Members of Legal Voices of the LA Lawyers Phil.
Please click on the names of the chorus members to see their profiles.
Derrick Lowe, piano accompanist, graduated from Westmont College with a double major in music and philosophy and has since gone on to make good use of both majors, having worked as both a professional musician after studying at the Berklee College of Music and as an attorney for Baker, Keener & Nahra after graduating from UCLA School of Law. As a musician, Derrick has been playing piano since the age of four in a wide variety of styles, ensembles and venues, ranging from dive bars to the Disney Concert Hall and solo jazz piano to symphonic orchestras. As an attorney, Derrick’s practice as an associate with Baker, Keener & Nahra focuses primarily in the areas of commercial and business litigation and professional liability cases. Currently, he brings together his love of music and the law as the piano accompanist for Legal Voices.
Shanette C. Avery
Maureen Green, soprano, is a Deputy District Attorney serving in the Parole Division. She travels to prisons throughout the state to oppose the parole of murderers. She studied voice at the Crestmont Conservatory in San Mateo, at UCLA under Don Weiss and currently studies under Jeannine Wagner-Gallardo.
Lauren Michelle Hazarian
Una Lee Jost, Esq., alto, is a small business and nonprofit attorney based in Pasadena, California. She is a 2001 graduate of Loyola Law School. Formerly civil defense litigator for Los Angeles law firms and in-house legal counsel for a private university, Ms. Jost now has her own solo practice (Jost Legal) providing outside general counsel services for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. She is a recipient of both a Chancellor’s Music Performance Award (piano) and Gluck Music Fellowship (voice) at UC Riverside, as well as a University Honors Program Residential Fellowship for founding a college artists troupe that shared their musical talents at hospitals, homeless shelters, and convalescent homes. She served many years as a keyboardist/vocalist for local churches with her bassist husband Geoffrey Jost, and for a while she was the perennial wedding singer.
Chi Kemp-Barton, soprano, emigrated from the Philippines in 1984. She loves to sing and studied seriously in the late 1980’s with renowned Filipino composer-singer Cecile Azarcon. She recently resumed her studies with Barbara Dyer, a well-known voice teacher in the South Bay. Ms. Kemp-Barton is a Certified Paralegal graduate of UCLA and worked for a number of law firms in downtown Los Angeles as well as the Federal U.S. Attorney’s Office before going to work for her current employer, LA METRO. She expects to join her husband’s law firm as a paralegal when she retires early next year.
Jody L. Klipple, soprano, graduated from Southwestern Law School and practices Labor Law. She is admitted to practice law in California and New York. Her music experience goes back many years to her junior high and high school days when she sang in numerous school and church choirs and held the lead in the school play (Ado Annie in Oklahoma). Her school choirs competed in Boston and Canada. More recently, she joined Legal Voices as a Soprano I.
Cindy Organ, soprano, has been singing since she was in second grade and has sung with Legal Voices, on and off, since its inception. She is an associate at Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara & Samuelian, focusing her legal practice on business litigation. Ms. Organ is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has sung with the San Diego Children’s Choir, the Bishop’s Singers, the Princeton University Chapel Choir and the USC Thornton Concert Choir.
Yvette Ross, a paralegal for 18 years with L.A. Superior Court’s Family Law Department, has sung background vocals with some of the biggest names in the music industry. She has been honored to perform in such prestigious venues as the Greek Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, John Anson Ford Theatre, Dodger Stadium, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Universal Amphitheatre, Getty Museum and the Basilica of St. Francis Assisi.
Joanna Spilker, soprano, is a philanthropic and nonprofit consultant with a strong background in development. She is a graduate of Barnard College and USC Law School, and she is member of the California Bar. She recently served in the Leadership Circle of Hillary for America’s National Finance Committee. Ms. Spilker has studied voice since the age of 14. She was a longstanding member of the Juilliard Choral Union and the Clurman Singers, which became Essential Voices USA, the Chorus in Residence for the New York Pops. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall), among other venues.
Katrina Veldkamp, soprano, is an employee benefits attorney with Best Best & Krieger LLP. She is a double Bruin, having received both her undergraduate degree and her J.D. from UCLA. While at UCLA, Ms. Veldkamp was a member of the a cappella group Scattertones. She joined Legal Voices in winter 2013 and is currently on the Board of Conundrum Theatre Company, which is dedicated to bringing new interpretations of classic and original theater to Los Angeles.
Marize Alphonso, alto, is an associate attorney at the law firm of Reder & Feig LLP. A graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law, she now practices transactional entertainment law, specializing in production legal services on television and movies. She was always a part of her school choirs and theatre programs, and she is excited to continue such involvement in the arts through Legal Voices.
Phyllis W. Cheng, alto, is an attorney mediator in Los Angeles. She served in the administrations of California Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown. Among other things, she was Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the largest state civil rights agency in the United States, and was partner in a global law firm. Ms. Cheng received her B.A. and M.Ed. from UCLA, her Ph.D. from USC, and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. In her youth, she played the violin in the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hilary Huebsch Cohen, alto, a proud double Bruin, graduated in 1978 from UCLA School of Law. After practicing with several healthcare law firms, in 1995 she opened her own practice focused on the representation of medical professionals in their business transactions. A lawyer’s lawyer, she was lead author for the 1992-98 revisions of Organizing California Corporations published by the California Continuing Education of the Bar and has numerous other publications. She served on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar and on the boards of directors of a variety of nonprofit corporations, including as president of the California Women’s Law Center. As a youth, a dozen years of keyboard lessons and the obligatory folk guitar in the ‘70s. Ms. Cohen has an extensive choral background. With the Cantori Domino choir, she has had the great good fortune of singing at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Jonathan Willcocks.
Linda B. Hurevitz, alto, is a trial attorney specializing in labor and employment law at Ballard, Rosenberg, Golper & Savitt. She is an Advocate with the American Board of Trial Advocates and holds an individual AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Prior to practicing law, under the stage name Linda Asher, she toured internationally and recorded two albums as the featured vocalist with The New Deal. Ms. Hurevitz’s passion is music and she not only sings with Legal Voices but is also a featured vocalist with Gary Greene, Esq. and His Big Band of Barristers and The Singers in Law, a vocal quartet singing the Great American Songbook.
Grace Lau, alto, is finishing up her 3L year at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Following the California bar in July 2016, she hopes to pursue a career in civil litigation. Prior to joining Legal Voices, Ms. Lau has sung in the UCLA Chorale and in Deviant Voices A Cappella and has taken private lessons for classical voice and piano since childhood. A musician at heart, she is both honored and excited to perform with the talented musically-inclined legal professionals of the LA Lawyers Philharmonic.
Lindsy Martin, alto, is an attorney practicing real estate and probate litigation. Prior to returning to law school, she taught piano for nine years and was an active member of the Music Teacher’s Association. She has also performed with various show choirs.
Rita Mansuryan, alto, is currently a JD candidate at the UCLA School of Law. Previously, she earned a BA in English and a BA in Political Science at UCLA. Most recently, she earned a Master of Studies in English Language and Literature degree at the University of Oxford in the UK. Her choral experience spans from participating in a nationally-competitive show choir ensemble in high school to the UCLA Chorale as an undergraduate to the University of Oxford Somerville College Chapel Choir and finally to Legal Voices. Overall, Ms. Mansuryan enjoys balancing the rigors of academia with her genuine affinity for choral music and performance.
Adriene Mixon, alto, is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. She has studied jazz voice, guitar and piano.
Hon. Deborah Myers-Cregar
Michele P. Schultz
Hon. Heidi Shirley
Yolanda Angelina Tapia, alto, worked as a litigation secretary for 52 years. She is currently on the board (V.P. Program Chairman) of the Los Angeles Legal Secretaries Association. Ms. Tapia studied music from age nine through college. She played clarinet and saxophone. She started singing at age four (performing with her two sisters at weddings, dinner parties, community events, etc.).
Gillian van Muyden, alto, is the Chief Assistant City Attorney for the City of Glendale. She advises the City Council, Successor Agency and various boards, commissions and City Departments on land use, real estate, CEQA and general municipal matters. Ms. van Muyden chaired the Executive Committee of the State Bar Real Property Law Section, served as Managing Editor of the State Bar Real Property Law Section’s California Real Property Journal and chaired the League of California Cities, Post-Redevelopment Working Group. The Los Angeles Daily Journal ranked Ms. van Muyden as a Top 25 Municipal Law Attorney in 2012. Ms. van Muyden started singing in the children’s church choir, and she studied classical flute in junior high and high school, winning gold and silver medals at the Los Angeles Solo and Ensemble Festival. She continued her musical studies at UC Berkeley and performed in a folk/country music band in the Bay Area.
Brian Anderson, tenor, is a current law student at the UCLA School of Law (’17). He intends to practice business litigation like his father, and though he has not yet decided on a specialty, he hopes his summer associate experience at Irell & Manella LLP will help him find where his legal passion lies. Music has been a part of Brian’s life since he began playing the trumpet and singing in church choirs at age 12. He worried that a career in law would require him to give up his participation in music, and he is grateful for the LA Lawyers Philharmonic organization which gives him a much needed musical outlet.
Kenneth D. Freundlich
Ronald J. Higgins
De Lano G. Hull, tenor, is a native of Southampton, United Kingdom, and was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (GO, Steelers!). He has been performing as both an amateur and a professional singer since 1987 in operas such as The Barber of Seville, Dido and Anaeas, The Elixir of Love, The Marriage of Figaro, La Boheme and La Traviata. Mr. Hull has also appeared in various musicals such as Porgy and Bess, The Music Man and 1776. He has been serving as the Office Services Coordinator at Fox Rothschild, LLP since 2010.
Kevin P. Kane
Mark I. Melo, tenor, has been a member of Legal Voices since its inception and has been a featured performer in its concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Shrine Auditorium, and with the Santa Monica Symphony. By day, he is a litigation attorney with Bradley & Gmelich in Glendale, specializing in law and motion practice and civil litigation. Mr. Melo is also a regular performer with the Conundrum Theatre Company in Pasadena and serves on its board of directors. Most importantly, he is blessed to have the love and support of his wife, Charmaine, and his children, Richie and Billie.
Robert A. Steinberg
David M. Zlotchew
Anthony Crane, bass, is an entertainment law paralegal. He earned his paralegal certificate from the L.A. Valley College’s Professional Paralegals Academy and has an ABA-approved AA Degree from West Los Angeles College as a Legal Analyst. Mr. Crane is a guitarist, composer and vocalist.
Dave Deno, bass, is the moderator and producer of Champions of Justice, which is attorney Tom Girardi’s syndicated legal radio program. He is also the Creative Director at Salem Media LA, a group of five radio stations. Mr. Deno began singing in choirs in the 4th grade with his first solo in the 8th grade. He also directed choirs for 20 years. He was the narrator on a Ron Huff/Bill Gaither recording and a studio singer for Maranatha Music. He has also had an extensive solo career, entertaining audiences from coast to coast.
Judge Curtis A. Kin, baritone, presides over criminal matters for the California Superior Court in Los Angeles County. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and had served as both the Chief of Appeals and the Chief of the General Crimes Sections. He was also a law clerk to Hon. Sonia Sotomayor when she was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Judge Kin has studied classical voice and sung in various choral groups over the years, including solo parts and membership in the Metropolitan Chorale, the in-residence chorale ensemble for Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Richard Koven, baritone, is an Associate at the Law Offices of Weitzman and Estes in Seal Beach, where he handles all aspects of Workers’ Compensation litigation on behalf of employers, carriers, and third-party administrators. In 2013, he was certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a legal specialist in the practice of Workers’ Compensation Law. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA in 1999 and graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2002. He joined Legal Voices in 2015 and has enjoyed participating in concerts with them.
John J. Manier
Michael Moore, bass, has been the Administrative Services Assistant/Front Office Receptionist for the Law Office of Weston Garrou and Mooney in West Los Angeles for more than 19 years. He studied music at Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan, under the direction of Brazeal Dennard, who’s a well-known local musician, composer and teacher. Mr. Moore sang for five years with the U.S. Army Ensemble Chorus at Fort Ord in Monterey, California.
Hon. Steven Z. Perren, bass/baritone, has been serving as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal in the Second Appellate District since 1999 after serving for 17 years as a Superior Court Judge for the County of Ventura. Where else does a jurist go in order to sing at Disney Hall? Justice Perren has been a member of Legal Voices from its inception. He has also performed over the last 25 years with the Cabrillo Music Theater and the Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company in Thousand Oaks, The Rubicon Theater in Ventura and with Opera Santa Barbara. He is a recovering tenor and has no plans to quit his day job.