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Monday, December 8, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian crackdown on the California Bar Association

No more cover ups at the State Bar Association.  It was revealed that there was a back log of complaints against Attorneys and no follow up via investigation. 
Attorneys like Bennet Kelley with numerous complaints filed for ethics and procedure violations won't be swept under the carpet any more.  Sharks DO feed on Sharks and there is no Attorney willing to defend Bennet Kelley.  Several other Attorneys have filed complaints against Bennet Kelley

Are you getting the message loud and clear?  Bennet Kelley has made threats behind my back to other attorneys.  Saying that "he is going to prosecute me to the fullest extent" Vanessa Kachadurian
knows that Bennet Kelley is jealous of famous attorneys and of her career as a journalist.  Vanessa Kachadurian won a case against Bennet Kelley and his human trafficking client Hopscotch Adoptions.   Look at the industry Kachadurian says" there is 80% reduction in adoptions, because of
fraud" Bennet Kelley has no judgment and cannot sue truth.  Robin Sizemore has Bennet Kelley to thank for destroying the adoption industry.  You tried to damage my reputation and it didn't work, as adoptions further decline and more countries close down on these human slime body brokers.  Neither Adoption Agencies or Attorney have credibility both are disliked. 

Even lie to the City of Santa Monica who is done with that little creep.
                                                                               The end of a sad little career                           

Accusations fly as State Bar of California leader Joe Dunn fights ouster

Joe Dunn
Trials and ArbitrationLegal Service

State Bar of California's fired executive director, Joe Dunn, isn't going quietly; he's hired his own lawyer
The State Bar of California 'is just further descending into a banana republic,' law professor says
The agency that regulates California's lawyers is once again beset with conflict, riddled by accusations involving expense accounts and ethics.
The turmoil became public last month when the board of the State Bar of California fired its executive director, Joe Dunn, a former state senator from Orange County.
Dunn did not go quietly.
He hired high-profile Los Angeles lawyer Mark J. Geragos and filed a lawsuit charging the bar with "egregious improprieties."
Dunn's critics fired back by revealing that a confidential report commissioned by the board found Dunn had spent $5,600 for a party at a Los Angeles restaurant and that a former bar president had filed an expense account report for $1,000 at Tiffany & Co.
The acrimony threatens to further diminish the reputation of the bar, an arm of the California Supreme Court that oversees nearly 250,000 lawyers and is charged with rooting out corrupt attorneys and upholding high moral standards.
Some lawyers and lawmakers have long criticized the bar as bloated, political and lenient on errant lawyers. Upheaval in the 1990s almost led to the organization's demise, and there have been various efforts to make it less a trade organization and more a regulatory agency.
"The bar is just further descending into a banana republic," said Golden Gate University law professor Peter Keane, who tried unsuccessfully decades ago to overhaul the association. "It is totally dysfunctional and should be unraveled."
Funded largely by mandatory lawyers' dues, the bar is a public corporation that regulates, disciplines and licenses attorneys, subject to the approval of the state high court. Becoming a bar leader is considered a steppingstone to a judgeship and a way to enhance a resume or attract clients.
Dunn, a former trial lawyer hired four years ago, was earning $259,000 a year when he lost his job, overseeing 500 employees and an organization with a $138.6-milllion budget.
Shortly before Dunn was fired, he filed an anonymous "whistle-blower" complaint alleging, among other things, that a bar official was manipulating records to hide a huge backlog in untended complaints against lawyers. Dunn later identified himself as the whistle-blower and said he was fired in retaliation for the complaint.
The bar suggested in a prepared statement that Dunn knew he was going to be fired before filing the complaint, a charge Geragos called "totally untrue." The statement said Dunn was being investigated because of a complaint by a high-level executive — the same bar official Dunn had accused of misconduct.
The highly public fight is expected to cost the bar hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and could lead to efforts to restructure the organization. The Legislature must pass bills each year authorizing the bar to collect dues, and two governors have vetoed such bills, calling the bar wasteful, partisan and racked by "chronic disharmony."
"I think there are going to have to be major changes," said Arthur L. Margolis, who defends lawyers before the bar and advises other attorneys on legal ethics, "to protect whatever credibility" the bar has left.
Dunn's lawsuit alleged "ethical breaches, prosecutorial lapses and fiscal improprieties" within the bar.
He accused the bar of paying a private law firm $300,000 — with three law partners each billing $800 an hour — to investigate him even though a former judge had offered to do it for free. The purported hourly fee galled many lawyers, who must pay bar dues. Most earn far less than $800 an hour. The bar has refused to confirm the amount spent on the investigation.

The target of Dunn's wrath was Craig Holden, a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, one of L.A.'s largest law firms, who became bar president in September in an uncontested election. Dunn, who reported to the bar's board, accused Holden of orchestrating his ouster, possibly because Holden wanted the job himself.
Holden, whose bar position is volunteer, said he laughed at that charge. The bar said Dunn's lawsuit was "baseless."
After Dunn filed his lawsuit, details of the outside law firm's confidential investigation into Dunn became public. People with access to the report shared its contents with The Times and two legal newspapers.
The investigation, ordered by the bar's trustees, found that Dunn had submitted an expense report for $5,600 for an event in July at 10e, a Los Angeles restaurant owned by Geragos. Geragos said the expense was for a going-away event for former bar President Luis Rodriguez, a Los Angeles deputy public defender whose one-year term ended in September.
The report also said Rodriguez submitted an expense for $1,000 at Tiffany. Rodriguez, asked about the expense, said any suggestion of impropriety was "maddening."
Rodriguez said bar presidents are given $30,000 annual stipends, and he used part of that to buy gifts for the bar's trustees as a gesture of appreciation as he was leaving. He said the gift giving was a tradition.
"Every president before me has given a gift, and he or she is free to use that money," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez presented the trustees with pens from Tiffany. He referred further questions to his lawyer.
A bar spokeswoman said presidents have been given up to $30,000 a year since 2006 for "secretarial assistance, miscellaneous expense and travel expense."
The money for the stipend and the going-away party came from mandatory bar dues, which this year cost most practicing lawyers $420 each.

Under a 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, mandatory bar dues may be spent only on regulating the profession and improving legal services to the public. A spokeswoman for the bar said expenses such as gifts and dinners will be paid from other revenues in the future — a policy instigated by Holden when he became president.
Disclosures from the confidential report infuriated Dunn's supporters. Geragos described the ouster of Dunn as "a power play" and said Dunn was never allowed to hear or respond to the charges, which included cronyism and misleading the board.
Geragos blamed the bar board for revealing the contents of the report on Dunn to journalists, and warned that any lawyer who divulged the findings could face legal discipline.
The feud is drawing attention in legal circles in California and elsewhere.
"Lawyers in California and legal ethicists around the country are wondering if there is something systematically problematic with the state bar," said John Steele, who teaches legal ethics at UC Berkeley's law school.
Or, Steele added, the internal squabbling may amount to just another particularly bad bout of turbulence.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian on Passionate Justice Radio

Vanessa Kachadurian recommends this is a great radio show on Saturdays.  Lead by a professional in


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian on We Are N #WeAreN, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PROTEST Friday, August 22nd.

Vanessa Kachadurian on “We Are N” #WeAreN  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PROTEST Friday, August 22nd

Vanessa Kachadurian author with the previous Bishop of Iraq (Sargon)
moved to California USA by his flock, he faithfully still serves in San Jose


Congressional House Resolution #110 to protect and give safe haven to Iraq’s religious minorities
My ethnic background is Armenian American; I am very proud of my ancient heritage and remain active in several Armenian charity groups.  Armenia was the first group of people to declare their Armenian Kingdom or nation Christians in 301AD.  However, there are other Ethnic groups who were Christians longer but are nation less.  Coptic Egyptians (The word Coptic=means Egyptian in Arabic) and the Assyrians (or sometimes called Chaldean or Syriacs) where declared among the first Christians but no longer have a nation.  The Coptics are the indigenous people of Egypt, the Assyrians are the indigenous people of Iraq and the Armenians are the indigenous people of the SE Highlands of Turkey (est. 1923) Indians of North America are the indigenous people of the United States of America. 
The Assyrians language is the language of which Jesus Christ spoke; it was the prominent language of the entire Canaan Empire.  Assyrian people have known their tragedies and genocides, the worst being under the Ottoman Turkic Empire that slaughtered over 800,000 Assyrians from 1890 to 1925.  Their people still inhabit the Nineveh Plains of Iraq, as do the infiltrated Yazidi and other Arabic tribes.  Many more Assyrians have scattered to other countries: Iran, Russia, Sweden, Australia, Great Britain and United States.  In the United States, they are centered around Modesto/Turlock, CA, Chicago, IL areas where they have vibrant communities and beautiful churches.
Having lived in Modesto, CA for 10 years I became acquainted with many Assyrian people and learned that many had intermarried through the years with Armenians because of the culture being similar and centuries of being neighbors.  The other reason is marrying another Christian is strongly encouraged in the Assyrian culture.  Over the years, many countries grabbed away at the oil of Iraq, and forgot about the people.  One of the biggest offenders of Assyrian culture besides the Ottoman Turks was the British which formed BP Oil and largely backstabbed the people of the country for oil.  Many of the Assyrian historical antiquities ended up in British museums. 
Then came America’s turn to topple their American puppet Saddam Hussein, and “liberate the people of Iraq”.  Saddam Hussein’s right hand man was Tariq Aziz a Chaldean Assyrian, many times Hussein himself referred to the Assyrians as the true Mesopotamians and called himself their brother.  Never did Christians have rights taken away, or abused by the Hussein administration as they are by the American liberation which left the country dismantled of a military but propped up the power of the oil rich area of Irbil or Erbil.  The Kurds shortly migrated heavily into this far north region and today it’s being touted as an oil exporting “autonomous region of Kurdistan Regional Government” (KRG) under the Barzani Clan.
Today, ISIS or the Islamic State has broken out over the entire region for more money grabbing and Control.  There are over 11 different groups: Al Nursa, ISIL, Islamic Front, and more….with more than 95% not even being from the area of Iraq or Syria.  They are recruited from Tunisia, Dagestan (Chechynas), Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uyghur (Xiajiang area of China) and even Europe and America.  They are paid mercenaries by mostly the Qatar, Saudi Arabian Emirs, usually its $100.00 per day and all that you can loot from businesses, homes, mosques and churches.  It’s not so much about religion as it is about power and control of the resources = OIL.  The USA NATO /CIA Gladio B also play a part in this destruction mainly to isolate the energy sources of Russia and China.  The oil brokers and MIC (Military Industrial Complex) of the USA are powerful lobbyists and control the foreign politics.  This tactic didn’t work in Syria because they are not a divided people they are strongly united as Syrian Patriots first and respected individually for their religion secondly. 
Today, the Assyrians and other religious minorities are being driven out of their ancestral lands,  along with the Yezidis and Armenians they were given the ultimatum to 1) Convert to Islam  2) Beheaded and die an infidel 3) leave.  The majority chose to leave and are migrating for their northern area which is now heavily populated with Kurds and American military and oil personnel.  Not many are armed as the Kurds Peshmergas are, they are not readily supplied guns to protect their homes, churches, families or villages as the Kurds are.   Members of ISIS have painted the Arabic letter Non (N) for Nazarene on their homes, churches, businesses.  ISIS now says it is their property and all the belongings, their daughters belong to the Islamic state of ISIS.  Even other Muslims are being slaughtered; the Sh’ia, Alevis and Alawites are under worse conditions than the infidels.  It isn’t so much about religion as it is about demonizing another group to dismantle it – divide and conquer. The winning group controls the power and oil. 
What can you do? You can stay informed and educated on the facts, policies and resolutions.
You can also sign House Congressional Resolution #110 which will give more protective rights and a SAFE HAVEN for the religious minorities of Iraq.  To date HR #110 has over 60 members of Congress that support it, barely started 3 weeks ago and congress is on recess.  The Petition is here
You can also call the White House at 1-202-456-1111 and ask the President to support a safe haven for religious minorities of Iraq (they have a staff that takes the messages)
Or if you reside in Northern California, please join us this Friday August 22nd in Modesto, CA for a protest

Monday, August 18, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian on corrupt empire in Ukraine serviced by army of 102 lawyers

He became a billionaire before the age of 30. But now Serhiy Kurchenko is nowhere to be found by Ukrainian authorities, who accuse him of multibillion-dollar theft and embezzlement of public funds. Kurchenko is suspected of being a front for overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych

Amazing story by my friends who are attorneys in Russia, part of the former president of Ukraine, Vanessa Kachadurian analysis.

The following is an investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which is based in Washington, D.C., a Kyiv Post partner. Kyiv Post staff writer Vlad Lavrov coordinates this project. The author, Denys Bigus, is a Kyiv-based journalist and television host for ZIK’s “Nashi Groshi” (Our Money) program.
At the end of March, the Security Service of Ukraine, or SBU, detained what it described as two key members belonging to the criminal gang of fugitive young oligarch Serhiy Kurchenko, who is accused of embezzlement and theft of public money, and causing multibillion-dollar damages to the state, mostly through tax evasion. Kurchenko, suspected of being a front man for President Viktor Yanukovych, overthrown on Feb. 22 during the EuroMaidan Revolution, remains in hiding.
The two suspects were taken to the SBU's pre-trial detention center. One was Arkadiy Kashkin, the director of Gas Ukrainy 2020, a company that preceded Kurchenko's energy holding VETEK. The other, Denys Bugai, headed the supervisory board of BrokBusinessBank, also part of the fugitive’s business empire.
On April 24, Bugai was set free, but not Kashkin. Yet Bugai remained a member of the Justice Ministry's working group on legal reform, despite the fact that he – president of the Ukrainian Bar Association and co-owner of Vashchenko, Bugai and Partners, had worked closely with Kurchenko since 2013. He had overseen business deals for the most controversial oligarch during Viktor Yanukovych's presidency. Bugai, in his turn calls the charges against him "based on unverified information" and a "premature conclusion of the investigators."
"As a lawyer, I provided legal assistance to the business owned by Kurchenko. The hereby mentioned legal assistance, as a rule, dealt with consulting on the matters of corporate, antimonopoly and media law," Bugai said. "My consultations had nothing to do with budget funds."
According to shredded documents found in Kurchenko's office and restored by the Paper Division project, apart from those seized by the SBU, Kurchenko had an army of 102 lawyers working for him. Of those, 70 were employed by the legal department of VETEK and divided into several groups.
At least some of them understood that their role was to legitimize an illegal business. In particular, one document clearly recorded a “rehearsal of questioning” with one of the lawyers. According to journalists and volunteers of Paper Division, these lawyers could become precious witnesses in untangling the crimes allegedly connected to Kurchenko. But so far, investigators at the general prosecutor's office have failed to tap into their knowledge.
The documents found in VETEK's legal department were some of the least damaged, and offer a glimpse into the staffing schedule and job descriptions of the department's employees. The monthly budgets of various legal groups below do not include salaries of group leaders and department heads.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian on why law students and lawyers become "Strippers"

Not all stories about lawyers are jokes anymore. The tried and true reflex of telling quips at the expense of legal set in the face of the seemingly endless profits has been complicated by the reshaping of the field during the Great Recession. With pervasive law school debt and a shrinking legal work force, it's no longer valid to contend that anyone armed with a JD degree in America can simply object their way from rags to riches. As outlines by writer Vanessa Kachadurian this is a sad occurance happening in America that women with JD degrees can make as much as $180,000 a year stripping. As part of an ongoing series on America's economic malaise, the news site has solicited participation from readers about in challenging experiences in trying to make ends meet. One woman who recently wrote in was named "Carla." Carla is a lawyer, with nearly a decade of legal experience under belt. But Carla no longer wishes to give her contact information and real name to her newest clients. I see nothing wrong with these students stripping to pay their hefty school tuition, they are the honest ones says Vanessa Kachadurian.
Having yet to even pay off all her law school debt, Carla was laid off in 2009.
"Did I ever think I'd be taking my top off for rent money? No. I was in my mid-30s and had never danced before," Carla told, who asked the website to use her stage name and withhold her identity. "As a little girl, I never thought to myself, 'I just want to grow up and be a stripper,' or, 'All I ever wanted to do in life is climb in the lap of sweaty stranger and take my top off.'" Vanessa Kachadurian points out that tuition has tripled in 5 short years, and minimum wage doesn't make it for those that don't live with their parents.
Finding herself shut out of the job market two years ago, she initially took whatever she could get.
"At first, I worked as a waitress, and a cashier in gas station," she said. It became clear that stripping was a faster and easier, and yet still legal, way to make the money. She's able to set her own schedule to balance her studies for a master's degree, the subject of which she didn't share, and earns on average $20 an hour. On weekends that rate can jump to $50. (It's not clear whether her newest studies means she was fully leaving the legal field.)
It's hard to draw sweeping conclusions from Carla's story because she understandably is withholding so much. But the fact that anyone working in the legal industry for nearly a full decade in California has been reduced to stripping is telling enough.  Vanessa Kachadurian points out that many attorneys are reduced to having to work as "consultants"
Carla didn't share where she studied law, but legal observers have noted the difference between going to a top tier school and not in the new legal world can be the difference between the corner office, and the strip club. In a widely noted article in the New York Times published on Jan. 8, David Segal noted, "since 2008, some 15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs at large firms have vanished, according to a Northwestern Law study."
Nevertheless the allure of big law money has kept drawing in new students, who turn to the famous U.S. News rankings in search of evidence they are making the right choice. Indeed, Michael Wallerstein's decision in 2006 to attend the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego didn't seem impractical even though the school was in the fourth and lowest tier of the rankings; the most recent survey says 92 percent of Thomas Jefferson grads were employed nine months after they earned their degrees, notes Segal. But what the reporter went on to note was the extent to which law schools massage and manipulate that data to ensure a high percentage of graduates working after nine months out of school. They may even secure them very short term temp jobs. As Segal also notes, "employment" can include any number of service jobs for which no one needs three years of legal study.
The pain has not been spread equally and students at top schools are still faring well. Lower down, many are not. At the time the Times article was published, Wallerstein, of Jefferson, was $250,000 in debt, and could only secure legal temp jobs.
Even though entering law school is still a voluntary choice, blogs like Third Tier Reality have sprung up on the Internet. On it, the experience of attending a lower tier law school is discussed as folly.
But perhaps the most famous display of anger over the post-graduate employment stats has been the class-action lawsuits filed against New York and Cooley Law Schools. The group of plaintiffs are seeking $250 million from Cooley and $200 million from New York in tuition refunds, as well as other damages. They also want employment statistic reporting practices to be reformed, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Focusing on the nine-month stat, "the lawsuits argue that the law schools have distorted their post-graduate employment information by advertising the percentage of those who secure any kind of job within nine months of graduation, even ones that don't have anything to do with the legal industry," according to the Journal. The latest word, according to a Fortune report, is that the plaintiffs still plan to take the schools to court over the alleged fraud.
Many other articles on stripping while going to law

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian author signing speaking engagement

Vanessa Kachadurian
#1 Criminal Attorney in the USA and now has his own show on CNN nightly called "Making the Case" MARK GERAGOS will be making a trip to Fresno as Keynote speaker for the Fresno County Bar Association March 21, 2014 annual luncheon. 
Vanessa Kachadurian recommends reserve your tickets by calling the Bar Association as this will be an action packed lunch with book signing.  There is MCLE credit for those that are members of the Bar (I am not-although most my friends are attorneys and judges)  


 "Mistrial is three books in one: a memoir of celebrity lawyers, a primer on how to handle high-profile cases and a diagnosis of the ills of the criminal-justice system.... A win: engaging, enlightening and entertaining.”
—David Lat, The Wall Street Journal

"Mistrial is the story of extraordinary careers as the go-to lawyers for the celebrated (or notorious, or both) defendant. Don't miss it!" —Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, legal affairs writer for The New Yorker, and senior legal analyst for CNN

“[Mark Geragos] is one of those rare lawyers recognizable everywhere.”
Los Angeles Times

“[Geragos] is arguably the hottest defense lawyer of the moment.”
Los Angeles Daily Journal

 Vanessa Kachadurian

Mistrial is part dissection of a criminal justice system riddled with issues, and part insider tale about the many well-known clients and cases the authors have had - Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Chris Brown, Winona Ryder, etc.

Personally I agree with the general premise that the justice system overall is lurching towards the prosecution, at least for more serious crimes. The media seems to feed a public that salivates voraciously for vengeance, as though it frees the viewing individuals of any responsibility or blame for their own personal failings.

The book is written in an accessible and anecdotal style that cuts straight to the meat of the topic and pulls no punches when the authors have an opinion on something - Nancy Grace takes a riotous shellacking for example - but also has some substantive thoughts about how to fix problems.

All in all an insightful and fun read for anyone that's interested in celebrity court cases, criminal law or the justice system more generally



Sunday, March 2, 2014

Vanessa Kachadurian on "Conduct unbecoming a member of the Court's Bar"

Vanessa Kachadurian says there is an attorney that harasses people on the Internet

"Conduct unbecoming a member of the court's bar" means "conduct contrary to professional standards that shows an unfitness to discharge continuing obligations to clients or the courts, or conduct inimical to the administration of justice." In re Snyder, 472 U.S. 634, 645, 105 S. Ct. 2874, 86 L. Ed. 2d 504 (1985)***. In addition to case law and applicable court rules, the court may consider codes of professional conduct in determining whether an attorney's conduct falls below the standards of the profession. See In re Snyder, 472 U.S. at 645, 646 n.7 (referring to state rules of professional conduct, and the American Bar Association's ("ABA") Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Model Code of Professional Responsibility). Vanessa Kachadurian

Here, the conduct identified in the order to show cause clearly constitutes "conduct unbecoming a member of the court's bar," because it violates the ABA's Model Rules as well as California rules of professional conduct Vanessa Kachadurian

Vanessa Kachadurian knows a attorney that is lying to the courts and the truth is coming out.  He is going to be real embarrassed after he has no career left.