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San Francisco William Choe has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a partner in the corporate and securities group. His focus is on mergers and acquisitions. Previously a partner at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, Choe earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. The Judicial Council has announced the winners of the 2003 Distinguished Service Awards. The awards will be presented at the 2004 California Judicial Administration Conference in February. Jurist of the Year Award: First District Court of Appeal Justice Carol Corrigan and Fourth District Court of Appeal Justice James Ward were selected for their work on the council’s Task Force on Jury Instructions. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Leonard Edwards was chosen for his innovative and lasting contributions to the judiciary in the areas of juvenile and family courts, court coordination, and domestic violence prevention and intervention. Judicial Administration Award: Jeanne Millsaps, court executive officer for the San Joaquin County Superior Court, was selected for her more than 30-year commitment to improving judicial administration and her ability to balance local interests of her court with broader statewide judicial branch objectives. Christine Hansen, director of the finance division of the Administrative Office of the Courts, was selected for her leadership role as the chief financial officer for the judicial branch. Bernard E. Witkin Award: James Herman, president of the State Bar in 2002-03, was selected in recognition of his leadership of the Bar’s unprecedented effort to generate support for the independence of the judiciary and for adequate funding for the judicial branch. Gov. George Deukmejian was selected for his many contributions to the judicial branch during his service as an assemblyman, senator, attorney general and governor. Sacramento Downey Brand has added nine associates. Michael Pearson and Marianne Waterstradt join the business department; Vanessa Inman, Erik Khoobyarian, Matthew Weber and Kenneth Zanotto join the litigation department; and Robia Chang, Frank Singer and Melissa Verhaag, the natural resources department. Pearson received his J.D. from UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law. Previously he was a law clerk with the Law Offices of Tony Tanke. Waterstradt graduated from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. She had been an extern for Judge Frank Damrell Jr. Inman received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law and had been an extern for Oregon Supreme Court Judge Thomas Balmer. Khoobyarian graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and had been an extern for Judge Jeremy Fogel. Weber, a McGeorge graduate, previously was an extern for Judges Morrison England Jr. and Garland Burrell Jr. Zanotto, also a McGeorge graduate, had been a research assistant for McGeorge professor Michael Vitiello. Chang, another McGeorge graduate, was a legal research assistant for the Sacramento County counsel’s office. Singer, a McGeorge graduate, recently was a public land management specialist for the state Lands Commission. Verhaag received her law degree from the University of Oregon and previously was a research assistant for Oregon law professor Richard Hildreth. Southern California Piper Rudnick has added Sara Chenetz as a partner in its Los Angeles office. Chenetz’s practice focuses on complex bankruptcy and litigation matters. She received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 1983. Two new associates have joined Baker & McKenzie’s San Diego office. Alisa Woodring is a member of the financial restructuring, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice group. She graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law in 2001. Mattias Luukkonen is a member of the litigation practice group. He received his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2002. Costa Mesa-based Rutan & Tucker is adding eight associates, all June 2003 law school graduates, who have been working with the firm as pre-bar associates since the summer: Jenny Carey, UCLA School of Law; Christopher Cruz, Georgetown University Law Center; Peter Howell, UCLA; Gregory Jones, Georgetown; Jennifer Kim, Boalt Hall School of Law; Sy Nazif, Hastings College of the Law; Lyndsy Rutherford, Georgetown; Rudy Salo, Georgetown. Please send news about partners or associates, appointments or awards to: [email protected], or On the Move, The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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