60), a retired California Superior Court judge and former dean of Howard University School of Law, believes in giving big for the small stuff.

“The beginning of the semester when you have to buy books and groceries, that is a hard moment,” says Ramsey. “In the words of the business community, ‘It’s a cash flow problem.’ You need a bridge to get over a temporary rough spot.”

The Gift
Set up a decade ago, The Henry Ramsey Jr. Emergency Loan Fund — a revolving, no interest, short-term loan fund of $30,000 — is open to undergraduate students who are in good academic standing and are qualified to receive need-based financial aid. Students can borrow up to $1,000, which must be paid back in 30 days.

Since 1999, the fund has made 223 loans totaling $125,706.14, helping students to pay for books and groceries, rent and car repairs.

The Inspiration
“I couldn’t have gotten my higher education without emergency help for little things,” notes Ramsey. “I thought there would be others who would be in the same spot and need this kind of assistance.”

Ramsey had a rewarding moment a few years back when he spoke at UCR. Students who were helped by the Ramsey fund stopped by to say thanks. “It was very satisfying,” says Ramsey.

Ramsey’s time at UCR and his groundbreaking career are detailed in his autobiography, “The Life Story of Henry Ramsey Jr.,” which was published in January.

Source@:
http://www.ucrmagazine.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/display.cgi?issue_id=8&section_id=6

Meet Berkeley Diversity and Institutional Development Fund (TLR Note: Part of Mitch and Freada Kapor’s Multitudes of Foundations They Operate Out of 543 Howard St. to Solicit Donations; Notice Silk

Berkeley Diversity and Institutional Development Fund is a corporation registered in the state of California.

It is a domestic corporation, meaning it was formed, as well as registered, in California. Its articles of incorporation were filed on August 05, 2005.

Berkeley Diversity and Institutional Development Fund’s business registration is active, and the corporation is authorized to do business in California, as long as they meet any other legal requirements that may be subject to.

Berkeley Diversity and Institutional Development Fund is a nonprofit public benefit.
President

    Henry Ramsey
    543 Howard Street, 5th Floor
    San Francisco CA 94105

Registered Agent

    Thomas Silk
    235 Montgomery Street
    Suite 1220
    San Francisco CA 94104

Profile of Freada and Mitch Kapor’s Now Defunct Entity IDEAL — The Initiative for Diversity in Education and Leadership Scholars Fund

The Initiative for Diversity in Education and Leadership (IDEAL) Scholars Fund, a program of the Level Playing Field Institute, was founded in 2001 by a group of University of California, Berkeley alumni, including Freada Klein. Its mission is to “invest in high-caliber, underrepresented students by providing resources and support to maximize their educational experiences and leadership opportunities during college and beyond.

The Initiative for Diversity in Education and Leadership (IDEAL) Scholars Fund, a program of the Level Playing Field Institute, was founded in 2001 by a group of University of California, Berkeley alumni, including Freada Klein. Its mission is to “invest in high-caliber, underrepresented students by providing resources and support to maximize their educational experiences and leadership opportunities during college and beyond. IDEAL works with African American, Hispanic, and Native American undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley. ” Past IDEAL scholarships have ranged from $2,000 to $8,500 for an academic year. In addition to the scholarship, IDEAL provides enrichment services: Summer internships (examples include U.S. Representative Barbara Lee’s office, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco General Hospital/UCSF, Centro Legal de la Raza) Annual leadership retreat Bi-monthly meetings Computer loan program Tutors (if needed) As part of the IDEAL community, students have ready access to IDEAL staff and other scholars for support issues. Scholars are also encouraged to work with U.C. Berkeley staff and faculty partners who help students navigate through campus challenges.

Source:

http://dbpedia.org/page/IDEAL_Scholars_Fund

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IDEAL Scholars Fund

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The Initiative for Diversity in Education and Leadership (IDEAL) Scholars Fund, a program of the Level Playing Field Institute, was founded in 2001 by a group of University of California, Berkeley alumni, including Freada Klein. Its mission is to “invest in high-caliber, underrepresented students by providing resources and support to maximize their educational experiences and leadership opportunities during college and beyond. IDEAL works with African American, Hispanic, and Native American undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley.”

Past IDEAL scholarships have ranged from $2,000 to $8,500 for an academic year. In addition to the scholarship, IDEAL provides enrichment services:

  • Summer internships (examples include U.S. Representative Barbara Lee’s office, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco General Hospital/UCSF, Centro Legal de la Raza)
  • Annual leadership retreat
  • Bi-monthly meetings
  • Computer loan program
  • Tutors (if needed)

As part of the IDEAL community, students have ready access to IDEAL staff and other scholars for support issues. Scholars are also encouraged to work with U.C. Berkeley staff and faculty partners who help students navigate through campus challenges.

External links

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDEAL_Scholars_Fund

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The Initiative for Diversity in Education and Leadership (IDEAL) Scholars Fund, a program of the Level Playing Field Institute, was founded in 2001 by a group of University of California, Berkeley alumni, including Freada Klein. Its mission is to “invest in high-caliber, underrepresented students by providing resources and support to maximize their educational experiences and leadership opportunities during college and beyond. IDEAL works with African American, Hispanic, and Native American undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley.”

Past IDEAL scholarships have ranged from $2,000 to $8,500 for an academic year. In addition to the scholarship, IDEAL provides enrichment services:

  • Summer internships (examples include U.S. Representative Barbara Lee’s office, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco General Hospital/UCSF, Centro Legal de la Raza)
  • Annual leadership retreat
  • Bi-monthly meetings
  • Computer loan program
  • Tutors (if needed)

As part of the IDEAL community, students have ready access to IDEAL staff and other scholars for support issues. Scholars are also encouraged to work with U.C. Berkeley staff and faculty partners who help students navigate through campus challenges.

External links

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDEAL_Scholars_Fund?oldid=363059012

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (“APABA-SV”) Chose San Francisco Keker & Van Nest as Winner of 2012 Law Firm Diversity Award (TLR Note: 1- Keker lacks commitment to LGBT, unlike MTO 2- Firms in SV partial of APA ?)

Palo Alto-based Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) selected San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest for its 2012 Law Firm Diversity Award.

According to Keker & Van Nest, the selection committee chose the firm for its demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and the many diversity programs and initiatives the firm has spearheaded. See@: http://kvn.com/news/news-items/Keker-Van-Nest-Wins-Diversity-Award

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) Keker Van Nest Diversity Award

 

 

 

 

The Law Firm Diversity Award will be presented at APABA-SV’s annual scholarship and commitment to diversity awards dinner on October 12, 2012 at Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City, California.   Questions?  Email apabasv.diversity@gmail.com

Formed over twenty years ago, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley’s mission is to foster professional development, advocacy and community involvement for Silicon Valley’s Asian Pacific American legal community.

 

Judicial Council Watcher on Diversity as Tool to Sabotage SEC Report ; Is Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig Assisting Keker & Van Nest and Client Dickstein to Sabotage Inquiry of Yolo County-Based Rabbi Into CaliforniaALL; Tony West Asked to Admit

You see, the AOC didn’t employ many african americans or latinos to begin with. So when the layoffs came down recently, african americans were disproportionately let go by huge percentage points. This was confirmed by one special AOC employee that submitted a comment about diversity with respect to the SEC report and unintentionally undermined all of the hard work of the Ministry of Truthiness, duly earning himself a position in Judicial Council Watcher’s Hall of Fame by accident no less.

Michael Roosevelt, please stand up and discuss AOC diversity.  http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/SP12-05_RooseveltM.pdf

Well as you were made aware in the last communique from the Alliance of California judges and the 10 news report, the Ministry of Truthiness is too busy with the budget cuts to talk to any television reporters but Leanne Kozak has the time to respond to the news report with a crock of B.S about telecommuting “facts” that would and should never apply to anyone like Todd Torr.

What is it that has the AOC’s Ministry of Truthiness so busy?

It would be untoward for judges and justices that sit on the judicial council and chair its various committees to come out and directly torpedo the SEC report to protect their own self-interests. The best alternative any media consultancy will tell you is to torpedo the SEC report by proxy so that your hands appear clean.  This is what currently has the Ministry of Truthiness and a few committee chairs and co-chairs on the judicial council so busy. They only have seventeen days left to torpedo this report so they’re pulling out all of the stops.

The Judicial Council and the AOC’s media arm has a considerable reach because they, much like us, have worked in media and communications. So the best thing they can do is get media coverage for outside opposition to the SEC report and get it airtime and web time. Get people all freaked out that implementing the SEC’s recommendations will cut off your access to the courts and lawyers, result in unfairness and give us a bunch of WASP judges.

Right now, they’re trying to sell this story in advance to their loyal media outlets. Meanwhile, the committee chairs, co-chairs and liaisons are enlisting the state bar members to torpedo the SEC report and create the very news that the AOC is trying to sell.

Tail.

Wag.

Dog.

The great irony as you will note are the grounds chosen. Access, fairness and the diversity of our courts with the AOC leading by example. Oh the irony.  And we can thank Joe Dunn and the  the Judicial Council’s Access and Fairness Committee for being so willing to raise the alarm flag about access, fairness and diversity being at risk and needing to be preserved by the AOC’s people and programs.

Please continue @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/diversity-access-fairn…

 

Is Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig Assisting Keker & Van Nest and Client Dickstein to Sabotage Inquiry of Yolo County-Based Rabbi Into CaliforniaALL – Potential Criminal Conduct by Tony West,Jeffrey Bleich, Kamala Harris,Chris Young? Tony West Asked to Admit! — Below:

 

Message from YR to Messrs. Jeff Reisig and Michael Cabral of Yolo County District Attorney, below:

At the time my property was seized in February 2012, your
investigators told me that your office would be making a copy of the
hard drive and then promptly return the items. That has not occurred
Also, by my estimate, the 140 day period from the execution of the
search warrant runs this week. Do you by any chance know when I will
get my property back?

The property is needed because months before you were contacted by Jon
Streeter, I had notified various authorities about myriad suspected
financial schemes and ethical breaches (i.e. matters involving In Re
Thomas Girardi, CCPF, Voice of OC, Howard Dickstein, Jeannine English,
Fogel vs. Farmers, CaliforniaALL, etc.).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has already contacted me twice
within the past few weeks seeking information, and I had no choice but
to inform them to expect delays. (mainly because of recent new
discoveries, and because your office is still in possession of
important evidence I had gathered which may criminally implicate Tony
West, Jeffrey Bleich, Kamala Harris, Geoffrey Brown, Joe Dunn, Jim
Brosnahan, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — a close personal friend of Chief
Justice Tani Cantil, Jon Streeter, and Jon Streeter’s associate from
Keker & Van Nest, Chris Young)

Also, please note that if and when the materials are returned , I ask
that special arrangement will be made. Simply put, the fact that Jon
Streeter asked your office to file criminal charges against me and
went to such lengths to ensure that a search warrant is executed, and
my suspicion that at least one of the investigators who were at my
home was from a separate agency (most likely Tom Layton), serves as
further proof that I have stumbled upon something important.

As such, after the execution of the search warrant I continued with
the inquiry only to unearth the suspected involvement of Tony West and
Jeffrey Bleich, and later Kamala Harris and Chris Young. As such,
since the stakes are high, I want to take all necessary precautions
and not use any computers which your office seized, and would like to
arrange for the materials to be returned to a computer shop at which I
will only copy various files, and will arrange for destruction of all
those computers that may have been infected with viruses, spywares,
etc.

Additionally, in the event that third parties came into possession of
any of the seized property or information (i.e. agents of California
Attorney General Kamala Harris or the State Bar of California, such
as Tom Layton), or any copies of the materials, please let me know.

Moreover, please note that due to the totality of the circumstances,
I am working under the assumption that the substantial monetary
payments clients of Howard Dickstein (Cache Creek Casino, Yocha Dehe
Tribe) contribute to your office interfered with your judgement.

Finally, this email is sent with a full reservation of all rights to
object in the future to the use of any of the materials and evidence
seized, including but not limited to objections as to various
privileges.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Tony West asked to admit or deny the following by TLR, below:

Admit that you, Jeffrey Bleich, Kamala Harris, Annette Carnegie, and Jim Brosnahan had conspired to embezzle $ $774,247.00

Admit that your name is Derek Anthony West AKA D. Anthony West AKA Tony West.

Admit that your spouse is Ms. Maya Harris — sister of California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Admit that around 2007-2008 you were associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Chris J. Young was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Annette Carnegie was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that the self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” is non other than James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that you and James Brosnahan defended American Taliban John Walker Lindh.

Admit that you, Kamala Harris, Chris Young and Annette Carnegie are all African-American.

Admit that around 2007-2008 you served as Co-Chair of “Obama for America” California Finance Committee.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Chris J. Young served as “Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Kamala Harris served as California Chair of “Obama for America”

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jeffrey Bleich founded and Co-Chaired “Obama for America”‘s National Finance Committee.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Annette Carnegie was a director with the California Bar Foundation.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jeffery Bleich served as president of the State Bar of California and as director with the California Bar Foundation.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate of Morrison & Foerster created ad hoc sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

Admit that around 2007-2008 the California Bar Foundation funneled “hush-hush” sub-rosa $ 774,247.00 to CaliforniaALL.

Admit that CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $774,247.00 from the California Bar Foundation in any of its publications.

Admit that the California Bar Journal and the Newsroom of the California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant ever bestowed.

Admit that Kamala Harris was part of CaliforniaALL.

Admit that subsequent to the election of Barack Obama, CaliforniaALL begun slowly but surely to dissolve itself.

Admit that the current president of the State Bar of California — Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest — is African-American.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jon Streeter (similar to you, Kamala Harris, Jeffrey Bleich, and Chris Young) was also raising funds for “Obama for America.”

Admit that on June 2, 2007 you, Chris Young, Jeffrey Bleich, Jim Brosnahan, and Jon Streeter (as well as Jon Streeter’s spouse, Dorine) hosted a fundraising on behalf of “Obama for America.”

Admit that subsequent to his employment with Morrison & Foerster and “Obama for America,” Chris J. Young commenced employment with Keker & Van Nest.

Admit that from reading information posted “The Leslie Brodie Report” as well as from information a Yolo County-based Rabbi had submitted to the State Bar of California (including president Jon Streeter) you were under the wrong impression that some believed money from CaliforniaALL was misappropriated by Voice of OC.

Admit that prior to being appointed as Assistant Attorney General to Eric Holder, you and others desperately needed to know whether the aforementioned Rabbi was able to ascertain your involvement (as well as the involvement of Chris Young and Kamala Harris) in the scheme. As such, you had conspired with Keker & Van Nest, Jon Streeter and others to conceive yet a new scheme by which Jon Streeter would file a false criminal charges with Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig against said Rabbi for the purpose of confiscating his computers through the execution of a search warrant.

Admit that only subsequent to the execution of the search warrant , you were appointed third-in-command at the United States Department of Justice, and only as “Acting” Assistant Attorney General.

Admit that subsequent to your appointment as Acting Assistant Attorney General, and once your name appeared for the first time on The Leslie Brodie Report as potential wrongdoer, Keker & Van Nest immediately removed the name of Chris J. Young from its web-site.

Admit that the California Bar Foundation recently appointed Sonia Gonzales as its new executive-director as the prior executive-director had abruptly quit.

Admit that your spouse (Ms. Maya Harris) is a former co-worker and close friend of Sonia Gonzales.

Admit that Mr. Willie Brown had stated that he is your mentor.

Admit that Willie Brown is the ex-paramour of your sister-in-law, Kamala Harris.

Admit that John Keker of Keker & Van Nest is the mentor of your sister-in-law, Kamala Harris.

Admit that you, Lanny Breuer, and FBI Director Robert Mueller hope to somehow cover-up this scandal.

Admit that already in 2007-2008 then Senator Barack Obama was aware money was misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation to benefit “Obama for America”

In fact, admit that around 2007-2008 you, Jeffrey Bleich, Kamala Harris, Annette Carnegie, and Jim Brosnahan had conspired to embezzle and did if fact embezzle $774,247.00 from the California Bar Foundation to support “Obama for America”, via CaliforniaALL.


Gary Ackerman: ‘The People Have Gotten Dumber’ (TLR Note: Causes – Gov/Big Business/China/Russia Prefer “Dumb” U.S. Population as Cabal Terrified of Healthy Educated Christian White Family; Tools – T. V., Diversity, Homosexuality, Assault on Religion)

Retiring congressman Gary Ackerman, a Democrat from New York, reflects on his time in Congress. 

Obama

“Congressman Ackerman, you’ve been here 30 years. Can you define comity as it existed when you arrived versus how it exists now?,” Bloomberg Businessweek asks.

Ackerman responds: ” Your premise is that comity exists now. It may not be entirely accurate. It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It’s not like that anymore. Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber. I don’t know that I would’ve said that out loud pre-my announcement that I was going to be leaving. [Laughter] But I think that’s true. I mean everything has changed. The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don’t know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game.”

 

Please continue @:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/retiring-dem-people-have-gotten-dumber_64…

 

Related stories @:

http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/starr-babcock-jerome-fishkin-argue-unlawful-r

 

AND @:

http://blog.sfgate.com/culture/2010/05/19/coming-out-sartorially-at-the-pride…

 

 

Judy Johnson — Ex-Cal Bar Ex-Dir/ President of Dubious CCPF — Appointed Judge in Contra Costa County by Jerry Brown (TLR Note: Judy Johnson 1- In Cahoots with Geoffrey Brown Re CaliforniaALL, CCPF 2- Exhibit A Diversity Failure 3 – Morally Inferior)

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Judy Johnson to a judgeship in the Contra Costa County Superior Court.

Johnson, 63, of Rodeo, served as the executive director of the State Bar of California from 2000 to 2011 and previously served as chief trial counsel from 1994 to 2000. Johnson was an assistant district attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office from 1977 to 1994 and an adjunct professor at New College of California School of Law from 1979 to 1984. She served as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County from 1976 to 1977. Johnson earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Harlan G. Grossman. Johnson is a Democrat.

The compensation for this position is $178,789.

 

Source:

http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17555

Stunning lack of diversity in Obama campaign, photos reveal

via BarackObama.tumblr.com

Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation’s Robin Rivett, Meriem Hubbard, and James Burling Hereby Asked to Opine on Matters Relating to CPUC Mandate to “increase the supplier diversity goal for minority business enterprises from the current 23% to 27

The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asks Robin Rivett, Meriem Hubbard, and James Burling of the Sacramento-based  Pacific Legal Foundation to opine on matters relating to the CPUC and the “Greelining Agreement.”

The agreement reads in part:

Increase corporate philanthropy over the next 5 years. Philanthropy will increase to $15 million for years one and two. Philanthropy will increase yet again to $20 million for years three, four, and five. The total net increase in philanthropy from current levels is $47 million. SBC commits to direct at least 60% of this additional philanthropy to minorities and underserved communities.

· Make a good faith effort to increase the supplier diversity goal for minority business enterprises from the current 23% to 27% by 2010. To achieve this goal, minority, supplier, diversity spending in California could grow to $40 million in 2006 and to $80 million by 2010.

For a complete copy, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/greenlining-agreement-d0511028-final-dec-appr

Please observe that, rather than contacting the panel directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop (formerly of Howard Rice) Diversity Related Shananigans Continue as Silicon Office He Manages Almost Entierly White Men (TLR Note: The Cabal Prefers Blacks/Asians at Government as also Easier to Manipulate)

Keker & Van Nest’s Jon Streeter, Lewis Brisbois’s Craig Holden, and California Bar’s Patricia Lee Hereby Asked to Opine as to Causes Behind Clear Lack of Diversity Amongst Beverly Hills Bar Association Officers and Members of Board of Governors

Amid concerns over the clear the lack of diversity amongst Beverly Hills Bar Association Officers and Members of Board of Governors,  The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asks Keker & Van Nest’s Jon Streeter, Lewis Brisbois’s Craig Holden, and State Bar of California’s Patricia Lee to opine as to the potential causes.

For a list of Beverly Hills Bar Association Officers and Members of Board of Governors, please visit:

http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/amid-concerns-the-leslie-brodie-report-launch

 

Please observe that, rather than contacting Keker & Van Nest’s Jon Streeter, Lewis Brisbois’s Craig Holden, and State Bar of California’s Patricia Lee  directly , the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.  Any opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

 

 

Amid Concerns, The Leslie Brodie Report Launched a Journalistic Inquiry Into Clear Lack of Diversity Amongst Beverly Hills Bar Association Officers and Members of Board of Governors — See List Below

 

Officers
2011-2012

 

Lawrence H. Jacobson
President

Lawrence H. Jacobson
Lawrence H Jacobson APC
9401 Wilshire Blvd #1250
Beverly Hills CA 90212
(310) 271-0747
(310) 271-0757
  John K Rubiner
President
Elect
John K. Rubiner
Bird Marella et al APC
1875 Century Pk E 23rd Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 201-2100
(310) 201-2110
         
Diane L. Karpman
First
Vice President
Diane L. Karpman
Karpman & Assoc
301 North Camden Drive,
Ste 303
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-3900
(310) 887-3901
 

Linda E. Spiegel
Second
Vice President

Linda E. Spiegel
(310) 860-5181
(310) 278-2699

 
         
Howard S Fredman
Secretary
Treasurer
Howard S Fredman
Fredman Knupfer Lieberman LLP
1875 Century Park East #2200
Los Angeles CA 90067
(310) 226-6796
(310) 226-6797
 
  Stephen L. Raucher
Immediate
Past President
Stephen L. Raucher
Reuben Raucher & Blum
10940 Wilshire Boulevard, 18th Floor
Los Angeles CA 90024
(310) 777-1990
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2011-2012

 
 

Executive Director: Marc R. Staenberg
Director of Programs and Events: Pamela J. Weston
Director of Communications & Marketing: Marian Miller
Director of Information Technology & eBusiness: John G. Gardiner
Director Member Services: Genna Kluchnikov
Controller Carl H. Sinclair
Associate, Meetings and Sections: Sarah Hill
Reception/Assistant to Executive Director: Vida Agcaoili
Assistant to the Controller: Katy Gould
Assistant to the Controller: PJ Stratton
Administrative Services: Jose Medina
Information Technology Support: Kirk Nyland
Editors, Bar Brief: Ann Simley
  Marian Miller
LRIS / Coordinator/: Judith Phillips
T – (310) 601-2440
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LRIS / Mandatory Fee Arbitration Administrator: Elaine S. Glass
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PRS, Supervisor, Permanent & Temporary Placements: Dani Barr
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Board of Governors
2011-2012

Robert C. Aronoff Robert C. Aronoff
Law Offices of Robert C Aronoff
9107 Wilshire Blvd 8th Fl
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 471-7770
Fax: (310) 943-1400
  Linda M. Blank
Law Offices of Linda M. Blank
1925 Century Park East Suite 2000
 Los Angeles CA 90067
(310) 277-2236
Fax: (310) 526-6503
Linda M. Blank
Nancy L Boxwell Nancy L.Boxwell
Gang Tyre et al
132 S Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 777-4800
Fax: (310) 777-4801

 
  Linda B. Bulmash
ADR Services
1900 Ave. of Stars #250
Los Angeles, CA 90067-4303
(818) 763-6338
Fax: (818) 2041-0016
Linda B. Bulmash
Debra S. Frank Debra S. Frank
2029 Century Pk E #1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 277-5121
Fax: (310) 277-5392
  Jonathan Franklin
Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin
427 N Canon Dr Ste 216
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 273-9600
Fax: (310) 273-969
Jonathan Franklin
Neville Johnson Neville Johnson
Johnson & Johnson LLP
439 N. Canon Drive #200
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 975-1080
Fax: (310) 975-1095
  Richard D. Kaplan
Kaplan Moreno, P.C.
9454 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 500
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 557-0007
Fax: (310) 557-0008
Richard D. Kaplan
LaVonne D Lawson LaVonne D Lawson
Law Offices of LaVonne D Lawson
11355 W Olympic Blvd Ste 200
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 231-1040
Fax: (310) 231-1041
  Leigh Leshner
Law Offices of Leigh Leshner
4570 Van Nuys Blvd #438
Sherman Oaks CA 91403
(818) 763-6300
Fax: (818) 761-0571
Leigh Leshner
Steven M. Mayer Steven M. Mayer
Mayer Law Group, A.P.C.
16133 Ventura Blvd, PH A
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 528-2858
Fax: (818) 514-2728
  Elizabeth A. Moreno
Elizabeth A. Moreno, APC
6080 Center Dr., Ste. 600
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 444-3804
Fax: (310) 526-6859
Elizabeth A. Moreno
Sean D O'Brien Sean D O’Brien
Cislo & Thomas, LLP
1333 2nd Street, Suite 500
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0647
Fax: (310) 394-4477
  Susan Rabin
Law Offices of Susan Rabin
13351-D Riverside Drive, Suite 188
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 761-1952
Fax: (818) 232-0306
Susan Rabin
Irena Raskin Irena Raskin
Raskin & Associates
468 N Camden Dr #200
Beverly Hills Bar, CA 90210
(310) 858-5580
Fax: (310) 858-5500

 
  Caroline A. Raufi
Exclusive Films International
9100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 401E9
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 300-9000
Fax: (310) 300-9001
Caroline A. Raufi
Autumn Ronda Autumn Ronda
Valensi Rose PLC
1888 Century Park East, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 277-8011
Fax: (310) 277-1706
  Francis S. Ryu
Law Offices of Francis S Ryu
2029 Century Park E, #2100
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 553-3346
Fax: (310) 553-3347

 
Francis S. Ryu
Brian T. Smith Brian T. Smith
Law Offices of Thomas J. Smith
16133 Ventura Blvd #945
Encino CA 91436
(818) 990-4676
Fax: (818) 990-7566
Evan T. Sussman
Sussman & Associates
433 North Camden Drive, Suite 600
Beverly Hills, California 90210
(310) 288-1990
Fax: (310) 288-1992
Evan T. Sussman
Cynthia E. Tobisman Cynthia E. Tobisman
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP
5900 Wilshire Boulevard, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90036
(310) 859 7811
Fax: (310) 276 5261
  Robert M. Weinstock
Strategic Valuation Group, LLC
23801 Calabasas Road, Suite 2032
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 591-9285
Fax: (818) 591-9284
Robert M. Weinstock
         
 

Judicial Ex Officio

 
Hon. Lawrence W. Crispo (Ret.) Hon. Lawrence W. Crispo (Ret.)
(213) 926-6665
(626) 774-0363

 
  Hon. Bruce J. Einhorn (Ret.)

   

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Hon. Allan J. Goodman Hon. Allan J. Goodman
(310) 260-3522

 

  Hon. Richard Stone
(310) 288-1228
(310) 276-3569
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Ex Officio

 
Jaison T. Benjamin Jaison T. Benjamin
Clinton & Clinton
100 Oceangate, 14th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 216-5000
(562) 216-5001
  Victor J Gold
Loyola Law School
919 S Albany St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 736-1000
(213) 380-3769
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Daniel G. McIntosh Daniel G. McIntosh
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
515 South Figueroa Street, 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3398
(213) 955-5590
(213) 620-8816
  Uzzi O. Raanan
Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP
1900 Avenue of the Stars, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 277-0077
(310) 277-5735
Uzzi O. Raanan
Stephen L. Raucher Stephen L. Raucher
Reuben Raucher & Blum
10940 Wilshire Blvd., 18th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 777-1990
(310) 777-1989
  Jeanine Percival Wright
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
2049 Century Pk East #3400
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-0130
(310) 229-5800
Jeanine Percival Wright

Meet Ms Mia Frances Yamamoto, Formerly Mr Michael Francis Yamamoto (TLR Note: Yamamoto’s recipient of State Bar of California Diversity Award — part of APA propaganda imposed on America by Holly Fujie & Company)

Born  Arizona, 1943. Graduated Cal State  University, Los Angeles, B.S. Government 1966. U.S. Army, 1966 – 68, 4th  Infantry Division, USARV received Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam  Campaign Medal, et. al., 1967-68. UCIA School of Law, co-founded Asian  Pacific Islander Law Student Association, J.D., 1971. Poverty lawyer for  Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 197I – 1974; Deputy Los Angeles  County Public Defender and California State Public Defender, 1974 – 1984  Private practice since 1984.

For more about Ms Yamamoto, please see @:

http://www.ibj.org/about-us/directors-and-advisors/

AND @:

http://rafu.com/news/2011/10/defense-attorneyrights-activist-mia-yamamoto-rec…

 

 

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker and Sacramento-based McGeorge School of Law Asked to Cease & Desist Unlawful / Unfair Diversity-Related Discrimination as High Stakes Get Even Higher; Pierce O’Donnell Owe Inspiring ?

As a service to the community, The Leslie Brodie Report shall publish a communication recently delivered to McGeorge School of Law Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, below:

“In that a former employee (Sarah Redfield) of McGeorge School of Law engaged, and continues to engage, in fraud and misrepresentation, and as civil litigation appears unavoidable, I ask that you arrange for McGeorge to contact me with the precise dates (day, month, and year) of Professor Redfield’s employment with the school in order to allow me to ascertain potential legal liability, if at all, on the part of McGeorge.

Holly Fujie ,Ginger Bredemeier
Ms Ginger Bredemeier (right), from May 2007 to May 2008 was employed at CalPERS as Administrative Assistant, Diversity Outreach Program. From May 2008 to August 2009 she was a “Writing Projects Manager – Human Resources and Grant Projects” at CaliforniaALL. Ms. Bredemeier was elected President of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) while a law student at McGeorge, and is seen here with Ms Holly Fujie (image: courtesy photo)

As things currently stand, preliminary and ongoing research shows that while Redfield was employed at McGeorge, she conspired with others to create a charitable entity that would serve as a vehicle to misappropriate close to $800,000 from the Foundation of the State Bar of California, and otherwise engage in other unlawful and deceitful conduct.

While I am still presently struggling to unravel the entire scheme known as CaliforniaALL, liability on the part of Redfield (and, vicariously, on the part of McGeorge) is clear and supported by overwhelming evidence sufficient to potentially allege multiple causes of actions (such as negligent supervision, civil conspiracy, fraud, Civil-RICO, and violation of the UCL) against McGeorge and Redfield’s current employer in a California court given that jurisdiction exists due to Redfield’s membership in the State Bar of California, Council on Access and Fairness.

As you recall, you extended an invitation of employment to Redfield which lasted approximately 5 years. One of Redfield’s job duties was to engage the community in different projects to promote diversity, such as Pacific Pathways and others. You also were an active participant in Redfield’s other projects, such as the Wingspread series. As such, McGeorge will be hard-pressed to claim that any misconduct I allege against Redfield was outside the scope and course of her employment with McGeorge.

Other employees and/or former employees of McGeorge with connection to CaliforniaALL include Robert Hawley, Ruthe Ashley, Larissa Parecki, and Gilles Attia, as well as former students Sarah Attia and Ginger Breadmeier.

While researching matters relating to CaliforniaALL in connection with McGeorge, I unfortunately noticed a pattern of violations and utter and complete disregard for legislation and case law prohibiting discrimination on bases such as race, national origin, and the like, under the guise of “diversity.”

As such, I ask that you and McGeorge ensure that no such violations occur any further, and that McGeorge calibrate itself to full and complete compliance with all laws, forthwith.

Note that should such compliance fail to occur within 30 days, I shall begin to explore remedies available under the law to enforce said compliance. Additionally, I ask that McGeorge — even if it believes its operation are legal — also ensure that they are fair and otherwise do not violate California’s UCL.

From my perspective, the diversity initiative is a complete and total failure as it promote mediocrity, which later manifests itself in a lack of standards and injustices. President Clinton once commented that he perceives the AIDS epidemic as a matter of national security, and likewise I perceive the diversity initiative as such.

A case in point is your confederate Ruthe Ashley. At least from my limited observations, Ashley appears to be a very energetic and warm person. However, a great lawyer she is not; perhaps this is because she, at one point after graduating from law school, was given a free pass and didn’t have to keep struggling and develop skills which would eventually have gelled to make her a better attorney. It became easier and more financially profitable to run around and scream diversity, a talent which Holly Fujie had also unfortunately acquired, despite the over-representation of APIA in all ABA-approved law-schools.

There is absolutely nothing in Ashley’s legal background, even to date, to have ever justified her position as “Vice-President of the State Bar of California.” To carry such a title, I would imagine someone whose legal career is awe inspiring, such as Pierce O’Donnell, Holly Fujie, John Keker, Jim Brosnahan, and last, but certainly not least, Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker.

Thank you for your time and your and McGeorge’s anticipated cooperation in the above matters. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to have your assistant contact me.”

University of New Hampshire law professor Sarah Redfield asked to opine should APAWLA do away with reception honoring Judge Holly Fujie and put the money toward diversity scholarships ?

Previously, Univ. of New Hampshire law professor Sarah Redfield stated the following on law-school porn:

“Redfield brought a thick stack of the material to a law school admissions conference at St. John’s University School of Law on Nov. 11. It represented about one quarter of what she had received this fall, she said. She theatrically dropped the stack into a recycling bin, producing a loud thud, and issued a challenge to the law deans in the audience and to U.S. News Director of Data Research Bob Morse, who sat on a panel with her. Law schools should do away with law school porn and put the money toward diversity scholarships, Redfield said.”

See @:

http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202532655083&slreturn=1

 

Today, APAWLA announced it will hold a special evening celebrating the appointment of Holly Fujie to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

See @:

http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/apawla-asian-pacific-american-women-lawyers-a

 

Consequently, TLR now asks Univ. of New Hampshire law professor Sarah Redfield to opine whether APAWLA should do away with reception honoring Judge Holly Fujie and put the money toward diversity scholarships instead?

Please observe that, rather than contacting Prof. Redfield directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

 

 

Diversity urged at UC Berkeley engineering school

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Elena Kagan Alleges “All Jews” Dine at Chinese Restaurants on Christmas (TLR Note: Latest Point in Article Reason Behind Push for Diversity)

My graduate degree, like most, hasn’t been good for much. But today — and, I strongly suspect, today only — it qualifies me to expertly parse the most attention-getting exchange of the Elana Kagan confirmation hearings.

When Lindsay Graham yesterday pressed Elana Kagan to recall where she was last Christmas, she told the South Carolina senator: “Like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant.” Kagan’s fellow New Yorker Senator Chuck Schumer then jumped in to explain: “Those are the only restaurants that are open!”

In fact, American Jews’ affinity for Chinese food doesn’t just turn on scheduling concerns. I actually wrote my master’s thesis on the reasons underlying the relationship between Jews and Chinese food (a topic which, by the way, makes no sense to those unaware that Jews consider wonton soup and lo mein their ethnic cuisine; some people have responded like I’d just told them I planned to explore the relationship between baseball and tire pressure.)

Since a 100-plus page research paper isn’t exactly blog-friendly, I’ll just summarize my findings after the jump:

  • Chinese food is kosher-ish. Sure, every Chinese menu has dedicated categories for pork and shellfish, but the offending ingredients are chopped, sliced and diced, so if eaters don’t look too closely — or stare into their own hearts — the kosher argument’s almost plausible. Plus, Chinese food is dairy-free, so diners don’t have to worry about mixing milk and meat.
  • Chop suey’s sophisticated. Maybe not anymore, but chop suey parlors represented the height of urban glamour in the 1920s. Newly arrived Jews, who’ve always prized education and learning about the world, made chop suey a cornerstone of their edible American education.
  • All white people look the same. Immigrant Jews faced varying degrees of anti-Semitism on New York City’s mean streets, but considered Chinese restaurants an oasis from bigotry. Since Chinese staffers generally didn’t care to distinguish a Jewish face from an Italian one, Jews believed they were treated better in Chinese restaurants.

2006 — CPUC Press Release Re Annual Diversity Hearing. In Attendance: Geoffrey F. Brown,Willie Brown, Martha Escutia, Gwen Moore, Michael Peevey, Dian Grueneich, Peter Arth

CPUC 2006 press release, below.  Related story, please visit http://tinyurl.com/someotherdude

————————————————————————————————

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov

PUC ANNUAL DIVERSITY HEARING FOCUSES ON EXPANDING CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES IN LEGAL AND FINANCIAL SERVICES

Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr. to Give Keynote Address at
Keeping California First in Diversity: Raising the Bar

SAN FRANCISCO, September 21, 2006 – The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will hold its Fourth Annual Diversity Hearing, “Keeping California First in Diversity: Raising the Bar,” on Tuesday, October 3, 2006, featuring a keynote address from the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.

The event will focus on ways to increase contracting opportunities between utilities and women, minority, and disabled veteran-owned businesses, specifically in the areas of financial, legal, architectural, and engineering services. The hearing will assess the status of diversity in procurement practices and identify areas for improvement. The Commission will frame the issues and seek feedback from participants to describe challenges and propose solutions. The event is free and a session for public comment will be included.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 3, 2006, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Hiram Johnson State Building

Milton Marks Auditorium

455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco

WHO: PUC Commissioners; the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.; Senator Martha M. Escutia, Chair, Senate Energy Utilities and Communication Committee and Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus; Gwen Moore, President and CEO of GeM Communications Group and Former Member of the California State Assembly; CEOs, CFOs, and General Counsels (or their designees) from California’s largest utilities; and others – please see agenda below.

Please join us and register online at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/events/RegisterIntro.asp?EventID=10.

If you need special accommodations for this public meeting, please make a request through the Public Advisor’s Office by Sept. 28, 2006, by sending an email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or by calling 415-703-2074 (TTY 866-836-7825 or 415-703-5282), or by faxing to 415-703-1758 (please include “Attention Public Advisor”).

For more information, please contact Sheri Boles, Assistant Public Advisor, at 415-703-2442 or sni@cpuc.ca.gov.

For more information on the Commission’s Utility Supplier Diversity Program, please visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/static/supplierdiversity/index.htm.

For more information on the PUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

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Tentative Agenda

California Public Utilities Commission’s

Fourth Annual Diversity Public Hearing

“Keeping California First in Diversity: Raising the Bar”

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hiram Johnson State Building

Milton Marks Auditorium

455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco

9 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Michael R. Peevey, CPUC President

Senator Martha M. Escutia, Chair, Senate Energy Utilities and Communication Committee and Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus

Gwen Moore, President and CEO of GeM Communications Group and

Former Member of the California State Assembly (1978-1994)

John Bohn, CPUC Commissioner

Geoffrey F. Brown, CPUC Commissioner

Rachelle Chong, CPUC Commissioner

Dian M. Grueneich, CPUC Commissioner

9:25 a.m. CPUC Staff Update and New Endeavors

Steve Larson, CPUC Executive Director

Linda Serizawa, CPUC Director, Consumer Service and Information Division

Utility Supplier Diversity Program

Language Access Services

Focus: Financial, Legal, Architectural, and Engineering Services

9:40 a.m. California Utilities Diversity Council (CUDC) Report

Introduction

José L. Pérez, Publisher, Latino Journal, CUDC Chair

Procurement

Joan Kerr, Executive Director, Supplier Diversity, AT&T, CUDC Member

Philanthropy

José L. Pérez, Publisher, Latino Journal, CUDC Chair

Customer Service and Marketing

Nancy Zarenda, Director, Spanish Language Academy (Rio International

Language Services), CUDC Vice-Chair

Governance

Frank Quevedo, Vice President, Southern California Edison, CUDC Member

Employment

Steve Leder, Director, Professional Staffing and Diversity, Pacific Gas and

Electric Company, CUDC Member

10:25 a.m. Keeping California First in Diversity: Raising the Bar

Alan J. Fohrer, Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Edison

Edwin A. Guiles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sempra Energy (San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company)

Tom King, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Timothy McCallion, President – West Region, Verizon

Melba Muscarolas, Vice President and General Manager – San Francisco

Market Area, AT&T

11:15 a.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Michael R. Peevey, CPUC President

11:20 a.m. Keynote Speaker

Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics

and Public Service

11:50 a.m. Lunch

Provided by the Latino Journal, a magazine dedicated to public policy and

government from a Latino perspective

12:35 p.m. Legal Services – Panel Discussion: Strategies to increase business with diverse law firms, overcome impediments, and achieve long-term goals

Facilitator: Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Peevey

Elaine M. Duncan, Vice President, General Counsel – West Region, Verizon

Sanford Hartman, Vice President and Managing Director, Law, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Stephen E. Pickett, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Southern

California Edison

Sandra Sakamoto, General Attorney and Assistant General Counsel, AT&T

W. Davis Smith, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Sempra Energy (San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company)

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Sempra Energy Utilities

1:35 p.m. Financial Services – Panel Discussion: Strategies to increase business with diverse financial institutions, overcome impediments, and achieve long-term goals

Facilitator: Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Peevey

Chris Johns, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer,

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Joan T. Jones, Vice President – Finance and Treasurer, Sempra Energy

(San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company)

Lori Lee, Vice President – Finance, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, AT&T

Terri L. Maria, Director, Financial Planning and Analysis – West Region, Verizon

Henry Mendoza, Chairperson, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Managing Partner, Mendoza Berger Company, L.L.P.

Thomas M. Noonan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,

Southern California Edison

California Public Employees’ Retirement System Representative (INVITED)

2:50 p.m. Statewide Small Business Expos

John Bohn, CPUC Commissioner

3 p.m. The Greenlining Institute Report

Paul H. Turner, Senior Program Manager, Claiming Our Democracy

The Greenlining Institute

3:10 p.m. Public Comment

3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Michael R. Peevey, CPUC President

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