Pictured: SARP co-chairs Ryan Larson, Katten, and Brent Sokol, Jones Day, with Judge Wesley, ADL Western States Counsel Michelle Deutchman, Richard Greenberg, and David Greenberg 

For the sixteenth summer, ADL sponsored the Maxwell E. Greenberg Summer Associate Research Program (SARP) in cooperation with 17 major LA law firms. Since 1999, prominent LA firms have each donated the time of one or more summer associates to complete pro bono legal research for ADL on cutting edge civil rights issues facing ADL. This year, the summer associates examined 31 questions covering the areas of religious freedom, bullying remedies, First Amendment, discrimination, civil liberties and immigration law. The summer associates each work with a partner or senior lawyer from the firm and can also consult with ADL staff and UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler as they prepare their reports.

The culmination of this year’s program was a cocktail reception on July 22, graciously hosted by Jones Day, where summaries of each of the research papers were distributed. The evening’s guest speaker was the Honorable David S. Wesley, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, who was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson in 1997.

Judge Wesley focused his remarks on the efficacy and importance of alternative early intervention court programs that provide an opportunity for selected juvenile offenders to be questioned, judged and sentenced by a jury of their peers.  Wesley serves as the director of the Los Angeles County Teen court which he has expanded to include the SHADES (Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students) program.  In 2012, the ADL honored Judge Wesley with the Helene and Joseph Sherwood Family Prize for Combating Hate for his work with youth offenders.

ADL SARP co-chairs Ryan Larsen, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, and Brent Sokel, Jones Day, delivered certificates of achievement to the summer associates from the participating law firms: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP; Bingham McCutchen LLP; Cozen O’Conner; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Irell & Manella LLP; Jones Day; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Latham Watkins; Morrison & Foerster; Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP; O’Melveny & Myers; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Proskauer Rose; Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP; Sidley Austin, LLP; Skadden Arps; and Sullivan & Cromwell.

The program was named in honor of long-time Los Angeles attorney Maxwell Greenberg who passed away in October, 2007. Greenberg was National Chair of ADL from 1978 to 1982. Max’s son, Richard Greenberg, spoke lovingly about his father at the reception.