ABA Hosts An Evening With LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo

LOS ANGELES– Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo was a special guest of the Armenian Bar Association, which presented an evening in his honor on April 4. The event, which drew more than 70 attendees, was held at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and was co-sponsored by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, the USC Armenian Alumni Association and the USC Law Career Services Office. Delgadillo, a rising star in California politics, has made a significant impact in Los Angeles since taking office in 2001. As part of his mission, he has reached out to ethnic bar associations in Southern California, and was glad to have the opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies with an audience of attorneys, law students, and other members of the Armenian legal and academic community. The event also allowed Delgadillo to discuss issues such as contracting and job opportunities with the City Attorneys office for students and practitioners. Delgadillo was elected to office at the age of 41. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his law degree from Columbia. He was an outstanding student and a varsity letterman in football at Harvard. Since being elected, he has made significant strides in improving life in Los Angeles, specifically, leading the campaign to reduce street gangs and violent crimes, and improving the quality of life in the City’s neighborhoods. His office handles both criminal and civil matters. City Attorney Delgadillo has also been a champion of issues important to the Armenian community. Last April, he partnered with The Genocide Education Project, to host a teacher training at L.A. City Hall for Los Angeles Unified School District teachers to learn about the Armenian Genocide. In conjunction with the teacher training, he also hosted an exhibit and reception at City Hall entitled "iwitness: Portraits and Oral Histories of Armenian Genocide Survivors". Previously, Delgadillo hosted an exhibit and reception featuring photography from Armenia. He has also reached out to Armenian civic and community leaders, and to the Armenian Church. Included in the ran’s of the Los Angeles City Attorney?s office are a dozen lawyers of Armenian descent, and many were on hand at USC to participate. Sara Anjargolian, a Policy Advisor to Delgadillo and a Deputy City Attorney, was a key organizer of the event. Also in attendance from the City Attorney?s office were Deputy City Attorneys Raffi Astvastadoorian, Sandy Bedrosian, Alin Sahagian, Jim Terzian, Ben Karabian, Lisa Markarian, and law clerk Taleen Tertzakian. Armenian Bar Association past Chairman Vicken Simonian served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. He introduced Professor Hrair Dekmejian, the Director of the USC Institute, who praised the City Attorney and the Armenian Bar Association, which has collaborated with the Institute on presenting other legal seminars. Treasurer Edvin Minassian introduced Delgadillo to the audience. Following an informative overview of his background and the efforts of the City Attorney?s Office to better the community, Delgadillo answered questions from those present and shared ideas informally following the program.

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