MarcusI'm honored to have been invited to serve on the Temple Israel for of Hollywood board for two terms consecutively, and presently co-chair the Religious School's education commission and have served in multiple capacities on various committees, most recently on the social action committee. I was pleased to be asked to participate in the Temple's most recent leadership program, Ateedenu. My wife Zoë and I both became B'nai Mitzvot on the Temple Israel's bimah and we have been active members for over a decade. Our kids have been in every school the Temple has to offer, including what was once called Mommy and Me, the Nursery School, the Day School, the Traditional Religious School, Shabbaton and the Teen Program. Our oldest son celebrated becoming Bar Mitzvah in the new chapel and our younger son is not far behind. Professionally I am a partner with the law firm Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP in downtown Los Angeles, where my practice focuses on business litigation. I have spoken around the world about counterfeiting, piracy and other intellectual property issues and regularly write and speak about intellectual property law issues, including on my IP blog www.trademarcus.com. I also chair the policy task force and serve on the board of Jewish World Watch, a non-profit human rights organization and hands-on leader in the fight against genocide and mass atrocities, including in Darfur, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Among other things, I authored and shepherded to passage California’s ACR 144, the first resolution of its kind in the country, proclaiming the month of April each year to be Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.

I love our Temple Israel community. It's like being in a small town in the midst of the chaos of our large city.