President's Message — June 2023

Lori Myers

Lori Myers

By Lori Myers

40th Annual Good Citizenship Awards

National Law Day (May 1) is a special day focusing on our heritage of liberty under law, a national day of celebration officially designated by joint resolution of Congress in 1961.

As a part of its celebration of Law Day 2023, the Riverside County Bar Association and Riverside County Superior Court once again sponsored the Good Citizenship Awards (established by the RCBA in 1981) for high school students in Riverside County. The award is presented to those high school juniors who have been designated by their respective principals as exhibiting the characteristics of a good citizen – leadership, problem solving and involvement on campus.

I was honored to speak along with Presiding Judge Judith Clark, and Judges O.G. Magno and Chad Firetag, to the assembled high school juniors and their parents, teachers, principals and counselors, to recognize their exemplary citizenship and accomplishments.

The recipients received $150 cash stipends from the RCBA and the Lawyer Referral Service, as well as certificates of merit from the Riverside County Superior Court and local elected officials. This year, certificates of recognition were given by U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert, U.S. Congressman Mark Takano, State Senator Richard Roth, Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, Assemblymember Bill Essayli, Assemblymember Corey Jackson and Assemblymember Kate Sanchez.

The awards ceremony was held on Thursday, May 4, 2023 in Department 1 of the Historic Courthouse in Riverside. The following high school students from around the county were recognized for their good citizenship:

High School Name

Student Name


Lucy Bryan

Alvord Alternative

Kayla Galvin


Joseph Velasquez


Hailey Mayfield

Desert Hot Springs

Tyler Crncic

Great Oak

Damien Milton


Calvin Brown


Mohammed Lahlisi

Jurupa Valley

Bryan Gomez

La Sierra

Justin Auld

Martin Luther King

Dania Khan

Moreno Valley

Sarah Abundis

Mountain View

Donald Downs

Murrieta Mesa

Desirae Gines

Murrieta Valley

Elijah Reading


Kaiya Cameron

Norte Vista

Kimberly Leon

Norte Dame

Ashley DeGennaro

Palm Springs

Vanessa Bitanga

Palo Verde Valley

Amy Moreno

Paloma Valley

Olivia Contreras


Angel Zinzun


Isabel Yrungaray


Christina Chimal

Rancho Verde

Leah Welch

Vista del Lago

Alyssa Reyes

Vista Murrieta

Joseph Queriapa

Woodcrest Christian

Grace VanHaaster

Lori Myers is a local private criminal defense attorney and founder of the Warrior Attorney Academy ©.

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