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Dear OC Members,

Peter Polos The 13th Annual OC Golf Tournament took place on May 13 at the Mission Viejo Country Club. This is the second year we had the tournament at this location, and by all accounts it was a fantastic tournament. Special thanks again go to Gary Gregor and Tom Dillard who chair the golf committee. I wanted to thank Eric Traut as well for working on getting those great tacos for lunch at the tournament. These guys and the tournament committee spend a great deal of time each year making this the best ABOTA Golf Tournament of any chapter. This year's tournament was the biggest financial success in its history.

We are also under way selecting the law students for the Orange County ABOTA Post-Graduate Fellowship Program. Thanks once again to last year's firm sponsors. The plaintiff firm sponsors last year were Day, Day & Brown; Hodes, Milman, Liebeck; Panish, Shea & Boyle; The Roberts Firm; and Robinson Calcagnie. The defense firm sponsors were Ford, Walker, Haggerty & Behar; Grant, Genovese & Baratta; Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter; Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson, Haluck; Kolar & Associates; and, Pyka, Lenhardt, Schnaider, Dawkins. This second year of the program is being chaired by Eric Traut and Judge Michael Strickroth. Many of the same firms stepped up again this year.

The Courthouse Steps Program is set for June 27 at the Center Club. 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 and Mark Robinson, Jr.

As many of you know we started an outreach program to all members in order to increase our chapters Foundation membership. Thus far we have successfully signed up approximately 20 new members. The Foundation is a critical part of ABOTA in providing education and other events to increase awareness of the importance of the Jury Trial. Board members will continue to reach out to the individual members who are still not members of the Foundation to discuss the benefits.

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

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

Hon. Peter J. Polos (Ret)
Orange County ABOTA
President 2019

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