Perspectives on the Christopher Commission

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to
welcome Frederick N. Merkin as the first speaker in
the "Legal Eagles" series. Mr. Merkin is a senior
assistant city attorney with the Los Angeles City
Attorney's Office and heads that office's Employee
Relations Division. Mr. Merkin received a Bachelor of
Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College in 1967
and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Stanford University Law School in 1972. He joined the City Attorney's
Office in the following year and, since 1980, has headed
that office's Employee Relations Division.

During his time in the City Attorney's Office, Mr.
Merkin has played a significant role in a number of the
major controversies and legal problems that have arisen
in Los Angels City Hall. In the late 1970s he represented
the city in resolving a dispute with federal and state
authorities over the discharge of wastewater into Santa
Monica Bay. He represented the city in a case involving
police "chokeholds"-Los Angeles v. Lyons-was
ultimately decided on justiciability grounds in the city's
favor by the United States Supreme Court. In 1985 he
counseled city government on the adoption of its
anti-apartheid divestment program. Most recently, he
led the city's successful defense against litigation
brought to block the city council's settlement of the
lawsuit filed by Police Chief Daryl Gates concerning the
police commission's decision in April, 1991, to place him
on administrative leave. Mr. Merkin is currently the
office's lead legal advisor to Los Angeles city government with regard to implementation of the recommendations made by the Independent Commission on the
Los Angeles Police Department, known as the Christopher Commission.

Please join the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum in
welcoming Mr. Frederick Merkin for his speech entitled
"Perspectives on the Christopher Commission." The
reception is at 5:30, followed with dinner at 6:00. Mr.
Merkin will speak at 7:00.