California Academy of Appellate Lawyers Announces
New Officers and Two New Members
The California Academy of Appellate Lawyers is pleased to
announce that at its May 6, 2023, meeting, it elected its officers for the
2023-2024 year and admitted as members Blithe S. Bock of the Los Angeles City
Attorney’s Office and John E. Stobart of Capstone Law APC. The new officers are:
Laurie J. Hepler of Greines, Martin, Stein &
Richland LLP, San Francisco, President;
Joseph P. Mascovich of Pacific Employment Law,
Inc., San Francisco, Vice President;
Sean M. SeLegue of Arnold & Porter, San
Francisco, Treasurer; and
Benjamin G. Shatz of Manatt, Phelps &
Phillips, LLP, Los Angeles, as Secretary.
Ms. Bock, a Certified Appellate Specialist, is an Assistant
City Attorney, representing the City of Los Angeles in a diverse range of
appeals from Section 1983 litigation and employment to housing issues. She
received her B.A. from the College of the University of Chicago and her J.D.
from UCLA School of Law. She was the Supervisor of the L.A. City Attorney Civil
Appeals Division from 2016 to 2022.
Mr. Stobart, a Certified Appellate Specialist and senior
counsel with Capstone Law, represents employees and consumers in complex
litigation, primarily wage-and-hour class actions and PAGA representative
actions. He graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he
was on the mock trial competition team and earned his undergraduate degree from
the Ohio State University.
Founded in 1972, the Academy is the nation’s oldest lawyers’
organization dedicated to appellate practice. Our members are California
lawyers with substantial appellate experience, who are elected to membership
after rigorous scrutiny of their reputation, character, and appellate advocacy
skills. Academy members are very frequently counsel of record in the most
complex and highest-impact cases before the California Supreme Court, the
California Court of Appeal, and federal appellate courts.