M. Day, 79; Noted Lawyer in O.C.

Marjorie Day, who broke ground as a female attorney in Orange County and was a president of the Tustin Unified School Board, died Wednesday. She was 79.

Day opened a Tustin practice representing victims in personal injury and malpractice in 1980. She was the first female president of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the first elected to its national executive board. Last year, the organization named her the first female Trial Lawyer of the Year.

Day died on the 60th anniversary of her wedding to Wilbur Day, whom she married before he was shipped overseas during World War II as a bomber pilot.

A former Ohio resident who was raised in New York City, Day moved to California when her husband retired from the Air Force in 1963. She received her law degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton four years later.

Day is survived by her husband; daughter Leslie Ebert; sons Christopher, Mark and Eric; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tustin.

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