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Class Notes

July 2nd, 2011

Sondra Sutherland, Class of 1996

After a grueling 7‐week jury trial and a 3‐plus year appeal, the Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, issued its Opinion on June 14, 2010, affirming a $6.6 million Judgment obtained by North County attorney Sondra Sutherland and co‐counsel, Shawn McMillan, against the County of Orange, Department of Social Services. The Court reversed and remanded with directions to strike the injunctive relief from the Judgment, but in all other respects affirmed the Judgment. This is reputed to be the largest civil (parental) rights Judgment against a child protective services agency in U.S. history and has made quite a splash since the Verdicts were reached in March 2007.

For a complete copy of the Decision, go to http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub.htm or contact Ms. Sutherland at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).