Friday, November 22, 2002
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Named MetNews ‘Person of the Year’
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich has been selected as the Metropolitan News-Enterprise’s “person of the year” for 2002, it was announced yesterday.
MetNews co-publisher Jo-Ann W. Grace said that Antonovich was being honored for his “leadership in bringing resources and support to the courts.”
Antonovich, who has been a member of the Board of Supervisors since 1980, will be feted by the MetNews Feb. 7 at a black-tie dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel and will be spotlighted in the Dec. 31 issue of the newspaper, Grace said.
Antonovich will be the 21st person to receive the award. Last year’s recipient was Karen Nobumoto, the State Bar president whose term concluded in October.
Former persons of the year include the late Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Mildred Lillie, 1983; the late California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk, 1984; the late Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Lester Wm. Roth, 1985; the late Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Parker, 1986; then-Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Billy G. Mills (since retired), 1987; then-Los Angeles Superior Court Executive Officer Frank Zolin, 1988 (now retired); then-Court of Appeal Justice Lynn “Buck” Compton (since retired), 1989; Court of Appeal Justice Miriam Vogel and then-State Bar President (now Court of Appeal Presiding Justice) Charles Vogel, 1990; Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Vaino Spencer, 1991; and Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, 1992
Other recipients of the award are then-Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge (now Court of Appeal Justice) Robert Mallano, 1993; Court of Appeal Justice Norman Epstein, 1994; then-California Attorney General Dan Lungren, 1995; California Chief Justice Ronald George, 1996; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victor E. Chavez (then assistant presiding judge), 1997; U.S. District Court Judge Ronald S.W. Lew, 1998; Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, 1999, and Judicial Appointments Secretary Burt Pines, 2000.
Antonovich is a graduate of John Marshall High School and California State University at Los Angeles.
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