Beverly Hills Bar Association
Newly Appointed California Supreme Court Justice TANI CANTIL-SAKAUYE Premieres At Beverly Hills Bar Associations' 57th Annual California Supreme Court Luncheon.
TUESDAY, May 31, 2011, 11:30 AM, AT BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
Event Honors All Six Justices Currently Sitting on California Supreme Court
and Features Extended Remarks by Cantil-Sakauye as well as
Special Presentation to Recently Retired Associate Justice Carlos R. Moreno
By Susan Gordon
Event date: May 31, 2011
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye
The Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA), in association with the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation and the Law Guild of Beverly Hills, hosts the 57th Annual Supreme Court Luncheon honoring the justices of the California Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 11:30 a.m., at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Five of the six Justices currently sitting on the California Supreme Court are slated to attend – newly appointed Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who will make extended remarks during the luncheon, and Associate Justices Marvin R. Baxter, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, Ming W. Chin, and Carol A. Corrigan. The 7th Supreme Court Justice position, formerly held by Carlos R. Moreno, who recently retired, is currently vacant. This is Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s first appearance at the BHBA’s annual luncheon since being sworn in as Chief Justice on January 3, 2011, providing an ideal opportunity for the public to meet her. In addition, a special presentation will be made in honor of retired Justice Carolos R. Moreno, who will also be in attendance. Proceeds from the event benefit the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation scholarship program, which provides scholarships to economically disadvantaged, academically qualified law students.
“We are honored to welcome Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to the California Supreme Court and to welcome her to the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s annual Supreme Court Luncheon, a tradition that began in 1954 to honor the justices of the high court and provide Southern California lawyers and jurists an opportunity to get together outside of the court room,” said BHBA president Stephen L. Raucher. “We are also pleased to pay tribute to Associate Justice Moreno for his tremendous leadership and years of dedicated service to the State of California.”
Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state's Chief Justice. After former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated her as Chief Justice on July 22, 2010, the California State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission rated her as exceptionally well qualified for the position. At a public hearing on August 25, 2010, she was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, and in a general election on November 2, 2010, an overwhelming majority of voters elected her to that position. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye chairs the Judicial Council of California, the administrative policymaking body of state courts, and the Commission on Judicial Appointments and has served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts.
Carlos Roberto Moreno is a Mexican-American jurist. With his appointment to the Supreme Court of California, he became only the third judge of Hispanic heritage to serve in the Court's nearly 150-year history, and the first in more than a decade. Apart from raising his family, he considers his appointment to the Supreme Court as his proudest accomplishment. "The appointment to California's highest court is the dream of a lifetime for any lawyer who loves the law," says Moreno.
Following his recent retirement from the Supreme Court of California, Moreno is currently of counsel with the California-based law firm Irell & Manella.
At the luncheon, scholarships will be presented to eight local law school students: Steven Ridgill and Carolina Castaneda of Loyola Law School; Chalak Richards of Pepperdine University School of Law; Kathy Khommarath and Ghevonne Lopes from Southwestern University School of Law; Julius Nam and Kristen Solomon Johnson of UCLA School of Law; and Thomas Alcorn from USC Gould School of Law.
In addition, the BHBA will recognize the winners of its 2nd Annual “Rule of Law Essay Writing Competition”: Kevin Meek from UCLA School of Law, Danielle Doucet from Southwestern University School of Law, and Joseph S. Park from Southwestern University School of Law.
A private VIP reception is sponsored by LexisNexis. Scholarship donors are: Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks & Lincenberg APC; Girardi Keese; Greines Martin Stein & Richland LLP; and The Birnheim Law Firm. Champions of Justice Donors include Horvitz & Levy LLP; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP; Oldman, Cooley, Sallus, Gold, Birnberg & Coleman LLP. Supreme Court Luncheon Member Benefit Providers are ISI/Pacific Insurance Specialists, Inc., The Matloff Company, Torrey Pines Bank and Barry M. Cane and Associates.
Tickets to the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s 57th Annual Supreme Court Luncheon are $160 per person.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is located at 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
For tickets and information: www.bhba.org
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