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PILF 2018 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction

» PILF 2018 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction

Thursday, March 29, 2018
6-10 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim - Orange County
100 The City Drive
Orange, 92868

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Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is an organization dedicated to creating new and innovative opportunities for law students to engage in critically needed public interest work. PILF supports and promotes public interest work by funding law students who dedicate their time to serving our community through summer grants so they can serve in unpaid/volunteer positions in the public interest field.

PILF works to innovatively promote and support public interest legal work by educating, encouraging and providing financial support for law students to consider and explore careers and pro bono opportunities in public interest law during law school and beyond.

The annual dinner and silent auction is a semi-formal event with a seated dinner with wine pairings, live entertainment from The Jazz Execs, and no-host bar.

 

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The Jazz Execs bandThursday, March 29, 2018
6-10 p.m.

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim - Orange County
100 The City Drive
Orange, 92868

$100 per guest

$1,000 per table - seats 10 guests, with premium location

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PILF Award for Excellence in Public Service 

antoinette baltaTracy Theodore (JD ’09) clerked for two years with multiple judges in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Theodore has always been an active volunteer and, more recently, has regularly volunteered with the Orangewood Foundation. In 2015, Theodore took the position of the Executive Director for the Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation, where she oversees the various community programs run by the Foundation. The Foundation, which is housed in the same building as Fowler School of Law’s Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic in Anaheim, provides empowerment and prevention resources to victims and families impacted by family violence. As Executive Director, she spends much of her time reviewing contracts, memoranda of understanding, and partnership agreements, while also being responsible for the centers extensive fundraising efforts.

 


M. Katherine Baird Darmer Commitment to Public Service Award  

antoinette baltaThe Honorable Judge Maria Hernandez was appointed Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court for Orange County on January 1, 2014 where she served until January of 2018.  She was a juvenile judge since 2009, where she was responsible for both dependency and delinquency inventories, presided over Juvenile Drug Court, Dependency Drug Court and the Boys Court program.  Judge Hernandez created and presided over the dedicated court addressing commercially sexually exploited children (GRACE-Generating Resources to Abolish Child Exploitation) and co-chairs the Orange County Committee relating to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC).  Judge Hernandez is currently assigned to the Court’s Felony Trial Panel handling felony criminal trials and has recently created and launched a Young Adult Court (YAC) which will address the special needs of emerging adults in the criminal justice system.

Currently, Judge Hernandez also serves as a member of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Initiative”, the Judicial Council of California’s “Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness” and is a faculty member for the Judicial Council of California’s Center for Judiciary Education and Research (CJER).   Judge Hernandez leads numerous projects and commissions working to reduce truancy and creating successful educational outcomes for the youth in Orange County.  Judge Hernandez is an active member of numerous law and community related organizations at the local, state and national levels.
 
Judge Hernandez worked as a senior deputy public defender for the County of Orange as a trial lawyer until she was appointed to the bench as a Commissioner in 2006, and appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a judge in 2009.  Since 2011, she has served as adjunct Professor of Juvenile and Domestic Law at Western State College of Law.  Judge Hernandez is a University of California, Irvine alumni, having graduated with her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in 1986 and law degree from Western State University-Fullerton in 1991.

Judge Hernandez received the Distinguished Service Award for the 2016 which is the highest award presented by The Judicial Council of California  honoring  a judicial branch member for extraordinary dedication, outstanding leadership and significant contribution to advancing the council’s strategic goals for the judicial branch.  Judge Hernandez was recognized for her personal dedication and extraordinary commitment to advancing and improving the juvenile justice system.  Judge Hernandez was also bestowed with the 2016 Diamond  Individual Award for her exceptional commitment and leadership serving women and children in the movement to eradicate human trafficking focusing on the commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). Judge Hernandez was inducted into the Western State College of Law Hall of Fame in 2016 for her continued outstanding service to the legal profession and community In 2017 Judge Hernandez was honored with OC Women Lawyers Association’s Judge of the Year as well as being named Orange County’s 2017 Ambassador of Peace for her dedicated work to protect and serve the children and families of Orange County.