Pasadena Bar Association Hosts Annual Judge of the Year & 2014 Board of Directors Installation Dinner

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PBA President Don Schweitzer Will Honor Commissioner Collette N. Serio of the Pasadena Courthouse, October 16 at Brookside Golf Club

The Pasadena Bar Association will host its annual Judge of the Year and 2014 Board of Directors installation dinner at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.

This year’s Judge of the Year is Commissioner Collette N. Serio, from department G of the Pasadena Court House, who presides over one of the longest-running domestic violence courts in Los Angeles County, co-founded by her and on-going since 1996. She has been recognized by the Foothill Family Services for her commitment to San Gabriel Valley families through her work in the domestic violence court, participated in graduation programs at recovery groups, presided over trials with the Teen Court program at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, and worked with the Museum of Tolerance as an instructor in the SHADES (Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students) program.

“Commissioner Collette N. Serio is an important dignitary in the Pasadena and Los Angeles area, whose work in the court and the community should be recognized,” said Don Schweitzer, PBA president and founder and partner of the Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer. “Commissioner Serio is a superior bench officer who has not let budgetary restrictions or extremely difficult case loads deter her from maintaining the utmost level of professionalism and thought in the court room. She’s extremely courteous to all litigants and attorneys, and suffers no fools as her knowledge on domestic violence and substance abuse is outstanding. Because of these reasons and her activity within the community, the Pasadena Bar Association chose her as Judge of the Year.”

Previous to her appointment as a Commissioner she worked as a Deputy City Prosecutor for ten years with the Pasadena City Prosecutor’s Office. She also had her own law practice in Los Angeles, which included civil, criminal, juvenile and family law cases. She is a graduate of La Verne College of Law and UCLA.

The evening will also swear in the Pasadena Bar Association’s 2014 board of directors, including:

  •     President, Oliver Bajracharya, Christie Parker & Hale, LLP
  •     President-Elect, Kevin Callahan, Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell
  •     Vice President, Kimberly Frasca-Delaney, Russakow Greene & Tan
  •     Treasurer, Karl Swaidan, Hahn & Hahn, LLP
  •     Secretary, Laura Lloyd, Sheldon Mak & Anderson, P.C.
  •     Advisor, Don Schweitzer, Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer
  •     Trustees: Heidi Bitterman, Law Officers of Donald P. Schweitzer; Eric Brown, Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart; Brandon Carroll, Fierstadt & Mans, LLP; Gloria Medel, Larson & Gaston, LLP; Gloria Pitzer, Palermo, Barbaro, Chinen, & Pitzer, LLP; and Deborah Schwarz, Law Offices of Deborah Ballins Schwarz

For More Information about the Pasadena Bar Association, please contact:
Michelle Paniagua, Executive Director, Pasadena Bar Association
(626) 793-1422

Norma Kelly or Liza Sacilioc, (818) 509-0575/(818) 509-9275

About the Pasadena Bar Association
The Pasadena Bar Association (PBA) assists its members to develop and improve their practice of law by providing information, services, networking, career development programs and other resources. Since its founding in 1917, the PBA has vigorously pursued its stated purpose "to advance the science of jurisprudence, to promote the administration of justice, to encourage a thorough legal education, and to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of law." The PBA has initiated numerous programs, services and opportunities for its members, the profession, the judiciary and the community.

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