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Andrews · Lagasse · Branch & Bell LLP Co-Hosts Diversity Reception:

On January 15, 2009, Andrews · Lagasse · Branch & Bell LLP co-hosted the “California Public Utilities Commission Reception of Diverse Lawyers and Minority Owned Law Firms” with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. The Reception took place at The University Club (750 B Street, Suite 3400, San Diego, CA 92101) from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

 Jon Andrews Receives Prestigious "40 under 40" Award:

Jon Andrews was selected as one of San Diego's 40 outstanding young leaders in 2008 by the San Diego Metropolitan Magazine in its 9th annual "40 under 40" honor roll. This prestigious award recognizes the business accomplishments and community contributions of 40 of San Diego's brightest young business professionals, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders, all of whom are under 40 years of age. View Article

Margi Bell profiled in July 2008 issue of The Resource:

Partner and co-founder Margi Bell was recently profiled in the July 2008 issue of The Resource, a publication issued by The San Diego Society for Human Resources Management. View Article

Margi Bell voted a 2008 "Super Lawyer":

Margi Bell was recently voted a Southern California - San Diego "Super Lawyer" for the second consecutive year, an award given to the top 5% of San Diego attorneys in the area of Employment and Labor Law.

Grand Opening:

On October 22, 2007, four former partners from one of California's largest law firms announced the launch of Andrews · Lagasse · Branch & Bell LLP, a 100% minority and female owned law firm. View Article

Community Involvement

Margi Bell has been elected to serve as President of the San Diego chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management ("SHRM") in 2009. Ms. Bell served on the Board of Directors as Vice President, Legislation, in 2006 and 2007 and she served as the President-Elect in 2008.

Jonathan Andrews has been elected to the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, an organization for which he previously volunteered as a "Big Brother" for six years.

Jennifer Branch volunteers as a Judge for the San Diego Teen Court Program, a diversion program that works in association with the Juveline Court, where first-time juvenile offenders accept responsibility for a crime they have committed and agree to have a binding sentence imposed by a jury of their peers.  When juvenile offenders fulfill their sentencing requirements, the record of their offense is permanently expunged. 

   Jennifer Hamilton serves as a Barrister in the Louis M. Welsh American Inns of Court which is an organization that fosters professionalism, civility and ethics in the legal profession through a mentoring program consisting of judges and lawyers at varying stages of their careers.

Ms. Hamiliton provides pro bono legal services to the Eastern Division Civil Rights Pro Bono Panel for Prisoner Rights. As a member of the panel, Ms. Hamilton provides legal services for inmate cases filed under 42 USC 1983 which have survived summary judgement.

Mr. Andrews volunteers for the Legal Aid Society of San Diego's Peer Mediation program - a program designed to help young people work out disagreements in a peaceful, constructive way. For the past six years, Mr. Andrews has volunteered for Legal Aid, including handling/supervising litigation and transactional matters on behalf of Legal Aid clients and participating in the organizations' Peer Mediation program. 

Speaking Engagements

On February 19, 2009 from 11am - 1pm (PST) Jennifer Branch will present a webinar on the Prevention of Unlawful Harassment in the Workplace. All members of the Christian Brothers Risk Pooling Trust are invited to attend.  Click the following link to register.  www.cbservices.org/cbs/risk_management/seminars.html  

 Margi Bell spoke on Workplace Investigations at the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management 2009 Law Day Conference on January 21, 2009.  Ms. Bell is the current President of SDSHRM.

Ms. Bell also presented at the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management North Coast Breakfast Meeting Legal Update on January 28, 2009 at 8:00 a.m.