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Friday, October 16, 2009


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Retired Justice Arabian to Receive ‘Spirit’ Award


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Former California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian has been selected by the Americanism Educational League as this year’s recipient of the “American Spirit” award, the organization has announced.

The award is given annually to an individual who best represents American spirit in his life through enriching and uplifting the spirit of fellow Americans, the group said.

This year’s awards gala is scheduled to take place Nov. 14 at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City, and will include dinner, a silent auction and live entertainment, with festivities commencing at 6:30 p.m. Syndicated radio talk shot host Jerry Doyle is slated to emcee the event, which is open to the public.

Arabian was admitted to the State Bar in 1962 and worked for a year as a deputy district attorney in Van Nuys before entering private practice. In 1972 he was appointed by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan to the Municipal Court and was later elevated by Reagan to the Superior Court before then-Gov. George Dukemejian appointed him to the Court of Appeal for this district in 1983.

After six years as an associate justice on the Supreme Court from 1990 to1996, Arabian set up an office across from the Van Nuys Civic Center, where he works as a private judge for ADR Services Inc.

The Americanism Educational League, founded in 1927, is a nonprofit organization that provides materials to schools, the group said, to educate students about the “moral, political, social and economic values that made America free and strong.”

The group said that proceeds from the gala benefit programs including national and collegiate essay contests, and a portion of the $175 individual ticket price is tax deductible. Tables of 10 are available for $1,500 each.

The event is black tie optional, but the group said business wear is mandatory for admittance.

Those interested in attending were asked to call (626) 357-7733 or (818) 438-1904 for more information.


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