March 2020
Engage. Empower. Elevate.
President's Message
We are springing into action!

I am excited to announce that our newly designed and refreshed website is NOW LIVE !

Our goal was to design a site that is streamlined, easy to navigate, and chock full of valuable information for our members. It more clearly sets forth who we are and what we do. More importantly, the new site provides new features that increases the value to members. One of the newest features is the Get Involved tab. Here you will find information about all types of volunteer opportunities, whether directly with Langston or in the community, including joining a committee, volunteering at law days, mentoring law students and other youth, and/or contributing time at community impact events.

I invite you to check out the new website to learn all about our 2020 Officer and Board Members, our many committees, ways to get involved, and more about the exciting events and programs we have coming up. 

To share comments or feedback, please email me at .

Nyanza Shaw, Esq.
President, John M. Langston Bar Association
Temporary Judges, Los Angeles Superior Court
The Los Angeles Superior Court is recruiting for Temporary Judges. If any are looking to enhance your legal skills and support the administration of justice in Los Angeles County, becoming a Temporary Judge is for you. The Los Angeles Superior Court will be conducting a mandatory Bench Conduct and Demeanor training on May 7, 2020. MCLE credit is provided for this training and pre-paid reservations should be received no later than May 1, 2020. This training is mandatory for any qualified attorney interested in sitting in Small Claims, Traffic, Family Law, Civil Harassment, Unlawful Detainers and Civil Collections. 

 Click HERE for more info.
Temporary Law Clerk to US Magistrate Judge
The United States District Court, Central District of California, is accepting application for the position of Temporary Law Clerk to a U. S. Magistrate Judge.  

To view the announcement, please Click HERE
Healthcare Associate, Los Angeles
  Leading Los Angeles healthcare law firm seeks an associate attorney with 3+ years recent healthcare experience to focus on regulatory compliance work for healthcare and life science providers (hospital, physician groups, behavioral health providers, pharmacies, telehealth and other business entities). Knowledge of healthcare law and regulations is essential. Candidates should have experience drafting advisory memoranda, opinion letters, contracts, healthcare policies and procedures, as well as superior research, writing, communications, and negotiating skills. The ideal candidate will be a team player, eager to learn, have a keen interest in health and life sciences law, and have the ability to think critically, creatively and quickly distill complex information when guiding clients. Major law firm experience is preferred but not required. Corporate transactional experience and experience working on investigations and administrative proceedings are desirable. This is an opportunity to work alongside and be mentored by elite healthcare and life science lawyers. Must be licensed in California. Compensation and benefits will be based upon qualifications and healthcare specific experience. 

Please submit cover letter and resume in confidence to  and reference “Regulatory Associate”.
Employment Litigation Associate, Los Angeles
The Los Angeles office of Fisher Phillips seeks a senior associate with 5-7 years of employment litigation and/or class action experience. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience handling California wage-hour class action claims and PAGA cases. Qualified candidates will be comfortable taking and defending depositions, drafting and responding to discovery and pleadings, and drafting and arguing motions. Candidate must have excellent academic credentials, strong writing and analytical skills, and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. Successful candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Must be admitted in California. Apply HERE
The Langston Hall of Fame Gala is Langston's annual event that honors legacy members of the Langston Community and will take place in October. Event planning is underway. The Hall of Fame Committee is looking for volunteer members. 

For more info: Contact Co-Chair Margo Bouchet at
The Scholarship Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with fundraising efforts for the scholarship fund. Committee members also develop the essay question and review scholarship applications. 

If you are interested in serving on the Scholarship Committee, contact Latrice Byrdsong at
. Volunteer Lawyers Needed:
First AME Church of Los Angeles (FAME) hosts Free Legal Clinics every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month and is looking for Attorneys to come volunteer to provide pro bono legal services. Practice areas: Family Law, Landlord-Tenant, Real Estate, Criminal, Employment, Personal Injury, Bankruptcy/Credit, Trust/Wills/Probate, and Worker's Compensation.

To volunteer or for more info, contact Family Law Committee Chair Margo Bouchet
Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) will be holding its 39th Annual California Mock Trial Finals on March 20-22, 2020, for the first time ever in Los Angeles County.  
The legal community is vital to the success of the program and provides over 800 high school students from throughout California with a chance to interact with positive role models, as well as an opportunity to learn from experts in law. Over 300 judges and attorneys are needed to volunteer for this year’s competition.  Please consider volunteering your time on one or more of the dates below. All trials will be held at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Friday, March 20 — Round 1 at 5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21 — Round 2 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 21— Round 3 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21— Round 4 at 4:30 p.m.

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