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Event to honor legal community

Posted: September 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association, formed in 2003, is hosting its seventh annual Law Appreciation Day on Oct. 7, with a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

The SCV Bar Association’s annual event honors those who create, enforce and practice law.

The event is paying special recognition to local law enforcement and first responders, including members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, L.A. County Fire Department and L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, for their outstanding contributions to the Santa Clarita community.

“This community is built upon the strength and hard work of its residents and public servants. Many of those individuals go above and beyond the call of duty, and deserve to be recognized for their outstanding contributions,” said Paulette Gharibian, president of the SCV Bar Association.

The local law practice community is also featuring local resident, John March as a keynote speaker this year. March’s son, a sheriff’s deputy, David March was murdered in the line of duty in 2002.

“John’s story is compelling, inspiring and amazing, and we’re very excited to hear John speak at the event,” said Barry Edzant, president-elect of the SCV Bar Association.

Deputy March was killed by a known gang member who fled to Mexico immediately after he murdered the officer.

His father will share the story of his five-year mission to bring his son’s killer back to the United States to face justice. John March worked with local and national officials to track Garcia down and clear legal obstacles that stood in the way of extradition.

Jorge Armando Arroyo Garcia pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2007.

“John March spent years of time, and his entire savings convincing law makers in California and Washington to bring David’s killer to justice” Edzant said.

“Ultimately, John was successful in his journey, paving the way to bring the killer back to California, and receiving the justice David deserved.”

The event is open to the public and tickets are $65 per person. And the event runs from noon to 1:30 p.m.

For more information about this event, event-sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please contact Samuel Price at (661) 290-2991.


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