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Morrison & Foerster Senior of Counsel Miriam Vogel to Receive California Beacon of Justice Award

07 Apr 2010

Miriam Vogel receives honor from Friends of the Los Angeles County Library for service including 18 years on the appellate bench

Los Angeles (April 7, 2010)—Miriam Vogel, former Justice on the California Court of Appeal and current member of the appellate practice at law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP will receive the Beacon of Justice Award from the Friends of the Los Angeles County Library for her outstanding legal achievements and distinguished record of service to the bar and the bench.  The event is slated for today.

Ms. Vogel will share the honor with her husband, Charles, who currently works as a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS in Los Angeles. The couple is the only husband-wife team to serve simultaneously on the appellate court, with Ms. Vogel starting her tenure in 1990 and serving for 18 years.  According to the Friends organization, the Vogels were chosen for their combined 85 years of contributions to the practice of law in California.

During her time on the bench, Ms. Vogel heard more than 8,400 cases and authored more than 2,800 opinions, including far-reaching decisions in Thrifty Oil Co. v. Superior Court;  Estrada v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.; and TBG Insurance Services Corporation v. Superior Court.

Ms. Vogel has concentrated her practice on civil litigation for more than 30 years, with the bulk of her career focused on appellate litigation.  She currently represents major corporations and individuals in appellate matters, and she is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

“We count ourselves especially fortunate to have Miriam as an integral member of our appellate and litigation practices,” said Keith Wetmore, chair of Morrison & Foerster. “She has earned this well-deserved honor for her remarkable record, for her contributions to California’s judiciary and to the practice of law as a whole. Miriam is undoubtedly one of California’s most eminent jurists.”

“[The Vogels] brought—and continue to bring—to the legal community a complete commitment to service and a genuine affection for the law, and it is for these qualities they are honored,” writes Friends chair Terri Keville and vice-chair Stephen Alexander, in a letter announcing the award.

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