May 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 5 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Hon. Margaret M. Morrow to Receive Outstanding Jurist Award on May 18

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The Honorable Margaret M. Morrow, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, will receive LACBA’s 2010 Outstanding Jurist Award at a May 18 luncheon at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The award is presented 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 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.

Judge Morrow was appointed to the bench in March 1998 by President William Jefferson Clinton. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School and began her career at Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn & Rossi. In 1987, she and others formed Quinn, Kully and Morrow, where they practiced for 10 years before merging with Arnold & Porter.

Throughout her years as a lawyer, Judge Morrow was active in the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She served as president of the Barristers and helped launch the Domestic Violence Counseling Project and the AIDS Legal Services Project. Later, as LACBA president, she spearheaded passage of a Pro Bono Policy that was adopted by law firms and lawyers throughout Los Angeles, as well as Litigation Guidelines that were adopted by the Los Angeles Superior Court and the Central District as the standard of practice in those courts.

In 1993, Judge Morrow became the first female president of the State Bar of California. In this role, she commissioned the first comprehensive study of California’s attorney discipline system since its creation in 1989 and was instrumental in the creation of a multifaceted client relations program.

Since her appointment to the bench, Judge Morrow has handled a full civil and criminal docket, and built and for 10 years oversaw the Central District’s ADR program. Over the course of her career, Judge Morrow has received numerous awards for her service to the legal community.

Speakers. Speakers at the award luncheon include Hon. Lourdes G. Baird, JAMS; Lisa M. Baird of Reed Smith LLP; and Terry W. Bird of Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg.

50-Year Club. In addition to honoring Judge Morrow, the following new 50-Year Club members will be inducted at the luncheon in recognition of a half-century of LACBA membership: Lawrence R. Booth, John F. Bradley Jr., Marvin G. Burns, Stephen E. Claman, Donald P. Clark, William G. Coskran, Robert W. D'Angelo, Victor M. Epport, Hon. Norman L. Epstein, Bernard D. Fischer, David W. Fleming, Merrill R. Francis, Morton Gantman, Joseph M. Giden, Bernard A. Greenberg, N. Matthew Grossman, Byron Hayes Jr., Gordon Hunt, William S. Johnstone Jr., Paul L. Krentzman, Russell I. Kully, Paul Levinson, David A. Maddux, George C. Montgomery, Jeffrey L. Nagin, Timothy M. O'Connor, Richard F. Oetting, Anthony R. Pierno, L. Joseph Poliner, William Cecil Price, Norman Rasmussen, Richard J. Riordan, Marshall A. Rutter, Bernard I. Segal, Hubert R. Sommers, Laurence D. Steinsapir, John D. Taylor, Richard S. Volpert, Earl P. Willens, Nick E. Yocca, and Thomas Zide.

Find out more about the May 18 luncheon here.

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