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Community Outreach

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 is pleased to establish an annual award to honor 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 will amplify 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

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

Meet This Year’s Award Recipient: Alina Champon
 
Ms. Champon is a junior at San Marino High School where she is the team captain for her mock trial team. Beyond having a clear love for mock trial, she showed us a record of leadership and commitment to her community. She has dedicated an outstanding number of hours to multiple philanthropic organizations. Some of her favorite philanthropies are Villa Esperanza (serving intellectually/developmentally disabled individuals), Ability First (providing programs and services to help children and adults with disabilities) and Union Station Homeless Services (helping adults and families facing hunger, homelessness, and poverty in the community). She has spoken publicly as an advocate for Laotian people at the Laotian American National Alliance and the Lao Refugee Reunion. She has joined the International Youth Tobacco Control and went on to lobby and testify at a Los Angeles Board of Supervisors meeting to ensure that flavored tobacco products were banned. She is also the Director of Publicity for the Gay-Straight Alliance at her high school. We are so pleased to mentor Alina Champon and highlight her dedication to her 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.

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 https://www.feinbergwaller.com/family-law/family-law-resources/ and a free online video library of family law topics

https://www.feinbergwaller.com/in-the-media/.The firm (spearheaded by Mary Ellen Waller)

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 attorney coach teaching student 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 ARTSReach 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

Led a weekly mentorship program through iMentor Global for inner-city high school girls and boys in South Central, Los Angeles. Assisted high school youths in developing social-emotional and critical thinking skills and guiding students through the college application process, scholarship opportunities and provides ongoing mentorship after graduation. – Elizabeth Guerin Dickinson

Volunteered at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law; Street Law instructor at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services; and volunteer for Lawyers for Good Government. – Sarah Diane Gorrell

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.