Attorney Volunteers Needed: Sept. 10 Federal Courthouse Exploration Day

The Santa Ana Division of the Bankruptcy Court of the Central District of California will host its Fourth Annual Federal Courthouse Exploration Day (FED Day) for local high school students on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

The purpose of this outreach event is to expose students to the court in a friendly way, while providing them the opportunity to learn a bit about the federal court system and to interact with judges and lawyers.

The Court has invited students from the Samueli Academy charter high school in Santa Ana for a day of exploration at the courthouse. They would like to include approximately ten lawyers as mentor participants in the luncheon portion of the program.   

Anyone interested in participating as a lawyer mentor should contact Melissa Prochilo at by August 13, 2019.

Below is the tentative schedule for the event: 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.:
Courtroom Lecture: Discussion of the Federal Court System/ the Constitution and its impact on students/ Courtroom Logistics (students only)

11:50 – 12:00 p.m.:
Welcome remarks and introduction of judges (bankruptcy, district, magistrate), lawyers and other guests, including a PowerPoint presentation of “fun” facts for each participating judge.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.:
Judges and lawyers will share lunch with the students and discuss their paths to the legal profession as well as the goals and aspirations of the students.  At least one judge and one attorney will be seated at each lunch table.

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.:
Guest Speaker

1:00 – 1:10 p.m.:
Closing Remarks

1:10 – 2:00 p.m.:
Tour of the US Marshal’s Service 

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Click here to review information regarding our Annual Honorable Peter M. Elliott Award. This award was established to honor the contributions of Judge Elliott and to honor those who have served this community with distinction during their careers.

Members are asked to nominate fellow members who best embody the characteristics exemplified by Judge Elliott both during his practice and while on the bench.

All nominations must be received by August 30, 2019. Complete a nomination by filling out either the online or PDF Ballot and including a description of the nominee and the reasons why you believe this person should receive the Award.