The presentation of Hon. Judge Armand Arabian’s book titled From Gravel to Gavel was held at the Hampar Family Reception Room on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian reflected on the rich legacy of Judge Arabian and his influence in the Court of Law. He commended Arabian’s selfless service to the community and noted his undying love for the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Justice Arabian was raised in New York. He was the first born son of Armenian immigrants who came to America after surviving the Armenian Genocide of 1915. He received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1961 from Boston University’s School of Law and became a deputy district attorney of Los Angeles County. In 1972, Governor Ronald Reagan appointed him judge of the Municipal Court, and then in 1973, he was appointed to the Superior Court.
In 1983 he was appointed as an Associate justice of the Court of Appeal, and in 1990, Judge Arabian was appointed as the 105th associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He authored 104 majority opinions and retired in 1996.
His honors are extensive. He received the St. Gregory the Illuminator Medal of Honor in 2004 by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, and the Albert Einstein Gold Medal of Honor and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences award in 2003.
In 2005, the Justice Armand Arabian Judicial Reception Hall was dedicated at the Constitutional Court in Yerevan, Armenia, and in 2006, the County Board of Supervisors dedicated the Justice Armand Arabian Reception Hall at the Chatsworth Superior Court Building.