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                                                    Annual Report 2006 – 2007




                                                    HARRIETT BUHAI
                                  CENTER FOR FAMILY LAW




                                                  Seeking Justice Changing Lives
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                                     Seeking Justice
                                     A 25-Year Commitment                                                                    2006 Board of Directors

                                     to Compassion and Action                                                                Nedra Jenkins
                                                                                                                                PRESIDENT
                                                                                                                             David Ettinger
                                                                                                                                VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAM SERVICES
                                                                                                                             Eric V. Johnson


                                     I
                                          n 1982 a group of lawyers began meeting in a storefront in South                      VICE PRESIDENT, ADMINISTRATION
                                          Central. The federal government had recently slashed legal aid funding             Fahi Takesh
                                                                                                                                VICE PRESIDENT, VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT
                                          for low-income individuals, and this small band of concerned attorneys
                                                                                                                             Laura Wasser
                                     were determined to ensure equal access to the courts for disadvantaged                     VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT
                                     families in Los Angeles.                                                                Tracy Farryl Katz
                                                                                                                                TREASURER
                                        Under the leadership of Mablean Ephraim, President of Black Women                    Henry Schiffer
                                                                                                                                ASSISTANT TREASURER
                                     Lawyers Association, and Joan Patsy Ostroy, President of the Women Lawyers
                                                                                                                             Maria Rodriguez-Guerra
                                     Association of Los Angeles, The Family Law Project was born. With a single                 SECRETARY
                                     desk and phone, they began to offer clinics at night, geared toward helping             Larry A. Ginsberg
                                                                                                                                IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
                                     women fill out restraining order forms. It was the only service the young
                                                                                                                             Board Members
                                     organization could offer.                                                               Sheriff Leroy Baca
                                        But it was an important first step. The following year, the Family Law               Elayne Berg-Wilion
                                     Project received the California State Bar Pro Bono Award in recognition of              Mary Catherine Bohen
                                                                                                                             Patty Kestin
                                                                                            its contribution to the          Carolyn Makupson
                                                                                            community, and the               Kristina Royce
                                                                                            Los Angeles County               Paul Tanaka
                                                                                                                             Susan E. Wiesner
                                                                                            Bar Association soon             Beverly A. Williams
                                                                                            joined as a co-sponsor.
                                                                                                                             Ex Officio*
                                                                                            In 1984 the project was          Yolande C. Adelson
                                                                                            renamed the Harriett             Blanche C. Bersch
                                                                                                Buhai Center for             Vera Brown-Curtis
                                                                                                                             Carolyn DeFrancesco
                                                                                                Family Law in honor          Mablean Ephriam, FOUNDER
                                                                                                  of a local family law      Deborah Ewing
                                                                                                  attorney who devoted       Susan R. Stockel
                                                                                                  her life to representing
                                                                                                  people in need.            2007 Board of Directors
                                                                                                      The following two      Fahi Takesh
                                                                                                  decades was a time of         PRESIDENT
                                                                                                                             David Ettinger
                                                                                                  tremendous growth. In         VICE PRESIDENT
        In 1985, early Board and staff members celebrate receiving the Public Service Award
                                                                                                  addition to helping        Tracy Farryl Katz
        from the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. From left to right: uniden-                                   TREASURER
                                                                                                  thousands of low-          Susan E. Wiesner
        tified staff, Vera Brown-Curtis, Pam Sellers, Susan Stockel, Darla Rimes, Mablean                                       SECRETARY
                                                                                                  income individuals,
        Ephriam, Ann Fields, Shirley Henderson, and Henry Schiffer.
                                                                                                  the Center worked to       Board Members
                                         permanently change the law and policies affecting the lives of poor persons.        Sheriff Leroy Baca
                                                                                                                             Elayne Berg-Wilion
                                         The Center’s advocacy efforts made historic contributions at the state level        Mary Catherine Bohen
                                         to creating new laws about child support and establishing precedent-setting         Valerie Cohen
                                         case law affecting access to the family law courts. In 1997, the National           Mary Hernandez
                                                                                                                             Nedra Jenkins
                                         Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges picked the Harriett Buhai               Eric V. Johnson
                                         Center’s joint Domestic Violence Law Project with 1736 Family Crisis Center         Patty Kestin
                                         as one of “the most effective and innovative programs in the nation.”               Carolyn A. Makupson
                                                                                                                             Maria Rodriguez-Guerra
                                             For over twenty five years, the Center has partnered with the private legal     Henry Schiffer
                                         community, marshalling the donated energy and talent of thousands of                Paul Tanaka
                                         attorneys, paralegals and law students to provide free family law assistance to     Laura Wasser
                                                                                                                             Beverly A. Williams
                                         vulnerable clients from all corners of Los Angeles County. With a staff of 19 and
                                                                                                                             Ex Officio*
                                         over 250 active volunteers, the Center now directly assists more than 1,500         Yolande C. Adelson
                                         individuals every year, and many thousands more through community education         Blanche C. Bersch
                                         and referrals. Supportive and compassionate, the Center strives to provide high     Vera Brown-Curtis
                                                                                                                             Carolyn DeFrancesco
                                         quality and comprehensive service for those who struggle every day.                 Mablean Ephriam, FOUNDER
                                                                                                                             Deborah Ewing
                                                                                                                             Larry A. Ginsberg
                                                                                                                             Susan R. Stockel
                                                                                                                             *ALSO MEMBERS OF ADVISORY COUNCIL
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   2006-2007 Advisory Council
   Judith R. Forman, CHAIR
   Gisselle Acevedo-Franco
   Noel H. Applebaum
   Jeffrey Buhai
                                                                                                      Changing Lives
                                                                                                      T
   E.J. Camp                                                                                                  he Center confronts some of life’s most critical problems: violence
   Bruce Clemens
                                                                                                              and poverty among single-parents and their children. The Center
   Hon. Isabel R. Cohen (Ret.)
   Bruce Cooperman                                                                                            strives to insure that each person who seeks aid receives the best
   Marcia Gonzales-Kimbrough                                                                          legal assistance possible. The diverse and unique programs the Center has
   Donald L. Gursey
                                                                                                      created strengthen families and empower low-income individuals to take
   Paula Kane
   Michelle Katz                                                                                      greater control of their lives. The Center offers much more than self-help.
   Robert Kaufman                                                                                     It builds self-reliance.
   Stephen A. Kolodny
   Hon. Veronica Simmons McBeth (Ret.)                                                                Pro Per Program
   Joan Patsy Ostroy, FOUNDER
                                                                                                         Creating a partnership between clients and volunteers, the Center
   Patricia Phillips
   Hon. David Rothman (Ret.)                                                                          prepares individuals who cannot afford a lawyer to represent themselves in
   Judith Salkow Shapiro                                                                              court. This precedent-setting program now serves as a model for provision of
   Sorrell Trope
                                                                                                      help to self-represented litigants throughout the state.

   2006-2007 Staff                                                                                    Pro Bono Panel
                                                                                                         Using volunteer lawyers from the community, the Center provides
   Betty L. Nordwind
      EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                                                                              hundreds of hours of free legal representation to clients who are unable to
   Heidi K. Slater                                                                                    present their own cases in court because of complexity, or obstacles such as
      DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
   Alicia Valdez Wright                                                                               severe abuse or physical or mental disability.
      DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES
   Rachel Kronick Rothbart                                                                            Child Support Project
      DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES
   Erin Dabbs                                 “There are other                                            The Child Support Project works to improve the collection of child
      STAFF ATTORNEY                                                                                  support for poor children in Los Angeles County. The project addresses
   Amy Goldman                                 programs, but                                          systemic problems through a combination of advocacy, litigation and direct
      STAFF ATTORNEY
   Erica A. Graber                           the Buhai Center                                         client assistance.
      STAFF ATTORNEY
   Sreoshi Datta Sheth
                                                 is unique
                                                                                                      Domestic Violence Law Project
      STAFF ATTORNEY                          in what it does.”                                           Pioneering with a social services program, the Center created one of the
   Cheryl Segal
      STAFF ATTORNEY                             Larry Ginsberg                                       first programs in the U.S. providing a seamless continuum of legal and
   Elvira Castillo                              FORMER BOARD PRESIDENT
      SENIOR CLIENT ASSISTANT                                                                         psycho-social assistance for victims of domestic violence.
   Karina Estrella
      SENIOR CLIENT ASSISTANT                                                                         Vulnerable Youth Project
   Merced Castro Barrera                     “We’ve helped a lot                                          The Center understands the special needs of teen parents and provides
      CLIENT ASSISTANT
   Susana Figueroa                             of people, and                                         legal counsel and advice to pregnant and parenting minors, educating them
      CLIENT ASSISTANT
   Noemi Hidalgo
                                             that’s a wonderful                                       about their family law rights and responsibilities.
      CLIENT ASSISTANT                             feeling.”                                          Mothers Behind Bars Project
   Ramon Ortega
      CLIENT ASSISTANT                         – Blanche C. Bersch                                        Collaborating with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the
   Elsa Ramos                                   FORMER BOARD PRESIDENT
      CLIENT ASSISTANT                                                                                Center has developed a program of classes in the county jail to educate
   Carlos Ayala                                                                                       incarcerated women on family, dependency law and domestic violence
      ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
   Eunice Castillo                                                                                                               topics. This helps the women understand legal
      ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
                                                                                                                                 policies concerning the best interests of their
   Jim Jespersen-Wheat
      DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT                                                                                                      children, enabling them to take steps to be
   Nicola Kennedy                                                                                                                responsible parents.
      VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
   Alline Lee
      ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT                                                                                                   Community Education and Outreach
   Aarti K. Maharaj                                                                                                                  Center staff visits a broad array of agencies
      OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
                                                                                                                                 and neighborhood groups, informing people about
                                                                                                                                 subjects such as custody, domestic violence and
                                                                                                                                 child support, and increasing their awareness of
                                                                                                                                 related community resources.

                                                                                                                                 Volunteer Development
                                              Past Presidents of the Board (left to right): Mablean Ephriam (1982-1989), Susan      The Center actively recruits, trains and
                                              Stockel (1990), Yolande Adelson (1991-1992), Blanche Bersch (1993-1994), Debo-     educates volunteers to help its low-income clients.
                                              rah Ewing (1995), Vera Brown-Curtis (1996), Larry A. Ginsberg (1997-1998 and       Dedicated lawyers assist in preparing pleadings,
                                              2002-2004), Beverly A. Williams (1999-2000), Carolyn DeFrancesco (2001), Nedra     providing counsel and representing individuals in
                                              Jenkins (2005-2006) and Fahi Takesh (2007)                                         court, aided by paralegals and law students.
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                                                                                                                     83%
                                                                                                              Percentage clients in
                                                                                                              2006 and 2007 that
                                                                                                                  were women

                                                                                                                      74%
                                                                                                             Percentage of female
                                                                                                              clients in 2006 and
                                                                                                            2007 reporting histories
                                                                                                             of domestic violence

                                                                                                                      $893
                                                                                                            Average pre-tax monthly
                                                                                                              income in 2006 and
                                                                                                            2007 for a single parent
                                                                                                             client and two children


                                                     Protecting Families,
              “You helped me get my
         self-esteem back and motivate               Empowering the Poor
            me towards a new phase

                                                     F
                                                              or twenty five years, the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law has
                   in my life.”                               provided a helping hand to over 30,000 low-income members of the
                     – Monabel C.                             community who could not afford professional legal help and had
                         CLIENT
                                                     nowhere else to turn. But those numbers don’t paint an accurate picture of
                                                clients
                                                     what the Center accomplishes everyday: helping vulnerable individuals who
              “This opens your mind                  face life threatening legal problems.
           to examine yourself to your                   The frightened woman whose two young sons had been kidnapped by
            next destiny or life ahead.              their father.
                                                         The desperate father whose children were wounded in a drive-by
                This is not the end
                                                     shooting while in their mother’s custody.
                – a new beginning”                       The mother of five kicked out her home by an abusive husband,
                       – Sara R.                     struggling to provide shelter for her family.
                         CLIENT
                                                         The college-educated woman who had become trapped in a violent
                                                     relationship with a man who was controlling and exploiting several others in
              “I was shaking when                    a cult-like extended family.
                    I walked in.                         These represent just a handful of the cases resolved by the Center in
             I felt calm when I left.”               2006 and 2007. Every case tells a story, and the Center tries to assure that
                      – Ronda M.                     every client has a positive outcome.
                         CLIENT                          Of the almost 3,000 individuals who received direct service at the Center
                                                     in 2006 and 2007, the vast majority were persons of color; 83% were women,
                                                     and almost three quarters of them reported histories of domestic violence.
                                                     The average household pre-tax income for a parent and two children in the
                                                     Center’s caseload is less than $900 per month. Because most clients have
                                                     children, the Center’s work had a direct impact on the lives of over 4,500
                                                     kids in these households.
                                                         Extreme poverty and dire circumstances face most Center clients when
                                                     they visit for the first time. Hopelessness and defeat radiates from them. But
                                                     an extraordinary transformation takes place for many before they finish.
                                                     They are enveloped with care and concern and provided professional quality
                                                     legal help. With ready access to information which informs their decision-
                                                     making, coming to the Harriett Buhai Center often proves to be a life-
                                                     altering, empowering experience.
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                               Providing a Voice                                                                                                      18,669
                               For the Voiceless                                                                                              Hours of service provided




       volunteers              T
                                        he Center is one of the few places in Los Angeles County where
                                        people living at the poverty line can go for free family law and
                                        domestic violence assistance. 363 individuals volunteered during 2006
                               and 2007, and the number of number of hours of service they provided grew
                               by 15% during this same period. These dedicated volunteers are the backbone
                               of the Center’s unique programs, and their unselfish and caring service has a
                               direct impact on the lives of thousands of individuals and their families.
                                    The Center’s Pro Per Program—one of the first of its kind in the country—
                               is an innovative approach to meeting the growing need for affordable access
                               to the court system. Trained volunteers provide legal counseling and
                               assistance in pleading preparation so that low-income persons can effectively
                                                                                                                                               by Volunteers in 2006
                                                                                                                                                     and 2007

                                                                                                                                                        20,208
                                                                                                                                                Number of individuals
                                                                                                                                                 receiving free direct
                                                                                                                                               assistance, educational
                                                                                                                                                 or telephone referral
                                                                                                                                                   services in 2006
                                                                                                                                                       and 2007


                               represent themselves. Some cases are more complex, so the Center provides
                               full scale legal representation by a volunteer attorney sometimes aided by a
                                                                                                                    Volunteer Awards
                               mentor with extensive family law experience. Accountants, pension lawyers
                                                                                                                    Hall of Fame
                               and other professionals also supply specialized assistance.                          Susan Wiesner (2006)
                                    These kinds of personalized, hands-on volunteer family law programs are         Laurie Taylor (2007)
                               rare in Los Angeles. Volunteering provides a unique opportunity not just to give     Frances Wender Kandel, Volunteer of the Year
                               back to the community, but to be enriched by it.                                     Etty Shalev (2006)
                                                                                                                    Robert Moss (2007)
                                  “I volunteer at the Center because I enjoy the work,                              Pro Bono Panel Volunteer of the Year
                                                                                                                    Jamie Gross and Karina York (2006)
                                  the staff, the clients and the knowledge that at the                              Harris•Ginsberg LLP (2007)
                                  end of the day I have helped women take control of                                New Volunteer of the Year
                                  some part of their lives.”                                                        Claudia Nazario (2006)
                                                                                                                    Jaime Mendoza (2007)
                                      – Laurie Taylor, 2007 Hall of Fame Award Winner
                                                                                                                    Distinguished Service
                                                                                                                    Susan Kussin and Adalberto Pena (2006)
                                  “The experiences clients share with me are heart-                                 Cynthia Hunt and Marta Price (2007)
                                  wrenching and make me thank my lucky stars for                                    Administrative Volunteer of the Year
                                                                                                                    Beatriz Ramos (2007)
                                  the opportunities I’ve had in my life.”
                                                                                                                    20 Year Club
                                                              – Iran Hopkins, volunteer                             Ellin Palmer
                                                                                                                    10 Year Club
                                   Working in either the small group settings of the Pro Per program, or            Laura Steele
                               being directly involved with representation through the Pro Bono Panel,              Lucille Wilson
                               volunteers often witness clients experiencing a remarkable boost in self
                               esteem. Individuals walk in desperate and with little knowledge of their
                               rights and the legal process, but when they leave they have hope, knowledge
                               and their dignity intact.


                                  “That is what is so satisfying.… Forget the legal
                                  achievements. As a human being, it is very
                                  satisfying to see clients going forth with a lot more
                                  strength and focus.”
                                     – Susan Wiesner, 2006 Hall of Fame Award Winner




                                                                                             “The work is done to
                                                                                        the highest level of lawyering.
                                                                                       The clients don’t get discounted
                                                                                          services. It’s the best work
                                                                                              that can be done.”
                                                                                                        – Dean Mellor
                                                                                                        VOLUNTEER SINCE 1990
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        We are proud to recognize all of the attorneys,                            Dorie Lanni
                                                                                   Menely Lari-Joni
                                                                                                         Carol Palumbo
                                                                                                         A.C Panella
                                                                                                                                 Warren Shiell
                                                                                                                                 Mina Sirkin
        paralegals, law graduates, law students and community                      Joan Lauricella       Joan Park               Jennifer Skolnick
        volunteers who together provided over 18,600 hours of                      Jennifer Leong        Monick Paul             Betty Smith
        assistance to the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law                     Tally Levine          Ellen Peck              Michael Snider
                                                                                   Michelle Lieberman    Adalberto Pena          Sarah Soifer
        during calendar years 2006 and 2007.
                                                                                   Teri Lim              Noah Perez-Silverman    Mario Solis
        Evane Abbassi           Valerie Cohen            Linda Gross               Sam Lucas             Elizabeth Perry         Gail Solo
        Rashida Adams           Booker Cole              Consuelo Guardado         Dora Luna             Lauren Petkin           Barbara Soto
        Crys Aguilera           Alima Coleman            Michael Guerrero          Fernando Luna         Nina Poladian           Alexandra Sparling
        Byron Aldana            Dolisa Colley            Elizabeth Haegelin        Julie Luna            Dolores Portillo        Laura Steele
        Katayoun Alidadi        Nina Combellack          Roger Halfhide            Mary Lund, Ph.D       Marta Price             Gretchen Stockdale
        William Allende         Eugene Coo               Matthew Hall              Molly Madden          Wesley Profit           Kristen Strayhorn
        Shawn Allison           Henry Corral             Jessica Hanna             Magda Madrigal        Carmen Qualls           Shayna Stuckey
        Martha Alvarez          Shaun Crosner            Lucy Haro                 Heidi Madzar          Wilson Quan             Jinntung Su
        Azi Amirteymoori        Shirley Cruz             LaShon Harris             Carolyn Makupson      Shanon Quinley          Michelle Sutton
        Carolina Andrade        Liza Cunanan             Wendy Harte               Nathaniel Malavenda   Luisa Quintanilla       Sara Sweeney
        Tammy Andrews           Magdalena Cuprys         Majid Hashemi             Meredith Manker       Miguel Ramirez          Fahi Takesh
        Concepcion Arechabala   Miguel Custodio          Ryan Hatch                Dvorah Markman        Melissa Ramirez         Laurie Taylor
        Evelyn Arias            Martin Daniel            Richard Havel             Angela Martin         Beatriz Ramos           Sharon Taylor
        Susan Armendariz        Elizabeth Davey          Katie Heersema            Yeimi Martinez        Sheela Rao              Mary Test
        Len Aslanian            Jennifer De La O         Nicole Herft              Julie McAlarnen       Marietta Raqueno        Brett Thorsteinson
        Maryam Assadi           Christian DeLaRosa       Nicholas Hermsen          Enid McCrary          Patricia Rayos          Golden Thrower
        Jillian Atuegbu         Tanya Dellaca            Jasmin Hernandez          James McCullaugh      Gita Reddy              David Tipton
        Roger Au                Mary Derparseghian       Jeffrey Hernandez         Angela McGill         Terry Riggins           Rebecca Torres
        Martha Avila-Alfaro     Angelina De Torres       Nancy Hersman             Linda McGuire         Laura Rigoli            Julian Treves Sigal
        Rotimi Ayanbeku         Erica Deutsch            Jose Hidalgo              Kathren Mcknight      Juan Rivas              Loene Trubkin
        Joelle Bailard          Suzanne Diaz             Morgan Higginson          Sydney Mehringer      Michelle Rivero         Christine Twining
        Kim Baldridge           Twiggy Alvarez           Linda Hillman             Michelle Mello        Lynette Berg Robe       Yohandra Ugarte
        Kelli Ballard           Brian Dieter             Colleen Hilton            Dean Mellor           Shirley Roberson        Maryam Vahabzadeh
        Mercedes Barajas        Kathleen Dillon          Julie Ho                  Jaime Mendoza         Alicia Roberts          Michelle Valdez
        Kimberly Bardales       Marina Dini              Ruth Holt                 Marjorie Mersel       Karen Barlevi Roberts   Louis Valentino
        Thomas Barnes           Tina Doshi               Iran Hopkins              Anna Moore            Liliana Rodriguez       Marcela Vazquez
        Anahid Barsegian        John Douglas             Cynthia Hunt              Megan Moore           Toni Rodriguez          Gilbert Velasquez
        Sherri Beissner         Karnig Dukmajian         Elizabeth Inglese         Marta Ceja Mora       Lidia Romero            Cynthia Ventura
        Esi Benyarku            Emily Edelman            Gabrielle Jackson-Lewis   Maribel Moran         Roxana Romero           Charles Ver Hoeve
        Joy Bily                Kyla Englert             Nikki Jacobson            Linda Russano Morra   Paul Rorie              Priya Verma
        Leah Bishop             Elizabeth Erickson       Jesse James               Tuesday Morris        Grace Rosales           Arturo Villamor
        Jeffrey Bollinger       Kathleen Erskine         Val Jespersen-Wheat       Robert Moss           Oren Rosenthal          Ruth Waddell
        Santina Bowers          Thomas Erspamer          Lexi Jester               Sussan Motta          Karen Rosin             Wade’s Attorney Service
        Johnna Boylan           David Ettinger           Eric Johnson              Namal Munaweera       Barbara Rowe            Barrye Wall
        Linda Bradlyn           Julia Fairfoot           Yong-Jia Johnston         Katherine Myers       Eve Rutzick             Eric Webb
        Gianna Brasil           Gary Farwell             Gila Jones                Denise Nardi          Paul Sailer             Staci Weinzoff
        Laura Breihan           Amanda Fleming           Janita Jones              Claudia Nazario       Lee Salisbury           Ken Wheat
        Courtney Brewer         Ada Jenny Flowers        Stacy Joo                 Liana Nazaryan        Natasha Saltz           Sean Wheatley
        Kirsten Brockschmidt    Bernice Fong             Robin Juarez              Amy Neiman            Josephine Sanchez       White & Case
        Jacquelyn Brown         Daniel Fong              Mary Juliano              Golnaz Nejati         Joanna Sanchez          Susan Wiesner
        Shelley Burks           Leeah Fontaine           Brad Kaiserman            Jennifer Nemecek      Lizette Sanchez         Leigha Wilbur
        Niranjala C. Dona       Mercedes Fresno          Art Kalantarian           Sanaz Nikbakhsh       Ahda Sands              Carolyn Wilkerson
        Francisco Cabada        Angela Fresquez          Nina Kang                 Louise Nixon          Anoush Sarkisyan        Redina Williams
        J. Sheldon Capeloto     Jamie Fugere             Eliezer Kapuya            Ali Nouri             Michael Sarris          Anita Willis
        Adriana Carrillo        Janis Gabbert            Vivian Kargbo             Fatemeh Nouri         Jennifer Saunders       Adriene Willis
        Janet Casey             Sahairrazod Garrison     Melissa Kaufman           Vimala Nowlis         Ann Savary              Lucille Wilson
        Andrea Caster           Julie Gerchik            Fernando Kelley           Socorro Ocampo        Sherrye Scarlett        Michael Wilson
        Ezequiel Castillo       Molly Ghossein           Patricia Kestin           Christine O’Connor    Ruth Scheppers          Melinda Wilson
        Millie Anne Cavanaugh   Francine Gieseke         Kristen Kim               Nicole Oganesian      Glen H. Schwartz        Diane Wolf
        Frederick Ceely         Heather Golick           Miran Kim                 Jasmine Ohanian       Judy Schwartz-Behar     Elaine Yang
        Christine Chang         Maryanne Golsan          Renee King                Monica Okazaki        Kinisha Scott           Donald Yip
        Kelly Chang             Leonora Gorelik          Marcia Kislinger          Karen Ortolani        Etty Shalev             Jennifer Yoo
        Jessica Charles         Sarah Gorrell            Jesse Koppin              Nieves Osaba          John Shaller            Karina York
        Antonio Chavez          Morgan Gower             Dena Kravitz              Earlene Otero         Katie Shea              Sharon Yossefi
        Elleny Christopoulos    James Green              Marcus Kronick            Susan Padnick         Brian Sheehy            Alesia Young
        Nami Chun               David Grenardo           Susan Kussin              Nicole Pagan          Graham Sherr            Ronald Zack
        Sheri Cohen             Jamie Gross              Julie La Beach            Ellin Palmer          Neil Sheth              Joy Zopko
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          Raising Resources to Accomplish the Mission
          Theater Benefit 2006                                                                   Buhai Blues Brunch 2006
              he family law community gathered to salute Hon. Jill Robbins, Hon. John                 ver 300 guests enjoyed the Center’s Seventh Annual Blues Brunch at the
          T   Sandoz, and Katrina Dewey. Event Chair Dan Jaffe began the tribute by              O    House of Blues on November 12, 2006. Organized by co-chairs Laura
          saying, “tonight is an opportunity for those of us who have enjoyed some               Wasser, Fahi Takesh and Susan Wiesner, the event featured the music of
          success to give something back. By being here tonight, you’re helping make             Michael Des Barres and raised $106,000 of much needed funds for the
          sure that less fortunate individuals will also have access to the promise of           Center’s programs protecting victims of domestic violence and improving the
          equal justice.” The event, which included a performance of iWitness at the             well-being of children in poverty.
          Mark Taper Forum, raised $304,000.




          (Clockwise from top left) 2006 honorees Hon. Jill Robbins, Hon. John Sandoz and        (Clockwise from top left) Michael Des Barres entertains from stage; Noel and Diane
          Katherine Dewey; Max Goodman, Cynthia Monaco and Event Chair Daniel Jaffe; Dawn        Applebaum with Michael Miskei; The gang from Cohen, Miskei & Mowrey enjoy the show;
          Anfuso, Ron Anfuso, and Patty Kestin; Syna Dennis, Adrienne Byers, 2006 Board Presi-   Staff Attorney Rachel Kronick Rothbart with daughter Hayley, 2006 Board members Fahi
          dent Nedra Jenkins, Ugochi Anaebere, Sandra Anderson and Renee Campbell.               Takesh, Larry Ginsberg, Susan Wiesner with daughter Jane, and Rob Levine.


          25th Anniversary Dinner 1982–2007                                                      Buhai Blues Brunch 2007

              he Center celebrated 25 years of service, raising over $390,000. The                    n Veteran’s Day, 2007, supporters packed the House of Blues to enjoy a
          T   elegant dinner honored co-founders Mablean Ephriam and Joan Patsy                  O    morning of good food and good music, all for a great cause, donating
          Ostroy, as well as the Center’s 2006 Volunteer Award recipients. Master of             over $103,000 to the Center. From the stage, a grateful client thanked the
          Ceremonies Larry Ginsberg reminded all that it is the dedicated effort of the          Center for helping her protect her daughter from threats of kidnapping and
          volunteers that allows the Center “to make sure that everyone in the                   abuse, providing just more one example of how everyday the Center
          community has access to high quality legal assistance when they are faced              empowers disadvantaged people and gives them a meaningful voice in court.
          with a crisis in their family.”




          (Clockwise from top left) Co-founders Mablean Ephriam and Joan Patsy Ostroy; Board     (Clockwise from top left) M.C. Sungaila, Kathy Jonas, and Scott and Darlene Mowrey:
          member Mary Catherine Bohen (far left) and Advisory Council Chair Judith R. Forman     Kristen Howard, Darryl Easter and Board member Carolyn Makupson; David
          (second from right) with their guests; Judy Bogen, Neal Hersh and Executive Director   Blumethal and Board member Tracy Farryl Katz (far right) share a table with
          Betty Nordwind: Senior Client Assistant Karina Estrella, Sheriff Lee Baca and Staff    colleagues from Gursey Schneider & Co.; Board member Eric Johnson and family.
          Attorney Amy Goldman.
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   in memoriam

        Lester Buhai                                                   Stephen Cohen                                                Don Gursey
            Lester Buhai, brother of Harriett Buhai, was a                  A founding partner and well-regarded,                        Donald Gursey was a Renaissance Man. With
        man who enjoyed life, and was committed to                     experienced forensic accountant in the dynamic               an abundance of talent, humor, and intelligence,
        social justice. He had a successful career in                  firm of Cohen, Miskei & Mowrey, LLP, Steve                   he accomplished a lot and gave much in his life. A
        advertising, and along with his interests in art,              Cohen had a gift for friendship. It was this ability         bundle of energy, Don had wide ranging interests
        the theater, and travel, the Center, named after               of connecting with others that led him to                    and involvements from sailing and fishing to law.
        his sister, had a special place in his heart. Former           philanthropy. His wife Angel says “Other people’s            Fortunately for many, the charitable concerns of
        Board member Jeff Buhai, his nephew, says of                   pain and loss resonated with him and he wanted               the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law were
        Lester, “He believed in what the Center stood for              to lighten their loads.”                                     high on Don’s list.
        and what the Center did. He was very proud of                       Steve’s compassion combined with his sense                   With ingenuity, Don transformed his chosen
        how it had grown and developed over the years,                 of community made him a valuable ally of the                 profession of accounting into a career of challenge
        and was heartened by how many people the                       Center. His partner Michael Miskei says “Steve               and innovation, pioneering the field of litigation-
        Center helped.” Famous for his wit and humor,                  understood he had a responsibility in life, to be a          based forensic accounting. In 1979 Gursey merged
        Lester brought laughter and smiles through his                 good steward and citizen in addition to a loving             his practice with that of CPA Stan Schneider,
        funny cartoons, answering machine messages and                 family man and a financial success. He was                   forming Gursey Schneider & Co., giving rise to a
        Valentine’s Day cards. His cousin and major                    someone who recognized that he had a duty in life            full service enterprise that today has more than
        Center supporter, Gene LePere, says of him,                    that extended beyond the people he knew.”                    120 accountants and staff. Don was a teacher and
        “Lester was a very gentle, strong, and clever man.             Leading the way at his firm in support of the                mentor by instinct, and, as described by his
        He drew people to him. He loved the Center and                 Center because of his belief in its effectiveness            partner Stan Schneider, a “leader by example,” for
        thought it was a fitting tribute to his sister. He             and its mission, the Steve Cohen legacy is ably              several generations of accountants and many
        respected her and the work she did.”                           carried on by his partners.                                  family law attorneys. He leaves behind a legacy of
                                                                                                                                    love, friendship and admiration as well as
                                                                                                                                    significant contribution to the field of family law.




                            our donors
        The following individuals, firms, and businesses made generous donations
        to the Center during 2006 and 2007. Each donor is listed only once, reflecting the
                                                                                                                                Kaufman, Young, Spiegel, Robinson
                                                                                                                                  & Kenerson, LLP
                                                                                                                                Private Adjudication Offices of
                                                                                                                                  Alexandra Leichter
                                                                                                                                Mayer Hoffman McCann, PC
                                                                                                                                                                     $2,500 +
                                                                                                                                                                     Allred, Maroko & Goldberg
                                                                                                                                                                     Honey Kessler Amado
                                                                                                                                                                     Kappy Bristol
                                                                                                                                                                     Broadway Federal Bank, f.s.b.
        cumulative giving during this period.                                                                                   Christopher Moore / Moore, Bryan
                                                                                                                                                                     Law Offices of Vera Brown-Curtis
                                                                                                                                  & Schroff
                                                                                                                                Joan Palevsky                        Jeff Buhai and Suzanne Rosenblatt
        $40,000 +                               Gursey, Schneider & Co. LLP            Isabel R. Cohen, Judge (Ret.) and
                                                Kolodny & Anteau                         Paul F. Cohen                          Polin & Hall, APC                    Valerie and Bradford Cohen
        Ms. Gene LePere
                                                Law Offices of Makupson                Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt, & Klein, LLP   Donald C. Randolph, Esq. /           Law Offices of
        Sorrell and Linda Trope                                                                                                   Randolph & Associates                Emily Shappell Edelman
                                                  & Howard, APC                        Lisa Feintech
                                                Meyer, Olson & Lowy, LLP               Freid & Goldsman, A Professional         Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern, LLP     Mablean Ephriam
        $20,000 +                                                                        Law Corporation                        Law Offices of Lynn Soodik, A        Epson America, Inc.
                                                Phillips, Lerner, Lauzon & Jamra LLP
        Law Offices of Judith R. Forman, P.C.                                          Fremont Investment and Loan                Professional Corporation           Mercedes Fresno
                                                Lillian Robbins Estate
        Harris • Ginsberg LLP                                                          Friedman & Friedman                      Cori B. Steinberg, Esq.              Girardi / Keese
                                                Susan R. Stockel
        Jaffe and Clemens                                                              Fremont Investment & Loan                Susan Steinhauser and                Patricia Glaser and Sam Mudie
        Hon. Jill S. Robbins (Ret.) and                                                                                           Dan Greenberg                      Glassman, Browning, Saltsman
                                                $5,000 +                               Norbert Gehr
          Robert W. Eisfelder                                                                                                   Taylor and Lieberman, ACC              & Jacobs, Inc.
                                                                                       Mary Hernandez / Mellon 1st
        Wasser, Cooperman & Carter              Noel and Diane Applebaum                 Business Bank                          Bunny Wasser and Howard Bernstein    Linda S. Gross
        Susan E. Wiesner, A Law Corporation     Ron J. Anfuso, CPA, ABV, CDFA,         Hersh, Mannis & Bogen, LLP               White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna,   Michael A. Guerrero, A Professional
                                                 DABFA                                                                            Wolf & Hunt                          Law Corporation
        David Wilstein                                                                 Horvitz & Levy, LLP
                                                Bank of America                                                                 Stevie Wonder                        Elliot Handler
                                                                                       Imperial Capital Bank
                                                Lester E. Buhai                                                                                                      Terry M. Hargrave, CPA/ABV,CFE,
        $10,000 +                                                                      Law Offices of Paula Kane
                                                Buter, Buzard, Dunaetz                                                                                                 Hargrave & Hargrave, CPAs
        Cohen, Miskei & Mowrey LLP               & Fishbein, LLP
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   Wendy A. Herzog and
     Stephen F. Rohde
   Chris Jones
   Patty Kestin
   Law and Mediation Offices of
     Dvorah Markman
   Neuberger Berman, A Lehman
     Brothers Company
   Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
                                                         our donors
                                          Martha B. Jordan
                                          Jeffrey A. Kaplan
                                          Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
                                          Cheryl and David Karton
                                          Hon. Holly E. Kendig
                                          Sossi Kevorkian, CEO /
                                            Got Success Consultants
                                          Steven Knowles & Michael Collum
                                                                                    Eli and Arlene Chernow
                                                                                    City National Bank
                                                                                    Ron Clark
                                                                                    Hon. Carol D. Codrington
                                                                                    Robert M. Cohen, Esq.
                                                                                    Joyce G. Cook and Michael Lyons
                                                                                    Elizabeth Courtenay
                                                                                    Robert and Faye Davidson
                                                                                                                          Dianne Baquet Smith, APC
                                                                                                                          Kimberly A. Smith and Neal Berger
                                                                                                                          Barry A. Snell
                                                                                                                          Anne-Marie Spataru
                                                                                                                          Lisa Specht
                                                                                                                          Michael and Sheeri Steinberg
                                                                                                                          Hon. Marjorie S. Steinberg and
                                                                                                                            Mark R. Steinberg
                                                                                                                                                               Robert A. Cook
                                                                                                                                                               Law Offices of Linda Cukier
                                                                                                                                                               Walt Danheiser
                                                                                                                                                               Donna Davis
                                                                                                                                                               Stephen P Deitsch
                                                                                                                                                               Vin Di Bona
                                                                                                                                                                          .

                                                                                                                                                               Nancy M. Diego
                                                                                                                                                               Distefano Insurance Services
                                          Glenda and Norman Kravetz                 Susan and Edward Dilkes               Myra Sun and Carl Gunn               Hon. Ann Dobbs
   Law & Mediation Offices of
     J. Patsy Ostroy and Law Offices of   Gene Kravitz                              Rick and Natalie Eid                  David H. Susson, CPA                 Ruth Drexler
     James R. Eliaser                     Beulah Kravitz                            Caryn S. Epso                         Bradley Tabach-Bank                  Lisa Egan
   Lynette Berg Robe and Mike Robe        Denise and Sheldon Kravitz                Robyn Field and Anthony O’Carroll     Assistant Sheriff Paul Tanaka        Rich and Suzy Eisen
   Karen and Charles Rosin                Krycler, Ervin, Taubman & Walheim         Leah and Sam Fischer                  Erin K. Tenner                       Lucy and David Eisenberg
   The Rutter Group                       Hon. Sheila James Kuehl                   Miranda Swimmer Fitzgerald            Phyllis Alden Truby                  Jack I. Esenten
   Judith Salkow Shapiro and              David Lash                                Joan Fox                              Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Turner            Nicole Ettinger
     Martin Shapiro                       Leeds, Wender & Rosenfeld LLP             V. L. T. Gardner                      Law Offices of                       Dr. and Mrs. Martin Ettinger
   Judge John H. Sandoz, Retired and      Diana G. Lesgart, CPA, CFE,                                                       Marlo Van Oorschot, APLC
                                                                                    Mitchell and Julianne Geffen                                               Deborah Ewing
     Beverley Morgan-Sandoz                 An Accountancy Corporation                                                    James and Robin Walther
                                                                                    Ronald D. Goldman                                                          Chris Fager and Corie Brown
   David Schindler and Carol Johnson      Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine &                                                    Laura A. Wasser
                                            Regenstreif LLP                         Ron and Sandy Goldman                                                      George W. Finley
   The Streeter Family                                                                                                    Hon. Madge S. Watai
                                          Law Offices of Ronald A. Litz             Herbert J. Groelinger                                                      Bernard and Sandra Fischbach
   Trope & DeCarolis, LLP                                                                                                 Lois Wecker
                                          Laurie MacDonald and                      Susan Grueneberg and Kai Chen                                              Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick
   Michael J. Ullman / Platinum                                                                                           Hon. Diana M. Wheatley
     Financial Management, Inc.             Walter Parkes                           Richard and Susan Gurman                                                   Lee Fisher and Barry Rosenberg
                                                                                                                          Ralph O. Williams, III
   Tom Viscounty /                        Tom Malcolm / Jones Day                   Harris Stationers, Inc.                                                    Law Office of Mary-Lynne Fisher
                                                                                                                          Sharon and Joseph Winship
     1st Centennial Bank                  Lisa and Peter McCubbin                   Hon. Dana Senit Henry, Ret.                                                Stuart A. Forsyth
                                                                                                                          Rosalyn Zakheim
   The Walt Disney Company®               Roland Mesa / Toybox                      Marc Herman / All American Real                                            Debra Frank
                                            Entertainment                             Estate Services                     Abram and Dayle Zukor
   Walzer & Melcher, LLP                                                                                                                                       Georgia Franklin-Shutan
   Jack and Georgiana Wiesner             Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP                Nancy Ruth Hoffman                                                         Henry Friedman
   Annie Wishingrad                       Greg and Teresa Nathanson                 Holthouse, Carlin & Van Trigt, LLP    $150 +                               Bonnie Fuller
                                          Betty L. Nordwind                         Stanley Iezman / American Realty      Anonymous                            Bill and Brenda Galloway
                                          Karen and Richard Nordwind                  Advisors                            Bruce and Dana Adelstein
   $1,000 +                                                                                                                                                    Morton Gantman
                                          Paula and Aaron Nordwind                  Mary Juliano                          Deborah Alexander
   Yolande and Marvin Adelson                                                                                                                                  Harlee Gasmer
                                          Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP       Gareth Kantz / Ink on Paper           Vanessa and Steve Alexander
   Anonymous                                                                                                                                                   Laura Geffen
                                          Kathleen Palmer                           Martin and Ruth Kapp                  Joseph Alexopoulos and
   Arnold & Porter LLP                                                                                                                                         Paul Ginsberg
                                          Catherine Portillo and Scott Wallace      Michelle Katz                           Sarah Lewis / Aequitas Wealth
   Associated Television International                                                                                      Management                         Andrew Glassman
                                          Joan and Jack Quinn                       Nancy A. Kearson
   Sheriff Leroy Baca                                                                                                     Georgia and Leonard Alkov            Jonathan Glickman and
                                          Karen Rabe                                Roger L. Kohn                                                                Christy Callahan
   Douglas A. Bagby                                                                 Charles Kolstad                       Dan and Nina Aloni
                                          Red Strokes Entertainment                                                                                            William J. Glucksman
   Barbakow & Ribet                                                                 Roger and Mary Kumble                 Susannah Braffman Amen
                                          Robie & Matthai, APC                                                                                                 Audrea Golding-Bitler
   Brandon & Yarc, LLP                                                              Susan Kussin and Greg Bordo           Sandra Jones Anderson
                                          Law & Mediation Offices of                                                                                           Cary W. Goldstein
   Joel T. Brantham                                                                 Alfred E. Landolph                    Tony and Michelle Anderson
                                            Pauline Rosen                                                                                                      David Goldstein
   Brauer Law Corporation                                                           Karen A. Lash                         Lia M. Arnold
                                          David and Phyllis Rothman                                                                                            Don and Toni Goldstein
   Robin and Elliot Broidy                                                          Susan Lefebvre                        Nedra E. Austin
                                          Jennifer K. Saunders / Haight,                                                                                       Karlene Goller
   Harold and Stephanie Bronson             Brown & Bonesteel, LLP                  Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles   Irwin M. Avelino, Esq.
     Fund / Liberty Hill Foundation                                                                                                                            Darren J. Goodman
                                          Barbara Segal                             Deborah and Brian Lewis               Judy Bain
   Brot & Gross LLP                                                                                                                                            Max A. Goodman
                                          Diane Sherer and David Weissman           Lorraine L. Loder                     Joy Brown-Baker
   Carla and F. Travis Buchanan                                                                                                                                Law Offices of Goodman & Metz
                                          Hon. Erithe A. Smith                      Hon. Cynthia Loo                      Kim Baldridge
   Stan Buhai and Martie Ward                                                                                                                                  Marian Gordon and Larry Abbot
                                          Christine Twining                         Jo Ann and David Makous               Mickey Balestrieri
   Brotherhood Crusade                                                                                                                                         Joan Gordon
                                          Trude Tsujimoto                           Connie and Martinn Mandles            Jackie Banchik
   Ramon Cintron and                                                                                                                                           Brenda and Hugh Gottfried
                                          Robert Vignolo                            Cheryl White Mason                    Katherine Banyard
     Christina Ramirez                                                                                                                                         Dianna Gould-Saltman
                                          Sayre Weaver                              Michael and Brenda McNamara           Denise and Bob Barta
   Carol and Jerry Coben                                                                                                                                       Henry Grayson, Jr.
                                          Dr. Harvey J. and Attorney                Barbara Meyer                         Susan Barter
   Kenneth R. Costello                                                                                                                                         Dominique Greek
                                            Beverly A. Williams                     Judith Seeds Miller                   Grace Bates
   Robin Davidson                                                                                                                                              Joel Green
                                          Keisha Whitaker                           Susan Millmann and Steve Clare        Sherri Beissner
   Robin Drapkin, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                        Pat Greene
                                                                                    Nancy Moonves / Lighten Up            Blair Belcher
   Max Emsallem / Place Vendome                                                                                                                                Patricia Griffith
                                          $500 +                                      Productions                         Liza Bercovici and David Axelrad
                                                                                                                                                               Lorraine Grindstaff
   David Ettinger
                                          Raul and Leila Acevedo                    Tita Murguia                          Phyllis and Alan Berger
   Tom Favillo                                                                                                                                                 Dan Grunfeld / Public Counsel
                                          Marilyn W. Alper                          Denise Nardi                          Les Berman
   David Frankel, CPA                                                                                                                                          Marc Gurvitz
                                          Laura and Harvey Alpert                   Amy L. Neiman and Alan Seltzer        Maricela Bermudez
   Alan Friedman                                                                                                                                               Roger Halfhide
                                          Mr. and Mrs. Mario E. Antonini            Brenda Offer                          Lynn Bernstein
   Law Offices of Fritzie Galliani                                                                                                                             Timi A. Hallem
                                          Dan Batchelor                             Judge John Ouderkirk, Ret.            Blanche C. Bersch
   Franklin R. Garfield                                                                                                                                        Scott Hansen
                                          Elayne Berg-Wilion                        Councilmember Bernard Parks           Marilyn and Niel Bersch
   Larry A. Ginsberg                                                                                                                                           Elwyn and Susan Harris
                                          Lloyd S. Berkett Insurance Agency, Inc.   Project Help                          Jane Berzer
   Law Offices of Errol Jay Gordon                                                                                                                             Lynn Harris
                                          Stephanie Bierlein                        Sandra Radoff-Bernstein               Karen L. Bizzini
   Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP                                                                                                                              Carolyn and Don Haselkorn
                                          Manny and Mickey Bierman                  Beth M. Roemer                        Muriel Blankfort
   Law Offices of Vicki J. Greene                                                                                                                              Haskell & Davis, CPA
                                          Carol and Frank Biondi                    Russ, August & Kabat                  Stephanie Blum
   Brent Herrera                                                                                                                                               Law Offices of Shirley A. Henderson
                                          Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert,            Henry and Vicki Schiffer              Luzma Brayton
   Donna Hershkowitz                                                                                                                                           Hon. Margaret Henry
                                            Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg             John R. Schilling, APC                Marcia J. Brewer
   Ellen and Tom Hoberman                                                                                                                                      Carol Hirshfield, PhD
                                          Gary and Marsha Blum                      Wendy C. Sharp                        Gary and Linda Briskman
   Hogan & Hartson, LLP                                                                                                                                        Iran Hopkins
                                          Nancy Braden-Parker                       Michael Shortal / Sarnoff             Douglas and Kimberly Britts Hansen
   Karriann and Elliot Hinds                                                          Information Technologies, Inc                                            Sari Horovitz
                                          Cindy and Bob Broder                                                            Rochelle Browne
   Paulette Hunnewell / Hunnewell,                                                  Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity /                                                  Kristen Howard
     Pressman & Associates                Marcy Kelly Brubaker                                                            Joylyn Callahan
                                                                                      Gamma Zeta Boule                                                         Brenda and Leighton Hull
   Gary and Sylvia Jacobs                 Brucker & Morra, APC                                                            Uletas Carter
                                                                                    Allyson and Jonathan Simon                                                 Craig W. Hum
   Law Offices of Jeffery S. Jacobson     Trisha Cardoso                                                                  Patricia T. Cassidy
                                                                                    Mina Sirkin                                                                Bernyse Hunter
   Eric V. Johnson                        Cars 4 Causes                                                                   Williana Chang
                                                                                    Mitch Smelkinson                                                           Lisa Jaskol
   Janet C. Jones                         Herbert and Virginia Carter                                                     Lillian Chin
                                                                                    Hon. Peter S. Smith, Ret.                                                  Nedra Jenkins
                                          Ray Charles                                                                     Robert B. Clayton
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   our donors
        Jim and Valerie Jespersen-Wheat
        Steve Jones
        Mitch Kamin / Bet Tzedek
          Legal Services
        Mitchell Kaplan
        Jo Kaplan and Larry Feldman
        Deborah Kaplan-Meyer
        Carol and Irv Karten
                                               Jane Preece
                                               Myrna Raeder
                                               Johnnie Raines
                                               Martin and Joan Ransohoff
                                               Daniel and Tracy Rappaport
                                               Philip Raskind
                                               Lisa and Barry Reed
                                               Todd Russell Reinstein
                                                                                      Laurence Weekes, M.D.
                                                                                      Elizabeth Weinstock
                                                                                      Susan K. Weiss
                                                                                      Martin and Gloria Wertlieb
                                                                                      Hon. Melissa N. Widdifield
                                                                                      Adina Witzling
                                                                                      Gary Yale
                                                                                      Yumiko Yamagata
                                                                                                                         Hon. Anne H. Egerton
                                                                                                                         Robert Ehrenpreis
                                                                                                                         Phyllis Elsky
                                                                                                                         Anton Emsenhuber
                                                                                                                         Hon. Norman L. Epstein
                                                                                                                         Tomas S. Erspamer
                                                                                                                         Elda Y. Espino
                                                                                                                         Laura Fashing
                                                                                                                                                         Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kehr
                                                                                                                                                         Ada Keropian
                                                                                                                                                         Sharon D. King
                                                                                                                                                         Robert N. Kipper
                                                                                                                                                         Ionela Kloes
                                                                                                                                                         Jand and Ron Koblin
                                                                                                                                                         Judge Marlene Kristovich
                                                                                                                                                         Kristin Kucha and Luke Palmo
        Roy and Judi Kaufman                   Robert and Melissa Resnick             Fitzroy and Ida Younge             Lori Fillinger                  Annette Kulik
        Peggy Kaus                             Karen Denise Richardson                Bonnie Zane                        Bill and Cheryl Finney          Sherrill Kushner
        Wayne Kazan                            Mr. and Mrs. Terrence J. Roberts       Debbie Zolla, Jeff Imerman,        Gary Fishbein, Esq.             Wendy R. Landes
        Shelley Kemler                         Karen Robson                             and Marc Bertet                  Kate Fitzgerald                 Legal Services for Prisoners
        Kenney Company                         Karen Rooney                                                              Elaine J. Fong, Esq.              with Children
        Charmaine V. Keyes                     Leon Rosenzweig                        Other donations                    Carla Ford                      Diane Lenkin
        Hon. Joan Dempsey Klein                Dietrich and Marilyn Rueschemeyer      Sandra Alcalay                     Susan Formaker, Esq.            Law Offices of Levin & Margolin
        Law Office of James W. Klein           Marshall A. Rutter / Rutter, Hobbs     Meredith Alexander                 Jeannine Frank                  Dr. Barbara McCoo Lewis
        Samantha Klein and David Karsh           & Davidoff                           American Direct Mail Advertising   Mary Jo Frazier                 Kristi Lousteau
        Laurie and Milton Klorman              William Shay Ryden                     Maria C. Angeletti                 Avis Frazier-Thomas             Valerie N. Lukban
        Nancy Corshen and Rick Klubeck         Steven and Sheri Safan                 Daphne Apostle / Mental Health     David and Betsy Bates Freed     Julie Luna
        Paul and Ana Koliander                 June and Sam Sale                        Advocacy Services, Inc.          Adele Freulich                  Teodora Dominguez Luna
        Bonnie Kossoff and Steve Uslan         Fern Topas Salka                       Gloribel Arevalo                   Nina D. Froeschle               Rev. Dr. Ingle Marie Luster
        Elaine Kramer                          Linda Sallas and Rick Brookwell        Margalo Ashley-Farrand             Laura Fry                       Julie Mackoff
        David Kuroda, LCSW                     Helen C. Sanchez                       Sandra Bacharach                   Mort and Diane Futterman        Laura Maltin
        Sandra Kussin                          Arthur P Sandoz
                                                        .                             Janet D. Bailey                    John Gaims                      Dr. and Mrs. S. Michael Marcy
        Waltereise Lamb-Stanzell               Dr. Laurie Sayet                       Jacqueline Bendy                   Teresa Gaines                   James C. Martin
        Jennifer A. Landau                     Liz and Adam Schaffer                  Roberta Bennett                    Edna Garcia                     Hon. Marilyn Kading Martinez
        Nancy Lawler                           Janet and Isidore Schlossberg          Jeanne S. Berger                   Joseph V. Gaudioso              Judith E. Matz
        Barbara and Tom Leanse                 Hon. Patricia Schnegg                  Stacy Bierlein                     Anne Gauldin                    Bruce May
        Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association      Hon. Robert A. Schnider                Hon. Kenneth A. Black              Peter B. Gelblum and            Anastasia Mazzella
          of Los Angeles                       Tina S. Schuchman                               .
                                                                                      Martha P Blanco                      Michele Estrin-Gelblum        Julie Ann McEachern
        Don Levin                              Judith and Marc Schuckit               Thea Bloom                         Sharon Gerber                   Grace Melton
        Ed Levine                              Lawrence D. Schwartz                   Shirley Bloom                      Mariel Gerit                    Burce and Valerie Merritt
        Avi Levy                               Pamela C. Sellers                      Leslie Bowman                      Fredrick J. Glassman            Oscar Israel Meza
        Marsha B. Liss                         Dominique R. Shelton                   Reginald Brass / My Child          Gail A. Glick                   Jiliana L. Miller
        Melanie E. Lomax                       George Shohet                            Says Daddy                       Dorothy Goldman                 Julie A. Milligan
        Roger Lowenstein                       Tom and Lynne Shook                    Barbara Bratt                      Lelio Gonzalez                  Michele A. Minnix
        Mary Lund, PhD                         Peggy and Menachem Shoval              Joan R. Brenner                    GoodSearch.com                  Linda S. Oliphant Mitchell
        Lissa J. Marcus                        David R. Shraga                        Lester and Devra Breslow           Kathleen and Carl Goodwin       Eloisa Monroy
        Robert and Celeste Marin               Carol A. Silbergeld, LCSW              Cynthia A. Brown                   Mara Granderson                 Dr. Victor Morton, Ph.D.
        Jean A. Martin                         Isabel Silva                           James Buhai                        Sibylle Grebe                   Carol and Jerry Muchin
        Eulanda L. Matthews                    Yvonne Simon                           Lorraine and Marvin Buhai          Susan Grinsfelder               Steven Murray
        Janis M. McDonald                      Arlene Slater                          Adrienne M. Beyers                 Robert Gumbiner                 Marilyn H. Nelson
        McG                                    Talbott Smith                          John M. Caldwell, Jr.              Carolyn Buhai Haas              Alexis N. Nemeth
        Bobbie McMorrow                        Suzelle M. Smith                       Anna V. Cameron                    Carole Handler                  Ron and Paulette Nessim
        Donna D. Melby                         Edith J. Smith                         Renee L. Campbell                  Martha and Bruce Hanrahan       Hon. Jack M. Newman, Ret.
        Jeffrey and Lana Melman                Gail D. Solo                           Marlo Carruth                      Shawn R. Hare                   Hon. Alban I. Niles, Ret.
        Joe C. Mericle                         Sommer Appraisal Service, Inc.         Joanne Caruso                      Joyce Harris                    Willy and Thekla Nordwind
        Neal Millard                           Hon. Sheila Sonenshine, Ret.           Naomi Caryl                        Johnny Harris                   Ann and Theodore Nye
        Barbara Minkoff                        Penny St. John                         Emma Castro                        Alicia Harrison                 Law Offices of Ann M. Oakleaf
        Gary Minzer                            Star Office Supplies, Inc.             Elaine and Sterling Chaykin        George Harros                   Omunique Paralegal Services
        Mary Ann Mobley                        Darren and Lisa Statt                  Hilda Chorbajian                   Cassandra Hart-Franklin         Megan Orlando
        Modern Effects, Inc.                   Laura Steele                           Ray and Barbara Clark              Ann Haskins and Hugh Harrison   Jack Bender and Laura Owens
        Leslie Moldauer                        Henry Stewart / Professional           Ursula Clemons                     Hon. Terry J. Hatter            Hyon Paik and Bill Johnson
        Marta Ceja Mora                          Monitoring Service                   Carole Haber Cohen                 Carol Helbling                  Maria Palmas
        Sarah Moritz                           Sterling and Harriette Stuckey         Carl and Norma Cohen               Juanita Hernandez               Hon. Mary Parker, Ret.
        Scott and Darlene Mowrey               Evan Sussman                           Eileen Cohen-Shore                 Susan Hill                      Linda S. Peterson
        Neighborhood Legal Services            Fahi Takesh                            Eileen M. Cohn                     Dr. Ronald C. Hill              Lauren Petkin
          of Los Angeles County                Hon. Gretchen W. Taylor                Timothy R. Collins, Jr.            David Hochman                   Allison Platt
        Dr. and Mrs. H. V. Nelson              Brian Tinkham                          Renee Cook                         Hon. Michael Hoff               Jay and Carol Plotkin
        Judith C. Nesburn                      Peter Dormont and Barbara Torrest      Elizabeth Cortez                   Hon. Rose Hom                   Troy Poon
        Christine Lynn O’Connor, Esq.          Maria Tortorelli and Mark Livingston   Lisa Costanza                      Myra and Richard Hubacher       Amy and Sam Pryor
        Jerry and Pam Offsay                   Betty Betts Turner, J.D.               Mary B. Culbert                    Sharon Hulse                    Neil Quateman /
        Alice Oksman, PhD.                     Marie and Steve Twining                Allan H. Cutler                                                      Beyond Managment, LLC
                                                                                                                         Richard and Shriley Husar
        Merle and Michael Orlove               Jessica A. Uzcategui                   Heather Davis                                                      Regina Quaynor
                                                                                                                         Diane R. Hutkin
        Edward R. Ortega                       Bruce Vinokour                         Semilla Del Reino                                                  Robert and Esther Quon
                                                                                                                         Myraline M. Jamison
        Ellen Pansky                           Wanda Wade                             Syna Dennis                                                        Julie Reuter
                                                                                                                         Glen Janken
        Mark S. Patt                           Barbara Walker                         Kim Denton                                                         Julie Rivera-Coo
                                                                                                                         Dawn Comer Jefferson
        Councilmember Jan Perry                Phyllis and Cal Wallace                Destination Enterprises                                            Leo and Karen B. Roberts
                                                                                                                         Anne and Luther Jennings
        Barbara Pessis                         Loretta Warabow                        Desiree DeSurra                                                    Maria V. Rodriguez
                                                                                                                                            .
                                                                                                                         Hon. Samantha P Jessner
        Lee R. Petillon                        Ralph Ward                             Kathleen Dillon and Tom Scoble                                     Robert J. Roe
                                                                                                                         Eric C. Johnson
        Pearl Piatt                            Harlan Ward                            Jane Dion                                                          Yvette D. Roland
                                                                                                                         Hon. Barbara R. Johnson
        Glenda Pinney                          Law Office of Dasse Watts              Patricia Donahue                                                   Helen Rosin
                                                                                                                         Helen M. Jordan
        Suzy Pinto                             Elliot and Debbie Webb                 Lois Jean Drayton                                                  Matilda H. Rummage
                                                                                                                         Joelle and Guy Juillard
        Carla D. Pittman                       Arthur and Judith Weber                Armen and Rita Dumas                                               Elana Sanchez
                                                                                                                         Laurence Kaldor
        Thomas Pollak                          Charles Weber and                      Elaine Dutka                                                       Alan and Margaret Sandorf
                                                                                                                         Omar Karame
        Dolores Portillo                         Elissa Lenkin-Weber                  Ingrid Eagly                                                       Sharaun Sandoz
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   Cornel Sandoz                        Ronni Altman Cintron                  Jack and Georgiana Wiesner            California Statewide Certified         Los Angeles County Bar Foundation
   Anne-Marie Saunders                  Margarita Cortez                      Susan E. Wiesner                        Development Corporation              Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
   Barbara Rubin and Pierre Sauvage     Audrey Elena Eagly Cummings                                                 The California Wellness Foundation       Department (Inmate Welfare Fund)
   Courtney M. Schaberg                 Phyllis Elsky                         Institutional Support                 Charles & Lucille King Family          Los Angeles Cotillion Foundation
                                                                                                                      Foundation                           Los Angeles Times Family Fund
   Ruth Scheppers                       David Ettinger                        Over 65% of the Center’s support is   County of Los Angeles Community        Maurice Amado Foundation
   Nancy Scher                          Judith R. Forman and Richard Wein     the result of contracts and grants      and Senior Services, Community
   Judy Schmir                          Norma Irene Freeman                   from government, public and private     Services Block Grant Program         The Morrison & Foester Foundation
   John Schulman                        Jose Fresno                           foundations, civic and employee         (Districts 1, 2 and 4)               Resnick Family Foundation
   Paul and Jill Schulman               Sylvia Fresno                         organizations and bar associations.   County of Los Angeles Community        Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
                                                                              We are grateful to the following        and Senior Services CalWORKs         Stanley and Joyce Black Family
   Judy Schwartz-Behar                  Harry “Pat” Gordon                    entities for their support of the       Domestic Violence Supportive           Foundation
   Julianne M. Scott                    Don Gursey                            Center during calendar years 2006       Services Program                     State Bar of California Client Trust
   George Seide                         Kenneth Handler                       and 2007:                             The DLA Piper Foundation                 Fund Program
   Suzy Semerdjian                      Judge William Hogoboom                                                      The Eli and Edythe L. Broad            State Bar of California Equal Access
   Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Shapiro        Jordana Pearl Jacobson                2006-2007 Funders                       Foundation                             Fund
   Alvia and Diane Shaw                 Helen Jamieson                        1736 Family Crisis Center             Employee Community Fund                Susan and Lloyd Stockel Fund
   Steven R. Shepard                    Lisa Jaskol                                                                   of Boeing California                 Trope and Trope/USC Family Law
                                                                              AEGON Transamerica Foundation
   Lynne and Tom Shook                  Nedra Jenkins                                                               The Green Foundation                     Public Interest Family Law
                                                                              Aaroe Associates Charitable
   Lara H. Shortz                       Diane Foley Jones                      Foundation                           Henry and Sylvia Yaschik                 Fellowship
   Richard L. Silver, O.D.              Al and Fran Kandel                                                            Foundation                           The Turow Foundation
                                                                              Achieving America Family
   Clara Slifkin                        Patty Kestin                           Foundation                           Hollander Brothers Foundation, Inc.    Women Lawyers Association of
                                                                              American Academy of Matrimonial       J.B. and Emily Van Nuys Charities        Los Angeles
   Mary Elizabeth Smith                 Ann Kough
   Sharma, Smith & Gray, PC             Helen Kovary                           Lawyers Foundation                   Kaiser Permanente
                                                                              Anonymous                             The Lehman Brothers Foundation         Every effort has been made to print
   Denise N. Smith                      Ronald Kozuch
                                                                              Audrey & Sydney Irmas Charitable      Los Angeles Area Combined              the correct information. If you know
   Peter Spelman                        Susan Kussin                                                                                                       of any changes, please call the
                                                                               Foundation                             Federal Campaign
   Nancy Spero                          Ruth Lavine                                                                                                        Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
                                                                              Black Women Lawyers Association       Los Angeles Chapter, Links, Inc.
   Charlotte and Arthur Spiegelman      Brenda Logan’s mother                  of Los Angeles                                                              at (213) 388-7505, ext. 317.
                                                                                                                    Los Angeles County Bar Association,    Thank you.
   Elise Sinay Spilker                  Gloria Zatarain Lopez                 California Community Foundation         Family Law Section
   Joy and Martin Stanley               Elayne Mendlovitz
   Julia Stanton                        Sandy and Pauline Menein
   Alan Steckler                        Cindy Mercer
   Dave and Annette Steinberg           Aaron and Paula Nordwind
   Linda and Carl Stude
   Susan Szabo
   Diane M. L. Tan
   Hon. Meredith Taylor
   Joan C. Taylor
   George and Joan Taylor
   Hon. Sandra Thompson
                                        Betty L. Nordwind
                                        Linda Northrup
                                        Ellin Palmer
                                        Ruth Roemer
                                        Dr. Sidney Rosin
                                        Regina Rotstein
                                        Kristina Royce
                                                                                      July 31
                                                                                     Support
                                                                                                                    financials                             2007                      2006

   Pat Cummins and John Tietjen         Cheryl Segal
   Dr. Linda Tigner-Weekes, M.D.        Teri Seide
                                                                                     Government contracts                                                 604,657                477,951
   Hon. Bobbi Tillmon                   Chase Edward Simon                           Foundations                                                           65,103                 81,468
   Lynne Tracy                          Susan R. Stockel                             Special events                                                       477,006                372,272
   Greg Trattner                        Adrienne Vinetz
   Heidi S. Tuffias                     Susan Wiesner                                Foundations legal                                                    135,656                146,480
   Beatriz Valdez                       Joy Zopko                                    Individuals                                                           78,780                 21,779
   Wendy Vaughn                                                                      Client donations                                                       2,693                  2,287
   Law Office of Charles A. Ver Hoeve   In-Kind Contributions
   Mark and Jan Victor                  The Center received numerous in-              Total Support                                                1,363,895                1,102,237
   Debra Vilinsky, M.D.                 kind gifts, helping to reduce
   Bob Vinetz and Nancy Kezlarian       expenses and redirect funds to               Revenue
   Elliza Vorenberg                     program services. These
                                        contributions were made by the               Third-party contracts                                                206,460                243,366
   Gloria Waldinger
                                        following individuals and firms:             Manual sales                                                          10,450                  9,426
   Robert and Cindy Wang
                                        Buena Vista Home Entertainment
   Maxine F. Warner                                                                  Investment income                                                     23,292                 16,330
                                        California Family Law Report, Inc.
   Martha Warriner
                                        Valerie and Bradford S. Cohen                 Total Revenue                                                   240,202                  269,122
   Martin B. Wasser
                                        Sarah de Diego
   Donna Beck Weaver
   Carol Davies Whitaker
                                        Tanya Forsheit / Proskauer Rose LLP           Donated Services                                               1,542,298                   887,956
                                        Audrea Golding-Bitler / Fragomen,
   Joyce Wilson                           Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP               Total Support and Revenue                                    3,146,395                2,259,315
   Shulie Wities                        Maria Hamar
   Diane E. Wolf                        Patty Kestin                                 Expenses
   Roger H. Wood                        LexisNexis / Matthew Bender CA
   Bonnie H. Yaeger                       Family Law Monthly
                                                                                     Program Services: Family Law Legal Aid                          2,601,740                 1,858,397
                                        Loyola Law School                            Supporting Services:
   Gifts in Tribute                     Joan and Bruce May                           General Administrative and Fundraising                               407,851                374,536
   Donations were made to the           Jilana Miller
   Center during 2006 and 2007          Karen Rosin                                   Total Expenses                                               3,009,591                2,232,933
   paying tribute to the individuals    The Rutter Group, a division of
   listed below:                          Thomson West                                Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets                               136,804                    26,382
   Elayne Berg-Wilion                   Seven Pictures, Inc.
   Mike Braverman                       Julianne Scott                                Net Assets, Beginning of year                                       772,532                746,150
   Vera Brown-Curtis                    Judith Salkow Shapiro and                     Increase (Decrease) in net assets                                   136,804                 26,382
   Larsh K. Bristol                       Martin Shapiro
   Harriett Buhai                       Southwestern Law School                       Net Assets, end of the year                                     909,336                  772,532
   Lester Buhai                         Toybox Entertainment
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        Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
        3250 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 710
        Los Angeles, California 90010
        (213) 388-7505
        www.hbcfl.org

        A co-sponsored project of
        the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles,
        Los Angeles County Bar Association, and
        the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles




   our mission             We protect victims of domestic violence and improve the
                           well-being of children living in poverty. With the help of
                           volunteers, the Center provides free family law assistance
                           and legal education to the poor. We strive to empower people
                           in need and assure them meaningful access to the courts.



                                           our vision
                           We aspire to create a community where poverty
                           is not a barrier to those who seek to resolve
                           critical family law matters.
                                                                                          Design: Mike Diehl www.mikediehl.com

				
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