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The Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice (Retired), Supreme Court of the United States discussed the importance of civics and its role in a vibrant democracy on March 3, 2014 at a program presented by Town Hall Los Angeles and the Jonathan Club. Justice O'Connor founded iCivics after retiring from the bench to reinvigorate civic learning and develop knowledgeable and empowered citizens through interactive and engaging learning resources.

Dr. Keith L. Black, Chairman and Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. His speech, "A Healthcare Tsunami: Decline of Cognitive Function with Aging," discussed the impact of Alzheimer's on our health care system, cutting edge developments in treatment and diagnosis, and what we can do to prevent our own mental deficits.

Chief Justice Ronald M. George, Retired Chief Justice, Supreme Court of California, spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles in conversation with Justice Richard M. Mosk, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 5. At the luncheon program on January 23rd, they provided some fascinating insight on judicial decisions and the importance of public service in a legal career. Chief Justice George also shared insider perspective on leading the highest court in our state.

The Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archibishop of Los Angeles, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on January 14, 2014 on "Immigration and the Next America." Archbishop Gomez urged the audience to think of immigration as an issue about people, not politics or economics. While acknowledging that the issues and questions raised by immigration reform are complex, the Archbishop encouraged the audience to have "some compassion and empathy when we think about this question."

Jeannine English, CPA, MBA, President-elect, AARP, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on Thursday, November 14, 2013. English's speech, "Life Reimagined: Optimism for Our Aging Society" discuss the challenges and opportunities Baby Boomers face as they enter a new life phase unlike their parents' retirement. Boomers are looking to age in place, live healthier and more productive lives, and often take on second or third careers. Technology will ease the process, but many seniors will still rely on social security, especially in California where 55% of seniors are economically vulnerable.



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