Annual Hawaii Seminar - Wrap-up
Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2008
Kea Lani Hotel, Maui, Hawaii

Annual Hawaii Seminar Report
By Don Galine 

Thirty-five consumer attorneys and their families met in beautiful Maui, Hawaii at the Kea Lani Hotel. There were some excellent speakers and we were honored to have the California Treasurer, Mr. Bill Lockyer, speak twice to the seminar attendees.

Randal Alan, run by Randy Cort of San Mateo, did a great job getting everybody over to Hawaii and hosting a fun reception the first night of the seminar. Randy has already begun working on the booking arrangements for the 2009 seminar, November 25 - December 5.

The Cotchett Law Firm of Burlingame provided some excellent speakers and was very supportive of our group. Joe Cotchett, Frank Pitre, and Steve Williams spoke on a variety of very interesting legal subjects.

Don Ernst, our immediate Past President, was very active in the program coordination. In fact, he ended up being a speaker twice and a moderator for part of the seminar. Don gave us a very good update on all of the legislative activities of CAOC and election result. Special thanks to Don for all of his help this year and in the past years for helping to put on great seminars.

We would like to thank Lori Sarracino for all of her hard work that she did to put together this seminar.

We would like to thank John Vaclavik from the James Street Group and Shawn Khorrami of Khorrami, Pollard & Abir, LLP, for sponsoring all of the breakfasts and the fun reception on Monday night for all of the attendees and their families. Also, we would like to thank Randy Cort of Randal Alan for helping to sponsor these events. If anybody would like to be a sponsor next year, please let Lori Sarracino or I know as soon as possible.

We hope that all of you reading this article plan to attend next year. If you have any interesting topics on any legal subject, call me personally or Lori Sarracino and we will try to put you on the program as a speaker.

Gary Gwilliam and his entire family made this event a very happy family reunion and we would like to encourage all of you to follow in Gary’s footsteps and bring your entire family next year. We would like to thank all of the speakers: Robert E. Cartwright, Jr., Brian D. Chase, Joseph W. Cotchett, Don A. Ernst, Bruce G. Fagel, J. Gary Gwilliam, John E. Hullverson, Shawn Khorrami, Califoria State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Lisa L. Maki, Jeffrey S. Mitchell, Terry O’Reilly, Frank M. Pitre, Gary L. Simms, Mark Taylor, and Steven N. Williams.