2021 Bernard Witkin Lecture

A Conversation with California Supreme Court Justice Martin Jenkins moderated by Judge Helen Zukin

Presented By: 
The Litigation Section

Date:  April 15, 2021

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Program Information:

The 2021 Bernard E. Witkin Lecture will feature a conversation with the newest California Supreme Court Justice, Martin J. Jenkins, moderated by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Helen Zukin, and presented by the LACBA Litigation Section.

Learn more about Justice Jenkins’ decorated professional career: his meteoric rise from a professional football career to becoming the first openly gay California Supreme Court justice and one of only five African Americans to serve on the state's highest court. Justice Jenkins, former California Judicial Appointments Secretary to Governor Newsom, and Judge Zukin will also discuss the importance of diversity of the judicial bench in California. There will be a special focus on the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Judicial Mentor Program founded in 2020, which Justice Jenkins and Judge Zukin helped to create. The goal of the Judicial Mentor Program is to “accelerate the diversity of the bench by connecting judges with local attorneys to increase the county’s applicant pool for new judges.” CLE credit will be provided, including 0.5-hour elimination of bias credit. This is truly an event that you do not want to miss!


California Supreme Court Justice Martin J. Jenkins, California Supreme Court

Biography:  Martin J. Jenkins serves as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Prior to his confirmation, Justice Jenkins also served as Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District, District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Superior Court Judge for the Alameda County Superior Court, and Judge for the Oakland Municipal Court. Justice Jenkins graduated from Santa Clara University in 1977, and after briefly playing professional football with the Seattle Seahawks, entered law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law (U.S.F.), where he obtained his law degree in May 1980.

and Moderated by 

Hon. Helen E. Zukin,
Los Angeles County Superior Court

Judge Zukin was appointed to the bench in 2018 by former Governor Jerry Brown. She is currently assigned to a civil trial court at the Beverly Hills Courthouse.  Judge Zukin received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.  Judge Zukin’s legal career prior to the bench focused on plaintiffs, mass toxic torts, pharmaceutical and defective device actions, product liability, environmental property damage and health care actions.  Judge Zukin’s community engagement has included serving as Chair of the State Bar of California’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) and Chair of its Review Committee. She has served as Chair of the LACBA Judicial Appointments Committee (JAC) and serves as Chair of the United States District Court, Central District of California Merit Selection Panel (MSP). Judge Zukin is a long time member of the LACBA Litigation Section Executive Committee and served as its Chair in 2017. Judge Zukin has served as President of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission and was a member of the Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.




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CLE Credit:  1 hour of CLE credit including .5 hour of Elimination of Bias credit.

Sitting Judicial Officers: No Charge
CLE Plus Members: No Charge
LACBA Members:  $25
All Others: $35
Supporting Law Firms (Series of 10 Tickets with recognition): $200

Webinar Registration:

Once you have completed your LACBA registration, on the date of the event you will receive a link from Zoom that will allow you to join the webinar directly.   In order to receive participatory CLE credit, registrants must participate in the webinar via Zoom.  LACBA cannot provide CLE credit to those who only listen to the program audio by phone.  Individuals wishing to receive CLE credit must register independently and must provide their State Bar number.  

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4/15/2021 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
LACBA Via Zoom Webinar Los Angeles, CA 90017

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