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WLALA Board Members Participate in Another Great Federal Court Power Lunch

by Stephanie Rettier
Law Clerk to the Hon. Sandra R. Klein


Judge John Kronstadt, Jessica Kronstadt, and Catherine Turner

On December 4, 2015, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California hosted another great Federal Court Power Lunch.  During the Power Lunch, more than forty students from the Alliance Susan & Eric Smidt Technology High School met with approximately forty Judges, special guests, lawyers, and other professionals to learn about the law and the legal profession.  WLALA Board Members Hon. Sandra R. Klein, Jan Jensen, Jessica Kronstadt, Hon. Rozella Oliver, Cathy Ostiller, and Lizabeth Rhodes participated in the Power Lunch. WLALA Members Magistrate Judge Karen Stevenson and California Court of Appeal Justice Nora Manella also participated in the Lunch.  In addition to Judges Klein and Oliver, numerous Judges were in attendance including Ninth Circuit Judge Paul Watford, Senior District Court Judges Terry Hatter, Jr. and Ronald Lew, District Judge John Kronstadt, Patrick Walsh and Michael Wilner, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Sheri Bluebond, and Bankruptcy Judge Barry Russell.

A number of attorneys also volunteered during the Lunch including Assistant United States Attorneys, Deputy Federal Public Defenders, and attorneys from private practice.  Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson and members of the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Pretrial Services Office, and the U.S. Probation Office also participated in the Lunch.  And, six-week old Catherine Ruth Turner, our youngest WLALA member and Power Lunch volunteer, accompanied her mother, Jessica Kronstadt, to the event.   

Judges Hatter, Walsh and Bluebond welcomed the students on behalf of their courts.  Judge Klein then introduced the guest speaker, Magistrate Judge Karen Stevenson, who spoke about her background and the importance of working hard.  Judge Stevenson mentioned the following quote:  “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard” to inspire the students to work hard throughout their lives.  Judge Stevenson also emphasized the importance of voting and taking part in the democratic process.    

Judges Hatter, Walsh and Bluebond welcomed the students on behalf of their courts.  Judge Klein then introduced each Judge and provided fun facts about the Judges.  The highlight of the Lunch was a game of Legal Jeopardy!, which is played like the traditional Jeopardy! game but with the following legal categories:  “Judges and Lawyers,” “Trials,” “Bill of Rights,” “Think Like a Lawyer,”, and “Who’s Who in the Courtroom.”  The students had a great time answering the questions and learning about the law and the legal profession.

At the end of the Lunch, Judge Klein thanked everyone for participating and gave a heartfelt thank you to the Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office staff who make the Federal Court Power Lunches such successful, noteworthy events. 

If you are interested in participating in a Federal Court Power Lunch, please email Judge Klein’s law clerk, Stephanie Rettier,