Leadership and Involvement

GMSR’s appellate lawyers are actively involved in the legal community, both in California and nationally.  They devote their time to numerous organizations, including serving in leadership positions.  Past and current involvement includes:

Court Administration

California Judicial Council
  • Kent Richland (Appellate Advisory Committee; Appellate Indigent Defense Oversight Advisory Committee)
  • Robin Meadow (Appellate Advisory Committee; Appellate Electronic Filing Workgroup)
  • Robert Olson (Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee)
Second Appellate District Mediation Program
  • Robin Meadow (Past Steering Committee; Mediation Training; Mediator)
  • Kent Richland (Mediator)
Second Appellate District Pro Bono Program
  • Robin Meadow (Past Steering Committee)
California Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Trustees
  • Kent Richland (President)


Appellate Practice

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Kent Richland
  • Robert Olson
  • Robin Meadow
  • Laurie Hepler
California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Alana Rotter
  • Kent Richland (Past President)
  • Laurie Hepler (Past President)
  • Robert Olson (Past President)
  • Robin Meadow (Past President)
  • Ted Xanders
Practice Guides
  • Laurie Hepler (Contributing Editor for the leading appellate treatise in California, Jon Eisenberg’s Civil Appeals & Writs, published by The Rutter Group)
  • Tim Coates (Co-Author, Chapter 13, Federal Civil Rights Act, California Government Tort Liability Practice (CEB))


Bar Associations

American Bar Association
  • Robin Meadow (Past Litigation Section; Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section)
Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Alana Rotter (Chair, State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee)
  • Kent Richland (Trustee; Chair, Appellate Courts, State Appellate Judicial Evaluation, Judicial Appointments and California Judicial Systems Committees)
  • Robin Meadow (Past President; Chair, Appellate Courts, Audit & Finance, Judicial Elections Evaluation, Arbitration and Juvenile Justice Committees)
  • Laura Lim (Member of the State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee)
Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Cindy Tobisman (Past Board of Governors; Amicus Briefs Committee)
  • Alana Rotter  (Past Amicus Briefs Committee)
  • Jeff Raskin (Amicus Briefs Committee)
Orange County Bar Association
  • Laura Lim (Member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee)
  • Marco A. Pulido (Past Chair, Appellate Law Section)


Practice-Oriented Organizations

Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
  • Gary Wax (Board Member and Co-Editor of the ABTL Report)
  • Robin Meadow (Past Board Member and Past Co-Editor of the ABTL Report)
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
  • Robert Olson (Past President)
  • Ted Xanders (Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee)
California Defense Counsel
  • Robert Olson (Past President)
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Robert Olson (Past Chair, Appellate Section)
  • Laurie Hepler (Past Chair, Amicus Committee)
California Civility Task Force
  • Robert Meadow (Member)


Public Interest Groups

American Civil Liberties Union/ACLU Foundation of Southern California
  • Robin Meadow (Board of Directors)
Public Counsel
  • Robin Meadow (President)
Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library
  • Robin Meadow (Past Board of Directors)
  • David Hackett (Board of Directors)
Beverly Hills Bar Foundation
  • David Hackett (Past Board of Directors)
Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Rachel Beyda (Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee)



Southwestern University School of Law
  • Kent Richland (Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy)
UC Law San Francisco (formerly Hastings School of Law)
  • Kent Richland (Board of Advisors of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly)
  • Zahra Bocek (Adjunct Professor of Law; Moot Court Alumni Coach)
Loyola Law School – Los Angeles
  • Gary Wax (1L Mentor; ABA Appellate Moot Court Judge)
  • David Hackett (1L Mentor; ABA Appellate Moot Court Judge; Judicial Clerkship Committee)
Berkeley Law School
  • Cindy Tobisman (Moot Court Team, Coach)