Two Big Guild Parties Close Out 2012

Law Students, Lawyers and Legal Workers Gather to Celebrate Mentorship
Matthew Weisner

In keeping with annual tradition, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild held its Annual Mentorship Cocktail party on November 2nd at David Weintraub’s House in Oakland. The gathering was well attended by NLG Bay Area attorneys and law students from throughout Northern California.

The event provided a hub for local lawyers to meet the new generation of law students, and for aspiring lawyers to meet their peers from other law schools. Revelers reunited with acquaintances and coworkers, and met new friendly faces from across the progressive legal community.

As one law student partygoer recounted, the delicious Tamales were a highlight, but the margaritas were the “must-have” party favor. Drinks were flowing, and UC Davis School of Law student James Newman manned the blender, dishing out tropical margaritas to thirsty partygoers.

The cocktail party was organized by the NLG Mentorship Project, which matches active NLG law students with progressive lawyer-mentors who work in a field of mutual interest. The Mentorship Project was created to support progressive law students, promote new leadership, and develop lasting bonds among Guild members. While some law students reunited with their mentors at the cocktail party, others signed up for a mentor for the first time.

As a grand finale, the NLG “Mentor of the Year” award was bestowed upon Will Pasley for his outstanding guidance and support of his law student mentee. The mentor-mentee relationship has the potential to build lasting personal and professional bonds, and is strengthened by exemplary mentors like Will.

Celebrating 75 Years at Our Holiday Auction

We had a great showing of members and friends at our Holiday Auction on December 7th at the Lewis, Feinberg office in Old Oakland. It was one final chance for us to celebrate the NLG’s 75th year, and in that tradition, Ann Fagan Ginger and Peter Franck spoke about some historical moments and characters from the Guild’s past.

Mark Vermeulen served as emergency auctioneer along with seasoned auctioneer, and Equal Rights Advocates Executive Director Noreen Farrell. They dutifully managed some rowdy bidding wars.

We had tons of fabulous items for auction, including signed books, vacation homes, a stunning photograph by Matt Ross, and powerful artwork. Some of the artists were even in attendance, including Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party.