Mark Geragos Master of Ceremonies ANCA WR Banquet

ANCA-WR 2002 ANNUAL BANQUET HONORING FREEDOM AWARD RECIPIENTS AND MAN OF THE YEAR IS SOLD OUT

HOLLYWOOD–CA – The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR)–today announced that renowned trial lawyer Mark Geragos will be the Master of Ceremonies at the its 2002 Annual Banquet. The event will take place on Sunday–October 20 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood California.

This year’s banquet will honor individuals who have contributed to the Armenian Cause by raising awareness through their respective professions. Mark Geragos–known for his appearances on television as a legal commentator–and a distinguished Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney–will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

Mr. Geragos has appeared as both guest and legal commentator on the Today Show– Good Morning America–CNBC’s Rivera Live–and CNN’s Burden of Proof. His office handles some of the highest profile cases in California and the United States. Most notably–Geragos is involved in the case currently against the New York Life Insurance Company for unpaid claims to survivors of the Armenian Genocide-era policy holders.

The Los Angeles Daily Journal–a legal publication–described Mark Geragos as "arguably the hottest defense lawyer of the moment." The Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association has named him "Trial Lawyer of the Year." Geragos–who is a criminal trial attorney in both Federal and State Courts–has represented dozens of prominent clients–including some of the most famed political–entertainment and business figures.

"Mark Geragos has a great presence in the courtroom and in the media. He is incredibly articulate and we are looking forward to having him serve as the Master of Ceremonies at our Annual Banquet," commented Souzi Zerounian-Khanzatian–Chair of the Annual Banquet Committee.

Since the announcement of this year’s honorees–the ANCA-WR banquet has been sold out for three weeks. The ANCA-WR is honoring California State Senator Jack Scott with the Man of the Year Award for his leadership on Armenian-American issues in the State Legislature. Senator Scott is the author of the California-Armenia Trade Office Bill–which Governor Gray Davis signed into law in September–2002.

The chart-topping Grammy nominated members of System of A Down and Oscar nominated Canadian film director/writer Atom Egoyan will receive the prestigious Freedom Award this year.

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