Thursday, October 19, 2017

When You Shall Come to the Land You Shall Plant Trees.

What an emotional discussion about THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN and today's world at Leanne Sobel's book club last night. Would we have been brave enough to send our children on the Kindertransport and is it better to be safe or be together? Thanks to Dorothy Corlin for the connection to these wonderful women's book club, hosted by Jessica Rothschild.

 I was especially touched by their gift of a tree planted in the Children's Forest in Israel.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

David Duchrow Wins Award! (air horn sounds)

David Duchrow-Attorney Extraordinaire!! Not only one of the best lawyers in the Los Angeles area but he gives back to his community, too! Congrats to David on receiving the Joe Posner Award!!! @DavidDuchrow #FightfortheWorkers #Winning

Announcement-Joe Posner Award

The Joe Posner Award Committee is pleased
 to announce David Duchrow as this year's Joe Posner Award recipient.
Our committee members wanted to recognize someone who embodies Joe's inspiring qualities, which David certainly does.  This year, we are also very happy to recognize one of CELA's "unsung heroes," someone who does not seek the limelight but rather works tirelessly behind the scenes to help CELA achieve its mission of advancing the rights of California workers and empowering the advocates who represent them.

Those who have met David know of his quiet and gentle demeanor.  But those who have worked with David also know of his thunderous impact on CELA and working people.  To quote one of our committee members, "David has made a huge contribution to CELA, with the selflessness of a Joe Posner."

David has been practicing law since 1982.  After faithfully reading Joe Posner's employment law articles in the Daily Journal, he was inspired to leave his union side firm and eventually establish his own firm representing workers.  His impact on the law was made through many ways, including his appellate work, such as Johnson v. City of Loma Linda (California Supreme Court case involving issue preclusion in public employee cases) and Jensen v. Wells Fargo (a groundbreaking decision for disability rights, establishing among other things, recognition of PTSD as a protected disability and the right to non-competitive transfer as a form of reasonable accommodation).  On behalf of workers, he has written numerous appellate and amicus briefs and argued before the California Supreme Court such as in the case of Schifando v. City of LA and Richey v. AutoNation.  He also persuaded the Board to expand beyond employment law and to allow CELA to sign on as an amicus, under his name, in the historic Marriage Equality Cases before the United States Supreme Court.

David's service to CELA spans decades and includes eleven years on the CELA Board, including a term as Chair from 2007 to 2009.  Among his committee service, he served on the Education Committee for the past 10 years. As an early member of the Listserv Committee, he helped establish listserv protocol and rules.  In 2012, when Jeff Winikow was elevated to the bench, the Board pressed David into service to head CELA's Amicus Committee.  This is a job of mammoth proportion.  David remains abreast of developments in employment law to identify opportunities for CELA's voice to be heard; fields requests from CELA members, and allied organizations, for CELA to provide support via "friend of the court" amicus briefs; reviews, edits and approves all CELA filings; and frequently authors or co-authors CELA's briefs.

David has demonstrated his commitment to diversity in CELA and in his own law practice.  During his term as Chair, David encouraged CELA to create our sibling non-profit, the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion & Resources, nurturing FAIR through incorporation and establishment of non-profit status (with the generous assistance of the late John Weiss, another Posner Award recipient) and CELA Executive Director Christina Krasomil.  Over the years, David also served as a member of CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee for several years and has carried through on a personal commitment to outreach to individuals from diverse backgrounds to join CELA.  Many of them remain active members of CELA and some now sit on the boards of CELA and FAIR.  In his own law practice, David has hired at least four law clerks through the FAIR Employee Justice Fellowship program, two of whom he then hired as associates.

Given David's many accomplishments and amazing dedication, please join the members of the Posner Award Committee and the CELA Board in congratulating him on this well-deserved honor. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Can't Wait for the Book Club

Thanks to Leanne Sobel's book club for inviting me to talk about The Children's Train tomorrow in Englewood, Colorado.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

For All You "I Stand" People out there:

No one said you couldn’t stand. You are not required to march either. But please, LET US kneel and LET US march in support of social justice. And don’t hide behind the veterans and the flag. Peaceful protest is exactly what our veterans fought for. Making sure we are all treated equally is what our flag represents. My husband died from his chemical exposure during his military service and if he were here, he would proudly kneel and march, loving this country for giving us the right to always try to make it better for ALL our citizens. So, please, let us kneel and let us march because we are still fighting for this country’s ambition of liberty and justice for ALL!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pick a Side

Don't underestimate the power of the America people to fight hatred even in our own leaders.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Local Author Spotlight

Local Author Spotlight

The Children’s Train: Escape on the Kindertransport

Historical Fiction Book about the Holocaust

By Jana Zinser
In November 1938 on The Night of the Broken Glass, the Jewish people of Germany are terrified as Hitler’s men shatter their store windows, steal and destroy their belongings, and arrest many Jewish fathers and brothers. Parents fear for their own lives but their focus is on protecting their children. When England arranges to take the children out of Germany by train, the Kindertransport is organized and parents scramble to get places on the trains for their young family members, worried about what the future will hold. Soon, trains filled with Jewish children escaping the Nazis chug over the border into Holland, where they are ferried across the English Channel to England and to freedom. But for Peter, the shy violin player, his sister Becca, and his friends Stephen and Hans, life in England holds challenges as well. Peter’s friend Eva, who did not get a seat on the Kindertransport, is left to the evil plans of Hitler. Peter, working his musician’s hands raw at a farm in Coventry, wonders if they should have stayed and fought back instead of escaping. When the Coventry farm is bombed and Nazis have reached England, Peter feels he has nothing left. He decides it’s time to stand and fight Hitler. Peter returns to Germany to join the Jewish underground resistance, search for the mother and sister he left behind in Berlin, and rescue his childhood friend Eva.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Never Give Up

Sometimes through courage and stubborn determination life brings an unexpected victory after so many defeats. A Bublish excerpt from THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN Chapter 45  Click Here

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Adventurous Women's Club

Thanks to Jonna Villines and her friends for hosting me at their  group called Adventurous Women. 

Last month dog sledding, this month THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN.

Monday, January 30, 2017

We're All in This Together

This is not a Republican - Democrat fight. This is the heart and soul of our country fight. If you live here, you're in it. Speak up!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Still True Today.

Thomas Jefferson said, "Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."