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The Warren M. Christopher Award is presented annually by the International Law and Immigration Section of the California Lawyers Association (“ILS”) for distinguished service in the promotion of the rule of law internationally or for significant achievement in the practice of international law. 

Nominees shall be members of The State Bar of California in good standing and may have active or inactive status.  Self-nominations are not accepted.  Nominees do not need to be a member of the ILS.  Nominations of current members and officers of the ILS Executive Committee and its Standing Committees may not be considered if nominated.  Nominations shall be kept confidential by the Award Committee and the ILS.  Campaigning for the selection of the awardee is discouraged and will not be considered. 

Nomination deadline: May 15, 2024

Nominations are to be directed to the ILS Award Committee, which shall evaluate the nominations and recommend three awardees to the ILS. Factors to be considered in evaluating nominations include, but are not limited to, promoting and achieving diversity.

Congratulations to our 2023 Recipient

Congratulations to Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, the 2023 Warren Christopher Award Recipient. Currently, he is the tenth president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Cuéllar was formerly a Supreme Court Justice of California. He served two US presidents at the white house and in federal agencies. He is a member of the US Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Read More

Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, 2023 Warren Christopher Award Recipient
Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, 2023 Warren Christopher Award Recipient

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