The Witkin medal is named for the preeminent legal scholar and writer Bernard E. Witkin, who was its first recipient in 1993. It is awarded annually to a member of the legal community who has helped shape the legal landscape through an extraordinary body of work.
2015 Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
2014 Erwin Chemerinsky
2013 Justice Carlos Moreno (Ret.)
2012 Jesse H. Choper
2011 Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein
2010 Beth Jay
2009 Justice Cruz Reynoso (Ret.)
2008 John Van de Kamp
2007 Judge Alex Kozinski
2006 Justice Elwood Lui (Ret.)
2005 Chief Justice Ron George
2004 Judge Thelton Eugene Henderson
2003 Robert D. Raven
2002 Seth and Shirley Hufstedler (joint recipients)
2001 Justice Norman L. Epstein
2000 Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson
1999 Joseph A. Ball, Esq.
1998 Justice Stanley Mosk
1997 Justice Bernard S. Jefferson
1996 William A. Rutter, Esq.
1995 Professor Gerald Gunther
1994 Justice Raymond L. Sullivan
1993 Bernard E. Witkin