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17 Apr 2020

Armenia 2020: An Ancient Land and a Modern Miracle

Armenia is traditional tales of the past.

Armenia is magnificent mountains.

Armenia is glowing sunsets over thrumming cities.

Armenia is sensational sunrises.

Armenia is us.


The Armenian Bar Association welcomes the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association and, together, we are pleased to offer this amazing opportunity to experience lore, legend, and law in Armenia. Join the group for exciting sightseeing excursions, official visits, and cultural events.  There are multiple opportunities to sightsee.  See itinerary below.

Armenian Bar Association Annual Meeting Agenda

April 21 –

Yerevan State University

8:30 a.m. – Registration and Business Meeting


9:35 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks

Professor Gagik Ghazinyan – Dean, Yerevan State University Faculty of Law; Academic Member, National Academy of Sciences

Honorable Rousdam Badasyan – Minister of Justice, Republic of Armenia

Honorable Arman Tatoyan – Human Rights Defender, Republic of Armenia


10:00 a.m. – Human Rights: State of the Nation Before and After the Velvet Revolution


Tevan Poghosyan – President of the Center for International Human Development (ICHD); Adviser to the President of Armenia

Arman Tatoyan – Human Rights Defender, Republic of Armenia

Ara Zohrabyan – President of Chamber of Advocates, Republic of Armenia


Garo Ghazarian – Member, Board of Governors of the Armenian Bar Association; Co-Chair, Armenian Rights Watch Committee (ARWC)


11:45 a.m. – Representing Armenian Interests in Foreign and International Tribunals – panel discussion


Honorable Yeghishe Kirakosyan – Armenia’s Representative to the European Court of Human Rights; Chairman of the Constitutional Reform Professional Commission

Karnig Kerkonian – Vice-Chairman, Board of Governors of the Armenian Bar Association; Co-Chair, Armenian Rights Watch Committee (ARWC); Co-Chair, Artsakh Legal Initiative Committee (ALIC)

Levon Gevorgyan – Managing Attorney Tax Practice at Deloitte Armenia


Armen K. Hovannisian – Member, Board of Governors of the Armenian Bar Association; Chair, Armenian Genocide Reparations Committee – (AGRC)


1:30 p.m. – Luncheon, Tufenkian Hotel

Keynote Speaker – Honorable Raffi K. Hovannisian, First Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Armenia; Founder, Armenian Bar Association


3:00 p.m. – Meeting of the Board of Governors


5:30 p.m. – Reception

Headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, hosted by the Honorable Zareh Sinanyan, Diaspora High Commissioner, Republic of Armenia


April 22 –

9:00 a.m. – (Meet at Marriott Hotel)

Visits and meetings:

  • National Assembly
  • Supreme Judicial Council
  • Armenia’s International Arbitration Executive Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Chamber of Advocates


5:00 p.m. – Press Conference 

Armenian Genocide Memorial – Tsitsernakabert


Itinerary (for those with Levon Travel):

April 19

  • Arrival in Yerevan; transfer to hotel; welcome lunch or dinner


April 20

  • Madenataran (Museum of Ancient Manuscripts); Cascade (Museum of Contemporary Art); Tour of Republic Square and Opera Theater


April 21

  • Yerevan State University – CLE presentations, luncheon keynote speaker, reception (see above)



April 22

  • Visits with legislative and judicial branches of government; Press Conference and Genocide Memorial (see above)


April 23

  • Dilijan; Lake Sevan: Haghartsin Monastery; Areni Winery for tasting and tour


April 24

  • Etchmiadzin, Sardarabad


April 25

  • Garni Pagan Temple; Geghard Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site); lavash bread making; Vernissage local artifacts


April 26


  • Transfer to airport or optional visit to Artsakh (see below)


April 28

  • overnight in Yerevan (1 night) for optional Artsakh travelers


April 29

  • Transfer to airport

Two optional Artsakh excursions:

April 17-19, 2020, members of the Armenian Bar Association Board of Governors will travel to Artsakh on a working visit to continue our programs with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Artsakh State University and the Office of the Human Rights Defender. All members are welcome to attend. Please contact us for more details.

April 26-28, 2020, there is a second optional sightseeing tour planned with BHBA and LACBA members.

We express our deepest gratitude to the Human Rights Defender’s Office of the Republic of Armenia and Yerevan State University for their warm welcome and invaluable assistance.

Hotel & Travel

Those wishing to make lodging and airplane reservations may contact Lorig Titizian @ Levon Travel @ 818-552-7700 or lori@levontravel.com



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15 Oct 2019

Armenian Bar’s Judges’ Night Attracts Hundreds of Enthusiasts, Scores of Judges

On October 1, 2019, the Armenian Bar Association welcomed 70 members of the state and federal judiciaries at its Annual Judges’ Night Dinner in Glendale, California. Despite it being a Tuesday evening, hundreds gathered at the magnificent Phoenicia Restaurant to honor California Court of Appeal Justice Helen I. Bendix and California Superior Court Judge Ruth Ann Kwan for their distinguished service and their exemplary roles as paragons of integrity and emulation.

“It was a thrill and a blessing to have such a flourishing wealth of federal, appellate and trial court judges join us as we recognized two exemplary jurists for their unwavering commitment to the advancement of the rule of law and the administration of justice,” stated Armenian Bar Executive Committee Member, Saro Kerkonian.

The Annual Judges’ Night Dinner honors jurists who have distinguished themselves beyond the laudable lines of high intellect, efficiency and consistency.  It singles out for distinction those who have opened broadly the public’s access to justice, advanced the precepts of the rule of law, incorporated compassion into the fabric of their characters, and guided others in profession and in life.

Phoenicia’s outside patio swelled with pre-dinner chat and cheer during the bustling social hour, a felicitous prelude to the allure of the heaping, luscious Armenian fare at the tables. The main event began with masterful flutist, Salpy Kerkonian, performing the national anthems of the United States and the Republic of Armenia.

“I am extremely proud of our achievement tonight and must emphasize that it is our humble privilege to welcome 70 judges, which is more than double or triple the number of judges that appear at virtually any other bar association’s judges night event!” said Chairman Gerard Kassabian. “Our Annual Judges’ Night is also very special because it gives us the opportunity to create meaningful and often life-enhancing connections when we introduce sitting judges to aspiring law students.  This rich tradition grows in popularity year after year!”

The master of ceremonies, legal eagle Armen Akaragian, delighted the audience with quick-witted jokes and profound improvisations throughout the evening. Stepping off-stage, Akaragian reflected, “It truly was special to be part of such a memorable night where we all reveled in the glow of so many distinguished jurists and outstanding professionals.”

Honorable Zaven Sinanian of the California Superior Court opened with a heartfelt introduction of the first honoree, Justice Helen Bendix. He enumerated Justice Bendix’s accomplishments during her tenure within the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Mandatory Settlement program, including noting that Justice Bendix shepherded the program into the success that it is today. Judge Sinanian’s fond memories of working with Justice Bendix provided a gracious touch to the already-familial affair. Accompanying Justice Bendix at the event were her husband, U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt, and their children.

Justice Bendix graciously received her well-deserved honor, thanking the Armenian Bar for selecting her for the commendation. Of Jewish descent, Justice Bendix spoke movingly about the deep connections between the Armenian and Jewish peoples, including their shared trait of enduring the challenges of their harsh histories, leading each community to be more resilient than ever.

Judge Kevin Brazile, who is the Presiding Judge of the entire Los Angeles Superior Court system, introduced the next honoree, Judge Ruth Ann Kwan. He took a somewhat different and refreshing approach by sharing beautiful and captivatingly-positive comments made by other judges about Judge Kwan. On a personal note, Judge Brazile indicated that Judge Kwan had encouraged him to take affirmative steps to support greater diversity on the bench.

Judge Kwan accepted her award to a rousing ovation and praised the Armenian Bar, describing her interesting path to the judiciary. To many people’s surprise, her journey to the bench included more Armenians than many may have expected. Judge Kwan recalled that when she began considering a role in the judiciary, her husband’s business associate, Ashot, introduced her to none other than Judge Dickran Tevrizian over lunch at the Tevrizian home. With first impressions being the lasting one, Judge Tevrizian wrote her a letter of recommendation immediately after the lunch. Judge Kwan also recalled that when she was challenged while on the bench, the Armenian community of Montebello helped her secure the election and retain her seat.

As is the tradition for honorees at the Annual Judges’ Nights, Judge Kwan and Justice Bendix were presented with beautiful works of classical, illuminated art prepared by renowned artist Seroon Yeretsian, each with peaceful, majestic representations of heavenly peacocks and with original inscriptions of praise and honor.

In an evocative musical interlude, Salpy Kerkonian channeled the stirring, expressive works of Komitas and Aram Khachaturian. She embellished her musical inflections with poignant background information about Komitas, paying homage to the great muse for bringing traditional Armenian melodies to the modern era.

Also part of the evening program, not planned but most appropriate, saw Chairman Kassabian making public the Armenian Bar’s appreciation for the altogether comprehensive commitment of the chief engineer of the event, the Association’s Vice-Chairperson, Lucy Varpetian.

The Annual Judge’s Night was an event to remember. “This was my first time at the Judge’s Night and I came away impressed by the vast array of judges who came, obviously enjoyed, and stayed till the end. Kuddos to the Armenian Bar Association for getting together so many amazing and talented legal professionals for an unforgettable night,” said Arthur Saakian, a Glendale litigator.

See more photos in our gallery.