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Just as the summer months have passed and families are primed for the new school year, Orange County ABOTA is getting back in gear as well.

In late August, our chapter submitted its application to National for consideration as the 2018 ABOTA CHAPTER OF THE YEAR. If you are interested in learning about all the things we do, please see our application which is under the ABOUT OC ABOTA banner on the OC ABOTA website. You will be proud.

The Rapid Response Team has recently emailed and personally delivered information letters about our program to the 140+ judicial officers for Orange County. These letters confirm that OC ABOTA is ready, willing and able to come to the aid of the bench, support judicial independence and promote the rule of law when unfair criticism of judicial decisions results in personal attack on the judges themselves. The letters have been warmly received. Ed Leonard, Bill Haggerty and Sean Burke head this committee.

Our Civility Matters team is presenting at Chapman Law School, UCI Law School and Western State Law School in September. This program conveys to new law students that incorporating civility into a law school education and later practice is not only recommended, but required. Sean Burke heads this program.

Our new Post-Grad Fellowship Program began on September 4. Our six Fellows are all recent law school grads who recently took the July bar exam. They are Gabriela Fuentes and Lance Ning from Chapman Law, John Alamo and Dagmawi Teshale from UCI Law and Vanessa Dao and Krysta Maigue from Western State. They are beginning one month of paid observation and learning with a defense firm. Those defense firms are Ford, Walker, Haggerty & Behar; Grand, Genovese & Baratta; Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter; Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson, Haluck; Kolar & Associates; and Pyka, Lenhardt, Schnaider, Dawkins. We thank the law firms for donating their time, talent and treasure to the program. Eric Traut, Deb Tropp and Ed Leonard run this program.

Our Teachers Law School remains set for October 2. In conjunction with the Orange County Department of Education, we hope to reach 45-50 Orange County high school teachers and administrators for our day-long presentation on our legal system, superior court and court of appeal, and the need for civics education in the classroom in order to fully educate our youth. ABOTA also provides lesson plans and other aids to assist teachers in classroom presentations. Judge Linda Marks chairs this project.

You should have received our Save-The-Date for Judge's Night on October 17 at the Pacific Club. Make plans to be there. Eric Traut chairs this activity.

If you have not already done so, think about going to the Cal-ABOTA meeting at the Mauna Kea (big island) in early November to celebrate our own Chris Wesierski as Cal-ABOTA TRIAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR.

The Holiday Party is set for December 3 at Muldoon's. Peter Polos chairs this activity.

If you know and can recommend any qualified folks to join our chapter, please contact Membership Chair, Bill Haggerty, or any board member.We are always looking to grow and diversify our membership. Also, if you are interested in joining the Board, please reach out as well. Get involved in the best ABOTA chapter in the country.

Mike Strickroth
OC ABOTA President 2018

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