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Los Angeles Business Journal Recognizes Robbin Itkin and Ruth Kahn as Women Making a Difference

WLALA's Robbin Itkin (member) and Ruth Kahn (member and President-Elect) have been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as Women Making a Difference.  Both women received nominations and were on the short list of finalists for the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award.  This marks the 20th year for the awards program which honors Los Angeles' most successful women business leaders and recognizes accomplished women making a difference in their community.

Ms. Itkin, who heads Steptoe's West Coast Business & Financial Restructuring Group, was recognized primarily for her work in protecting the interests of 17,000 season ticket holders of the Los Angeles Dodgers without charge.  In the summer of 2011, the fabled team filed for bankruptcy after almost two years of falling attendance and a decline in merchandise sales.  Ms. Itkin went to bat for the season ticket holders to protect their interests. On behalf of the ad hoc committee of season ticket holders, Ms. Itkin filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware to give the season ticket holders a voice in the case, and then negotiated an unprecedented resolution for the season ticket holders, securing them two seats on the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors.  Ms. Itkin also volunteers her time as a board member on several community and professional boards.

Ms. Kahn, a litigator in the firm's Los Angeles office, was recognized for improving the lives of Holocaust survivors.  To date, she has helped more than 50 Holocaust survivors win reparations from the German government as part of the Holocaust Survivors' Project initiated by Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles.  Ms. Kahn's elderly clients, ranging in age from 75 to 92, had been forced by the Third Reich during World War II to leave their homes and work without compensation for German soldiers.  The living quarters in the ghettos were cramped and food was rationed so, to improve their situations, the clients "volunteered" to bake bread for the German soldiers, dig holes, sweep the streets, and perform other laborious tasks.

By obtaining reparations, these survivors' long-ago labor is finally being acknowledged and proven to have had a value.  It is also enhancing these survivors' lives in their final years.  For her representation of the survivors, Ms. Kahn was named a recipient of the 2012 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year awards in the pro bono category.

The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized both Ms. Itkin and Ms. Kahn at an awards ceremony held May 24, 2012 at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live.  Ms. Itkin and Ms. Kahn are also featured in the May 28th issue of the newspaper.