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Updates related to CLA and section awards

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
Nominate a worthy candidate for the Harry B. Sondheim Professional Responsibility Award. Learn more. Read more
Nominate a worthy candidate for the Civics Engagement Award. Learn more. Read more
The Diversity Awards are to recognize outstanding efforts made by a bar association or organization to promote diversity in the legal profession, in their organization or among their peers. Apply here. Read more
Nominate a worthy candidate for the Bernard E. Witkin Award by filling out this application. Read more

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