Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Stephen English to receive Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library 2016 Beacon of Justice Award

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Los Angeles, CA Friends of Los Angeles County Law Library will host its 2016 Beacon of Justice Award Gala Reception honoring Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Stephen English and celebrating the 125th Anniversary of LA Law Library on Wednesday, April 6, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Mildred L. Lillie building of the Law Library in Downtown Los Angeles.

Over 250 attorneys, judges, justices and guests are expected to attend and honor this year’s honorees, Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Stephen English. During Justice Klein’s five decades on the bench her wisdom, scholarship, and rulings have touched thousands of lives. Justice Klein is the first graduate of UCLA Law School to be appointed to the bench. As co-founder of The National Association of Women Judges, Joan Dempsey Klein has opened doors for women in the profession and is highly regarded as an early leader in the cause for fair and equal access to justice. Stephen English is a committed advocate for legal services for the poor and founding co-director of the Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement. He has long been a champion of access to justice and served as an early visionary early Board Member of the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library.

To buy tickets and/or make a contribution please go to www.friendsoflacll.org. For a complete description and additional information please click here.

About Friends of Los Angeles County Law Library
Supported by the private sector, Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library is dedicated to raising funds for the LA Law Library. Established in 1891, the LA Law Library is a vital civic institution that serves not only judges, attorneys and government officials but also individuals and self-represented litigants. Friends’ activities raise the visibility of the Law Library and provide a needed, additional base of financial support. Proceeds from past events have been used to expand access, upgrade technology, digitize appellate briefs, provide services to the self-represented, expand our partnerships in public libraries, and support pro bono week activities including the public legal services fair.

About the Los Angeles County Law Library
About the LA Law Library: LA Law Library is a vibrant community education center in Los Angeles County and a leader in providing public access to legal knowledge, putting national and international sources of law into the hands of those seeking legal information. In addition to acting as the curator and cultivator of a superior collection of legal resources comprised of nearly one million volume equivalents -- including one of the nation’s largest foreign and international law collections, LA Law Library serves a gateway to legal information and a navigator facilitating access to the legal system for those who do not have or cannot afford legal representation. Our staff serves more than 50 thousand patrons annually, both nationally and globally, and the number continues to grow daily as new programs and workshops are developed with the assistance of our many partners to provide innovative legal research technology and services. These critical community efforts depend on revenue from civil court filing fees as well as private donations. For additional information on the LA Law Library, please visit www.lalawlibrary.org or call 213.785.2529.

We are grateful to the following Generous Sponsors:

LAW LIBRARY GUARDIANS: Achieving America Family Foundation / Girardi Keese/ Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP / Susan Steinhauser / The Wonderful Company

John and Louise Bryson / Edison International, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

COLLECTORS CIRCLE: Sara and Robert L. Adler / Jerome Applebaum / Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Law Library / 
Lawrence Braun and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP / Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP/ Loeb & Loeb LLP / Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP / Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
 / Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP / The Rutter Group, a division of Thomson Reuters

REFERENCE CHAMPIONS: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP / Greene, Broillet & Wheeler LLP / 
JAMS / Latham & Watkins LLP / Morrison & Foerster Foundation / Miriam Muscarolas and Grant Abramson / Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP / Pansky Markle Ham LLP / Paul Hastings LLP and Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP/ Sidley Austin LLP / Susman Godfrey LLP / Patricia Glaser / LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis / Miriam and Chuck Vogel

AMICUS CLUB: Barbara and Justice Earl Johnson, Jr. (ret.) / Horvitz & Levy / Sajan Kashyap / Nelson & Fraenkel LLP
 / Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith / Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles / Judge Jerry K. Fields (ret.) and Valerie Fields / Martha Tolles and Henry Keck / Justice Lee Smalley Edmon and Judge Richard J. Burdge Jr.


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