Barristers (Young Attorneys)
If you are a new attorney, a Law Student or Awaiting Bar Results, BHBA’s Barristers is the place for you. There are tons of resources and benefits to help young lawyers navigate the early years of a career, opportunities to network and resources to grow your skill set.
BHBA law student and lawyer members who are 36 years old or under, or who have been licensed for eight or fewer years, are automatically Barristers and welcome to participate in Barrister activities.
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Barristers Monthly Free Legal Clinic – A monthly Barristers Legal Aid Clinic held on the first Saturday of each month in Beverly Hills, in which volunteer attorneys provide referrals, guidance on various legal issues, and basic legal rights to the general public.
Bench Bar Bike Ride – A bi-annual social event at which lawyers and local judges enjoy a leisurely bike ride and breakfast in one of our local beach cities.
Committee for the Arts – This committee coordinates cultural activities for Barristers to help expose attorneys and the community to the Arts. Its focus is to raise awareness and further the understanding of important legal issues and ideas while raising funds for the BHBA in support of its events and community programs.
Community Outreach – This committee sponsors community service activities that promote civic participation, including advocacy work and educational programs for the general public. The committee focuses on serving the needs of the underrepresented, including kids, the elderly, the homeless, the very poor, and victims of violence and crime. One of its regular events is planning, preparing, and serving a meal for sixty shelter residents on the second Saturday of each month at the Santa Monica Homeless Shelter. It also regularly raises funds, recruits volunteers, and collects supplies for a domestic violence shelter called Rainbow Services.
Communications and New Media – Charged with all Barrister communications with the young lawyers of the Association and the maintenance of the content of the Barrister pages on the BHBA Website and all Social Media outlets and the Barristers Blog.
Courthouse Orientation and Walkthrough – This is the annual Barristers orientation program designed for attorneys. Judges and courthouse staff provide a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at Municipal and Superior courts.
Kids in the Courthouse – A program for elementary school children in which a judge and the courthouse staff provide children with a behind-the-scenes look at the Municipal and Superior court system, including a question and answer session, a guided tour through the courthouse, a mock trial, and a visit to the “lock up”.
Law Day – Each May, in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s National Law Day, the Barristers host a day of celebration of the law through an entertaining and educational event in the local community.
Law School Outreach Committee – In an effort to reach out to the next generation of lawyers, the Committee facilitates the introduction of law students to the Barristers and BHBA in general, including participation in Bar Fairs hosted at the local law schools, speaker events, career fairs, and other related law school programs. The Committee plans “Brunch for 8,” an event at which the Barristers host a brunch for 8 invited law students and the Dean from each local law school. BHBA leaders also in attendance network with the students and introduce them to the good works of the BHBA.
Lunch With… – A mini mentoring program in which a successful and esteemed attorney has lunch and a candid conversation with a small group of Barristers to share his/her experiences and answer questions.
New Member Committee – This Committee facilitates the introduction of new lawyers to the Barristers and BHBA in general, including participation in the bi-annual “Bar Camp.” The Committee plans an annual reception for new California State Bar Admittees to celebrate their accomplishment, provide an opportunity to meet other new lawyers and members of the BHBA, and to introduce them to Barristers events and programs. The Committee plans the Bridge the Gap program which introduces newly admitted attorneys to various practices of law through a workshop of presentations by skilled practitioners providing guidance through the day-to-day practice of law in general and provides an overview of specific practice areas.
Mentorship Committee – This Committee administers the BHBA Mentorship Program which fosters meaningful mentoring relationships between newer attorneys and more experienced attorneys. The Mentorship Committee also organizes social functions for Mentorship Program participants.
Pro Bono Strike Force – The Committee is responsible for maintaining current knowledge of the various pro bono opportunities in the area that are available through the many local legal aid organizations, and connecting Barristers with these opportunities through appropriate and thoughtful matches. The Committee produces a Monthly Pro Bono Newsletter in which the details upcoming volunteer opportunities including Clinics and individual pro bono cases that need representation. The Committee also over sees all joint ventures with local legal aid organizations.
Social Committee – The Committee is in charge of planning social and networking activities for young lawyers and other professionals. One of the Barristers’ hallmark monthly events is the Barristers’ Monthly Happy Hour Mixer, held on the first Tuesday of each month at a preeminent venue in Beverly Hills.
Teen Court – Barrister members and other BHBA members are trained as Proctors to become involved in this diversionary program available through the Los Angeles Superior Court. The Teen Court program is aimed at keeping juvenile non-violent offenders out of the juvenile justice system while still holding them accountable for their misdemeanor offenses.
Tolerance Through Education – A program for elementary school children which brings awareness regarding matters of diversity, respect, consideration, and kindness in order to help them negotiate the social challenges they face daily as well as the ones that lay ahead in the final years of childhood and the early stages of adolescence.