November 2011 Issue

President's Message

by Jane Shay Wald
Irell & Manella LLP

Where we have been, and where we are going
We've done some great things
Where we've reaped, we'll be sowing

A great presentation on "Ways to Persuade"
By Tom V. Girardi, who spoke while we ate

At Restaurant Craft, for some CLE credit
If you weren't there, you may live to regret it


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Zachary Elsea

Oh, Say Can You © Jimi Hendrix, Shostakovich, and All That Jazz!

By Zachary Elsea
Irell & Manella, LLP

 

The Wind Cries URAA

"What about Jimi Hendrix, right?” Chief Justice John Roberts mused at oral argument in Golan v. Holder.  An apparent classic rock fan and pioneer in the citation of classic rock artists in legal opinions,1 the Chief Justice explained, “He has a distinctive rendition of the national anthem, and . . . assuming the national anthem is suddenly entitled to copyright protection that it wasn’t before, he can’t do that, right?”  The Chief Justice was worried that, if Congress’s Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) had been passed during the summer of love rather than in 1994, Hendrix’s right to perform the Star Spangled Banner would have disappeared in a purple haze.

 

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Zachary Elsea

Girardi Draws from Cinema to Teach Six Ways to Persuade

By Orit Arfa


Thomas V. Girardi’s multi-million dollar lawsuits are the stuff that movies are made of. In fact, one of his most famous cases was made into a movie: Erin Brokovich. So it’s no wonder that Girardi, the founding partner of Girardi Keese, drew on cinematic influences to elaborate on “Six Ways to Persuade,” the topic of CCBA’s sold-out Distinguished Luncheon held on Sept. 27 at Craft Restaurant and sponsored by First Republic Bank.

“The better lawyer wins the case,” he told the audience consisting mostly of trial lawyers, stressing that trial law, unlike other forms of law, is a game of win or lose.



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Francie R. Gorowitz

Century City After Hours

by Ed Swanson


IN SEARCH OF INDIAN ROCK ART

I am on a quest.  I have become fascinated with Indian petroglyphs (etchings in rock) and pictographs (paintings on rock).  Such Indian rock art is found throughout many parts of California, as well as many other states.  Perhaps the most prolific region of California for Indian rock art is the Owens valley region, particularly on or near the Volcanic Tableland north of Bishop and the Coso Range area north of Ridgecrest.  Some of the locations can be reached without substantial difficulty by contacting the appropriate agency.  For example, the Maturango Museum provides tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon on weekends during the spring and fall, but the all-day tours tend to be booked months in advance. 

 

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Photo Feature: Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon

We were proud to support our President, Jane Shay Wald, as she was honored by the Century City Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Business Council at the 2011 Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon on October 20.

Pictured (from left to right): Jane Shay Wald, and Women's Business Council Co-Chairs Erika Garcia-Lavyne and Cindy Giordano-Taylor.

The Honorees and Guest Speaker with Century City Chamber President Susan Bursk, and Women's Business Council Co-Chairs Erika Garcia-Lavyne and Cindy Giordano-Taylor.

Pictured (top row, from left to right): Jane Shay Wald, Laura Wasser, Barbara Van Wormer, Libby Gill, Tracey Gluck, Lois Cox and Captain Evangelyn Nathan.  Sitting down (from left to right): Erika Garcia-Lavyne, Susan Bursk, and Cindy Giordano-Taylor. Photos posted with permission from the Century City Chamber of Commerce.

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