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Unconfirmed Report: Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Marvin Baxter May Retire as Early as Next Week

Justice Marvin R. Baxter of the California Supreme Court may announce his retirement as early as next week, according to unconfirmed reports.

Image: courtesy of LA Times

Baxter, an associate justice on the seven member California Supreme Court, was appointed to the court in the state’s Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection in January of 1991 by Governor George Deukmejian. He was retained a full twelve year term in 2002.  His current term will end in 2014.

Justice Baxter was born January 9, 1940 in Fowler (Fresno County), California. He grew up on the family farm and was educated in the local public schools. As a high school student he was active in student government, the student newspaper, and athletics. He was the recipient of a journalism scholarship issued by the San Francisco Press and Union League (1957).

He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Economics. He was active in student government and served as Commissioner of Athletics (1960-61) and Student Body President (1961-62). Honors received at Fresno State included an Outstanding Senior Award.  Justice Marvin R. Baxter of the California Supreme Court was born January 9, 1940 in Fowler (Fresno County), California. He grew up on the family farm and was educated in the local public schools. As a high school student he was active in student government, the student newspaper, and athletics. He was the recipient of a journalism scholarship issued by the San Francisco Press and Union League (1957).

He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Economics. He was active in student government and served as Commissioner of Athletics (1960-61) and Student Body President (1961-62). Honors received at Fresno State included an Outstanding Senior Award.  He graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1966.

Baxter commenced his legal career as a Fresno County deputy district attorney in 1967, where he served for two years. He then became an associate and later a partner in the Fresno law firm of Andrews, Andrews, Thaxter, Jones and Baxter, where he practiced civil law for 13 years.

While practicing law in Fresno, Baxter was very active in bar association activities. He served on the boards of directors of the Fresno County Bar Association, Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, Fresno County Legal Services, Inc. (Legal Aid), and California Young Lawyers Association. He served as President of the Fresno County Bar Association (1981) and as President of Fresno County Young Lawyers (1973-74).

Baxter also devoted considerable service to his alma maters, California State University, Fresno and Hastings College of the Law. He was a board member and president of the Fresno State Alumni Association and of its Trust Council. He is a Director Emeritus of Hastings College of the Law.

In January 1983 Baxter became Appointments Secretary to Governor George Deukmejian and was the Governor’s principal advisor on all gubernatorial appointments made to the executive and judicial branches of government. He served in this capacity for six years and assisted in the appointment of more than 700 judges.

Baxter was appointed and confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (headquartered in Fresno) in December 1988. He was elevated to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California in January 1991 and, in 2002, was re-elected to a new term of office which began on January 7, 2003.

Justice Baxter is a member of the Judicial Council of California and chairs its Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee. He formerly chaired the Council’s Appellate Advisory Committee. Justice Baxter also formerly chaired the California Supreme Court’s Building, Official Reports, and Library Committees.

Justice Baxter is the recipient of the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Hastings College of the Law, the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award from California State University, Fresno, the 1996 Mentor Award from the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, the 1995 Alumnus of the Year Award from the Fresno Chapter of the Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association, the 1993 Man of the Year Award from the Armenian Professional Society, the 1991 Man of the Year Award from the Armenian National Committee, and the 1977 Outstanding Service Award from the Fresno State University Alumni Association.

Baxter was selected from nationwide competition as a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs (1962-63). As one of twelve fellows assigned to Coro’s San Francisco office, he worked with corporations, labor unions, legislative and executive bodies, governmental agencies, community organizations, and political campaigns and thereby gained valuable practical experience in the arena of public affairs.

He married Jane Pippert Baxter on June 22, 1963. Jane is a credentialed elementary school teacher who taught in Burlingame while Marvin attended Hastings College of the Law. The Baxters have two children, Laura Baxter-Simons (an attorney) and Brent M. Baxter (a certified public accountant), and four grandchildren. Jane retired after teaching for many years in the Fresno Unified School District.

Source credit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_R._Baxter

AND @:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/5765.htm

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Op-Ed: Frank Wu – Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco – Should Resign

Frank Wu is the Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, appointed on December 23, 2009.  Prior to this, he practiced law with a San Francisco firm and taught at Columbia and the University of Michigan.  Wu also served as dean of Wayne State University in Detroit from 2004 to 2008.

Wu, allegedly, is an avid defender of civil rights, and is a member of the Committee of 100, a group founded by Yo-Yo Ma to promote political participation by Asian Americans.

This alleged defender of civil rights is paid $350,000 per annum, courtesy of the hard working tax-payers who live in California.

Unfortunately, Dean Wu is lacking in courage and moral fortitude.

When a bully like Professor James Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe challenged Dean Wu by hiring, yet again, a young white female student (Julie Stockton) under the most questionable of circumstances, indeed, Dean Wu ran away.

Ms. Julie Stockton (image:courtesy of K&W)

Kerr & Wagstaffe Hastings White Female.

Kerr & wagstaffe former white females.

Kerr Wagstaffe former white female staff

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Dean Wu, please resign.

For additional reading about Kerr & Wagstaffe, please visit @:

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Presumed Suspect : When Google Doesn’t Index a Specific Article Appearing on The Leslie Brodie Report

Under normal circumstances, an article published on The Leslie Brodie Network (i.e. The Leslie Brodie Report, or a supporting platform) will encounter the Googlebot within minutes;  which in turn,  will add the article to the Google index.

For example, recent links were immediately indexed by Google and can be found by “googeling” the entire link:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/01/09/part-1-tlr-special-report-yolo-county-district-attorney-s-bruce-naliboff-michael-cabral-perjurious-decleration-of-probable-cause-in-support-of-pr-15411996/

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/01/06/fraudster-alleged-racketeer-arnold-porter-s-jerome-falk-aka-jerry-falk-formerly-of-howard-rice-joins-jams-amid-controversies-surrounding-pge-ophe-15402769/

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/01/12/breaking-news-aaron-swartz-client-of-keker-van-nest-commits-suicide-amid-controversies-surrounding-larry-lessig-bettina-neuefiend-mitch-and-fread-15420744/

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/01/16/pathological-sexist-james-wagstafe-of-kerr-wagstaffe-continues-to-stockpile-young-white-females-from-hastings-college-of-the-law-adds-julie-stock-15435375/

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/01/07/deconstructing-ron-olson-15405840/

However, a published story describing the recent revelations dealing with Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and the fact that his accountant ( Alison Turner of Alison Turner & Associates) also served as  host/accountant for CaliforniaALL wasn’t indexed by Google.

As such, the following link is not part of Google search results:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/01/17/update-correction-larissa-parecki-alison-turner-of-alison-turner-associates-gilles-attia-fulcrum-property-s-mark-friedman-howard-dickstein-jeanni-15439103/

This, according to YR, “causes tension and distrust, which prompted me to try and understand why the link to this specific story and Googlebot are in a state of Brogez.”

“It also prompted me to reach the worst possible conclusions by resolving all doubts against Friedman and Turner, as well as publicize the newly discovered evidence elsewhere,” YR Concluded.

OBAMA FOR AMERICA’S California’s “Big Seven” as The Leslie Brodie Report Sends Greetings to Laura Chick

The Big Seven:
Steve Westly – Founder and managing partner of The Westly Group, a venture capital firm located in Menlo Park.  Sought the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2006, but lost in the primary to Treasurer Phil Angelides.  Elected Controller of California in Nov. 2002.  A founding executive (vice president) and then senior vice president of marketing, business development and international at eBay, 1997-2000,  Adjunct professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1991-96.  Vice President of WhoWhere?  Director of Netcom, 1994.  Deputy Director of the City of San Jose’s Office of Economic Development, 1991.  President of Codd & Date, starting 1988.  Investment banker at Bridgemere Capital, starting 1986.  New business manager at Sprint Telecommunications, starting 1983.  Assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission, 1980.  Worked for the U.S. Department of Energy under President Carter.  Worked for Congressman Leo Ryan, 1978.  M.B.A (1983) and A.B. in history (1978) from Stanford University.

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris – Elected San Francisco District Attorney in 2003.  Chief of the Community and Neighborhood Division, Office of the San Francisco City Attorney, 2000-03.  Managing Attorney in the Career Criminal Unit, Office of San Francisco District Attorney, 1998-2000.  Deputy District Attorney in Office of Alameda County District Attorney, 1990-98.  Law degree from Hastings College of the Law, 1989.  B.A. from Howard University, 1986.

State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero – Elected to the State Senate in a special election in March 2001; represents the 24th district, which includes East Los Angeles and much of the San Gabriel Valley.  First elected to the State Assembly in 1998.  Professor including at California State University, Los Angeles.  Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside.

State Assembly Majority Leader Karen Bass – Has represented Los Angeles’ 47th District since 2005.  Faculty member at USC School of Medicine – Physician Assistant Program for more than a decade.  Worked as a Physician Assistant in Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.  Graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine – Physician Assistant Program.  Raised in the Venice/Fairfax neighborhood.

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti – Elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2001; unanimously elected as Council President in December 2005 and unanimously re-elected in July 2007.  Prior to his election, Garcetti taught public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California.  Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the London School of Economics.  Garcetti studied urban planning and political science at Columbia University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in international relations.

Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick – Elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2005; the first and only woman elected to citywide office in the history of Los Angeles.  Los Angeles City Councilmember for the Third District, in the west San Fernando Valley, from 1993-2001.  Manager of a family owned business and social worker.  Bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and a Master’s in social work from USC.

Sen. Mark Ridley-ThomasRepresents Senate District 26; elected to the State Senate in Nov. 2006, after serving two terms in the State Assembly.  Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus since Jan. 2008.  Served on the Los Angeles City Council for nearly a dozen years.  Executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles.  Five years as a high school teacher.  Bachelor’s degree in social relations and a master’s degree in religious studies from Immaculate Heart College.  Doctorate  in social ethics and policy analysis from the University of Southern California.

Source @:

http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2008/obama/obamaorgca.html

 

Ivo Labar of Kerr & Wagstaffe Responds to Rise of “Hurricane Deductibles” (TLR Note: 1. Apparently phony press-release virus hit K & W, again 2. should PR carry label “advertisement” 3. fomenting litigation in states Labar not licensed – questionable)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Dec 17, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — In cases of natural disasters, such as hurricanes or major tropical storms, insurance companies are often left with numerous claims from homeowners facing property damage. In the case of hurricanes, insurers have found just how costly these severe storms can be as a result of 1992’s Hurricane Andrew and the more recent damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. As such, homeowners in coastal states are often subjected to “hurricane deductibles” that require an upfront out-of-pocket payment based on a percentage scale that ranges from three to five percent. While this deductible can leave homeowners in a financial struggle, a recent article from Fox Business notes that the National Weather Service’s downgrade of Hurricane Sandy to a “post-tropical cyclone” could benefit many homeowners whose policies would not require a deductible under the new classification. Although many insurance companies have yet to determine a course of action based on these needs, Ivo Labar Kerr & Wagstaffe insurance law attorney explains that failure to waive the deductible could result in further legal action.

According to the article, “Noting Sandy’s diminished status, elected officials in the [East Coast] region declared that homeowners would not be subject to hurricane deductibles.” Although this government designation is recognized as an official attempt to regulate the insurance industry, Fox Business recognizes that many providers may still impose a deductible under another percentage-based factor referred to as a “windstorm deductible.” Ivo Labar, Kerr & Wagstaffe professional, notes that it is important for the public and insurance companies to recognize that the state officials’ declaration is not political interference, and those providers who try to work around Sandy’s status may be subject to prolonged legal action.

Considering the historical lack of positive media attention for home insurance providers in relation to storm-related property damage, the article suggests most providers would benefit from waiving the deductibles. Amy Bach, executive director of United Policyholders tells Fox Business, “Insurance companies should be glad to have this opportunity to get some favorable publicity and just abide by the governors’ declaration.” While Allstate has already decided to forgo the enforcement of these deductibles, some companies remains undetermined. In response, Ivo Labar Kerr & Wagstaffe concludes, “Insurers who fail to heed state regulators orders on limiting or eliminating deductibles will expose themselves to class action lawsuits for failing to adhere to statutory guidelines.”

ABOUT:

Ivo Labar is a partner at the Law Firm of Kerr & Wagstaffe, which is based in San Francisco, California. With the rest of the legal professionals at Kerr & Wagstaffe, Ivo Labar provides clients with guidance regarding diverse legal cases, including those tried by state and federal courts. Additionally, Ivo Labar and the rest of the Kerr & Wagstaffe team take on cases for plaintiffs and defendants. Labar is interested in a wide range of practice areas, but he specializes in complex litigation cases. Class action lawsuits, victims’ rights, and insurance policyholder rights are of particular interest to Labar. Since starting his career, Labar has assisted clients in recovering over $25 million in settlements and verdicts. He graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

SOURCE: Ivo Labar – Kerr & Wagstaff

Source@: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ivo-labar-kerr-wagstaffe-attorney-responds-t…

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

 

 

Keker & Van Nest’s Jan Little — Spouse of Hastings College of Law’s Rory Little (In Re Girardi Special Prosecutor Accused of Criminal Conduct) Launches New Website As YR Prepares to Picket a Beach in San Francisco

Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little has launched a new website.

Little, who is married to Rory Little — a professor at UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, handled high-stakes criminal and complex civil litigation for more than 25 years, and was previously recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers In America” for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense according to Keker & Van Nest.

The address of the new website is http://jannielsenlittlekeker.net/

UC Hastings Prof Rory Little

Rory Little, spouse of Jan Little of Keker & Van Nest.  Professor Little is a Ninth Circuit judicial aspirant and professor of law at U.C. Hastings. He  was appointed special prosecutor in the matter of In Re Girardi by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski.


Judge William Fletcher, a member of the Ninth Circuit panel that adjudicated the matter of In re Girardi, 08-80090, rejected the lenient recommendations of Rory Little. He stated: “with any competent lawyer if you’re omitting part of a document, that is not accidental. That is intentional.” The court adjudicated that the grave misconduct by Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi included “the persistent use of known falsehoods,” and that the “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation.

Peviously, in papers submitted to federal court, a party not associated with TLR/YR accused Ninth Circuit Judicial Aspirant Rory Little of compromising his ethics in exchange for a promise of judgeship. (see above)

Unfortunately, Keker & Van Ness questionable method of operating through a diverse proxy in various matters, including in the matter of In Re Girardi, ipso facto created a scenario by which the interests of Jan and Rory Little are inconsistent with those of The Leslie Brodie Report and YR — who exposed the scheme in the matter of In Re Girardi / Howard Rice.


Tom Girardi of Girardi & Keese. 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)

As such, consistent with the efforts to obtain publicity for the cause, YR is mulling, reluctantly,  a peaceful assembly to expose the antics of Rory Little/ Keker & Van Nest in front of Hastings College of the Law, in the rotunda known as “The Beach.”

Other alternative methods to expose Little may include the use of leaflets, which will be placed in the SIC folder of each student.

2009 – So Happy for Barack Obama, Bay Area Lawyers Donate Lots of Money for Inauguration (TLR Note: Notice David Drummond)


Who hearts Obama the most, after the jump …

And we can’t forget these people, who are listed as bundlers rather than individual donors:

Please continue @: http://legalpad.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/01/so-happy-for-obama-they-could-j…

 

 

TLR’s Inquiry Into Statements Re LGBT “Youth” by Bram Alden of Munger Tolles & Olson Headed By Charlie Munger and Ron Olson of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway – Part 2: Los Angeles Youth Network Profile – Notice MTO’s Bram Alden Not Part of BOD

Los Angeles Youth Network Mission Statement:

Los Angeles Youth Network’s (LAYN) mission is to empower abused, neglected and homeless adolescents to become self-sufficient. We do this by providing street outreach, food, emergency shelter, transitional living apartments, and educational enrichment programs in a safe and nurturing environment.

See source:

http://layn.org/about/mission.html

 

Board of Directors:

David Cottrell, Chairman

After over a successful 30 year career as a C level officer in several leading public and privately owned entertainment, service and Investment Management companies, David Cottrell is now a CFO/COO Consultant and Strategic Business Advisor. He is known for his track record of leadership, evolving deals and nurturing startup companies, turning around problematic and unstable operations, being a visionary to grow companies and motivate talent, championing best practices and maximizing profitability, and driving businesses and optimizing outcomes.  “When I was introduced to LAYN I saw an opportunity to give back to the local community by channeling my connections and talents into something that benefits a greater good, the kids, and as important, those who work at LAYN dedicating their careers to the cause.”

 

Russell Allyn, Vice Chairman

Russell Allyn is Senior Counsel at the firm Buchalter Nemer in the Litigation Practice Group in Los Angeles. Mr. Allyn’s practice focuses on commercial and business litigation. He also has a specialty in intellectual property litigation (including trademarks and copyrights), and more broadly, unfair competition law and trade secrets disputes. Mr. Allyn earned his J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989, where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Commercial Paper. He received his B.A. in Political Science and U.S. History at the University of California at San Diego in 1986.

   

Kattya Hidalgo, Treasurer

Kattya Hidalgo is an Assistant Branch Manager at CapitalSource Bank.  She has worked in the banking industry for the last 21 years.   She has always had a passion for children’s advocacy and when given the opportunity to contribute her time on behalf of CapitalSource Bank, Kattya chose LAYN. She has since become more involved with LAYN, serving as a member of the Board of Directors. She remains dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children. Kattya is also the proud mother of a daughter, who recently graduated with honors from the University of Southern California. A philanthropic interest in benefiting the lives of youth runs in the family, as her daughter recently became a Teach for America corps member, teaching in a socioeconomically disadvantaged school in the Los Angeles area.

   

Hope Biller, Secretary

2-time Emmy nominated producer, Hope produced and directed documentaries for many years but is now semi-retired and spends the majority of her time raising two children (Sofia and Sam) and doing an inordinate amount of work volunteering at their school.  Hope grew up in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania and has lived in Los Angeles for 17 years.  Residing in Los Feliz, Hope is proud to be a member of the LAYN board.

 

 
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Diana Buckhantz, Director

Diana is a social issue public relations consultant with a 20 year track record in obtaining media attention for non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and foundations.  She has worked on issues as diverse as the environment, women’s civil rights, children’s educational programs, disability, and adolescent sexuality to name a few.  Through her work in the area of runaway and homeless youth, she encountered LAYN and was impressed with the commitment of the staff to provide a caring home environment for youth who have none. Diana is the mom of a remarkable 18 year old boy. She often looks at him and wonders what his life would have been like if he had needed to run away and live on the streets.

   

Angela Choi, Director

Angela Choi is an associate with CB Richard Ellis, a Fortune 500 company and the world leader in Commercial Real Estate. Angela specializes in the development and implementation of high-level strategic plans that align real estate strategy with overall organizational objectives and financial goals. Through her expertise in solving complex real estate challenges, she has helped numerous public and private companies remain profitable and nimble through shifting business climates.   Her dedication, integrity, and client-centric mentality have made her an asset to organizations across many industries and product types. Over her eight year career, Angela has represented commercial real estate assets encompassing over seven million square feet and such clients as MetLife, Lagadere Unlimited, State Compensation Insurance Fund, Edelman, World Oil, Thrifty Oil, and New Balance. Angela was awarded the 2008 Women Role Model Award by Councilwoman Jan Perry and also volunteers with the Westside YMCA and the Lange Foundation.
   

Lisa Ferguson, Director

Lisa Ferguson is the managing partner for Premier Business Management Group, LLP, a business management firm, located in Sherman Oaks, CA.  Ms. Ferguson has been working in business management for over 30 years and started her own firm in January, 2003.  Her clients range from all areas of entertainment: actors, directors, screen and television writers and music.  Ms. Ferguson has been in Who’s Who for Women in Business since 2003 and has also been listed in Who’s Who and the Entertainment Business Journal for the same amount of time.  Ms. Ferguson holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.  Ms. Ferguson has done pro-bono accounting for the Elton John Charitable Fund and the Elton John Aids Foundation and she contributes to many charities.  She and her husband, Michael Miqdadi, reside in Valencia California with her son, Colin.
 
   

Erik Hibshman, Director

Erik Hibshman is an international businessman, entrepreneur, and the owner of Hibshman Trading Corporation, which he started in 1996. Erik shares a personal connection with the adolescents served by LAYN because he left home at the age of 15. This experience has allowed him the compassion to effectively serve the needs of his local communities. Throughout the years, HTC has provided in-kind gifts to local families in need. Erik currently lives with his wife and 2 children in Alta Loma, California. It’s his vision to create new and exciting opportunities that will allow the youth of LAYN to obtain the skills needed to enter the work force and seek positive reinforcement for hard work and determination.
 
   

Leslie Kaplan, Director

Leslie, a native Los Angelino, is a physician practicing adolescent and young adult medicine in both Encino and Malibu. While receiving her adolescent medicine training at Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles, she especially enjoyed working with homeless youth at the (then) Los Angeles Free Clinic (now the Saban Clinic.) She currently lives in Encino with her husband, Robert, and three young daughters.

Scott Kay, Director

Scott is currently an acting principal at Vine Street Partners. His most recent project involved the opening of Wood & Vine, a 4000+ square foot restaurant and bar in the heart of Hollywood. He is currently actively involved in the day to day operations of Wood & Vine. Prior to his current role Scott served as Executive Director at JPMorgan, where he headed a fixed income trading division in New York. With 10 years of service at JPMorgan, he has experience working in both London and New York, with extensive high private net worth and institutional capital relationships globally. An Australian by birth, Scott has spent many years living and working in Asia, Europe and the U.S. He received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and studied International Economics in Brussels
   

Brian Lee, Director

Brian Lee, Co-Founder of LegalZoom, was formerly an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and a former Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He has substantial experience in consulting on tax and accounting issues specializing in the high technology industry.  Mr. Lee graduated Magna Cum Laude with at B.A. in Economics/Business from UCLA and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law.  Mr. Lee is also the founder of ShoeDazzle.com

 
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La Greta McHenry, Director

LaGreta McHenry is employed with Entertainment Partners, and has worked in various capacities over the last 20 years with this entertainment services company. She is the senior member of the LAYN Board having served since 2000 since the merger between LAYN and Options House (former non-profit organization). “I originally became involved with Options House because I felt if my former boss, Bob Draney, who was the CEO of Entertainment Partners (now retired) and a Trustee Board Member of Options House, had time to do it, I must have some time to give back to those in need as well. Youth today face many challenges and that’s compounded when you find yourself on the streets. I know I can’t alleviate all the social problems in the world, but I can do something. Being a member of LAYN’s board is one way I can go about giving of myself to help give a child the opportunity to pursue his/her dreams in life.”
   

Mark Prior, Director

Mark Prior is Chief Operating Officer of Entertainment Partners, the world leader in production management systems and services for film and television.  He has had a long and distinguished career in Canada as an innovator, entrepreneur, and CEO, and is happy to have called Los Angeles home since 2009.  Mark has served on a numerous agency and industry boards, most recently as Vice Chair of Leadership Vancouver, an organization dedicated to strengthening community through developing strong leaders.  One of Mark’s most fulfilling roles has been acting as a mentor volunteer for Supporting Our Youth, an agency that supports GLBT youth through role modeling, teaching them to live with self esteem.
 
   
John Ryan, Director

John A. Ryan, CPA is Controller of The Colburn School, Los Angeles, premiere musical training facility.  John has served at the executive level for various local non-profit service agencies for over a decade,  and is happy to continue to serve the community with Los Angeles Youth Network.

Gayane Tatoulian, Director

Gayane Tatoulian resides in San Marino, California.  She has served as vice president for a chain of high-end retail watch stores in the Southern California area for the past 22 years. Her charities of choice have pertained to children and animals.  Her love for children has moved her to serve as Chairwoman of ECF, a US based charity dedicated to supporting orphans in Armenia and other countries.  Gayane has organized numerous successful benefits to raise funds for this charity.  Additionally,  she has volunteered her time to several animal support charities.  Gayane has also been actively involved in her own children’s schools through wide spread support of the PTA and other school based organizations.  ” I feel I need to speak up for the ones who have no voice to say that they are hungry, cold, and need help”.

Source:

http://layn.org/about/directors.html

Pilar Stillwater, Deb Goodman Joined Kerr & Wagstaffe

When it comes to San Francisco-based Kerr & Wagstaffe, Professor Jim Wagstaffe, and white female with a law degree from Hastings, surprisingly little has changed.

Deb Goodman and Pilar Stillwater have joined Kerr & Wagstaffe as associates.

Goodman received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2010.  While in law school, Deb served as the technology editor for the Hastings Law Journal.  She externed with Judge Carlos Bea in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.   She also interned with the San Francisco City Attorney’s office.

Stillwater earned her J.D., cum laude, from U.C. Hastings, where she was the Executive Production Editor of the Hastings Law Journal.  She also served as a certified law clerk for the Criminal Justice Clinic, and as a teaching assistant for Moot Court.  After graduating, Pilar researched issues in intellectual property and collaborative governance as a Graduate Research Fellow for U.C. Hastings.

 

Rory Little — Hastings Law, Prosecutor- In Re Girardi, Keker & Van Nest’s Jan Little’s Spouse — Hereby Asked to Comment on Allegations Thomas Girardi of In Re Girardi Offered Ninth Circuit Judicial Nomination as Quid Pro Quo?

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report’s commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of the story, Rory Little (Professor, Hastings College of Law, Special Prosecutor in the matter of In Re Girardi, and spouse of Keker & Van Nest’s Jan Little) is hereby asked to reply/comment on recent allegation presented to a federal court that Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi improperly attempted to influence the prosecutor /outcome of proceedings by abusing his considerable political influence to secure a judicial nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals?

See paragraph 18, below:

 

UC Hastings Prof Rory Little
Rory Little, Ninth Circuit judicial aspirant and professor of law at U.C. Hastings. Professor Little was appointed special prosecutor in the matter of In Re Girardi by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski. Prior to entering academia, Professor Little served as a federal prosecutor for the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force, prosecuting cases of labor racketeering, money-laundering, narcotics and other organized criminal activity. (image:courtesy photo)

 


Judge William Fletcher, a member of the Ninth Circuit panel that adjudicated the matter of In re Girardi, 08-80090, rejected the lenient recommendations of Rory Little. He stated: “with any competent lawyer if you’re omitting part of a document, that is not accidental. That is intentional.” The court adjudicated that the grave misconduct by Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi included “the persistent use of known falsehoods,” and that the “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation.

Please observe that, rather than contacting Rory Little (Professor, Hastings College of Law, Special Prosecutor in the matter of In Re Girardi, and spouse of Keker & Van Nest’s Jan Little)  directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

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

 

Please see also developing story @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/03/31/jon-streeter-of-keker-van-nest-rory…

March 2009 – List of Letters in Support of Tony West — AKA Derek Anthony West — Confirmation as Assistant United States Attorney General ; Starr Babcock Revisited; Commentary by TLR

*THE LESLIE BRODIE REPORT STRONGLY URGES THE READERS TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSION REGARDING MISCONDUCT BY ANYONE — it should be noted that TLR possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. Tony West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described below involving Morrison & Foerster, James Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, State Bar of California Executive Director — Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, Howard Miller and Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese, and the California Bar Foundation which made a hush-hush sub-rosa transfer of $780,000.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL.

As mentioned previously,  YR suspects money was misappropriated and/or laundered  through the California Bar Foundation by James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster (who represented El Paso Energy) and others to assist State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn to launch his publication — Voice of OC .   See more HERE and HERE and HERE .

 

El Paso Sempra Litigation

A complete list of letters received in support of  the nomination of Mr. Tony West of Morrison & Foerster to the position of Assistant Attorney General of the United States of America


*Commentary by TLR in parenthesis

  • March 17, 2009 – South Asian Bar Association (Entity headed by MoFo’s Raj Chatterjee — who along with Brosnahan and West represented the American Taliban. See HERE)

  • March 10, 2009 – Anne Eshoo, U.S. Congresswoman, California

  • March 9, 2009 – Timothy Alan Simon, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission, State of California (Part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council along with Tony West’s sister-in-law, Kamala Harris. See HERE )

  • March 9, 2009 – Zoe Lofgren, U.S. Congresswoman, California
  • March 9, 2009 – Bill Lann Lee, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., former Assistant Attorney General
  • March 9, 2009 – Jamie S. Gorelick, WilmerHale, former Deputy Attorney General


From left, Gwen Moore of GeM Communication (who, according to confidential sources, was known in Sacramento as a “Shakedown Artist”), Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, and CCPF’s Judy Johnson.

 

  • March 9, 2009 – Karen Bass, Speaker of the Assembly, State of California (Nominated Shrimpscam/ Little Hoover Commission Gwen Moore as member of State Bar of California Board of Governors)

     

  • March 9, 2009 – Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter
  • March 9, 2009 – Phil Angelides, former State Treasurer, California
  • March 8, 2009 – Drew S. Days III, Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law, Yale Law School; former Assistant Attorney General,
    Civil Rights Division; former U.S. Solicitor General
  • March 7, 2009 – Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, California
  • March 7, 2009 – George M. Sundheim
  • March 7, 2009 – Crime Victims United of California Chapter
  • March 6, 2009 – National Black Police Association, Inc.

     

  • March 6, 2009 – Norman Mineta, Vice Chairman, Hill & Knowlton; former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • March 6, 2009 – Philip B. Heymann, James Barr Ames Professor of Law, Director of Center for International Criminal Justice, Harvard Law School; former Deputy Attorney General
  • March 6, 2009 – Equal Justice Society
  • March 6, 2009 – Michael Dukakis, UCLA Department of Public Policy, former Governor, State of Massachusetts
  • March 6, 2009 – Charles Houston Bar Association
  • March 6, 2009 – Sandre R. Swanson, Assemblymember, State of California
  • March 5, 2009 – Nell Jessup Newton, Chancellor and Dean, University of California Hastings College of Law
  • March 5, 2009 – National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • March 5, 2009 – National Bar Association
  • March 5, 2009 – Tom McEnery, former Mayor, San Jose, California

  • March 5, 2009 – Bill Lockyer, Treasurer, State of California; former Attorney General, State of California (A confederate of Thomas Girardi who may be involved in Indian Gambling via Howard Dickstein — spouse of State Bar Board of Governor member Jeannine English — Gwen Moore’s confederate at Little Hoover Commission)

  • March 5, 2009 – John Keker, Keker & Van Nest LLP ( Mr. Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest presently serves as the President of the  State Bar of California)

     

  • March 5, 2009 – California Police Chiefs Association


  • March 5, 2009 – Willie L. Brown, Jr., former Mayor, San Francisco, California (Mentor to both Gwen Moore and Timothy Alan Simon, and former paramour of Tony West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris)

 

  • March 5, 2009 – Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General, State of California  (Cousin of Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoofrey Brown who served as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the HUSH-HUSH Sub-Rosa transfer of 780,000 to CaliforniaALL) 

     

  • March 5, 2009 – Barbara Allen Babcock, Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, Stanford Law School; former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division (Sister of State Bar of California Chief General Counsel Starr Babcock who has some explaining to do. See HERE)

 

  • March 5, 2009 – Christopher Arriola
  • March 4, 2009 – Louise Renne, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP
  • March 4, 2009 – Chuck Reed, Mayor, City of San Jose, California
  • March 4, 2009 – Major Cities Chiefs Association
  • March 3, 2009 – Seth P. Waxman, WilmerHale, former Solicitor General
  • March 3, 2009 – John Russo, City Attorney, City of Oakland
  • March 3, 2009 – Janet Reno, former Attorney General
  • March 3, 2009 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • March 3, 2009 – Shirley Hufstedler, Morrison & Foerster LLP; former Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • March 3, 2009 – James Brosnahan, Morrison Foerster  (Presumed mastermind behind CaliforniaALL)

     

  • March 1, 2009 – David N. Kelley, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP; former U.S. Attorney
  • February 26, 2009 – Raymond C. Marshall, Bingham McCutchen
  • February 26, 2009 – Congressional Black Caucus
  • February 25, 2009 – Beth Brinkman, Morrison Foerster, former Assistant to the Solicitor General
  • February 24, 2009 – David Bayless, Convington & Burling LLP, former Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Chief
  • February 23, 2009 – The Honorable Edward A. Infante, United States Magistrate, Ret.
  • February 19, 2009 – Randy I. Bellows, Circuit Court Judge, Fairfax County, Virginia; former Assistant U.S. Attorney

  • February 18, 2009 – Keith Wetmore, Chair, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • February 18, 2009 – Bar Association of San Francisco

Source:

http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/111thCongressExecutiveNominations/AssistantAttorneyGeneralCivil-TonyWest.cfm

Frank H. Wu — Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law and Former Client of Major Lindsey & Africa — Asked to Opine on Hiring Proclivities of Professor Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe

Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s largest legal search firm, announced recently the placement of Frank H. Wu as Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law. The search was led by Martha Fay Africa and Steve John in MLA’s San Francisco office.

 


Ms. Martha Fay Africa (AKA Marty Africa) is the 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 Ms.Africa were having an illicit love affair.  Recently Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac was nominated by Ms. 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 via the California Bar Foundation — Please see HERE and HERE for additional information. (image: courtesy of Major, Lindsey & Africa)

As was previously reported on The Leslie Brodie Report — which also exposed the hiring proclivities of Kerr & Wagstaffe — a proclivity which appeared to favor young white females as associates and males as partners,  to date, none of the young women who were hired as associates ever made it to the level of a partner at the firm. This, despite having stellar resumes.  Notable examples include:

 

Holly Hogan
Ms. Holly Hogan, prior to obtaining a J.D. from the Harvard School of Law, graduated magna cum laude from USF. Holly never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe despite her exceptional qualifications. She is currently an associate with the firm of K & L Gates (Photo: Courtesy Kerr & Wagstaffe)

 

Tricia Weaver 1
Ms. Tricia Weaver, graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna, she attended Georgetown University Law Center where she graduated cum laude. Tricia never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe and is no longer with the firm. (Photo: Courtesy of SuperLawyers)

 

Connie Merriett
Ms. Connie Merriett, earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where Wagstaffe is employed as an adjunct-professor. Connie never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, and is currently employed elsewhere (Photo: Courtesy)

 


Ms. Elizabeth Arnold, was employed by Kerr & Kaus. However, Ms. Arnold did not remain when the firm metamorphosed itself to Kerr & Wagstaffe. She has a BA from Smith College (1965), a Master of Arts from Middlebury College (1966) and a law degree from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law (1975). Elizabeth never made it to Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo Credit: linked from Kelley & Farren)

 


Ms. Dawn Marie Melton, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo credit: linked form K & W)

 


Ms. Maria Radwick, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)

 


Ms. Kelly Corcoran,currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)

 

UC Hastings law professor James Wagstaffe’s penchant manifested itself  again recently by the hiring of a UC Hastings graduate Cheryl Mackey, seen below:

The Leslie Brodie Report also pointed to the fact that Kerr & Wagstaffe treat male associates differentially. Associate Michael von Loewenfeldt, for example, was made partner after only two(2) years.  Other male associates who made it to partnership in the firm include Messrs.Sawyer, Ng, and Labar.  When we published our first story concerning Kerr & Wagstaffe, the firm racial and gender make-up was as follows:

*Out of 10 lawyers, all but one is White.

*Out of 7 Partners, all but one are Males. (This was changed around 2010, where a female, non-equity, partner was hired. Prior to that, for most of 2009, all the partners were men, and all the associates were females)

*All the associates are females. There are no male associates.

*All the females’ associates are white (Ms. Melton, Ms. Radwick, and Ms. Corcoran)

*All the female associates are young.

* Two out of the three associates are from Hastings College of the Law, where Wagstaffe teaches. Their resume is not as impressive as that of Mr. Ng.

TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of the opinion, if any, of Marty Fay Africa — Co-Founder & Managing Director of San Francisco-based  legal recruting firm Major Lindsey & Africa.

Major Lindsey & Africa’s Marty Africa — Alleged Ex-Paramour of Jim Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster — Asked to Opine on Hiring/Promotion Proclivities of San Francisco-Based Hastings Professor James Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe

Marty Fay Africa — Co-Founder & Managing Director of San Francisco-based  legal recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa — have been publicly asked by TLR to opine on the peculiar pattern of hiring and promotion proclivities at San Francisco-based Kerr & Wagstaffe headed by UC Hastings law professor James M. Wagstaffe.

 

 


Ms. Martha Fay Africa (AKA Marty Africa) is the 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 Ms.Africa were having an illicit love affair.  Recently Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac was nominated by Ms. 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 via the California Bar Foundation — Please see HERE and HERE for additional information. (image: courtesy of Major, Lindsey & Africa)

As was previously reported on The Leslie Brodie Report — which also exposed the hiring proclivities of Kerr & Wagstaffe — a proclivity which appeared to favor young white females as associates and males as partners,  to date, none of the young women who were hired as associates ever made it to the level of a partner at the firm. This, despite having stellar resumes.  Notable examples include:

 

Holly Hogan
Ms. Holly Hogan, prior to obtaining a J.D. from the Harvard School of Law, graduated magna cum laude from USF. Holly never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe despite her exceptional qualifications. She is currently an associate with the firm of K & L Gates (Photo: Courtesy Kerr & Wagstaffe)

 

Tricia Weaver 1
Ms. Tricia Weaver, graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna, she attended Georgetown University Law Center where she graduated cum laude. Tricia never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe and is no longer with the firm. (Photo: Courtesy of SuperLawyers)

 

Connie Merriett
Ms. Connie Merriett, earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where Wagstaffe is employed as an adjunct-professor. Connie never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, and is currently employed elsewhere (Photo: Courtesy)

 


Ms. Elizabeth Arnold, was employed by Kerr & Kaus. However, Ms. Arnold did not remain when the firm metamorphosed itself to Kerr & Wagstaffe. She has a BA from Smith College (1965), a Master of Arts from Middlebury College (1966) and a law degree from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law (1975). Elizabeth never made it to Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo Credit: linked from Kelley & Farren)

 


Ms. Dawn Marie Melton, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo credit: linked form K & W)

 


Ms. Maria Radwick, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)

 


Ms. Kelly Corcoran,currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)

 

UC Hastings law professor James Wagstaffe’s penchant manifested itself  again recently by the hiring of a UC Hastings graduate Cheryl Mackey, seen below:

The Leslie Brodie Report also pointed to the fact that Kerr & Wagstaffe treat male associates differentially. Associate Michael von Loewenfeldt, for example, was made partner after only two(2) years.  Other male associates who made it to partnership in the firm include Messrs.Sawyer, Ng, and Labar.  When we published our first story concerning Kerr & Wagstaffe, the firm racial and gender make-up was as follows:

*Out of 10 lawyers, all but one is White.

*Out of 7 Partners, all but one are Males. (This was changed around 2010, where a female, non-equity, partner was hired. Prior to that, for most of 2009, all the partners were men, and all the associates were females)

*All the associates are females. There are no male associates.

*All the females’ associates are white (Ms. Melton, Ms. Radwick, and Ms. Corcoran)

*All the female associates are young.

* Two out of the three associates are from Hastings College of the Law, where Wagstaffe teaches. Their resume is not as impressive as that of Mr. Ng.

TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of the opinion, if any, of Marty Fay Africa — Co-Founder & Managing Director of San Francisco-based  legal recruting firm Major Lindsey & Africa.

Major Lindsey & Africa’s Marty Africa — Alleged Ex-Paramour of Jim Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster — Asked to Opine on Hiring/Promotion Proclivities of San Francisco-Based Hastings Professor James Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe

Kerr & Wagstaffe white females associates.Kerr & Wagstaffe Hastings White Female.

The Leslie Brodie Report exposed the hiring proclivities of Kerr & Wagstaffe; a proclivity which appeared to favor young white females as associates and males as partners. Unfortunately, to date, none of the young women who were hired as associates ever made it to partnership in the firm. This, despite having a stellar resume and qualifications. Three notable examples are the associates who are no longer with the firm who still practice law in the Bay Area:

Holly Hogan
Ms. Holly Hogan, prior to obtaining a J.D. from the Harvard School of Law, graduated magna cum laude from USF. Holly never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe despite her exceptional qualifications. Her picture, nevertheless, was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm. She is currently an associate with the firm of K & L Gates (Photo: Courtesy Kerr & Wagstaffe)

Tricia Weaver 1
Ms. Tricia Weaver, graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna, she attended Georgetown University Law Center where she graduated cum laude. Tricia never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe and is no longer with the firm. Her picture, nevertheless, was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm.(Photo: Courtesy of SuperLawyers)

Connie Merriett
Ms. Connie Merriett, earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where Wagstaffe is employed as an adjunct-professor. Connie never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, and is currently employed elsewhere. Her picture, nevertheless, was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm. (Photo: Courtesy)

 


Ms. Elizabeth Arnold, was employed by Kerr & Kaus. However, Ms. Arnold did not remain when the firm metamorphosed itself to Kerr & Wagstaffe. She has a BA from Smith College (1965), a Master of Arts from Middlebury College (1966) and a law degree from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law (1975). Elizabeth never made it to Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo Credit: linked from Kelley & Farren)


Ms. Dawn Marie Melton, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Her picture was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm. (Photo credit: linked form K & W)


Ms. Maria Radwick, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. Her picture was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm.(photo: linked from K & W)


Ms. Kelly Corcoran,currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. Her picture was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm.(photo: linked from K & W)

TLR also pointed to the fact that Kerr & Wagstaffe treat male associates differentially. Associate Michael von Loewenfeldt, for example, was made partner after only two(2) years.

Other male associates who made it to partnership in the firm include Messrs.Sawyer, Ng, and Labar.

Before TLR’s involvement, the firm’s web-site was organized in such a way that pictures of men were placed on the top of the page, and the pictures of the females were placed on the bottom of the page. Succumbing to pressure, the firm quickly rearranged the order of the pictures.

When we published our first story concerning Kerr & Wagstaffe, the firm racial and gender make-up was as follows:

*Out of 10 lawyers, all but one is White.

*Out of 7 Partners, all but one are Males. (This was changed around 2010, where a female, non-equity, partner was hired. Prior to that, for most of 2009, all the partners were men, and all the associates were females)

*All the associates are females. There are no male associates.

*All the females’ associates are white (Ms. Melton, Ms. Radwick, and Ms. Corcoran)

*All the female associates are young.

* Two out of the three associates are from Hastings College of the Law, where Wagstaffe teaches. Their resume is not as impressive as that of Mr. Ng.

After TLR exposed Kerr & Wagstaffe’s kenspeckle proclivities, in May of this year the firm hired a new male associate, Mr. Daniel Zaheer. A highly qualified and capable attorney.

 

Rory Little — Hastings Law Professor and Controversial Ninth Circuit Judicial Aspirant — Opines Peter Gleick Could Nevertheless be in Legal Jeopardy

Gleick insists he did not alter any of the documents he got from the Chicago institute, but he could nevertheless be in legal jeopardy, according to Rory Little, professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law and a former federal prosecutor.

“Most states have offenses for deceit if you can show there was intent to defraud,” Little said. “At the very least, it’s civil unlawfulness, and in many states it could be a criminal offense, depending on the elements of their common law.”

Heartland released a statement saying it is “consulting with legal counsel to determine our next steps.”

“Gleick’s crime was a serious one,” Bast said in a statement. “The documents he admits stealing contained personal information about Heartland staff members, donors and allies, the release of which has violated their privacy and endangered their personal safety.”

Please see complete story @:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/21/BA0R1NAEQI.DTL

Lucy Armendariz Hereby Asked to Disclose Nature and Type of Relationship (Past and Present), If Any, with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

As part of a journalistic inquiry into the continuous mistreatment of attorney Phil Kay, and due to the overall circumstances involving Phil Kay, Ron Burkle, John Burton, and Antonio Villaraigosa ; The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asks Maria Lucy Armendariz  to disclose nature and type of relationship (past and present) with Mr Villaraigosa.

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

Any information can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

As we had alleged previously, Maria Lucy Armendariz — who goes by the name of Lucy Armendariz — is a 41 years old single mother. Armendariz was born in East Los Angeles. She attended UCLA and later graduated with a law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1997. After a short stint in private practice, she assumed a government position in Sacramento.

Judge Lucy Armendariz
Ms Lucy Armendariz. In 2007, Ms. Armendariz was appointed State Bar Court Judge. At that time, the California Bar Journal reported that she was the single mother of a 7 year old daughter. (Image: courtesy photo)

ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA

Unlike the former cocaine addict philanderer who has “platonic sex with friends, lesbians and straight, whatever” who appointed State Bar Court Judge JoAnn Remke to the bench, Antonio Villaraigosa is in a league of his own — a serial seducer who has been perpetually involved in scandals, sexual and otherwise.

For example, while carrying on an affair with Mirthala Salinas, a Telemundo reporter, she assumptively reported that the mayor was having an affair, neglecting to mention that the affair was with her. The latest and most recent scandal the Mayor is involved in relates to free tickets to various events, for which his friends in Sacramento help foot the legal bill.


At the age of 21, Villaraigosa fathered the first of his first four children, after having been involved with the mother for only six weeks. At age 25, his second daughter was born to another woman. In 1987, at age 34, Villaraigosa married Corina Raigosa, who formally ended their relationship in 2009. Villaraigosa is is pictured above with his most recent partner, Lu Parker. (photo:courtesy hollywoodcelebgossips.com)

Villaraigosa Goes to Sacramento, Alone.

In 1994, Villaraigosa ran for California State Assembly. After celebrating his victory, Villaraigosa skipped town for a few days, accompanied by the wife of his closest friend, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. Villaraigosa defended his actions, saying, “It is a matter of the heart.” Despite this turn of events, Villaraigosa and his wife reconcile.

Accrding to Tony Castro, a Los Angeles-based author and journalist, “in the subsequent years, after their reconciliation, friends recall that she was the reluctant political wife, rarely with Villaraigosa in Sacramento while he was in the State Assembly and usually only seen in public with him during local campaign appearances…often overlooked, say friends, is the extent of Corina Villaraigosa’s heartbreak, her sense of personal humiliation among friends in the traditionally conservative, Catholic enclave of the Latino Eastside and the emotional journey she went through to accept her husband back amid gossip and rumors of continuing womanizing.”

Lucy in Sacramento with Antonio

In 1998, Villaraigosa was chosen by his colleagues to be the first Speaker of the Assembly. From late 1998 to the year 2000, a soon to become a single mother by the name of Maria Lucy Armendariz served on his staff.

 

 

Leslie Brodie: Frank Wu — Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings — Interference with TLR Protected Activities Concerning Rory Little and James Wagstaffe Subject of Grave Concern

*Written by a Staff Writer of The Leslie Brodie Report(TLR). Leslie Brodie is on assignment.

Leslie Brodie – who is on assignment and could only reached by telephone – expressed grave concern over Dean Frank Wu and Hastings College of the Law intentional interference with legally protected activities regularly taken by TLR in furtherance of its mission.

Specifically, Brodie maintained that The Leslie Brodie Report (“TLR”) as a news-media outlet for a faith-based group has managed to expose and report many scandals, and that recent unlawful actions taken by Hastings College of the Law and Dean Wu are also unpopular with many students, as well as faculty and staff.

While remaining intentionally vague, Brodie’s insinuation of improprieties on the part of Hastings College of the Law and Dean Wu came in the aftermath of revelations by TLR concerning Hastings College of the Law’s Rory Little and James Wagstaffe. 

 

 

Rory Little, a professor at Hastings College of the Law and Ninth Circuit Judicial Aspirant, Opines on Ross Mirkarimi Alleged “Ride -It-Out” Strategy

The problem with the ride-it-out strategy is that these are explosive charges that directly affect the office of sheriff. UC Hastings law Professor Rory Little said the dissuading a witness charge, which Gascón didn’t fully explain, could be particularly damaging because it could be seen as obstructing the investigation.

“Now we are getting into a much more serious charge,” he said. “We don’t want a law enforcement officer obstructing.”

Profile of Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings Frank Wu (TLR Note: TLR Will seek to enter into a consent decree with Dean Wu Prohibiting Jim Wagstaffe from ever hiring young white females who attend Hastings)

Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu is the William B. Lockhart Professor of Law. The first Asian American to serve as dean at UC Hastings, Dean Wu previously taught for a decade at Howard University. He also has taught at the law schools of George Washington University, University of Maryland, Columbia University, University of Michigan, Peking University, as well as in the undergraduate programs of Johns Hopkins University and Deep Springs College. He served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit.

Please continue @: http://www.uchastings.edu/faculty-administration/faculty/wu/index.html#

 

 

Related link @: http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/07/30/developing-is-kerr-wagstaffe-s-jim-…

State Bar of California Records of Lorna Patton Brown — attorney who smuggled a “hit list” of witnesses in the murder case of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey — Indicate Brown was never disciplined by the State Bar

Lorna Patton Brown – #133795

Current Status:  Active

This member is active and may practice law in California.

See below for more details.

Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 133795    
Address: Attorney at Law
1371 La Loma
Berkeley, CA 94708
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Phone Number: (510) 444-5226
Fax Number: (510) 444-1369
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County: Alameda
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Mr Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe. In the above, Mr Wagstaffe offers his students legal counsel on how to avoid a traffic ticket. Wagstaffe urged the students to deceive law enforcement personnel. He stated: “Do what I do, put a CHP magazine in your car, so they think you are one of them.”

State Bar of California Record of Kathy Shull Abascal

Kathy Shull Abascal – #112583

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Rory Little, law professor at UC Hastings, and Walnut Creek Attorney Harry Stern — Comment on Pepper Spraying Protesters at UC Davis

Commenting on last week’s videotaped incident at UC Davis, Rory Little, a law professor at UC Hastings in San Francisco stated: “Using pepper spray on persons who are wholly passive seems like excessive force. But if officers testify that they felt threatened, it’s going to be a jury question as to whether they overreacted.”

Walnut Creek attorney Harry Stern, who has represented police officers, said pepper spray represents “a very, very low use of force” that may be justified when officers face resistance.

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Alameda County Court Commissioners Nancy Lonsdale and John Porter Embroiled in Controversy Over Two Types of Justice

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Rory Little, a professor at Hastings College of the Law, said the commissioners need to work out a more evenhanded system. “The community is badly served if the impression is that justice is random and uneven.”

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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT WILL BE ASKED TO DISBAR TOM GIRARDI, WALTER LACK, HOWARD RICE’S JEROME FALK FOR SCHEME TO CIRCUMVENT NINTH CIRCUIT ORDER IN MATTER OF “IN RE GIRARDI”

Contending that Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk, acting as Special Prosecutor on behalf of the State Bar of California, repeatedly sought to subvert justice by failing to disclose that those he was suppose to prosecute (Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and Walter Lack of Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack) were actually his and his firm’s clients, sources familiar with the situation claim plans are underway to seek the disbarment of Girardi, Lack and Falk.

In a letter to Jerome Falk and the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, complainant minced no words in accusing Falk (as well as Girardi and Lack) of egregious misconduct.

As a service to the community, we shall publish* the communication, below:

Dear Mr. Falk:

This will serve as a formal meet and confer attempt regarding various matters, primarily relating to your repugnant and continuous deceitful actions taken in connection with your willingness to serve as a special prosecutor on behalf of the State Bar of California against two of your and your firm’s clients (Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack) as part of a scheme to exploit your authority as special prosecutor for financial gain.

In addition, this letter will serve to explore potential misconduct in connection with misrepresentations made to an official tribunal (i.e. the RAD Committee of the State Bar of California Board of Governors (“BOG”)) that appointed a special master in proceedings I initiated against you.


Mr. Jerome Falk of Howard Rice (Image:courtesy photo)

To illustrate my point, State Bar of California Board of Governors member William Gailey is a man of high honor with a prior distinguished career as a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Presently, he operates his own investigation firm (Gailey Associates, Inc.), which as I understand is one of the best in the country and offers a wide array of services, including industrial espionage and the like.

Assume, hypothetically speaking only, that Mr. X is an industrialist and a client of Gailey Associates in connection with various business-related transactions. Assume also that Mr. X, while a client of Gailey Associates, was charged by the federal government for participating in a conspiracy to kidnap and murder Mr. Y, the owner of a competing business located in Los Angeles. Mr. X is tried and convicted and sentenced to serve a 30 year sentence in a federal correctional facility. However, after one year he is mysteriously pardoned by the U.S. president.

Public and media pressure prompt the Los Angeles District Attorney to file an information against Mr. X for violations of State Penal Code provisions, including PC 182 and 187 in connection with the crimes Mr. X committed against Mr. Y. A shortage of qualified detectives prompts the DA to seek volunteer detectives, and Mr. Gailey is deputized, issued a badge, and appointed the role of lead detective in amassing the case against Mr. X on behalf of the People.

Mr. Gailey shortly thereafter announces the closure of the investigation, and declares that, as far as he is concerned, Mr. X is innocent. As a second hypothetical, assume that with these facts in mind, Mr. Gailey is instead an attorney in private practice who is deputized to act as special prosecutor to try Mr. X, and likewise Mr. Gailey declares Mr. X to be innocent.

If you don’t see anything wrong with the above two hypothetical examples, please delete this email; otherwise, keep reading because the above hypo is very similar to the scenario that ensued when you agreed to act as special prosecutor against your clients (Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack) on behalf of the People of the State of California to examine the grave and previously adjudicated attorney misconduct Messrs. Girardi and Lack committed against the Ninth Circuit in the litigation against the Dole Food Company.

The misconduct on the part of Girardi and Lack was investigated by a special master (Senior Judge Hon. Wallace Tashima) appointed by the Ninth Circuit, and his recommendations were adopted by a panel of three Ninth Circuit judges after a full opportunity was afforded to Girardi and Lack to present defenses and bargain with a special prosecutor (Rory Little); these findings were memorialized in the published decision of In Re Girardi. Some of the findings included that Lack and Girardi have resorted to employing “the persistent use of known falsehoods” and that “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation.

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Rory Little, Ninth Circuit judicial aspirant and professor of law at U.C. Hastings. Professor Little was appointed special prosecutor in the matter of In Re Girardi by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski. Prior to entering academia, Professor Little served as a federal prosecutor for the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force, prosecuting cases of labor racketeering, money-laundering, narcotics and other organized criminal activity. (image:courtesy photo)

As you surely recall, the Ninth Circuit also ordered Girardi and Lack to report the findings to the State Bar of California. Because Howard Miller of Girardi &amp; Keese served as President of the State Bar, the Bar disqualified itself and you were appointed as Special Prosecutor by the State Bar to further look into this matter on behalf of the People.

Despite ample opportunities, you (nor Lack, Girardi, or members of your firm whom I contacted on several occasions in search of information) mentioned that Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack were your and your firm’s clients.

Shortly thereafter, when you had issued the decision to “exonerate” Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack (as memorialized in a “Dear Bob” letter you sent Mr. Robert Baker of Baker Keener &amp; Nahara), I immediately protested by filing both an ethics complaint with the State Bar of California, and asking the BOG to inquire into the matter. Named in the complaint were yourself, Douglas Wintrhrop, Howard Miller, and James Towery.

At that time, I was unaware that Girardi and Lack were your clients, and the ethics complaint alleged you were biased because of your and your firm’s ongoing business relationship with Skadden Arps and partner Tom Nolan, who served as Girardi’s defense counsel in the matter of In Re Girardi. Also, I argued that since the State Bar of California had disqualified itself, you and your firm should also have been disqualified as the managing partner of your firm (Douglas Wintrhrop) is an officer of the State Bar of California, and was appointed to the position by the BOG headed by Howard Miller of Girardi &amp; Keese.

Mr. Robert Hawley immediately appointed himself the point of contact, and only several months ago informed me that the complaint was assigned to RAD, which in turn appointed a special master who examined the complaint and found no ethical violations; RAD voted to accept this conclusion.

Mr Tom Girardi of Girardi & KeeseState Bar of California's Robert Hawley
Mr. Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and State Bar of California
Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert A. Hawley.

Subsequently, and fortuitously, I very recently discovered that Lack and Girardi were clients of your firm. I inquired with Mr. Hawley whether this fact was known to the RAD and Special Master investigating my complaint. The inquiry to Mr. Hawley was ignored, ipso facto terminating his role as point of contact.

Mr. Hawley’s lack of response lends credence to my belief that since you knew of the complaint and never informed the Special Master or RAD, you are also liable for defrauding and misrepresenting events to a tribunal. If you have facts to the contrary, please forward them to me ASAP.

Note that subsequent to the discovery of the attorney-client relationship between you and Lack/Girardi, I again wrote SeLegue and Philips seeking additional clarification, and no response was forthcoming. It had occurred to me that, given that Girardi and Lack are clients of your firm, any insinuation of misconduct I may previously have alleged on the part of SeLegue and Philips were improper; as such, these insinuations are hereby withdrawn as I now understand that SeLegue and Philips were acting in the best interest of their clients — Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack.

Nevertheless, the serious nature of the offenses and the harm caused by your corrupt activities (as well as the corrupt activities of Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack, primarily as a result of their failure to speak up and reject your appointment) leaves me no choice but to, again, seek discipline against you, Walter Lack, and Thomas Girardi. Additional factors surrounding Thomas Girardi and Girardi &amp; Keese have also become relevant, including the recent malpractice suits filed by Gutierez and Demeter Energy; the secretive attorney-client relationship between Girardi &amp; Keese and Skadden Arps in the Fogel vs. Farmers matter, the identity and nature of the firms defending MGA in the litigation against Mattel; Alec Chang’s membership on RAD; the overall corruption within the State Bar of California manifested in its unwillingness to prosecute Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack; Girardi’s unsettling friendship with Ronald George and “mentoring” of former crack-addict Mike Nisperos. These factors, coupled with my impression that the firms of Girardi &amp; Keese, Skadden Arps, and Howard Rice have somehow exempted themselves from complying with the rules, make clear that I must press ahead to ensure that you, Walter Lack, and Thomas Girardi are held fully accountable and otherwise prevented from practicing before any federal or state court.

As such, in the near future the federal district court, appellate court, and U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to investigate your misconduct (and that of Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack), and to otherwise permanently remove your names from the roll of members allowed to practice before each of those courts.

Particularly, I plan to ask the Ninth Circuit to appoint a Special Master to investigate the matter, and to reopen the matter of In Re Girardi to examine whether Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi fully complied with the order in the matter of In Re Girardi and to report their misconduct to the State Bar of California. It is my position that the order to report their misconduct to the State Bar of California included an implied covenant that any State Bar of California proceedings would be conducted in good faith and in conformity with all rules and duties and principles consistent with the fair administration of justice. By not speaking up when you were appointed, Messrs. Girardi and Lack further aggravated matters and, arguably, violated the order handed down by the Ninth Circuit.


Mr. Walter Lack of Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack. In the matter of In Re Girardi, the Ninth Circuit adjudicated: “with respect to Respondents Lack and Traina, we conclude that the mitigating factors can affect only the length of the suspension we impose. Although Lack’s involvement in the enforcement proceedings was more long-standing than Traina’s, each was specifically responsible for the falsehoods presented to this court. Consequently, each is suspended from the practice of law in this court for six months, effective on the filing date of this order. Fed. R.App. P. 46(c). Respondents Lack and Traina may each file a petition for reinstatement after the period of suspension pursuant to Ninth Circuit Rule 46-2(h). Each shall file the petition using this docket number and include evidence that he is in good standing, with no discipline pending, in all courts and bars to which he is admitted.” (Image:courtesy photo)

Similarly, when Walter Lack sought to reinstate himself via a motion advanced to Ninth Circuit Commissioner Shaw, he relied heavily on the fact that the State Bar of California decided not to discipline him. In aggravation and while exponentially compounding his lack of credibility, Mr. Lack conveniently failed to mention that he and you (who represented the State Bar of California) have an attorney-client relationship, and that your decision to not prosecute him was the fruit of an unlawful and highly unethical scheme.

In addition, please note that I plan to file a writ with the California Supreme Court seeking to invalidate your decision, and asking the Court to order the State Bar of California to commence proceedings consistent with the State Bar Act and the Rules of Professional Conduct against you, Walter Lack, Thomas Girardi, and your respective firms, and to otherwise take action on the original complaint I submitted to the Intake Office which was never processed.

The writ will be filed prior to the end of this year so as to allow the Court to also address separate matters, and to otherwise maintain jurisdiction over Douglas Winthrop (also of Howard Rice) and Holly Fujie in their capacities as President and Vice President of the California Bar Foundation, and in connection with the overall circumstances, particularly the hush-hush and unlawful transfer of $780,000 from the Foundation to sham charity CaliforniaALL.

Hence, at your earliest convenience I ask that you provide information, as well as, if you wish, any memorandum containing legal authority explaining why your actions did not constitute professional misconduct.

Below is a synopsis of the various acts of misconduct I intend to allege. If you believe I am wrong, legally or factually, please so advise as soon as possible:

Your first act of misconduct took place once the State Bar initially contacted you. Rather than rejecting the appointment, you intentionally, deliberately, and with aforethought accepted the assignment, knowing full well that you were unable to take a position adverse to your clients Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi, and also knowing full well that you would exonerate both of them regardless of the weight of the evidence. In doing so, you hoped to maintain your attorney-client relationship with Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi in order to obtain a future stream of business from them, as well as from Thomas Girardi’s defense lawyer — your confederate, Thomas Nolan of Skadden Arps. By doing so, you have completely breached the duties expected of a prosecutor. Moreover, while temporarily holding public office, you placed your financial interests, as well as the financial interest of your firm, before those of the People, causing injury to the federal judiciary, the Dole Food Company, the State Bar of California, the People of the State of California, the fair administration of justice, myself, and frankly, even your own clients Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack.

Your second act of misconduct involved the hampering of an investigation, and misleading a tribunal (i.e. the BOG/RAD and the appointed Special Master) by not fully disclosing the attorney-client relationship.

Thirdly, and in aggravation, even to this date, and after members of your firm were informed of the recent discovery and you had ample opportunity to admit you mistakes, you still have not taken any action to remedy the situation. Instead, you appear to hope that by ignoring the problem, it will somehow disappear. It shall not.

Thank you for your consideration. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information or clarification of the above-described facts.

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Meet Tom Umberg – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thomas John Umberg (born September 25, 1955) is a U.S. politician, who was a Democrat in the California State Assembly, representing the 69th District.

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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Umberg graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, then promoted to Captain. Umberg served with the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea and with NATO forces in Italy during his time in the army. Umberg also served as a paratrooper with the US Army Special Operations Command, US Army Special Warfare Center and the XVIIIth Airborne Corp. Umberg completed the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Public Policy, Program for Senior Executives in National Security. He was also awarded a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Umberg remained in the U.S. Army Reserve, rising to the rank of Colonel. His last assignment in the Reserve was as a prosecutor of terrorist suspects, and he received a Joint Service Commendation medal for his contribution in Guantanamo. Umberg’s other military decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal (2d award), the US Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, the Army Commendation Medal (2d award), the Army Achievement Medal. Umberg is married to Brigadier General (USA) Robin Umberg.

[edit] Early career

After receiving his Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1980, he was appointed an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Orange County. He had a 100% conviction rate prosecuting drug dealers, gang members, white collar criminals, and civil rights cases. In addition, he also served as a military prosecutor during between 1980 and 1985.

[edit] Elected office

[edit] First stint in Assembly

Umberg was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1990, defeating incumbent Republican Curt Pringle. Umberg was re-elected in 1992. While in the Assembly he served as Chairman of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. Instead of seeking a third term in 1994, Umberg ran for Attorney General of California but lost to Republican Dan Lungren.

[edit] Clinton Administration

Umberg then joined the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP in 1995 as a partner. He was the Managing Partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Orange County Office from 2003 until 2005. In addition, he also took a position as an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law. During the 1996 presidential election, he served as the chairman of the Clinton re-election campaign in California. Clinton appointed Umberg as the Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1997.

[edit] Second stint in Assembly

In 2000, Umberg left the Clinton administration and returned to California. In 2002, he lost the Democratic Party nomination for State Insurance Commissioner to John Garamendi. In 2004, Umberg won election to the Assembly to represent the 69th District. During his third term, Umberg Chaired the Elections and Redistriciting Committee. While in the legislature, Umberg authored over 60 measures which became law. These laws include measures dealing with hate crimes, white collor crime, campaign finance reform, high-speed rail transport and school meal programs.

[edit] Senate campaign

Umberg sought the seat of retiring State Senator Joe Dunn (D) in the 2006 elections. Orange County Supervisor and former Assemblyman Lou Correa jumped in the race in January 2006 despite pressure from the local Democratic party for him to stay out (although with pressure from the state Democratic party for him to jump in), stating that he was running in part because of the allegations about Umberg’s residency. Aside from other negative articles[1], Umberg also received criticism that he voted to legalize gay marriage.[2] Umberg attempted to get Correa off the ballot because Correa submitted more than the number of signatures required to qualify for the ballot, but ultimately failed.[3] Umberg also claimed that an alliance between Correa and State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata to funnel funds to Correa’s campaign was illegal.[4] Umberg was defeated by Correa by a 60% to 40% margin, and Correa went on to narrowly win the general election.

[edit] Orange County Supervisorial campaign

After Correa won the general election for the Senate by a 10% margin, Umberg entered the race to replace Correa on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, representing the 1st Supervisorial District. 52% of 1st Supervisorial District voters are also voters in the 69th Assembly District, formerly represented by Umberg. 73% of 1st Supervisorial District voters are also 34th Senate District voters, so Umbert was believed to be the favorite. On 6 February 2007, Umberg received 21.4%, coming in third, less than he had been expected to poll.[5]

[edit] Electoral history

  • 2007 Orange County Board of Supervisors, 1st District
    • Janet Nguyen (R), 10,919 – 24.1%
    • Trung Nguyen (R), 10,912 – 24.1%
    • Tom Umberg (D), 9,725 – 21.4%
    • Carlos Bustamante (R), 7,460 – 16.5%
  • 2006 Democratic Primary Election for State Senate, 34th District
    • Lou Correa (D), 17,409 – 59.8%
    • Tom Umberg (D), 11,731 – 40.2%
  • 2004 General Election for State Assembly, 69th District
    • Tom Umberg (D), 38,516 – 61.4%
    • Otto Bade (R), 19,811 – 31.5%
    • George Reis (L), 4,470 – 7.1%
  • 2004 Democratic Primary Election for State Assembly, 69th District
    • Tom Umberg (D), 8,498 – 51.2%
    • Claudia Alvarez (D), 8,122 – 48.8%
  • 2002 Democratic Primary Election for Insurance Commissioner
  • 1994 General Election for Attorney General
    • Dan Lungren (R), 4,438,733 – 53.9%
    • Tom Umberg (D), 3,256,070 – 39.5%
    • Richard N. Burns (L) – 274,335 – 3.3%
    • Robert J. Evans (P&F) 271,459 – 3.3%
  • 1994 Democratic Primary Election for Attorney General
    • Tom Umberg (D), 1,715,098 – 100.0%
  • 1992 General Election for State Assembly, 69th District
    • Tom Umberg (D), 32,700 – 60.0%
    • Jo Ellen Allen (R), 18,560 – 34.1%
    • David R. Keller (L), 3,217 – 5.9%
  • 1992 Democratic Primary Election for State Assembly, 69th District
    • Tom Umberg (D), 9,637 – 100.0%
  • 1990 General Election for State Assembly, 72nd District
    • Tom Umberg (D), 25,247 – 51.9%
    • Curt Pringle (R), 23,411 – 48.1%

[edit] References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Quach, Hahn Kim “34th Senate race likely to get heated, expensive.” The Orange County Register. January 26, 2006. Local 1.
  3. ^ Joseph, Brian. “Judge upholds Correa’s right to remain in Senate primary.” The Orange County Register. March 29, 2006. Local 6.
  4. ^ Pasco, Jean. “Umberg Says Illegal Alliance Is Hurting His Senate Campaign.” Los Angeles Times. May 9, 2006. Page B4.
  5. ^ Vietnamese voters at epicenter of O.C. political earthquake – Los Angeles Times

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Preceded by
Curt Pringle
California State Assemblyman
72nd District
December 3, 1990–November 30, 1992
Succeeded by
Ross Johnson
Preceded by
Nolan Frizzelle
California State Assemblyman
69th District
December 7, 1992–November 30, 1994
Succeeded by
Jim Morrissey
Preceded by
Lou Correa
California State Assemblyman
69th District
December 6, 2004–November 30, 2006
Succeeded by
Jose Solorio
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Name Umberg, Thomas J.
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Date of birth September 25, 1955
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Date of death
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UC Hastings College of the Law Staff Say They’re Nearing Pay Impasse (Legal Pad)

Michael Gressett — Contra Costa prosecutor accused of rape could be charged again – San Jose Mercury News

An arbitrator in February put Gressett back on the job with retroactive pay and benefits. One veteran defense attorney not associated with the case says that because both the district attorney and the attorney general are prosecutorial agents of the state, the arbitrator’s decision forbids further prosecution.

“Once he won that administrative hearing, there really was no legal basis to proceed with the criminal case,” attorney Daniel Horowitz said. “Because the DA’s office couldn’t meet the burden of proof to fire him because of a rape, then as a matter of law they shouldn’t have a second bite at the apple.”

UC Hastings law professor David Levine said that the courts would have to dig deep into the details of that administrative hearing and the findings before deciding whether a rape claim was rejected at a lower burden of proof than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard needed for a jury trial conviction.

“It is possible the state would be precluded from trying him on the rape, but only if all the elements of the preclusion doctrine were met,” Levine said. “It’s far from a frivolous issue and something that I would certainly pursue if I was the defense attorney.”

Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson, who recused his office from the case when he took office in January, declined to comment.

Contra Costa County Judge Thomas Hastings Dismisses Rape Case Against Sex Crimes Prosecutor Michael Gressett

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The Gressett case has been contentious, and unusual, from the start.

His accuser told police he raped her at his Martinez home while the two were on a lunch break May 8, 2008. The woman said she had wanted to sleep with Gressett, but objected to the type of sex he initiated. He pressed on, she said, sodomizing her, holding a gun to her head, handcuffing her and jamming ice into her.

Gressett said the sex had been kinky but mutual – that a gun, cuffs and ice were brought out but only in a playful way.

The arbitrator, Norman Brand, said the woman’s statements didn’t add up. For instance, she told Martinez police that she “could hardly walk” after the alleged rape. But a co-worker said he had gone to a farmers’ market with her minutes later and had noticed nothing unusual.

State Bar of California / California Democratic Party / CPUC Cash Flow Connection — Part 1: LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and State Bar Court Judge Lucy Armendariz

Maria Lucy Armendariz — who goes by the name of Lucy Armendariz — is a 41 years old single mother. Armendariz was born in East Los Angeles. She attended UCLA and later graduated with a law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1997. After a short stint in private practice, she assumed a government position in Sacramento.

Judge Lucy Armendariz
Ms Lucy Armendariz. In 2007, Ms. Armendariz was appointed State Bar Court Judge. At that time, the California Bar Journal reported that she was the single mother of a 7 year old daughter. (Image: courtesy photo)

ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA

Unlike the former cocaine addict philanderer who has “platonic sex with friends, lesbians and straight, whatever” who appointed State Bar Court Judge JoAnn Remke to the bench, Antonio Villaraigosa is in a league of his own — a serial seducer who has been perpetually involved in scandals, sexual and otherwise.

For example, while carrying on an affair with Mirthala Salinas, a Telemundo reporter, she assumptively reported that the mayor was having an affair, neglecting to mention that the affair was with her. The latest and most recent scandal the Mayor is involved in relates to free tickets to various events, for which his friends friends in Sacramento help foot the legal bill.


At the age of 21, Villaraigosa fathered the first of his first four children, after having been involved with the mother for only six weeks. At age 25, his second daughter was born to another woman. In 1987, at age 34, Villaraigosa married Corina Raigosa, who formally ended their relationship in 2009. Villaraigosa is is pictured above with his most recent partner, Lu Parker. (photo:courtesy hollywoodcelebgossips.com)

Villaraigosa Goes to Sacramento, Alone.

In 1994, Villaraigosa ran for California State Assembly. After celebrating his victory, Villaraigosa skipped town for a few days, accompanied by the wife of his closest friend, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. Villaraigosa defended his actions, saying, “It is a matter of the heart.” Despite this turn of events, Villaraigosa and his wife reconcile.

Accrding to Tony Castro, a Los Angeles-based author and journalist, “in the subsequent years, after their reconciliation, friends recall that she was the reluctant political wife, rarely with Villaraigosa in Sacramento while he was in the State Assembly and usually only seen in public with him during local campaign appearances…often overlooked, say friends, is the extent of Corina Villaraigosa’s heartbreak, her sense of personal humiliation among friends in the traditionally conservative, Catholic enclave of the Latino Eastside and the emotional journey she went through to accept her husband back amid gossip and rumors of continuing womanizing.”

Lucy in Sacramento with Antonio

In 1998, Villaraigosa was chosen by his colleagues to be the first Speaker of the Assembly. From late 1998 to the year 2000, a soon to become a single mother by the name of Maria Lucy Armendariz served on his staff.

San Diego Source > News > Local law students receive diversity scholarships from California Bar Foundation

Three local law students have been awarded diversity scholarships from the California Bar Foundation. A total of 21 law students will receive a combined $157,500 in scholarships.

California Western School of Law’s Cassandra Carrasco Borjón, Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Samantha Morales and the University of San Diego School of Law’s Jennifer Marie Barlock will each receive a $7,500 scholarship.

Borjón was awarded the Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric Scholar; Morales received the Board of Directors Scholar and Barlock got the Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP Scholar.

State Bar of California / California Democratic Party / CPUC Cash Flow Connection — Part 1: LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and State Bar Court Judge Lucy Armendariz

Maria Lucy Armendariz — who goes by the name of Lucy Armendariz — is a 41 years old single mother. Armendariz was born in East Los Angeles. She attended UCLA and later graduated with a law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1997. After a short stint in private practice, she assumed a government position in Sacramento.

Judge Lucy Armendariz
Ms Lucy Armendariz. In 2007, Ms. Armendariz was appointed State Bar Court Judge. At that time, the California Bar Journal reported that she was the single mother of a 7 year old daughter. (Image: courtesy photo)

ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA

Unlike the former cocaine addict philanderer who has “platonic sex with friends, lesbians and straight, whatever” who appointed State Bar Court Judge JoAnn Remke to the bench, Antonio Villaraigosa is in a league of his own — a serial seducer who has been perpetually involved in scandals, sexual and otherwise.

For example, while carrying on an affair with Mirthala Salinas, a Telemundo reporter, she assumptively reported that the mayor was having an affair, neglecting to mention that the affair was with her. The latest and most recent scandal the Mayor is involved in relates to free tickets to various events, for which his friends friends in Sacramento help foot the legal bill.


At the age of 21, Villaraigosa fathered the first of his first four children, after having been involved with the mother for only six weeks. At age 25, his second daughter was born to another woman. In 1987, at age 34, Villaraigosa married Corina Raigosa, who formally ended their relationship in 2009. Villaraigosa is is pictured above with his most recent partner, Lu Parker. (photo:courtesy hollywoodcelebgossips.com)

Villaraigosa Goes to Sacramento, Alone.

In 1994, Villaraigosa ran for California State Assembly. After celebrating his victory, Villaraigosa skipped town for a few days, accompanied by the wife of his closest friend, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. Villaraigosa defended his actions, saying, “It is a matter of the heart.” Despite this turn of events, Villaraigosa and his wife reconcile.

Accrding to Tony Castro, a Los Angeles-based author and journalist, “in the subsequent years, after their reconciliation, friends recall that she was the reluctant political wife, rarely with Villaraigosa in Sacramento while he was in the State Assembly and usually only seen in public with him during local campaign appearances…often overlooked, say friends, is the extent of Corina Villaraigosa’s heartbreak, her sense of personal humiliation among friends in the traditionally conservative, Catholic enclave of the Latino Eastside and the emotional journey she went through to accept her husband back amid gossip and rumors of continuing womanizing.”

Lucy in Sacramento with Antonio

In 1998, Villaraigosa was chosen by his colleagues to be the first Speaker of the Assembly. From late 1998 to the year 2000, a soon to become a single mother by the name of Maria Lucy Armendariz served on his staff.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg atHastings College of the Law, Talks About Her Independence Movement (Legal Pad)

California Courts – State Supreme Court to Hold Arguments at UC Hastings — September 7, 2011

State Supreme Court to Hold Arguments at UC Hastings

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Aug 1, 2011

Supreme Court To Hold Special Session At UC Hastings on September 7th

San Francisco—Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has announced that the California Supreme Court will hold a special oral argument session on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco.

Hundreds of law school students are expected to attend morning and afternoon oral argument sessions in the Justice Marvin and Jane Baxter Appellate Justice Center, dedicated at the college on January 20, 2011.

It is the first time in recent history that the state’s high court has held oral argument at Hastings. Opening remarks will be made by Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and Frank H. Wu, Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings. The special session will be part of the Supreme Court’s regular oral argument calendar in September, which was announced last week.

On September 6, 2011, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in its regular courtroom at the Earl Warren Building, 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco. The court will hear arguments in three cases, including Perry v. Brown, which involves whether the official proponents of Proposition 8 have legal standing to defend the measure in a case now pending before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In addition to its regularly scheduled oral argument sessions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, the Supreme Court has periodically held special oral argument sessions at other locations in an effort to improve understanding about the courts among high school, college, and law students, as well as the public at large. Additional information about the Hastings special session will issued within the next two weeks. More information on the Supreme Court is available at http://www.courts.ca.gov/supremecourt.htm.>

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DEVELOPING — Is Kerr & Wagstaffe’s Jim Wagstaffe the Proper Choice to Represent Diversity Obsessed State Bar of California in Sander vs. State Bar of California

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California Courts – Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan

Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan

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Justice CorriganJudicial and Professional Positions: Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court (Appointed December 2005; confirmed January 4, 2006.)

Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three, 1994 – 2006 (Appointed 1994; confirmed by voters, 1994). Judge, Alameda County Superior Court 1991-1994 (Appointed 1991; elected by voters. 1992). Judge, Oakland, Emeryville Piedmont Judicial District 1987-1991 (Appointed, 1987; elected by voters, 1988). Senior Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County 1985-1987; Deputy District Attorney, same county, 1975-1985.

Professional Activities: California Judicial Council, 1997-2001, (Named Jurist of the Year 2003). Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions, 1997-2005 (Chair). Commission on Future of California’s Courts 1991-1994. Center for Judicial Education & Research, Governing Board, 1994-1997. President’s Commission on Organized Crime, 1983-1986. Special Consultant, President’s Task Force on Victims of Violent Crime, 1982. Adjunct Professor of Law: U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1984-1987, 1990-1994; U.C. Hastings College of Law, 1981-1987, 1989; University of San Francisco School of Law, 1988-1990; University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1981. Faculty: California Judicial College, 1988-present; Continuing Judicial Studies Programs, 1989-present; National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1981-present (Distinguished Faculty Award, 1997).

Community Involvement: Board of Directors: Holy Names College 1988-present (Chair, 1990-2005); Saint Vincent’s Day Home, 1982-present (Chair, 1991-present); Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay, 1985-1989.

Education: B.A., magna cum laude, Holy Names College, 1970 (Student Body President, Founder’s Medal). J.D., Univ. of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1975 (Law Journal, Note and Comment Editor). Doctoral program, Clinical Psychology, Saint Louis University, 1970-1972.

Personal: Born: August 16, 1948, Stockton, California.

Conveniently Intertwined


MGA TEAM — COUNSELS WHO REPRESENTED DEFENDANT MGA (“BRATZ DOLLS”.) FROM LEFT: SKADDEN ARPS’ RAOUL KENNEDY AND THOMAS NOLAN ; HOWARD RICE’S JEROME FALK AND DOUGLAS WINTHROP; KEKER & VAN NEST’S JOHN KEKER AND MGA’S IN-HOUSE COUNSEL, MR. CRAIG HOLDEN.


FOGEL vs. FARMERS TEAMS — CURRENT COUNSELS FOR BOTH PLAINTIFFS AND DEFENDANTS. GIRARDI & KEESE’S THOMAS GIRARDI AND GRAHAM LIPPSMITH TOGHETHER WITH ENGSTROM LIPSCOMB & LACK’S WALTER LACK REPRESENT THE PLAINTIFFS. SKADDEN ARPS’S RAOUL KENNEDY REPRESENTS THE DEFENDANT.


JOHN KEKER, RORY LITTLE, AND KEKER & VAN NEST’S JAN LITTLE (SPOUSE OF RORY LITTLE) MR. KEKER REPRESENTED BOTH MGA AND CARTER BRYANT SEE http://intellirights.com/cms2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=240&Itemid=71


DOLE TEAM — GIRARDI & KEESE’S THOMAS GIRARDI AND HOWARD MILLER TOGHETHER WITH ENGSTROM LIPSCOMB & LACK’S WALTER LACK. ALL PLAINTIFFS’ COUNSELS IN FRONT OF NINTH CIRCUIT IN THE CASE OF FRANCO VS.DOW CHEMICAL WHICH DUE TO ALLEGED FRAUD METAMORPHOSED TO THE MATTER OF IN RE GIRARDI


IN RE GIRARDI TEAM — RESPONDENT AND HIS COUNSELS IN FRONT OF NINTH CIRCUIT. PICTURED ON THE RIGHT IS MS. DIANE KARPMAN.


DURING THE MATTERS OF IN RE GIRARDI AND MATTEL vs. MGA — MR. NOLAN —  DEFENDED MR. GIRARDI, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, HE WAS ALSO PART OF THE “MGA TEAM”.  SAID TEAM ALSO INCLUDED KEKER & VAN NEST’S JOHN KEKER; AND BY EXTENSION, MS. JAN LITTLE — SPOUSE OF RORY LITTLE — SPECIAL PROSECUTOR IN MATTER OF IN RE GIRARDI


JUDGE WILLIAM FLETCHER AND SPECIAL PROSECUTOR RORY LITTLE IN MATTER OF IN RE GIRARDI JUDGE FLETCHER: RESPONDENTS (LACK, GIRARDI, TRIANA, TOPP) MADE THESE FALSE REPRESENTATIONS “KNOWINGLY, INTENTIONALLY AND RECKLESSLY.” “PRESISTENT USE OF KNOWN FALSEHOODS.”


RESPONDENT , RESPONDENT’S COUNSEL, AND THE PROSECUTOR —- IN PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA.


STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA FOUNDATION TEAM (DBA CALIFORNIA BAR FOUNDATION) AT THE TIME HOWARD MILLER OF GIRARDI & KEESE SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA.


BOG TEAM. KEKER & VAN NEST’S JON STREETER AND SKADDEN ARPS’S ALEC CHANG CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA BOARD OF GOVERNORS. ON THE RIGHT, MR. CRAIG HOLDEN, PARTNER WITH LEWIS BRISBOIS; RECENTLY ELECTED TO THE BOG; FORMERLY, PART OF MGA TEAM.


PRESENTLY SERVES AS PRESIDENT OF CALIFORNIA BAR FOUNDATION. INTENTIONALLY AND UNLAWFULLY REFUSES TO PRODUCE FOUNDATION CONFLICT OF INTEREST FORMS SIGNED BY HIMSELF AND HOWARD MILLER.

 

Deputy Executive Director Robert Hawley Named Interim Chief Trial Counsel

State Bar of California Deputy Executive Director, Robert A. Hawley, was selected today by Executive Director Joseph Dunn to serve as Interim Chief Trial Counsel, the Leslie Brodie Report has learned.

Hawley, a graduate of hastings College of the Law, will fill the position on a temporary basis, following the abrupt departure of James Towery amid a developing ethics probe.

Robert A. Hawley

Robert A. Hawley,  has served in senior executive positions with the State Bar of California for more than 25 years. Begining in 1978 and ending in 1981, he was employed as staff prosecutor in the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel prosecuting attorney misconduct cases. Resuming employment, from 1983 to 1993 Mr. Hawley was in private practice, specializing in labor and employment. In 1993, State Bar of California and Mr Hawley reunited as he was named Chief Assistant General Counsel.  Commencing in 2000, he assumed the title of Deputy Executive Director. (Photo:courtesy)

 

Outrage as Kerr & Wagstaffe Hires New Young White Female Associate; a Recent Hastings Graduate with No Judicial Clerkship Experience.

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Matthew S. Melamed of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd in What’s the Name of the Game? — Part 2

Matthew Seth Melamed

In Part 1 of “Matthew S. Melamed of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd in What’s the Name of the Game?,” we discussed the two scholarships bestowed on Mr. Melamed while a student at Hastings College of the Law in exchange for two promises by him to the people of the State of California to pursue a career in “public interest law.” See http://tinyurl.com/nameofgame1.

Mr. Melamed, a 2009 Hastings graduate, is currently employed in the San Francisco office of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, a firm specializing in class actions relating to securities law.

On its website, www.rgrdlaw.com , and with a phenomenal display of visual aids which include Mt. Everest, a lion, the Tour de France, an orchestra, and a horse race, the firm describes itself as follows:

“Judges describe us as one of the top, most experienced, and formidable securities law firms in the country. With 180 lawyers in 8 offices nationwide, and thousands of successfully concluded class actions to our credit, we have the resources, experience, capability and tenacity to achieve superior results.

Robbins Geller’s consistent record of achieving more recoveries and higher recoveries on average than all firms demonstrates why we are the go-to firm for institutional investors. Whether it is portfolio monitoring or the need to recover lost assets by litigation, we mobilize our teams to achieve the best results for you.”

In addition, the firm’s website includes the following profile for Mr. Melamed:

“Matthew S. Melamed earned his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and was awarded several academic and public interest scholarships and honors.” (emphasis added) See http://www.rgrdlaw.com/attorneys-99.html

While certainly The Leslie Brodie Report recognizes that people frequently change careers and decide to pursue a different paths, according to our confidential sources, however, when Mr. Melamed decided to pursue a legal career in the area of securities rather than “public interest” law, he had an ethical, and indeed, moral obligation to reimburse the California Bar Foundation for the two scholarships awarded to him.

To add insult to injury, and according to the sources, Mr. Melamed not only failed to keep his word to the people of the State of California, but for his employer, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, to actually boasts about the fact that Mr. Melamed was awarded “public interest scholarships” is highly offensive.

Particulary because, in essence, the “public interest” scholarships were specifically designed to keep a talent like Mr. Melamed away from a firm like Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd.

Hence, our sources maintain, that by boasting about it in a way which misleads the public as well as the firm’s current and prospective clients, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd is engaging in false and misleading advertising, as well as unlawful business practices, in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law.

According to these sources, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd will soon be contacted regarding these matters.

Matthew S. Melamed of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd in Part 1 of What’s the Name of the Game?

In 2006, and while a law student at Hastings College of the Law, Mr Matthew Seth Melamed made a promise to the People of the State of California.

Specifically, Mr. Matthew Seth Melamed promised that upon graduating law school, he would practice “public interest law.”

Relying on his promise, and in consideration thereof, the People of the State of California, via the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation), awarded Mr Matthew Seth Melamed a “public interest” scholarship in the amount of $5,000.00 See http://tinyurl.com/5000msm


Mr Matthew Seth Melamed of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd.

Similarly, in 2007, Mr. Matthew Seth Melamed — once again — promised to the People of the State of California that upon his graduation from Hastings College of the Law he would be practicing “public interest law.”

And, once again, the People of the State of California, via the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation), relied on his promise and in consideration thereof, awarded Mr. Matthew Seth Melamed an additional “public interest” scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 See http://tinyurl.com/msm2500

The Foundation of the State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation describes “Public Interest” scholarships as follows:

“The Public Interest Scholarship Program recognizes top California law students who demonstrate a commitment to public service, intent to pursue a career in public interest law, academic excellence, and financial need.”

In order to obtain a scholarship, one must meet the criteria and conditions established by the Foundation:

“Public Interest Scholarship recipients are expected to pursue public interest legal careers after law school.”

“Report back to the Foundation on their legal careers following their law school graduation.”

“Candidate must demonstrate and document a strong commitment to public service, as supported by a minimum of three current letters of recommendation, and intend to pursue a public interest legal career after law school.”

Presently, Mr. Melamed is an associate at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, a law firm which specializes in class actions in areas relating to securities.

California Courts – Associate Justice Ming W. Chin (NO MENTION OF “CAUSE” ADVISORY COUNCIL)

Associate Justice Ming W. Chin

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Associate Justice Ming W. ChinOn March 1, 1996, Justice Ming W. Chin became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to that position on January 25, 1996. On March 1, he was confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments and sworn in by the Governor. Justice Chin previously served as the Presiding Justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Division Three, in San Francisco beginning January 2, 1995. He was appointed to that position by Governor Pete Wilson on August 17, 1994, and in November 1994 was elected to a 12-year term. Previously he was an associate justice of that court, having been appointed to that position by former Governor George Deukmejian. Prior to that appointment, he served as a judge of the Alameda County Superior Court. Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Chin was a partner in an Oakland law firm, where he specialized in business and commercial litigation.

Justice Chin obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science as well as a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of San Francisco and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1970; he also has been admitted to practice before the federal courts, as well as the United States Tax Court. After he graduated from law school, Justice Chin served two years as a Captain in the United States Army, including a year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star. He then served three years as a deputy district attorney for Alameda County, where he tried numerous felony and misdemeanor jury trials and progressed to the position of felony trial deputy.

In 1973, Justice Chin was recruited by the Oakland law firm of Aiken, Kramer & Cummings, Incorporated, to head its trial department. He became a principal of the firm in 1976. His successful trials include two judgments in excess of one million dollars. The first was a $1.3 million judgment in an unfair competition/ wrongful termination case in the Alameda County Superior Court, and the second was a $1.2 million award in an arbitration of a construction dispute in Los Angeles.

Justice Chin has served on many committees of the state and local bar associations and was the first Asian-American to serve as President of the Alameda County Bar Association in its more than 100-year history. He was a member of the Judicial Council Appellate Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco, where he was a member of the Executive Committee and chaired the Academic Affairs Committee. He was also a member of the USF Law School Board of Counselors and an Adjunct Professor of Law. The USF Alumni Association presented him a distinguished service award in 1985 for his work as a past president of that organization. In 1988, he was selected as the USF Alumnus of the Year; in 1993, he was named USF Law School Alumnus of the Year; and in 1996 USF Law School presented him with the St. Thomas More Award. Justice Chin was selected as the Outstanding Judge of the Year in 1989 by the Southern Alameda County Bar Association. The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the American Jewish Committee named him recipient of the 1997 Learned Hand Award. In 1998 he served as President of the Commonwealth Club of California.

Justice Chin has authored landmark decisions in areas such as DNA, toxic tort insurance coverage, surrogate parents, and hate crimes. He has frequently lectured on DNA, genetics, and the courts, to groups including the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division, the State of California’s Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), the National College of Probate Judges, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee, and the Chulabhorn International Science Congress, Bangkok, Thailand. He is a frequent lecturer in judicial education and has delivered the Traynor Lecture at the Witkin Judicial College on three occasions, most recently in June 2008. He also spoke on behalf of the California Supreme Court in December 1996 at its memorial session honoring the late Bernard E. Witkin. He is an author of California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group 2009).

EDUCATION

Bellarmine College Preparatory, 1960
San Jose, California

University of San Francisco
B.A., Political Science, 1964

University of San Francisco, School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1967

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Supreme Court of California
Associate Justice appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, January 25, 1996
Confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, March 1, 1996
Oath of Office, March 1, 1996
Elected, 12-year term, November 1998

PAST EMPLOYMENT

Court of Appeal, First District, Division Three, Presiding Justice
Appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, August 17, 1994
Confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, August 29, 1994
Oath of Office, December 2, 1994
Elected, 12-year term, November 1994

Court of Appeal, First District, Division Three, Associate Justice
Appointed by Governor George Deukmejian, August 7, 1990
Confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, August 20, 1990
Oath of Office, August 20, 1990
Elected, 12-year term, November 1990

Alameda County Superior Court, Judge
Appointed by Governor George Deukmejian, January 6,1988
Oath of Office, January 8, 1988
Elected, 6-year term, November 1990

United States Army, Captain (1967 – 1969)

  • Fort Lewis, Washington
    Chief of the Transfer Station
    U.S. Army Personnel Center
  • Fort Carson, Colorado
    Chief Personnel Officer
    1st Brigade of the 5th Division
  • Long Binh, Vietnam
    Procurement Officer
    U.S. Army Headquarters, Vietnam

United States Army Reserves, Captain (1969 – 1971)

  • 91st Division, Headquarters
    Fort Baker
    Sausalito, California

Alameda County, California
Deputy District Attorney, 1970 – 1972

Aiken, Kramer & Cummings, Inc.
Associate, 1973 – 1976
Partner, 1976 – 1988
(Specialized in business litigation and employment law counseling and litigation)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

California Judges Association
Member, 1988 – present
Member, Public Information and Education Committee
Graduate, California Judges College, 1988

Judicial Council of California
Chair, Court Technology Advisory Committee, 2002 – Present
Chair, California Commission for Impartial Courts, 2007 – Present
Chair, Science and the Law Steering Committee, 2005 – 2007
Member, Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias, 1990 – 1997
Member, Appellate Advisory Committee, 1993 – 1996

State Bar of California
Delegate, Conference of Delegates, 1983 – 1986
Referee, State Bar Court, 1978, 1979
Member, Executive Committee of the State Bar Court, 1993 – 1994

Alameda County Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, 1983 – 1988
Vice-President, 1986
President, 1987

San Francisco District Attorney’s Commission on Hate Crimes
Member, 1990 – 1992

COMMUNITY SERVICE

University of San Francisco
Member, Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society
Editor, USF Yearbook, 1964 (The Don)
Member, USF Alumni Board of Governors, 1978 – 1984
President, USF Alumni Association, 1983 – 1984
Member, Board of Counselors, USF School of Law, 1980 to present
Commencement Speaker, College of Professional Studies, May 1985
Member, USF Board of Trustees, 1985 – 1997
Member, Personnel Committee, 1985 – 1988
Member, Executive Committee, 1986 – 1988, 1993 – 1998
Member, Academic Affairs Committee, 1988 – 1998; Chairman of the Committee, 1993 – 1998
Adjunct Professor of Law, 1989 – 1993

Commonwealth Club of California
Member since 1978
Member, Program Committee, 1992 – present
Chairman of the Committee, 1995
Member, Board of Governors, 1993 – present
Chairman of the Executive Committee, 1996
President-elect, 1997
President, 1998

First District Agricultural Association
Member, Board of Directors, 1985 – 1988

AWARDS AND HONORS

McQuade Award for Journalism, USF, 1964

U.S. Army Commendation Medal, Quang Tri, Vietnam, 1969

The Bronze Star (U.S. Army), Long Binh, Vietnam, 1969

Distinguished Service Award, USF Alumni Association, April 1985

Alumnus of the Year, USF, 1988

Appointed by California Governor George Deukmejian as a Member of the Board of Directors, First District Agricultural Association, 1985-1988

Outstanding Judge of the Year, 1989, Southern Alameda County Bar Association

Alumnus of the Year, USF School of Law, 1993

St. Thomas More Award, USF School of Law, 1996

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Southwestern University School of Law, 1996

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1997

Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee, SF Bay Chapter, 1997

Honoree for Service in the Field of Law, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association & Chinese Women’s Association of America, 1997

Legal Impact Award, Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, 1997

Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of San Diego School of Law, 1998

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Western State University School of Law, 1998

Citizen of the Year Award, Chinese Americans United for Self Empowerment, 1998

Public Service & Government Leadership Award, Asian Business Association, 1998

Trailblazer Award, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 1999

Grand Marshall, San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year Parade, 2000

Honorary Doctor of Laws, California Western School of Law, 2001

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2002

United States Attorney’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Award, 2004

Distinguished Faculty Service, Judicial Council of California Education Division, 2005

Promoting Diversity Through Judicial Excellence, California Minority Counsel Program, 2006

Commitment to Community Award, Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley, 2006

Legal Impact Award, Asian Law Alliance, 2007

Saint Thomas More Award, St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, 2008

Jurist of the Year Award, Judicial Council of California, 2009

Lifetime Achievement Award, Orange County Asian American Bar Association, 2010

PUBLICATIONS

California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group 2009)

Judicial Independence: Under Attack Again? (2010) 61 Hastings L.J. 1345

Healthcare and Other Social Aspects of Genetics: a Judicial Perspective (2007) Vol. 8, No. 5, Int. J. Healthcare Technology and Management, 549.

Keynote Address: “Fairness or Bias?: A Symposium on Racial and Ethnic Composition and Attitudes in the Judiciary” (1997) 4 Asian Law Journal (Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley) 181

Kerr & Wagstaffe’s James Wagstaffe “Crotch Level” comment on Twitter

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Disabled U.S. Marine Veteran Newest Victim of California State Bar Court Judge Patrice McElroy as Century City Law Firm Comes to his Rescue

Just as Californians manage to put behind them the embarrassing
mistreatment of quadriplegic Sarah Granda by the State Bar of
California, Gayle Murphy, Judy Johnson and Dean Barbieri – which
necessitated direct intervention of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, now
comes a new scandal to stir up the firestorm again.

William G. Wells, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, was admitted to the
practice of law in California in 1959. He practiced for approximately
35 years without discipline. Unfortunately, Wells’s career has recently
come to a screeching halt.

According to Wells, while he was recovering from a serious stroke, an
attorney in his office conspired with the office’s legal secretary to
transfer ownership of a parcel of land located in Corona, California and
owned by Wells to the secretary. The secretary maintained that the property was a retirement gift from  Wells, and that it was hers to keep.

Wells, one upset lawyer, turned to the judicial system to vindicate his
rights. Years of litigation ensued, and the secretary was ultimately
declared the rightful owner of the Corona parcel. Later, the secratary complained to the State Bar against Wells, alleging that had he misused the court system in pursuing his claims against her.
In turn, the State Bar charged Wells with various acts of misconduct.

Wells, who is legally deaf, ended up in the courtroom of Judge Patrice
McElroy after Presiding judge JoAnn Remke issued an order disqualifying
Judge Richard A. Platel.

A settlement conference was held in front of Judge Platel.
Notwithstanding Judge Platel’s disqualification from “any further
involvement” in Wells’ case, Judge Platel took the bench to serve as
the settlement conference judge. Wells did not and could not object to
Judge Platel serving only as the settlement conference judge, pursuant
to C.C.P. § 107.4(a)(6). However, Wells stated that he did not consent
to any waiver of Judge Platel’s disqualification and that he did not
waive any objection to Judge Platel’s involvement in his case.
Apparently, despite a direct order from the presiding judge Remke
disqualifying Richard Platel, Judge McElroy attempted to force on Wells
a non-existent agreement that had allegedly been entered into during the
settlement confrence:

State Bar Court Patrice Mcelroy
Photo:courtesy of Bar Journal

THE COURT (McElroy): Okay. My understanding is there was an agreement at
the end of the settlement conference, that the parties reached an
agreement on all issues, including findings of facts and conclusions of
law and a proposed degree of discipline.

MS. MEYERS: That’s my understanding, your Honor.

MR. WELLS: Well, that’s not correct.

THE COURT: Well, my understanding is the specific terms of the
agreement between the parties was explicitly placed on the record. Do
the parties agree with that?

MR. WELLS: It was not concluded.

MS. MEYERS: That’s my – that’s my understanding.

MR. WELLS: Well, I don’t know where you get your understanding, but it
was not concluded. And this-

THE COURT: It’s my understanding it was, and as a result, I’m going to
vacate the trial dates. Mr. Wells?

MR. WELLS: I’d like the ruling on my motions.

THE COURT: Your motions are moot.

When Wells inquired how Judge McElroy had developed her understanding of
the outcome of the settlement conference which had concluded the
previous afternoon, Judge McElroy disclosed that she had spoken to Judge
Platel, the judge who had been disqualified from hearing Wells’s matter.

MR. WELLS: Well, your Honor is saying that, based on somebody’s
communication to you, that something was put on the record?

THE COURT: No. This – this – it is on the record.

MR. WELLS: You have it?

THE COURT: Yes.

MR. WELLS: You have a transcript of the verdict?

THE COURT: I don’t need a transcript.

MR. WELLS: What do you have?

THE COURT: The disk.

MR. WELLS: Well, you don’t hear my agreement to it.

THE COURT: And my understanding is, having talked to Judge Platel, that
there was –

MR. WELLS: Well-

THE COURT: – an agreement on all the issues, and it was placed on the
record.

MR. WELLS: Well, that is not accurate.

Judge McElroy ultimately refused to take any evidence or allow Wells to
be heard on the issue of whether a settlement had been reached during
the earlier settlement conference:

THE COURT: What is the State Bar’s position on this matter?

MS. MEYERS: The State Bar’s position is the same as your Honor’s
position. We believe there was a settlement reached in good faith. It
was put on the record, and we believe Mr. Wells should be bound by the
settlement reached. THE COURT: Okay. And Mr. Wells, you will be bound by it.

MR. WELLS: Well, you’ve already ruled, I guess, right?

THE COURT: Yes.

MR. WELLS: Well, I haven’t even filed my motion, and you still ruled.

THE COURT: Well, I’m going to have – issue an order approving the
stipulation as to findings of facts.

MR. WELLS: Without even hearing from me, right?

THE COURT: No. I’m going to file an order approving the stipulation.

At the conclusion of the conference, Judge McElroy ordered that the case
was settled and vacated the trial date. Later, over Wells’s objections, Judge Platel sua sponte issued an “Order
Approving Stipulation re: Facts, Conclusions of Law and Disposition.” Wells moved for reconsideration of Judge Platel’s order, which Judge
Platel denied. Next, Wells filed a petition with the Review Department
to set aside Judge Platel’s order.

The Review Department ruled that Judge Platel had no authority to make
binding adjudications at the settlement conference, or any time, due to
his disqualification from Wells’s case. Wells then moved for an order disqualifying Judge McElroy based on her ex parte conversations with Judge Platel about what had occurred during
the settlement conference. Judge McElroy filed a verified answer to Wells’s motion, declining to
recuse herself.

Specifically, Judge McElroy stated, “The Court has carefully reviewed respondent’s motion to disqualify and the declaration in support thereof, and the court denies each and every allegation of
bias, prejudice or other impropriety made against her by respondent.” Judge McElroy ordered: “it is HEREBY ORDERED that respondent’s motion is  referred to Judge Lucy Armendariz for such further action as she deems appropriate.” The order was signed: “Pat McElroy, Judge of the State
Bar Court.”

 


Ms. Lucy Armendariz, a 1997 graduate of Hastings College of the Law. She was appointed to serve as judge in 2007. Prior to her appointment,
she was chief of staff to California State Senate Majority Leader Gloria
Romero; worked as an attorney with the law firm Heller, Ehrman, White
and McAuliffe; and as an ombudsman with the California’s women’s
prisons. At the age of 10, Lucy Armendariz was removed from her parents’
custody and entered California’s crowded foster-care system. According
to U.C. Hastings’ Magazine, in 2006, Armendariz was appointed to the
state’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care by California
Chief Justice Ronald George. The commission’s report, issued in 2008,
outlined the need to make foster children’s welfare a top priority.
(Photo: courtesy of California Leadership)

Judge Armendariz denied Wells’s motion to disqualify Judge McElroy.
Judge Armendariz wrote:

“Based on the documents filed by each party, including the declarations
of both parties, the court rejects respondent’s contention that Judge
McElroy has or will exhibit bias in her handling of respondent’s
matter. As such, respondent has failed to show sufficient cause to
warrant the recusal of Judge McElroy.”

Later on, Judge McElroy, without explanation, issued an order recusing
herself from Wells’ case. Judge McElroy did not state any grounds for
her action. Nonetheless, the State Bar has asserted that Judge
McElroy’s orders are valid and enforceable.

To be continued.

U.C. Hastings’ Ethics Professor Assails the State Bar of California

“The State Bar has unfortunately long been more interested in how things
look rather than how they really are,” stated Professor Richard Zitrin
— one of the nation’s leading authorities on legal ethics — in a
recent article appearing in the Recorder.

Professor Zitrin, who has taught Legal Ethics at U.C. Hastings College
of the Law since 1994, along with Professors Deborah Rhode and Geoffrey
Hazard, recently delivered a petition to the State Bar Board of
Governors. The petition was co-signed by 30 California ethics professors from 14
different law schools, and addressed deficiencies within the State Bar
system, as well as proposed solutions. According to Professor Zitrin,
“With one exception, every single one of the recommendations was
ignored.”

Although he remains optimistic, Professor Zitrin noted, “Bar staff is
deeply entrenched, so voluntary change will not be easy.”

Click here to view the complete article: http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202475341666

Kamala Harris – – Ex-Mistress of Willie Brown New Attorney General for the State of California

Kamala Devi Harris, a democrat, has been elected Attorney General
following the 2010 California state elections. Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican born father and a Tamil Indian
mother, presently serves as San Francisco’s district attorney. She
graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1989.


Ms. Kamala Harris, born in 1964 was described by PBS’s Gwen Ifill as a
“Female Barack Obama” . Kamala Harris gained notoriety while serving as
the mistress of Mr. Willie Brown– who was born in 1934 and is otherwise
a married man. (Photo:courtesy of The Huffington Post)

Mr. Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco. According to
Kamala Harris, Willie Brown is like an “albatross hanging around my
neck.” (Photo:courtesy)

Harris will assume the position of attorney general in January of 2011.

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