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January 2022

William Haggerty headshot Dear fellow ABOTA members,

The Orange County Chapter of ABOTA has been chosen as one of three finalists for ABOTA Chapter of the Year. The announcement of the winner will be made at the National Meeting in Chicago on May 13-14, 2022. Our Chapter is excited to be one of three finalists and we hope we can come back to California as a winner. The fact that our chapter became the first in the nation in 2021 to reach the Signor Level for the Foundation (by donating over $100,000) was certainly a strong factor supporting our application.

Our Chapter is continuing to move forward with scheduled events and a renewed push for diversity. The fourth and final videotaped Masters in Trial program was held on February 2, 2022. The four sessions of the program were viewed by over one hundred young lawyers free of charge. Because the program was professionally videotaped from beginning to end, it can be shown again at a later date to additional young lawyers.

We are looking forward to our annual Golf Tournament on May 16, 2022 at the Mission Viejo Country Club and to our Installation Gala at the Newport Beach Country Club on May 21, 2022. We have postponed our annual spring dinner and plan to host a summer event as a replacement. Our Teachers Law School is set for October 6, 2022. Our Judges' Night is scheduled for October 19, 2022 and our Holiday Party for December 5, 2022.

With respect to diversity, each of our Executive Board members has contacted a local bar association in an effort to partner with them and sponsor an event. Our chapter is sponsoring a table and attending the Annual Dinner and Charity Event of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association on March 12. We hope to convey to each of the 11 Orange County Bar Associations that our ABOTA Chapter is eager to co-host and sponsor events with them. We hope to spread the word about our chapter to these local associations and promote interest in our organization. Our diversity committee is investigating and revamping our social media platforms to reach out to younger lawyers to promote awareness of ABOTA and stimulate interest in becoming a member.

Eric Traut has been nominated for CAL-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year. Seymour Everett has been nominated for the CAL-ABOTA Community Service Award.

William Haggerty
Orange County ABOTA
2022 President

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