Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, April 25. 2011


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Valley Community Legal Foundation to Honor Arabian, Nash


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The Valley Community Legal Foundation on Friday announced that it will be honoring retired California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Nash its annual Law Day Gala.

Arabian, the first judge from the San Fernando Valley to join the state Supreme Court, has been selected to receive the organizationís Lifetime Achievement Award, while Nash, the countyís presiding juvenile court judge, was chosen to receive the Pearl F. Vogel Award.

The latter honor was formerly known as the Presidentís Award but has been renamed in honor of the foundationís first president, who died two years ago.

Other honorees include Sheriff Lee Baca, who is slated to receive the Heroes in Law Enforcement award. Lionsgate Productions, which produced the film adaptation of novelist Michael Connellyís The Lincoln Lawyer, will receive the Armand Arabian Law and Media Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to law and media.

The foundation is the San Fernando Valley Bar Associationís non-profit charitable arm and distributes contributions raised through its annual gala event to help fund law- and justice-related charities in the area, scholarships, and grants to legal-related organizations.

A portion of the proceeds from this yearís event, slated for 6 p.m. June 11 at the CBS Studios back lot in Studio City, will be donated to the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles, a volunteer organization aiding abused and neglected foster children in the dependency court system.

The foundation has asked that those interested in attending call (818) 227-0490 ext. 105. Tickets are $150 per person, and discounted tickets of $100 per person are available to attorneys practicing less than 10 years.

Academy Award-winning actress Shirley Jones and her husband, comedian Marty Ingels, are scheduled to emcee the event, which is black-tie optional. Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis P. Zine has also agreed to preside over a live auction expected to take place that evening, the foundation said.


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