The Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA), in association with the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation and the Law Guild of Beverly Hills, hosts the 59th Annual Supreme Court Luncheon honoring the California Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 11:30 a.m., at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, California’s first Filipina chief justice, is scheduled to attend and provide remarks on the current state of the Judiciary. The Chief Justice’s recent press release concerning her disappointment that the governor’s budget revised budget proposals which provided “no more fiscal relief to the courts” and her resulting concern that “the poor and middle class residents who rely on the courts to resolve issues that affect their lives and livelihoods will be adversely affected, as well those businesses still digging out from the effects of the great recession” indicate that the state of the judiciary might just be dismal. However, this is an unusual opportunity to see the Chief Justice in Beverly Hills, since the California Supreme Court stopped having oral arguments in Los Angeles several years ago.
Guest Speaker at the luncheon will be Adam Winkler, professor of Constitutional Law at UCLA and author of “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” Professor Winkler is a specialist in constitutional law whose work “Other People’s Money”: Corporations, Agency Costs, and Campaign Finance Law” (92 Geo. L.J. 871) was cited in Justice Stevens dissent from the principal ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Com’n. Los Angeles County Proposition C – which sought to lessen the impact in the County of Citizen’s United – passed just yesterday with a significant majority. Winkler is also not so well known to be the child actor who played the son of the Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli characters in Martin Scorsese’s “New York, New York”.
Clearly, the topics of this luncheon should be lively. But more importantly, the proceeds will benefit the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation scholarship program, which provides scholarships to economically disadvantaged, academically qualified law students. This year, scholarships are being presented to seven local law school students: Andrea Yamsuan of Loyola Law School; Sarah Yance of Pepperdine University School of Law; DeAndre Aubry from Southwestern University School of Law; Amalia Beckner, Scott Sia and Theresa Zhen of UCLA School of Law; and Jennifer Cohen from USC Gould School of Law. In addition, Jason Pang from the UCLA School of Law, who won the BHBA’s 4th Annual “Rule of Law Essay Writing Competition” for his paper titled “Presidential Non Enforcement and the Rule of Law”, will be recognized.
Additional scholarship funding is being provided by numerous local law firms: Girardi | Keese; Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP; Law Offices of Lisa L. Maki; Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP; and the USC Gould School of Law-Beverly Hills Bar Association Institute on Entertainment Law and Business; Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg, APC; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Greenberg Glusker; Oldman, Cooley, Sallus, Gold, Birnberg & Coleman LLP; Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.; Torrey Pines Bank; and Valensi Rose, PLC. Supreme Court Luncheon Affinity Partner/Member Benefit Provider/Sponsors are Elkins Jones Insurance Agency, Inc.; LexisNexis; Matloff Life and Health Insurance; and West Coast Archives.
Tickets to the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Supreme Court Luncheon are $145 per person ($170 after May 24). Again, the proceeds will benefit the scholarship program. The Beverly Hills Hotel is located at 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. For tickets and information, please call (310) 601-2422 or visit www.bhba.org.