FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: SCOTT COOPER, ESQ.
OCTLA PRESIDENT TEL: (949) 724-9200/JANET THORNTON OCTLA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TEL: (949) 916-9577
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Raises over $64,000 for Veterans’ Services; Honors Retiring Judge Wendy Lindley
On Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Montage Laguna Beach, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) hosted a silent and live auction that raised more than $64,000 for Operation Veterans Re-Entry, a program of the Public Law Center aimed at helping military veterans overcome legal obstacles as they re-enter civilian life. Over the past 10 years, OCTLA has raised more than $350,000 to benefit non-profit charities in Orange County.
Operation Veterans Re-Entry honors the legacy of Captain Matthew Patrick Manoukian, United States Marine Corps, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, who was killed in combat August 10, 2012 in Sangin District, Afghanistan. An Orange County native, Captain Manoukian had been accepted to law school and planned to begin law studies after returning from Afghanistan. He had planned to enter public service as a public defender – inspired to enter the legal profession by his parents, both of whom are judges.
OCTLA also recognized Judge Wendy Lindley, who will be retiring this year after a distinguished career on the Orange County Superior Court bench. Judge Lindley created and fostered collaborative courts such as the Homeless Outreach Court, Drug Court and Combat Veterans Court. Her vision and dedication created alternative court models that drastically reduced recidivism and saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
In addition to raising funds for a worthwhile cause and honoring a judicial star, OCTLA honored five consumer advocates as “Top Gun” trial lawyers of the year: Theresa J. Barta – Business Litigation; John C. Adams III – Medical Malpractice; Steven R. Young – Class Action; Gregory L. Bentley – Government Entity; and William D. Shapiro – Personal Injury.
For further information about the event, OCTLA or Operation Veterans Re-Entry, or to obtain photographs from the event, please contact OCTLA Executive Director Janet Thornton at (949) 916-9577 or firstname.lastname@example.org or OCTLA President Scott Cooper at (949) 724-9200 or email@example.com.