The Barristers, the young and emerging lawyers division of the BHBA, provides unique programing to aid its members in launching and developing their professional careers.
Lawyers who are 36 years of age or under, or who have been licensed for ten years or less, joining the BHBA are automatically admitted to the Barristers. Membership includes educational programs, social events and community outreach activities geared towards new attorneys.
Young lawyers have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, enhance their professionalism, and participate in continuing education and programs.
For more information on how to get involved in Barristers projects and Committees, we welcome you to attend our monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at the BHBA headquarters beginning at 6:30 p.m. Arrive up to 30 minutes early for dinner and networking. Go to BHBA.org to search the Leadership Directory to obtain the contact information of Chairperson of each Barristers Committee.
Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at a Barristers event soon!
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 events that expose Barristers to the Arts while furthering the understanding of important legal issues and ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pro Bono Committee – The Pro Bono 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 third Thursday of each month at a preeminent venue in Beverly Hills.
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.
Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Event – The Barristers signature annual charity food and wine event held at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, which features hors d’oeuvres by the area’s top chefs, pouring by California’s premium wineries, as well as live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the event support the charitable causes of the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation and Public Counsel.
Wills For Heroes – The Committee coordinates events for First Responders in need of pro bono estate planning services. At these events, volunteer attorneys, notaries, and witnesses prepare a basic will, a durable power of attorney for financial affairs, and an advanced health care directive for the First Responder.