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19 Mar 2019

ARMENIAN BAR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

(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 www.armenianbar.org, the Armenian Bar Association Facebook page and you may also write to info@armenianbar.org.

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.”

01 Oct 2018

Message from the Chairman: Gerard V. Kassabian, Esq.

Dear colleagues and friends,

Thanks to the efforts of our army of dedicated volunteers, I am once again proud to be involved in another issue of our Armenian Bar Association Newsletter full of noteworthy projects and events. As you know, our Newsletter is designed not only to inform our readers about past and future projects and events, but also to memorialize these projects and events for generations to come. In an effort to have a complete record, we have tasked ourselves to archive as many of the prior print editions of our Newsletter and other material to be made available online.

I am happy to report that our volunteers continue the good work of the Armenian Bar Associa-tion. Judging from the enthusiasm of our members, especially the young leaders, I have no doubt that our Association will reach greater heights in a very short time. I am proud to work shoulder to shoulder with our team from coast to coast.

I value everyone’s participation helping us build a stronger Armenian Bar Association. I also call upon every reader to consider a more active involvement in our future projects, events and our Newsletter. The commitment level is up to you, and no matter the level of involvement, I can assure you a memorable and invaluable experience. Please contact us for involvement opportunities.

I thank you for being a supporter of the Armenian Bar Association! We always welcome your thoughts and comments.

From the Fall Issue of the Armenian Bar Newsletter, Volume 29, Issue 3.

19 Mar 2018

ARMENIAN BAR ASSOCIATION LEGAL INTERNS TO VOLUNTEER WITH ARTSAKH HUMAN RIGHTS OMBUDSMAN IN STEPANAKERT

The Armenian Bar Association is pleased to welcome two law students, one from Notre Dame and the other from U.C.L.A., for its inaugural Artsakh Legal Internship Program which will be headquartered in the capital city of Stepanakert. In 2017, the Armenian Bar, working closely with Human Rights Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan, established the program to provide hands-on experiences and real-life opportunities to students who have demonstrated a keen interest in human rights and a personal commitment to the democratic and institutional development of Artsakh. The internship program will kick off during the summer of 2018.

The two Armenian Bar interns are Davit Avagyan and Anahit Sargsyan.

Davit grew up in Armenia and, in his words, he first conceptualized the idea and essence of human rights through the plight of Artsakh to be safe and secure. In 2006, his family moved to the United States, where, though far away geographically, he remained entrenched in the day-to-day happenings in Armenia and Artsakh. According to Davit, it was the national security situation of Artsakh, and in particular the heroism of the young soldiers who protect its borders, which drew his interest in human rights, politics and international relations. Davit majored in political science, while emphasizing studies in international relations, at University of California, Davis. In his four years at U.C. Davis, he chose studies which exposed him to issues such as sovereigns’ territorial integrity, war and peace, and other issues which Armenia faced. He also took on a secondary academic discipline in human rights.

During his studies, Davit always conjured Artsakh and made a point to connect what he had learned about human rights and events in other nations with the historical and present-day situation in Artsakh. In 2017, Davit began his legal studies at Notre Dame Law School, where he joined several of the human rights-related organizations on campus such as the International Human Rights Society and the Exoneration Project. “My previous experiences are dwarfed by the extraordinary opportunity created by the Armenian Bar Association and the Artsakh Ombudsman’s Office through this program. Having the opportunity to work with the Ombudsman of Artsakh on human rights issues would not only drive my education of these issues to a new level, but it would give me the opportunity to put my knowledge and experience to use regarding an issue close to my heart.” said Davit.

Anahit Sargsyan was also born and raised in Armenia, and grew up witnessing the devastating consequences of the Artsakh liberation struggle and ensuing war. Her father was a volunteer who joined the efforts to protect and serve Artsakh before she was born. At sixteen years old, Anahit took college entrance exams and was admitted to the Yerevan State University’s (YSU) Law Department. In 2010, Anahit moved with her family to Sacramento. She currently has two teenage cousins serving on the frontlines of Artsakh, and, according to Anahit, their commitment is a vivid example of the day-to-day issues, local challenges and possible mechanisms to strengthen the peace and secure human rights in such a precarious situation.

Anahit has served as a legislative aide at the California State Senate, where she staffed the newly-formed State Senate Select Committee on California, Armenia, and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art, and Cultural Exchange. In this position, she learned about the most pressing economic and social issues facing Artsakh. “Interning in Artsakh will allow me to gain first-hand exposure to both international and local human rights issues. Moreover, it will give me the opportunity to contribute the skills that I have acquired so far to the Ombudsman’s work. My hope is to not only learn more about Artsakh, but to bring my knowledge back to share with my peers and be a better advocate for Artsakh in the United States.” said Anahit.

The Human Rights Ombudsman is an independent Constitutional official, who observes the maintenance of human rights and freedoms on the part of state and local self-government bodies and officials, contributes to the restoration of violated rights and freedoms and improvement of the laws and regulations related to human rights and freedoms, deals with human rights issues related to the Karabakh conflict, and answers to the National Assembly (Parliament) of the Republic of Artsakh. Any individual, regardless of ethnic origin, sex, citizenship, residence, race, age, political or other affiliation and activity can apply to HRO.

To learn more about the internship opportunity, please visit: https://armenianbar.org/internship/

13 Mar 2018

Fascinating Conference on Armenian-American Heritage Draws Armenian Bar’s Armen K. Hovannisian and Harry S. Cherken, Jr.

Four hundred years ago, the first Armenian—a tobacco grower named Martin the Armenian (Hovhaness Martirosian)–set foot in a land which had not yet become the United States of America, disembarking in the Virginia colony of Jamestown in 1618. Since that time, a rich, diverse, and evolving Diasporan heritage has taken root and flourished in this country. On March 16-17, 2018, an extraordinary conference marking that multi-centennial anniversary will be held at the Ararat Home in the Mission Hills suburb of Los Angeles, and professional from the Armenian Bar Association’s current and former leadership ranks will participate.

Current board member and former chairman Armen K. Hovannisian will share the Association’s history, development and vision as part of a panel discussion on new challenges and strategies in the realms of law, culture and education. Charter member and former chairman Harry S. Cherken, Jr. will offer a captivating presentation about the 1925 United States v. Cartozian case which addressed the issue of whether Armenians were considered “white” for purposes of U.S. naturalization laws.

13 Mar 2018

THE ARMENIAN BAR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS AND WELCOMES APPLICATIONS TO ITS 2018 LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

The Armenian Bar Association has announced that it has awarded four merit scholarships to law students across the United States. The Association, under the leadership of Scholarship Committee Chairwoman Christine Engustian of Rhode Island and committee members Elizabeth Al-Dajani and Laura Karabulut, administered three scholarship programs in 2017, the Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholarship, the Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship and the Souren Israelyan Legal Scholarship.

“We are absolutely thrilled to once again continue our organizational commitment to the promotion of legal education for Armenian youth who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, while at the same time distinguishing themselves through public service for the benefit of the Armenian people, said Scholarship Committee Chairwoman, Christine Engustian.”

After very careful consideration among numerous excellent applicants, the Armenian Bar Association’s Board of Governors approved the candidates recommended by the scholarship committee and awarded scholarships, as follows:

Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholarship Winners:

 Andrii Trapizonian–Mr. Trapizonian is a young Armenian lawyer living in the Ukraine, who also holds a Masters Degree and has been offered admittance to nine law schools in the United States to attain an LLM.  He has accepted to attend the LLM program at the University of Arkansas School of Law. His goal is to help write legislation for the Republic of Armenia on mediation and arbitration.  He is actively involved in the Armenian community of Ukraine and several Ukranian bar associations.

Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship Winners:

Anna Hakobyan–Ms. Hakobyan has been accepted to Stanford University’s Program in International Legal Studies offered by the Stanford Law School.  She was one of only 12 students accepted to this program.  She has worked in the OSCE/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/ROLI) which the Armenian Bar works with, the Jessup International Moot Court competition team for Yerevan State University (which the Armenian Bar Association has often supported financially) and she has been a lecturer at AUA Law School.

Anahit Sargsyan–Born in Armenia, Ms. Sargsyan has been accepted to U.C.L.A. School of Law. Her undergraduate work was at UC Davis, where she was on the Dean’s Honor List, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Winter 2015 and graduated with honors.  She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Theta Honor Society. After graduation, she was selected as the first fellow of the Walter and Laurel Karabian Fellowship Program, which led to her employment at Senator Anthony Portantino’s Capitol office as a Legislative Aide.  She has also interned with the Law Offices of Peter Stone and Congressman Ami Bera’s office in Washington D.C.  She is an active member of the Armenian National Committee of America’s Sacramento Chapter. She participated in projects to register people to vote, to help them understand the voting process and inform them about the politics of the region.  She also participated in the organization of advocacy days at the State Capitol to raise important issues for the Armenian-American community.

She also volunteered to support the organizational efforts of the Armenian Genocide Centennial in Washington, D.C.  While working in Sacramento, she helped with the newly created Select Committee in the State Senate on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange.

Souren Israelyan Legal Scholarship Winner:

Andrew Khanarian–Mr. Khanarian has been accepted to Columbia Law School.  Mr. Khanarian was a student intern at the Commission on Judicial Conduct of New York State.  The chief executive officer of the Commission gave a very favorable recommendation for Andrew and mentioned that he did such a good job for the commission that Appellate Division Justice Rolando Acosta, who was on the commission, offered Andrew an internship in his chambers.  Andrew is a very active member of the St. Leon Armenian Church of New Jersey where he also serves as an executive board member of the Armenian Christian Youth of America program.

Anahit Sargsyan’s scholarship was presented to her in person during a special ceremony at the Armenian Bar Association’s 2017 Mentor-Mentee event at the Downtown Los Angeles law offices of national firm Arent Fox. Andrew Khanarian’s scholarship was awarded to him personally at a special meeting of the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Chapter of the Armenian Bar Association.

The Armenian Bar Association Scholarship programs are generously funded through grants and donations of benefactors of the Armenian Bar Association. The organization annually holds events to raise funds, including its ever-popular Mixer and Live Auction in Chicago to benefit the Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholarship. A yearly golf tournament which also supports the Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Legal Scholarship and other similar events across the country.

The Association also takes this opportunity that the Armenian Bar Association is presently accepting applications for all of its scholarship programs for the 2018-2019 academic year. For information about how to apply for the 2018 scholarship program or to make a donation to the Armenian Bar Association scholarship programs, please visit the Armenian Bar Association website at www.armenianbar.org and the Armenian Bar Association Facebook page.

08 Mar 2018

Career Spotlight: Armenian Bar Hosts Seminar on Judicial Clerkships at UCLA

Career Spotlight: Armenian Bar Hosts Seminar on Judicial Clerkships at UCLA

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the UCLA School of Law, the Armenian Bar Association, in partnership with the UCLA Armenian Law Students Association, held an informative and engaging seminar on judicial clerkships. Two exceptional panels of speakers assembled in one of the law school’s traditional, cavernous classrooms and shared sketches of wisdom, experience and advice to the audience of aspiring judicial clerks.

The first panel was anchored by two brilliant and instructive judicial luminaries, United States District Court Judges Dolly Gee and George Wu. Armenian Bar Board member and Student Affairs Committee Co-Chair Elizabeth Al-Dajani of Chicago moderated the judges’ lively interplay of advice and admonitions. Ms. Al-Dajani herself worked as a judicial law clerk in the Circuit Court of Cook County and the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.

The roster of the second panel was made up of an all-star team of former judicial law clerks, Artur Movsesyan, Erna Mamikonyan and Vahe Mesropyan, and was moderated by long-time Armenian Bar member and former judicial law clerk, Tigran Palyan, who is a certified family law specialist practicing in Glendale, California.

The presentations provided the students with valuable insight into the work of judicial clerks, the immense knowledge and experience they would gain by pursuing a career as clerks, and what steps the students could take to prepare and give themselves a better chance at securing such a prestigious position.

Armenian Bar Board Member and Student Affairs Committee Co-Chair Lucy Varpetian remarked, “We are honored to have presented to our student members such a distinguished panel of jurists and former clerks, all of whose perspectives were eagerly received and collectively appreciated. One of our chief organizational purposes is to be a consistent and reliable resource to our student members as they start honing in on their career opportunities. Our conference today reflects the Armenian Bar’s sustained commitment to the new and promising members of the legal profession.”