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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

John Lewis


Gallery Tour of Portrait Paintings by California Judicial Ethics Guru

Thursday, November 10th 
Gallery 6020
6020 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(2 blocks East of Fairfax,
complimentary parking in
the lot behind the building.)

"Seane" (Detail shot)
Oil on Linen
42" x 82"

Closing Reception and Gallery Tour of
Paintings by David Rothman on Thursday, November 10th.

November 4, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA)
David Rothman grew up in the Los Angeles of the 1940s and 50s, and while attending Hollywood High School thought of becoming an artist, but chose the path of law and politics. He served as a California Deputy Attorney General and practiced law for several years, before being appointed a judge by Governor Jerry Brown in 1976. This is where his life path would take him over the following decades, although he never stopped drawing, and ultimately oil painting. David will be giving a gallery tour of his Solo Exhibit of Oil Paintings, at Gallery 6020, on Wilshire Blvd. on November 10th from 7-9pm.
This is a rare opportunity to meet a remarkable artist, who continues making significant contributions within the world of judicial ethics. Works in this exhibit include 19 pieces from four series of oil paintings: “The Zeal for Good,” featuring portraits of John Lewis, Member of Congress/MLK Civil Rights Movement activist; Seane Corn, Yoga teacher, spiritual activist; Rawia Aburabia, Israeli Bedouin lawyer, women’s rights activist; and Judge Harry Pregerson, United States Court of Appeals. In addition will be portraits from the series' entitled  "Family"; "The Art Class"; and "Places." Also included in the show is David's personal essay "On Painting John Lewis." David now paints full-time, and continues to write about ethics and teaches New Judge Orientation at the B.E. Witkin California Judicial College. 

Judge Harry Pregerson
United States Court of Appeals
  Oil on linen
38" x 50"

Photo of the Artist, David Rothman and Judge Pregerson
at the Opening Reception of his Solo Exhibit of Works.

As with art, judicial ethics have become his "life's work." Among other writings on judicial ethics and development of courses for new judges, David wrote "the book" on judicial ethics (The California Judicial Conduct Handbook, editions of 1989, 1999, and 2007). He continues writing and teaching for California's judges, even though he retired from the bench in 1996.
David serves on the California Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics, and is regarded as the leading authority on judicial ethics in California. Throughout his career, David never stopped drawing, and began painting seriously in the late ‘80’s producing numerous canvases within his first year.
The closing reception and gallery tour of paintings by David Rothman, is Thursday, November 10th from 7-9pm. RSVP to: is not required, but is recommended. Gallery 6020 is located at 6020 Wilshire Blvd., directly across the street from LACMA. For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Shawni D. at 213-255-0059, or by e-mail at:

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