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Updates related to CLA and section awards

Mr. Fisher, UCLA B.A.,J.D., U.Penn. Law School R.H.Smith Fellow, served on the multinational negotiation teams and as counsel in the German and Austrian Holocaust settlements, as well as court-appointed class counsel on the Swiss Banks Holocaust cases. Mr. Fisher is a signatory to the resulting treaties with Germany and Austria. He serves as counsel on behalf of Chinese, Korean and other Asian victims of the sexual slavery and slave labor systems of wartime Japan, and has served as court-appointed receiver in major securities fraud cases. He works on Kurdish issues in Turkey and elsewhere. Read more
The Committee on Appellate Courts is pleased to announce the 2021 recipient of the Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame award, Wendy Lascher. Read more
Matthew Beltramo, Assistant District Attorney for the County of Alameda , Honored by Public Law Section of the California Lawyers Association with the Outstanding Achievement in Public Law Award Read more
The Public Law Section of the California Lawyers Association honors Jodi Cleesattle as the 2021 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year. Read more
The California Lawyers Association’s Public Law Section has awarded The California Office of the Attorney General’s People v. Johnson & Johnson Trial Team (Team) with the inaugural Outstanding Achievement in Public Law (OAPL) Award. The Public Law Section has historically honored a Public Lawyer of the Year with the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award. This new award, the Outstanding Achievement in Public Law, recognizes a specific achievement as opposed to a career in Public Law. It also recognizes that frequently the achievements, as in this case, are accomplished, not by just one individual, but by a team of dedicated public lawyers. Read more
This year's recipient of the Excellence Award is Michelle A. Philo. Michelle is the principal at Philo Law Firm, P.C., where she focuses on business law and trusts and estates. Michelle provides concierge General Counsel services to small business owners, providing businesses with the convenience of working with one key lawyer to manage all of their outside counsel and provide immediate assistance with contracts, compliance, employments matters, and protecting intellectual property. Read more
Please join us at this year’s Warren M. Christopher Award Virtual Reception honoring Professor Justin Brooks, the Director and Co-Founder of the California Innocence Project. Over the course of his career, he has served as counsel on many high profile criminal cases and has exonerated more than 30 innocent people (including former NFL player Brian Banks). Read more
The International Law and Immigration Section has recognized the following individuals for distinguished service in the promotion of the rule of law internationally or for significant achievement in the practice of international law. Read more
Nominate a worthy candidate for the Jack Berman Award of Achievement. Learn more. Read more
Nominate someone worthy for the Lorem Miller Legal Services Award. Learn more. Read more

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