International Lawyer of the Year Award
Eighth Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year: Barry Sanders
Barry Sanders practiced law with Latham & Watkins for more than 35 years, as a partner from 1978 to 2002 and as executive counsel from 2003 to 2005. He retired from the Partnership on December 31, 2002.
Mr. Sanders led the Latham & Watkins’ International Practice Group for many years. In addition, he was founding chair of the International Law Section of the California State Bar Association and founding president of the Los Angeles Center for International Commercial Arbitration. He is currently a member arbitrator of the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. In April 2001, he was awarded the Learned Hand Award for outstanding leadership in the legal profession.
Mr. Sanders is now President of the Board of Commissioners of the Recreation and Parks Department of the City of Los Angeles and Chairman of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation. He also serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Mr. Sanders is the author of American Avatar: The United States in the Global Imagination (Potomac Books, 2011). He is an adjunct professor in the Communications Studies Department at UCLA. He teaches courses entitled “The Images of America around the World,” “Public Diplomacy,” and “Architecture as Non-Verbal Communication.”
Mr. Sanders is Chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. As Chairman, he led the effort to bid for the 2016 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In September 2007 he received the Olympic Spirit Award from the United States Olympic Committee and the William May Garland Award from the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. As a lawyer with the firm and as a supporter of amateur sports in Southern California, he represented the Los Angeles Sports Council, the America’s Cup Organizing Committee, the LA84 Foundation, the San Diego (ARCO) Olympic Training Center, the Special Olympics, and the Los Angeles Olympics Sports Festival. He headed the legal team for the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee in its bribery scandal. He is now a Director of the Los Angeles Sports Council and of the Los Angeles Sports Council Foundation. He has been named “Man of the Year” for 2012 by the Special Olympics of Southern California and is on the Board of Directors for the Organizing Committee for the Special Olympics World Games of 2015.
Mr. Sanders’ community service career spans many subjects. In early 1992, he served as executive editor and general counsel to the California Council on Competitiveness. From 1979 to 1984, he served as primary outside counsel to the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. After the riots in Los Angeles in 1992, he was Co-Chair of Rebuild LA, the public-private organization established to deal with the problems of LA’s inner city. He served in that capacity until returning to Latham & Watkins on January 1, 1994. While Co-Chair of RLA, he was Chairman of the Board of the RLA Community Lending Corporation. He served as a Board member and as “Honorary Chair” of that inner city loan fund corporation from 1993 to 2000. The Coro Foundation presented him its “Crystal Eagle” Public Affairs Award for community service in 2007. Shane’s Inspiration, the organization for children with disabilities, presented him its Visionary Leadership Award in 2009. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Mr. Sanders its Civic Medal of Honor in 2011.
With respect to music and the arts, he received the 1999 Medal of Honor for contributions to the arts from the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California. He has been Chairman of the Board and President of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chairman of the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation. He is presently on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Opera and led its city-wide Ring Festival LA in spring 2010. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center (formerly “The Music Center”), the Music Center Foundation and The Walt Disney Concert Hall Corporation, the Joffrey Ballet, the Aman Dance Company, the Geffen Playhouse, the Otis Art Institute and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, among others.
Mr. Sanders was born in Philadelphia and earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School. He resides in Los Angeles.
Seventh Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year: Michael Tyler
Michael R. Tyler is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE: JEC). Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services, including all aspects of architecture, engineering and construction, operations and maintenance, as well as scientific and specialty consulting. Jacobs’ 75,000 employees in 230+ locations around the world serve a broad range of companies and organizations, including industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets and geographies. At Jacobs, Mr. Tyler leads a global team of more than 100 lawyers, as well as manages the company’s global risk management organization.
Before joining Jacobs in 2013, Mr. Tyler served as the Chief Legal Officer of two other Fortune 500 public companies — Sanmina, Inc. in Silicon Valley, and Gateway, Inc. in both San Diego and in London. At both companies, he also served as Chief Administrative Officer and supervised, in addition to the Legal Department, Human Resources, Facilities, Corporate Procurement, Security and Travel. Prior to Sanmina & Gateway, Mr. Tyler was international counsel to Northrop Grumman Corporation, and before that worked at a major international law firm. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Arthur Alarcon on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Tyler is a past chair of the State Bar’s International Law Section.
The award will be presented to Mr. Tyler at a reception in San Diego on August 18 in conjunction with the Sections Convention
Sixth Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year: Constance de la Vega
The International Law Section has selected the recipient of this year’s Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award. Professor Constance de la Vega of the University of San Francisco School of Law will receive this year’s Award.
In addition to her position as the Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Professor de la Vega is the Academic Director of the International Programs and the Director of the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
The Award will be presented to Professor de la Vega at a reception presented by The State Bar of California International Law Section on October 1, 2016, as part of The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Fifth Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year: Honorable John V. Roos
The 2015 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award was presented to the Honorable John V. Roos, the 28th United States Ambassador to Japan during August 2009 – August 2013. The award was presented on October 10, 2015 during a reception during the State Bar of California Annual Meeting in Anaheim.
The International Law Section acknowledges, with gratitude, the following Platinum Reception Sponsors: O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; and the following Bronze Reception Sponsors: Golbert & Associates, Honyaku USA Inc, and Japanese American Bar Association (JABA).
Fourth Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year: Robert E. Lutz
The State Bar of California International Law Section named Robert E. Lutz, Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School as the recipient of the 2014 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award.
One of legal education’s foremost authorities on international public and private law studies, Professor Lutz has held the top posts in the most influential organizations in the international law community, including Chair of the International Law Sections of the American Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools and Los Angeles County Bar Association, and was co-founder of the State Bar of California International Law Section and Chair of the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services. He has created and edited major legal publications–The International Lawyer, the Ecology Quarterly, the “Year in Review of International Law“, and The California International Practitioner. His many pioneering contributions in each of these positions and others, and his efforts on behalf of the American legal profession to liberalize transnational practice internationally are significant accomplishments that have greatly benefitted the international profession. Read more about Professor Lutz’s remarkable career.
A reception celebrating Professor Lutz was held during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in San Diego on Saturday, September 13, 2014.Dean Susan Westerberg Prager of Southwestern Law School was the special guest speaker.
Third Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year: James A. Gash
The International Law Section honored Professor James A. Gash as the winner of the 2013 Warren M.Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award. This award is being given to Professor Gash because of his unique efforts over the past several years to help bring the rule of law to Uganda. A reception honoring Professor Gash was held during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in San Jose, California at the San Jose Marriott on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm.
James A. Gash, is a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Professor Gash teaches Torts, Evidence, and Legal Ethics. Professor Gash also serves as the Director of the Global Justice Program in Pepperdine’s Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics. From 2005 until 2012, he also served as Associate Dean at Pepperdine Law.
Second Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year: Albert S. Golbert
The International Law Section is pleased to honor Albert S. Golbert as the second recipient of the Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award. This award is presented annually to a California lawyer for Achievement in International Law.
The award was presented at a reception during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Portola Room of the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey.
First Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year: Warren M. Christopher
The International Law Section has inaugurated the International Lawyer of the Year Award to honor California legal practitioners who render extraordinary service to our profession in the field of international law.
The first annual International Lawyer of the Year Award was presented posthumously to Warren M. Christopher. The award was presented at our Annual International Law Section Cocktail Reception and Dinner on September 17, 2011 at the beautiful Sky Room overlooking Long Beach harbor. The award was accepted by Mr. Christopher’s daughter, Lynn Collins.
Warren Christopher had a long and distinguished career both as a lawyer and statesman. Among his many accomplishments as the 63rd Secretary of State, Mr. Christopher brokered the Bosnian Peace Agreement during President Bill Clinton’s first term in office. For many years, Mr. Christopher was a Senior Partner at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in the firm’s Century City office.
Aided by videoclips and anecdotes, we remembered Mr. Christopher’s life-long commitment to the furtherance of international law and democracy around the world.
Lynn Collins and Advisor Emeritus Joseph Lestyk at the presenting of the first annual International Lawyer of the Year Award.
A Certificate of Appreciation from The City of Los Angeles was presented to Mr. Christopher’s family by the Mayor of Los Angeles.