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Levine wins Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Award

The litigation section of the State Bar of California is honoring San Diego attorney Harvey R. Levine with the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Award June 9 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina.

A reception will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jim Brosnahan, who won the award in 1996, will be the guest speaker. Tickets for the event are $100. Reservations can be made by calling (415) 538-2546.

This award is given to professionals who have excelled as trial lawyers and whose careers exemplify the highest values and professional achievement.

Michael Whitton, a partner in the San Diego office of Ross, Dixon & Bell LLP, has been appointed to serve on the National Law School Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame. He was appointed by the president of the university to a three-year term.

The Law School Advisory Council plays a key role in "the advancement of the university and its principal academic endeavors." Members of the Law School Advisory Committee serve as representatives of the university and "assist with the identification of problems and offer solutions as well as help chart the school's growth."

Whitton, who has been with Ross, Dixon & Bell since 1994, has extensive experience in the areas of real estate acquisition, development and finance -- with special emphasis in large scale urban redevelopment and revitalization projects -- and the development and acquisition of golf courses, country clubs, hotels and marinas.

Foley & Lardner LLP, which has offices in San Diego, has been retained by the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games Executive Committee (GEC) to serve as international legal counsel for the games' Opening Ceremony. The GEC is an organization sponsored by the Chinese government that manages marketing and large events for the games.

The games will be held in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, Oct. 2-11. Because the games are a major event for China and Shanghai, the GEC is planning a world-class Opening Ceremony on Oct. 2 to be broadcast throughout China and made available worldwide.

"China is the first Asian country to host the Summer Games, and we are honored to be chosen to represent the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games Executive Committee for such an important event in China celebrating humanity, culture and human nature," said Catherine Sun, chair of the firm's Asia practice. "We are committed to assisting GEC with making the games a great success."

The engagement with the GEC follows Foley's announcement that it will file an application in March with the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China requesting approval to open a representative office in Shanghai.

In addition to 7,000 athletes, Special Olympics expects the 2007 World Summer Games to draw 40,000 volunteers, 3,500 event officials and thousands of families, volunteers, spectators and journalists from every continent. More information on the games can be found by accessing the event's Web site at: www.2007specialolympics.com.

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