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Dear OC Members,

On April 23, we had our annual Spring Dinner-this year at the RED O in Newport Center. About 80 members attended the cocktail party and dinner. Long-time members and newbies, in a wide array of Hawaiian shirts, had a great time. The event was chaired by Yoshi Kubota. If you did not make it, put it on your list for next year.

Amended Chapter Bylaws have been adopted. A copy is/will be loaded on the OC ABOTA website. The laboring oar in drafting was pulled by Mike Maguire.

New members to our chapter include Leah Berry, Michael Gould, Michael Grobaty, Cheryl Kirkpatrick, Scott Meininger and Phu Do Nguyen. Each is being matched with a chapter mentor to familiarize our new folks with all aspects of our organization. Recent transfers to our chapter rolls include Greg Bentley, Scott Martin and Scott McDonald. Bill Haggerty is our membership chair. If you happen to run into any of the new members, be sure to welcome them.

Our chapter donated $2,500 to the Foundation for Democracy & Justice, a partnership of state leaders and professionals working to increase public awareness and knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of the three branches of government-executive, legislative and judicial-through civics education. Our own Mark Robinson is actively involved as a member of the FDJ board.

The legendary OC Golf Tournament is May 14 at the Mission Viejo Country Club. Slots are almost filled. The event is chaired by Gary Gregor and Tom Dillard.

Our Law School Postgrad Fellowship Program moves forward. Our committee of Eric Traut/Deb Tropp/Ed Leonard is in the final stages of selecting six students for participation from our OC law schools (Chapman, UCI, Western State). They will be spending one month at a plaintiff firm, one month with a defense firm and one month with judicial officers beginning in September. If your firm is interested in participating in the fellowship program, now or in the future, contact the committee members listed above.

Our Courthouse Steps Program is set for June 14. This program has current OC ABOTA members meet-and-greet selected potential future invitees to encourage interest in becoming ABOTA eligible, as well as providing general information about OC Chapter, Cal ABOTA, ABOTA National and Foundation activities. Bill Haggerty chairs this event.

If you have anyone to recommend for invitation to membership, or want to get further involved as a board member, please contact Bill Haggerty or anyone on the Executive Committee. We are always looking for interested and diverse people to join. Get involved in the best ABOTA chapter in the country.

Mike Strickroth
Orange County ABOTA Chapter President 2018

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