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The California Lawyers Association recently assumed responsibility for selecting and awarding several honors previously bestowed by the State. These awards are given annually to attorneys, judges, and programs that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to promoting justice and high ethical standards.

Many of the award recipients have worked with vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, low-income farm workers, and communities whose primary language is not English.

Each award has its own deadline and application. To find out more, see the list below.

President’s Pro Bono Service Awards

Recognizes California attorneys who provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor persons or to organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to the poor, free of charge, without expectation of compensation from the client. A nominee may be a lawyer, law firm, team of lawyers, association of lawyers, law school or law student.

Loren Miller Legal Services Award

Honors an attorney who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally engaged in significant work extending legal services to the poor.

Diversity Awards

Recognizes outstanding efforts made by a bar association, law firm and an individual attorney in promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Bernard E. Witkin Medal

Recognizes attorneys and non-attorneys who, through a career of extraordinary service, have made significant contributions to the quality of justice and legal scholarship in California.

Jack Berman Award of Achievement

Honors a young lawyer (first five years of active State Bar membership or age 36 and under) who has provided outstanding service to the legal profession and public, as well as dedication to issues of concern to new and young lawyers.

Harry B. Sondheim Professional Responsibility Award

Recognizes a member’s outstanding long-term contribution to the advancement of attorney professional standards in California.

The California Lawyers Association also issues the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services to lawyers, law students, paralegals, legal secretaries and other non-attorneys in California who volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of low-income clients. Pro Bono Managers can submit the Wiley Manuel Certificate application on behalf of their volunteers who complete fifty hours of pro bono service annually. Download the Request Form below.

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