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Monday, March 29, 2004


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National Group to Honor Former Justice Arabian At Ellis Island in May


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Former California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian will be among those honored by a national umbrella group for ethnic organizations at a gala event in New York City in May, the group said.

In a release last week, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, Inc. said it would extend to Arabian its Ellis Island Medal of Honor at a black tie reception to be held May 15 in the historic Great Hall on Ellis Island.

The medal is given, according to NECO, to Americans of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their own ethnic groups and to American society.

Honorees typically include U.S. presidents, Nobel Prize winners, leaders of industry, and gifted artists, performers, and athletes.

Arabian, the first Armenian American to serve on Californias highest court, has won a number of honors, including the Mesrob Mashdots Medal. That honor, named for the creator of the Armenian alphabet and among the highest in the Armenian church, was presented by the head of the church at a ceremony in Lebanon in 1999.

Arabian retired in 1996 after 20 years in the state judiciary. He is now an attorney and private judge in Van Nuys.


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