Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, May 14, 2008


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LACBA to Honor Judge William McLaughlin as Outstanding Jurist for 2008


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees have selected Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William A. MacLaughlin to receive the organization’s Outstanding Jurist Award.

The award will be presented at a luncheon scheduled for May 28 at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles.

MacLaughlin said he was “surprised” and “very pleased” to be honored by the group.

“I think there’s any number of judicial officers who could receive the award,” he said. “There’s a really good selection of people out there.”

LACBA senior vice-president Don Mike Anthony noted that the court was “under huge financial stress” while MacLaughin was serving as the presiding judge in 2005, and credited the jurist with a “masterful job” of trying to ameliorate the problems.

Alan K. Steinbrecher, LACBA vice-president, said that MacLaughlin deserved to be recognized for “building a consensus and guiding the court” as the presiding judge through “some very interesting and fast-moving times.”

The organization also commended the jurist for founding the Superior Court’s Judicial Education Seminars Program and implementing programs in juridical education, community our reach and supporting diversity in the courts and legal profession.

According to a statement issued by LACBA, the award is given each year to a current or past member of the federal or state judiciary in Los Angeles County who has made significant contributions from the bench through his  judicial ability and experience; judicial temperament and demeanor; knowledge of the law; contribution to the improvement or education of the legal community; contribution to the practice of law and the community at large; and education and diligence.

LACBA said those wishing to attend the luncheon should contact the Member Services Department or utilize the organization’s online event registration system.


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