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JAMS Sponsors 24th Annual Sonenshine Pro Bono Reception

Justice Sonenshine of JAMS and Judge Guilford of the U.S. district court to serve as featured speakers

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Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to be a sponsor of the 24th Annual Sonenshine Pro Bono Reception. The event, which will take place on the evening of Thursday, November 21, in Newport Beach, Calif., focuses on connecting new lawyers in Orange County with local pro bono, social services and arts and culture organizations to learn more about pro bono and charitable opportunities.

The reception was conceived by JAMS neutral Hon. Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Ret.) in 1994 and has helped create numerous success stories over the years by expanding young attorneys’ involvement in pro bono activities and providing individuals with opportunities in the legal profession. At this year’s reception, Justice Sonenshine and Hon. Andrew Guilford of the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California will serve as featured speakers.

JAMS is passionate about giving back to the legal community, and we welcome the opportunity to support new attorneys who are interested in expanding their pro bono work and community support.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

Justice Sonenshine was appointed to the Superior Court of Orange County in 1981 and was elevated the following year to the California Court of Appeal, where she served until 1999. With almost 50 years of experience, she is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS in Orange County. Justice Sonenshine is known in the legal community for her fair-minded and pragmatic approach to resolving the toughest cases. She is lauded by her legal peers for her even temper and respect for both lawyers and litigants.

Judge Guilford was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in 2006; he sits in Orange County. Prior to becoming a district court judge, he served as a business trial lawyer for over 30 years. Justice Guilford is known for his strong commitment to service and as an advocate for volunteer services for those in need.

The event is sponsored by an executive committee of 15 law firms, which take turns hosting responsibilities for the event each year. Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth will host this year’s event.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. With 28 locations, JAMS and its nearly 400 panelists are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases every year.

JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.

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Hon. Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Ret.)
  • Accounting Finance
  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Business Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Estate Probate Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Financial Markets
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property

Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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