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22 Feb 2021

Join the Multicultural Bar Alliance of Southern California (MCBA-SoCal) and the Association of African American California Judicial Officers (AAACJO) for a Virtual Celebration of Black History.
For registration please visit: 

27 Aug 2020

Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission Judicial Mentor Program

Established in 1991, The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission (Commission) is charged with the responsibility for developing programs to improve both the perception and disposition of justice within the New York State court system. As part of this responsibility and in an effort to increase diversity in the judiciary, the Commission created a Judicial Mentor Program which pairs sitting judges with attorneys interested in appointed or elected judicial positions.

Please see attached a letter from the Chair of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission Judicial Mentor Program and a Judicial Mentor Request Form.

FHW Letter to the Attorneys re Judicial Mentorship


Judicial Mentor Request Form - 2020 - PDF Fillable Form


27 Aug 2020

NYC Bar Association | FULL Scholarship Opportunity: Surrogate’s Court Mediation Training

FINAL REMINDER | NYC Bar Association | FULL Scholarship Opportunity: Surrogate’s Court Mediation Training | DEADLINE: MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2020 AT 5:00PM


The City Bar and Community Mediation Services are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to the upcoming Surrogate’s Court Mediation Training – 16-Hour Online Training program in an effort to encourage diverse attorneys to consider adding Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to their practices. This programs is approved under Part 146 of the Rules of the Chief of the Chief Administrative Judge and satisfies the training requirements of many local court ADR panels.

Note that attendance at all four days of the program is required. The program will run virtually on the following dates: September 15, 17, 22 & 24, 2020 from 9 am – 1 pm on each day.

Interested candidates should send their resume, and optional statement of interest, to Paula Mukwaya at by close of business on Monday, August 31st.

For more information about this Surrogate’s Court Mediation Training, please see:

16 Jun 2020

Working Together – The New Workplace After COVID-19 June 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Collaborative Event Organized by

the Armenian Bar Association and

the Armenian American Medical Society

Working Together –

The New Workplace After COVID-19

Please join us for these educational and dynamic exchanges of the latest information and hands-on knowledge by experts from the frontlines of the fight against this global pandemic.

Presented by:

Nancy P. Doumanian, Esq.

Michael W. M. Manoukian, Esq.


No registration required to participate in this educational activity.

Tuesday, June 16th | 7:00 PM PSD


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Questions are welcomed prior to the webinar at





Power Point (for 6-16-20)

19 Mar 2019


(L-R): Andrea Mansourian (Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholar), Narine Lalafaryan (Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholar), Anzhelika Ishkhanyan (Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholar), Anzhela Hovhannisyan (Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholar), Arusyak Julhakyan (Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholar).


Los Angeles—The Armenian Bar Association recently announced the recipients of the organization’s 2018-2019 scholarship programs:  The Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholarship and the Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship.  Scholarship Committee Chairwoman, Christine J. Engustian, of Rhode Island,  stated that , “As we celebrate Women’s History Month and recall that 2018 was the International Year of the Woman, it was only fitting, by coincidence, that for the first time in our 30 year history, the Association chose a list of all women scholarship recipients.”

The Armenian Bar Association awards scholarships through its two scholarship funds:

The Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholarship was established in the name of the Association’s beloved Chairman Emeritus Vicken I. Simonian.   Vicken was the heart and soul of the Armenian Bar Association, a champion throughout his life who always gave an unparalleled commitment to achieve the mission of the Armenian Bar Association.  Many organization members fondly recall that it was because of Vicken that they joined the Armenian Bar Association.

The Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship was established in the name of Andre Kazangian, a student member of the Armenian Bar Association, who was a third-year law student at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, just a couple of credits shy of earning his Juris Doctor degree when he tragically passed away, breaking our hearts and testing our faith.  In an extraordinary showing of gratitude, dignity and respect:  the Dean of Thomas Jefferson posthumously conferred a J.D. degree on Andre, which was accepted by his family members in the presence of law school faculty and students, members of the Armenian Bar Association, and Andre’s friends.  In a lasting tribute to Andre’s legacy, his parents, Vahik and Meline Kazangian of Glendale, California, established and generously funded the Andre Kazangian Memorial Scholarship which is now embedded in the Armenian Bar Association’s scholarship platform.

As in past years, there were many highly-qualified applicants to the Armenian Bar Association scholarship program this year.  Armenian Bar Association Chairman Gerard Kassabian stated that “Of course, we look for outstanding academic achievement among the candidates, but just as importantly, we give great weight to those scholarship applicants who have distinguished themselves through their service to the Armenian community and the Armenian Cause.”

We are so very proud of the exceptional achievements of the five students who were approved by the Board of Governors for the 2018-2019 academic to receive the Vicken I. Simonian and the Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarships, said Student Affairs Committee Chairwoman, Elizabeth Al-Dajani.

This year’s outstanding class of awardees include:

Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholarship

Andrea Mansourian is attending John Marshall Law School, in Chicago, Illinois, where she is a candidate for the Juris Doctor degree in 2019.  While at John Marshall Law School, she has demonstrated outstanding academic work having been selected for the Dean’s List, a Dean’s Scholarship and having been a member of the School’s Moot Court team on multiple occasions.  She founded and served as Chairman of the Armenian Church Youth Organization of America.

Narine Lalafaryan is attending the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, where she is completing her studies for a LL.M. in Commercial Law.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Law at Yerevan State University and an LL.M. from the American University of Armenia, where she received the LL.M. Student of the Year award in 2013 and 2014.  Included in her service to Armenia is her participation at the Peace Building in Eastern Europe Conference, hosted by the United State Embassy in Moldova as a representative of Armenia, being a member of the School of Advocates of Armenia and being legal counsel to the Zangezur Copper Molybednum Combine among numerous other achievements.

Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship

Anzhelika Ishkanyan is a graduate of the French University of Armenia, Jean-Moulin Lyon III University where she received a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2014.  Thereafter, she continued her legal education at the University Pantheon-Assas, in Paris, France, where she received a Master of Laws in Corporate Law in 2015.  She currently is enrolled at the Harvard University Law School in Massachusetts where she is a candidate for her second LL.M.  Among her service to Armenia, she worked at the Central Bank of Armenia, Insurance Foundation for Servicemen of Armenia, and the Association of Accountants and Auditors of Armenia, in addition to many other projects and programs of Armenia with which she has been involved.

Anzhela Hovhannisyan graduated Summa Cum Laude at the French University of Armenia, Jean-Moulin Lyon III University and at Yerevan State University, where she received a Master of Jurisprudence in European Union and International Law.  She also holds a Master of Laws from the American University of Armenia and is a member of Armenia’s School of Advocates.  She is presently attending the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law where she is pursuing a Master of Laws degree.  Among her service to Armenia, she has been a part of several United Nations programs in Armenia and has written extensively on matters of legal concern to Armenia.

Arusyak Julhakyan After receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the State Engineering University of Armenia, Ms. Julhakyan attended Warsaw University in the Pre-Doctoral Studies Program in European and International Law with a Specialization in Human Rights.  She was admitted to the LL.M. program at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, when the Velvet Revolution took place in Armenia.  At that point, she decided to suspend her education and return to Armenia, where she ran for and was elected as a member of Armenia’s National Assembly.  While Ms. Julhakyan was unable to accept our scholarship, we wish to acknowledge her outstanding academic record and her devoted public service to the Republic of Armenia.   She serves as an exceptional role-model to Armenian youth and represents the best of Armenia’s future.

The Scholarship Committee will be announcing its acceptance of scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year on or before June, 2019.   We encourage all interested students to apply.    If anyone is interested in contributing to either the Vicken I. Simonian or the Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship funds, you may do so by sending a check made payable to either of the respective scholarship funds or to the Armenian Bar Association.   The Armenian Bar Association is an IRC 501 (c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.  For further information, you may visit the Armenian Bar Association website at, the Armenian Bar Association Facebook page and you may also write to

19 Mar 2019

Spring 2019 Newsletter: Chairman’s Message

Spring has rapidly sprung upon us while we were busy preparing for many upcoming events!  We proudly present for your review our recent accomplishments and announcements of future events in our latest Armenian Bar Association Newsletter.

Since our last Newsletter, our activities spanned from student outreach to genocide remembrance preparations.  My colleagues and I participated in the Southwestern Law School “Succeeding in Law” program for students, announced five law school scholarship recipients, attended a Young Lawyers Committee Firm Crawl and chaired the Armenian Genocide Committee in preparation of the annual March for Justice on April 24 of every year in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide in Los Angeles.  We are geared up for the Vicken I. Simonian Scholarship Fundraiser in Chicago, March for Justice in Los Angeles, Public Servants Dinner 2019 in New York and the Times Square Armenian Genocide Commemoration.  We shall never forget. Lastly, our Annual Meeting in Los Angeles in June of this year will be very a memorable one with details to follow.

I am blessed to be a part of the worldwide Armenian Bar Association family, a family that is always ready to help further our cause.  All of our achievements and activities would not be possible without our past, present and future army of dedicated volunteers.  I welcome every reader to invite lawyers and students from any country to join the Armenian Bar Association to receive our communications and priceless benefits from our events worldwide.  Thank you for your support!

Gerard V. Kassabian, J.D., LL.M.

Chairman of the Board of Governors

30 Oct 2018

Hye Bars in Motown!

DETROIT, MI- On Friday, September 21st, members and guests of both the Armenian Bar Association and the Michigan-based Armenian American Bar Association (AABA) from Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto gathered for an evening of networking and fellowship in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market district. Special guests included Branch County Probate Court Judge Kirk Kashian, newly appointed 17th District (Redford Township) Court Judge (and former AABA President) Krista Haroutunian, former Armenian Bar Chairs Armen Hovannisian and Saro Kerkonian and former AABA Presidents Diane Margosian Paulsen, Sevahn Merian, Lara Nercessian and Kathy Ossian. In addition to the company, attendees enjoyed a slide show of the Armenian Bar Association’s trip to Armenia and Artsakh for its Annual Meeting in May and brief remarks from Armenian Bar Chair Gerard Kassabian and AABA President Lisa Tehlirian. The event promises to be the first in a long and fruitful relationship between the two bar associations!

15 Oct 2018

Armenian Bar Association & American University of Armenia Launch Legal Clinic

Gerard Kassabian, Esq., David Balabanian, Esq., Zaven Sinanian, Nelly Der Kiureghian, Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian, Lara Kayayan, Esq., Robert Philibosian, Dr. Michael Kouchakdjian and Saro Kerkonian, Esq. at Golden State Bank in Glendale, CA.

GLENDALE — The American University of Armenia (AUA) and the Armenian Bar Association joined forces to sponsor a new Technology and Innovation Legal Clinic at AUA’s campus in Yerevan through two receptions in California, led by David Balabanian, Esq.

The Golden State Bank in Glendale hosted the Los Angeles metro area gathering and the law offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in San Francisco, with Balabanian as host, served as the engaging settings for legal professionals, AUA leadership and supporters who came together to learn more about the association’s partnership with Armenia’s leading university and its innovative projects for current and future students.

Balabanian, the first chairman of the Bar Association, welcomed guests and highlighted the significance of raising dialogue about the role of legal education in Armenia by creating stronger ties between the Diaspora and the homeland. Through his work with the group, Balabanian has brought continued awareness to critical legal issues in Armenia, which is now at a crossroads thanks to the Velvet Revolution and a newfound respect for the law.

“We are experiencing a new era in Armenia,” said Balabanian, who practices commercial litigation. “We hope to expect rule of law and as lawyers we have a special obligation to ensure the safeguarding of the legal system.”

Launching in Fall 2018, the Technology and Innovation Legal Clinic, whose operating costs will be sponsored by the Armenian Bar Association, will be made available to the student community through AUA’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) program.

The clinic, which Balabanian noted as a “valuable resource,” will be the first in Armenia to address the needs for professional legal counseling in rapidly growing fields, including technology, which is experiencing a 20-percent growth in Armenia. Selected AUA students will gain hands-on experience working and providing counseling to IT and engineering startups in relation to a wide range of legal issues, from company registration to contracting to intellectual property rights protection.

The legal clinic is one of the many projects Balabanian has spearheaded for the legal community over the years. In addition to his work with the association, he has served as chairman of the California State Bar Conference of Delegates, lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, trustee of the Practicing Law Institute, and a member of the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee. As an instructor, he has taught more than 150 continuing legal education courses and written extensively on law-related topics.

During his remarks, AUA President Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian shared with attendees important updates about the University, including the recently signed bill that provides free law school tuition to the University of California, Hastings College of the Law for AUA graduates who are residents of California.

“The signing of this bill by Senator Anthony Portantino shows the confidence that the state of California and UC Hastings have in the American University of Armenia,” he said.

He elaborated on the positive changes occurring in Armenia, including the election of a government and a Prime Minister “who respects the law in Armenia and adheres to the principles of fairness and democracy.”

Der Kiureghian noted that the student body and faculty were involved in the Velvet Revolution, choosing to exercise their civic duty and rights. He spoke of the work of AUA’s Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC), which will work in tandem with the Technology and Innovation Legal Clinic, as well as AUA’s partnerships with USAID and plans to start an AUA press.

“We have matured as a university,” said Der Kiureghian. “And we maintain our promise of selecting students based on merit and not financial capacity, making sure we attract the brightest minds.”

As the director of one of the most creative and effective centers at AUA, EPIC, Dr. Michael Kouchakdjian elaborated on the activities of the ecosystem, which provides AUA’s emerging entrepreneurs with a collaborative space consisting of programs, events and a network of mentors, advisors and investors. In relation to its partnership with the Technology and Innovation Legal Clinic, workshops and seminars will be organized for EPIC and other IT and engineering enterprises and teams. In addition, thanks to the Armenian Bar Association’s sponsorship, top quality legal professionals will supervise the activities of the LL.M. program students in order to ensure consistency and quality of service. Touching on the synergy between the Center and AUA, Kouchakdjian said that through EPIC, the community at large can engage in the startup venture ecosystem, which is becoming increasingly popular in Armenia.

Dr. Lawrence Pitts, Chair of the Board of Trustees and former Provost of the University of California system, said AUA has become a transformative university in Armenia and through the support of benefactors, it can become the best in the region.

“AUA is a superb investment in Armenia, like the University of California is a great investment for the state,” said Dr. Pitts. “Our students are the future of the country, and AUA works hard to prepare them successfully as employees, researchers and engaged citizens, which is the best way for Armenia to grow and prosper in the coming years.”