Feinberg & Waller is committed to supporting and serving the Greater Los Angeles community.
Feinberg & Waller attorneys have been drawn to the law out of a deep moral sense of social justice and a devotion to the welfare of others. Our firm serves the Greater Los Angeles area, and a law firm goal is to expand our relationship with the local community with service in our philanthropic work. We have pursued opportunities to use our firm’s resources to serve as leaders in our community through nonprofit organizations, civil and social initiatives, public policy advocacy, and furthering education. Our law firm is taking action on our commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity by further investing in transforming the lives of young people. Feinberg & Waller established an annual award in 2020 that honors a high school leader involved in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition,
The Feinberg & Waller Mock Trial Leadership Award
The Feinberg & Waller High School Leadership award/mentor program amplifies teen voice and action by highlighting one student each year who has made an impact on their team and community.
The mock trial program is an academic competition in which students acquire knowledge of the American judicial system. Students have the opportunity to experience the drama of the courtroom as they learn the importance of civic participation in a democratic society through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights. The firm wishes to support students involved in the program who are leaders in their communities for they will be our future attorneys, judges, activists, and public figures.
The Los Angeles Constitutional Rights Foundation mock trial program is a non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation. It is co-sponsored by:
- Daily Journal Corporation
- Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
- Los Angeles County Superior Court
2021 Applicant Criteria
This Award preferences students who have:
- A love of the law
- Leadership both on the mock trial team and in their community
- An Attorney/Pre-Trial role on their team
- A validated high school grade point average of a minimum 2.8
- An affiliation with a registered Los Angeles County Mock Trial team and enrollment at the team’s school
This Award will preference students who are:
- Rising juniors in high school; and
- BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and/or Disabled students*; or
- Active allies to the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and/or Disabled community
Please note, Marshall Waller and Lauren Waller are currently volunteer coaches for the Oaks Christian Mock Trial Team competing in Ventura County, California.
*Feinberg & Waller is constantly growing, self-educating, and learning when it comes to the nuances used to describe one’s race, ethnicity, or identity. For example, while we have chosen to use the term BIPOC, we understand this may not be your personal preference of language. When using that term, we use it to encompass the many varied and distinct Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, and Asian identities. If you feel misrepresented or underrepresented, please reach out with any concerns so we can reflect on our speech in the future.
Meet the 2021 Award Recipient: Jenna Ahmed
Ms. Ahmed is a junior at Mira Costa High School and has been involved in the Mock Trial program for four years. During her time on Mock Trial, she has been the Club Treasurer, was awarded MVP for 2020, and was awarded Best Overall LA County Defense Pre-Trial Attorney 2021. In addition to her time on Mock Trial, Ms. Ahmed has dedicated a large part of her life to service and social action. She is currently the co-president of her hometown's Diversify our Narrative (DON) chapter. DON is a student-led initiative demanding representation and diversity in the education system. She has been on initiatives that include petitioning and working with school boards and city councils. Her DON local chapter has focused on campaigns surrounding ethnic studies, history awareness months, and race relations. Through this program, she has advanced her knowledge of public policy and local law. She has interned for the DON National Team as a Fellowships Intern. During this internship, she met with government officials and their associates to discuss policy and opportunities for youth of color. She continues to work with her local chapter on issues surrounding representation in education and policy within her school district. She also served as the Head of Communications for DON's Youth Empowerment conference. In addition to her work through DON, she is one of three student members of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District's Equity Diversity and Social Justice committee. Recently, Ms. Ahmed also volunteered with the Justice for Bruce's Beach campaign, an organization led by Black women, intending to achieve reparations in the community. Her current goal is to pursue a joint Law degree paired with international human rights (or something related to that field). This goal was inspired by her time attending the ACLU's Youth Advocacy institute. We are so pleased to mentor Jenna Ahmed and highlight her dedication to her community.
Firm Volunteer History of Passion and Investment in our Community
Feinberg & Waller is pleased to share the efforts that attorney members of Feinberg & Waller have voluntarily taken outside of the firm’s substantive practice area and also in the family law community.
Produced a digital referral database of law resources for low-income families in Los Angeles and Ventura County and a free online video library of family law topics.
Helped form the Oaks Christian high school mock trial team (competing through the Ventura County Office of Education, partnered with the Constitutional Rights Foundation) in 2008. Continues to volunteer at Oaks Christian high school as an attorney coach teaching students about the law, presentation, and courtroom demeanor. Guest speaker for Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) – Regents of the University of California on a variety of family law topics. Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and member of their LGBTQ Committee, a group committed to better education and representation of LGBTQ matters as it pertains to family law. Served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Lodge Youth Services, a residential rehabilitation facility for juvenile offenders – Marshall Waller
Lobbied extensively for the cleanup of the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory due to environmental justice concerns over radiological risk to local communities. A track record of more than a decade advocating for equal civil rights for the LGBTQIA community. Advocated on behalf of victims of sexual abuse for stringent scrutiny and accountability within the Catholic church. Held the City of Calabasas accountable for responsible leadership in the land use context to foster both orderly development and environmental quality. Led a call for COVID-19 safety compliance within the California Courthouses to safeguard the well-being of the public. Active member of several community organizations including the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, National Charity League, Inc., Pierce Community College, Ahmanson Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Pepperdine Friends of the Theatre, and ARTS Reach at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. – Mary Ellen Waller
Guest speaker for Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) – Regents of the University of California for The Basics Conference regarding child and spousal support issues, The Family Law Conference – “Custody and Support Issues for Highly Mobile and International Families,” and webinars such as Family Law Intensive Courses regarding property, procedure, and support issues. – Sandy Salinas
Volunteered as a Judge Pro Tem on numerous matters such as family law restraining orders and small claims appeals. Volunteered through the Voluntary Attorney Settlement Team involving mediation and alleviating court congestion. – Brian Moore
Legal extern for Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent, assisting California prison inmates who requested legal assistance and has had volunteer affiliations with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Sova Food Pantry. – Adina Rosenfeld
Aided the local community and businesses of Sacramento by utilizing lobbying as a tool to effectuate statutory changes and reform. – Hunter McMillan
We are proud of our firm’s dedication to social impact; however, we must continually do more to responsibly address inequality and disparities in our society. We remain committed to bettering ourselves, our firm, and our community.