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The Orange County Chapter has three new members who were admitted at the October 13 National Meeting in Vermont. They are SY EVERETT, ALPHIE NELSON and LAWRENCE WONG. Each will be receiving their membership plaque in the near future from their assigned mentor. This makes nine new members so far for 2018. Should you run into any of them, make sure to welcome them to our group.

Our Orange County ABOTA Judges Night was held on October 17 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Approximately 150 attended. Our members joined over 30 present and former superior court judges and five appellate justices for cocktails, conversation and dinner. Awards were presented to:

Judge Craig Griffin-Judge of the Year
Judge Deborah Servino-Judge George Francis Civility Award
Janet Fausto-Clerk of the Year

This annual event is always the most popular for the bench and bar, with this year being no exception. The event was chaired by Eric Traut.

The Post-Grad Fellowship Program began in September with six recent law school graduates (two from each of the three law schools in OC) spending one month of paid observation with six different defense firms, followed by the month of October with six different plaintiff firms. In November, the Fellows are spending one month of observation with a civil panel judge. We thank Judges James Crandall, James DiCesare, Theodore Howard, Linda Marks, Glenda Sanders and Peter Wilson for their participation in the program. The feedback from all sides has been extremely positive. This program is chaired by Eric Traut, Deb Tropp and Ed Leonard.

The CAL-ABOTA Conference this year is at the Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii from November 5-10. Our own Chris Wesierski will be recognized as the 2018 TRIAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR. He joins other OC winners of this prestigious award to include:

Doug DeGrave-2016
Mark Robinson-2008
Marge Day-2002
Don Ruston-1982

You are all reminded to mark your calendars for the Holiday Party set for December 3 at Muldoon's Irish Pub in Newport Beach.

The Orange County Chapter looks forward to the ABOTA National Meeting to be held January 17-19, 2019 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. If you have never attended a national meeting, this is a great opportunity. We are proud of our own chapter's Mike Maguire becoming ABOTA National President and happy that the national meeting is returning to our area.

The Orange County ABOTA Chapter Installation Dinner will take place on January 26, 2019. This event will include the presentation of our 2018 Chapter Trial Lawyer of the Year as well as our attorney Joseph McNeil Civility Award, to be followed by the swearing in of the 2019 Orange County Chapter of ABOTA Board of Directors. Incoming President Peter Polos has selected Pam Liosi to join the Board as Member-at-Large. Congrats to Pam. She has been a tireless worker and great supporter of our chapter for years.

If you know or can recommend potential members to join OC ABOTA, reach out to current membership chair, Bill Haggerty, or any board member. We are constantly looking to grow and diversify our chapter rolls. Get involved in the best ABOTA chapter in the country!

Mike Strickroth
OC ABOTA President 2018

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