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The 12th Annual OC Golf Tournament took place on May 14 at the Mission Viejo Country Club. Though at a new site this year, the same great time was had by all 144 that participated. Foursome winners included Larry Esten, David Kim, Jeff Molchan and Josh Molchan; AND, Dan Middleton, Jay Norton, Dean Ota and Curt Senter. Of special interest, Aaron Bishop shot a hole-in-one and won $10,000 as a result. The tournament was chaired by Gary Gregor and Tom Dillard.

This year's selected law students for the Orange County ABOTA Post-Graduate Fellowship Program are Gabriela Fuentes and Lance Ning of Chapman Law School; John Alamo and Dagmawi Teshale of UCI Law School; and, Vanessa Dao and Krysta Maigue of Western State Law School. Beginning in September, each of these new graduates will begin a sponsored fellowship observing the practice of law while spending one month with a plaintiff firm, one month with a defense firm and one month with a judicial officer. The plaintiff firm sponsors are Day, Day & Brown; Hodes, Milman, Liebeck; Panish, Shea & Boyle; The Roberts Firm; and Robinson Calcagnie. The defense firm sponsors are Ford, Walker, Haggerty & Behar; Grant, Genovese & Baratta; Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter; Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson, Haluck; Kolar & Associates; and, Pyka, Lenhardt, Schnaider, Dawkins. Thanks to all the law firms participating. This program is chaired by Eric Traut, Deb Tropp and Ed Leonard.

Our chapter (with San Francisco) is sponsoring Sean Emery of the Orange County Register to attend the Journalist Law School at Loyola Law School from June 6-9. This four day program is designed to give journalists a brief but comprehensive overview of legal concepts in order to enhance accuracy in the reporting of court and legal news. Judge Nancy Zeltzer chairs this committee.

The Courthouse Steps Program is set for June 14. Selected OC ABOTA members will be meeting with approximately 35 potential future invitees to encourage interest in becoming ABOTA eligible, as well as to provide general information about ABOTA and its activities at the chapter, state and national levels. This event is chaired by Bill Haggerty.

We are planning a get-together to increase our chapter's contribution to the ABOTA Foundation-the educational arm of ABOTA. A date in mid-September is still being worked out. Mark Robinson and Doug DeGrave are involved in this project.

Our chapter is always trying to increase and diversify our chapter membership. If you have any recommendations, please contact Membership Chair Bill Haggerty, or any board member.

We look forward to your feedback and want you to get involved in the best ABOTA chapter in the country.

Mike Strickroth
OC ABOTA President 2018

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