Saturday, May 6, 2017
$50,000 in total fundraising
Winner and Judges' Choice Award: Jimmy's Brother of Farella Braun + Martel / Winston & Strawn for Rocket Dog Rescue
What a great night at the Fifth Annual Law Rocks San Francisco on Saturday! Five bands rocked the The Chapel in a tight competition before an amazing performance by Jerry Harrison and his All-Star Friends. The winner at night's end? Jimmy's Brother who raised over 5K for Rocket Dog Rescue and rocked hard enough to garner a third of the audience vote! A special shout out to runner up 12th Root of 2 who raised over 13K for Blue Bear School of Music and St. Anthony Foundation. Congratulations to all the bands and a huge thank you to every attendee, participant, and especially our sponsors: Fox Rothschild LLP, Martinelli's, JND Legal Administration, Airbnb, Kessenick, Gamma & Free and First Republic Bank.
Back for its 5th appearance at Law Rocks, 12th Root of Two plays tunes from the Rolling Stones, the Who and other classic rock bands. Band members give back to the community, through Bar service, community volunteer activities, and playing for numerous charitable events in Northern California.
Featuring legal talent from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Rocking for ACLU of Northern California
The Combinations is a large band from the SF office of Morgan Lewis. They combine a wicked horn section, great guitars and bass, amazing vocalists and phenomenal keyboard player. Along with our talented drummer, The Combinations hope that you enjoy their hybrid 70's R&B/Motown,funk vibe. We love playing together and believe that music makes the world a better place! Happy to lend our time and talent to fundraise!
Featuring legal talent from Cutler Law Group; Hanson Bridgett
Rocking for Legal Aid Society of San Mateo
Generator is a 4 piece classic rock 'n roll band comprised of lifetime musicians. It was established in 2009 and plays a mix of original songs along with classic covers from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stone's and Bob Dylan. Generator has performed throughout California and has a self-titled CD of 8 original songs. The band has been described as high energy, fun and thoroughly entertaining.
Featuring legal talent from Farella, Braun + Martel/Winston & Strawn
Rocking for Rocket Dog Rescue
JIMMY'S BROTHER is an LA-based rock n’ roll band. No gimmicks, no nonsense. Just vocals, guitars, and attitude. Formed in 2009 after a chance meeting around an old hotel piano in downtown LA, the band is known for its high energy mix of originals and cover songs, late night impromptu concerts at the Omni, and their legendary one night only show at Casey's last August. Some boldly claim that Jimmy's Brother is one of the best acts to emerge from Winston & Strawn's Los Angeles office in recent years.
Featuring legal talent from Fox Rothschild LLP; Airbnb; Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman LLP
Rocking for Legal Services for Children
Born and bred right here in San Francisco, the core members met for the first time in the SOMA district of the city. With an edge towards the heavier side, The SOMAs combine their love of power chords and lively tempos in a collage of popular cover songs guaranteed to move feet and raise hands.
Rock Panel of Judges
United States Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler was appointed in 2010. She has presided over and settled hundreds of cases in many subject areas, including intellectual property, employment, civil rights, and business disputes. Judge Beeler was a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California, prosecuting complex white-collar cases with parallel civil components, and was the Office’s Professional Responsibility Officer and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Cecil F. Poole, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Civil Appeals Division Chief at the Ninth Circuit’s Office of Staff Attorneys. She trained as a mediator with the Northern District’s ADR Program, the Federal Judicial Center, and Harvard Law School. She was President of the Federal Bar Association, co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit, a board member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and a member of the Ninth Circuit’s Jury Trial Improvement Committee. She teaches regularly at Bay Area law schools, both full courses and occasional lectures, and has led rule-of-law projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Jordan, Ukraine, and Turkey. She graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and an Articles Editor on the Washington Law Review. She received her A.B. with honors from Bowdoin College.
Judge Beeler’s litmus-test question for law clerks is, “Prince: like or
love?” Major musical influences also include the Ramones, David Bowie, Cole Porter, the Sex Pistols, and the Smiths. She hosted a radio show in college and DJ’d the more-than-occasional party (a long time ago).
Shawn Dailey has been a professional touring and recording musician since the age of 17. Most recently he played bass for Courtney Love / Hole. He has also toured and recorded with several other critically acclaimed rock bands. He currently serves as Executive Director for the Take Me to The River Music Education Initiative, a charity that seeks to inspire a deeper understanding of civil rights, music history, and cross-generational collaboration.
As SVP of Client Services at JND Legal Administration, a premier legal management and administration company, Amanda leads the client services team by driving strategic direction and ensures remarkable client experience. In addition to consulting with key decision makers, Amanda has currently taken on the charge of growing JND’s operations team on the west coast.
Amanda’s career is impressive and began right out of high school where she worked for a legal administration company. While climbing the ranks she put herself through school at UCLA and law school before practicing law herself in the class action sector. Her vast legal background brought her back to legal administration in 2005. During her tenure, Amanda has led many significant music industry administrations – including the Napster Copyright Litigation and the NMPA Late Fee Program, a 2010 out-of-court settlement between major music labels and music-publishers.
But Amanda isn’t all business; she’s quite the rocker herself. Singing since childhood, Amanda has fronted numerous bands. Most recently Amanda is the vocalist for The Multipliers, a band she formed with clients. The Multipliers was specifically assembled to support The Western Center on Law and Poverty for Law Rocks SF, where they took the Great American Music Hall by storm in 2015 and 2016.
"In-house lawyer by day, Rock-star by night. Hilary Gevondyan currently serves as Vice President, Associate General Counsel at First Republic Bank, where she provides strategic and day-to-day advice to executives, bankers, board members, and other key bank personnel regarding consumer and commercial lending transactions, facilities issues, deposit and fraud matters, special assets, and secondary market considerations. Previously, Hilary was in private practice with two large, international law firms where she had a particular niche with regard to hospitality assets and tax credit transactions and led the acquisition, disposition, and/or financing of over 50 hotels and 20 affordable housing projects.
Hilary is passionate about her family, community and civic engagement (including immigration and domestic violence related pro-bono work), singing (founding member and lead singer of 3-time Law Rocks champion band!), and she is currently re-learning how to play the piano. She has been an adjunct professor at University of California’s Berkeley School of Law and Hastings College of the Law. She is a graduate of Leadership San Francisco (sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce) and was awarded Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Hilary received her JD from Harvard Law School (where she was the Editor in Chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review) and a BS from Boston University (summa cum laude).
All photos by Nick Otto Photography. More coming soon!