State Bar of California Loren Miller Legal Services Award Announcement

The State Bar of California Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Loren Miller Legal Services Award.   The award will be presented during the State Bar 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. If you would like to request that WLS support a nomination for this award, please contact Meghan Covert Russell at mrussell@kmtg.com, Amy Heavey Halloran at amy@williamslawassociates.com or Julia Reeves at Julia.reeves80@yahoo.com.

The Loren Miller Legal Services Award, named after the late Loren Miller, an African American lawyer and judge who was a leader in the civil rights movement, was established in 1977 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the State Bar of California. It is considered a lifetime achievement award and is given annually to a lawyer admitted to practice in California who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor. Previous award recipients include the staff of legal services organizations such as directors of litigation, executive directors and private bar attorneys.

Nomination forms must be received on or before, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, March 17, 2014.  Previous nominations are accepted, but must be resubmitted with updated information for the calendar year 2013.  Self-nominations are accepted.

For information and questions regarding the Loren Miller Legal Services Award, contact Sharon Ngim via email at: mailto:sharon.ngim@calbar.ca.gov or visit www.calbar.ca.gov/aboutus/awards.asp.

State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Awards Announcement

The State Bar of California Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services is now accepting nominations for the 2014 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards.   The awards will be presented during the State Bar 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. If you would like to request that WLS support a nomination for these awards, please contact Meghan Covert Russell at mrussell@kmtg.com, Amy Heavey Halloran at amy@williamslawassociates.com or Julia Reeves at Julia.reeves80@yahoo.com.

The State Bar Board of Trustees created the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards in 1983. The awards recognize California attorneys, law firms and associations of California lawyers who have provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor persons or organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to the poor, free of charge, without expectation of compensation from the client, in the preceding calendar year. In November 2009, the Board of Trustees expanded the list of award recipients to include California law schools accredited by the American Bar Association or The State Bar of California and law students currently enrolled in those law schools. A combined total of up to nine awards shall be given annually in all five award categories, which include: 1. individual attorneys (with various subcategories such as newly admitted attorney, law school faculty member, etc.) 2. law firm, 3. corporate legal department or government department, 4. law school and 5. distinguished pro bono work. Recommendations for the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards are made by the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services to the Board of Trustees, which reviews and approves the recommendations.

Nomination forms must be received on or before, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, March 17, 2014.  Previous nominations are accepted, but must be resubmitted with updated information for calendar year 2013.  Self-nominations are accepted.

For information and questions regarding the President’s Pro Bono Service Award, contact Sharon Ngim via email at: sharon.ngim@calbar.ca.gov or visit www.calbar.ca.gov/aboutus/awards.asp.