Monday, December 22, 2014
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Awards and Recognition

LAAC Awards of Merit!

 

The LAAC Awards of Merit are the legal services community's opportunity to recognize the importance of legal services and to particularly honor a few of the many who have made contributions to the field during the last year. Award categories include:

  • Legal Services Attorney

  • Volunteer/Board Member

  • Client

  • Paralegal/Community Worker/Support

  • Court Staff (Joint Access to Justice Commission Award) (nomination deadline December 20)

More information about last year's honorees included below!

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2014 Family Law Awards!

 

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Family Law Awards! Since 2003, LAAC Family Law Awards have been presented to family law advocates in recognition of their outstanding dedication and commitment to legal services for low-income Californians. This year's awards will take place at the Family Law Conference in San Francisco, March 6 and 7, 2014.

More information about last year's honorees included below!

 

LAAC Family Law Awards


Since 2003, LAAC Family Law Awards have been presented to family law advocates in recognition of their outstanding dedication and commitment to legal services for low-income Californians. Awards are given to advocates who demonstrate exemplary service to low-income clients in family law in one of the following categories: direct representation (legal services family attorney), pro bono work (private attorney), and family law facilitator or self-help center service provider.

LAAC and the Administrative Office of the Courts proudly announce the 2013 Family Law Awards Honorees: 
  • Amanda Fleming, Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, Inc.
  • Harry Jacobs, Administrative Office of the Courts
                    
Above: Hon.Steven Jahr, Harry Jacobs, and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye                   Above: Amanda Fleming and Hon. Mark Juhas                                  

Congratulations, Amanda and Harry!

To learn more and see past award winners, click here.

 
 

LAAC Awards of Merit

 

2012 Awards of Merit Honorees

Ethel Lou Oden-Brown, Stephanie Choy, Dr. James Meeker, Julio Edrosolan, and Catherine Bishop receive Awards of Merit
during a ceremony held June 7, 2012 in San Francisco.
 

The LAAC Awards of Merit are the legal services community's opportunity to recognize the importance of legal services and to particularly honor a few of the many who have made contributions to the field during the last year. 

LAAC honored five Awards of Merit recipients during a ceremony held June 7 at the Administrative Office of the Courts in San Francisco. The honorees include: 

  • Award of Merit for Extraordinary Service: Stephanie Choy, State Bar of California, Legal Services Trust Fund
  • Attorney: Catherine Bishop, Senior Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project
  • Legal Secretary: Ethel Louise Oden-Brown, National Center for Youth Law
  • Paralegal: Julio Edrosolan, Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Volunteer and Board Member: Dr. James Meeker, Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Public Law Center

* The This year's awards will be presented in early 2014 in San Francisco at a spceial gathering for LAAC's 30th anniversary.

To see past award winners, click here.

 


Dan Bradley Fellowships

 

Each year, we invite law students working with LAAC member legal services programs during the summer to apply for the Dan Bradley Summer Fellowship Program. The goal of the Fellowship is to offer law students, particularly those from low-income or working class backgrounds, the opportunity to consider a career in legal services and other public interest law while providing legal services and other programs with a new source of dedicated and energetic staff.

Please note that the organization MUST BE a LAAC member program. Offices of Public Defenders or District Attorneys are not LAAC Member programs because they are not legal services organizations funded by IOLTA.

Click here to learn more.

The 2013 Dan Bradley Fellows:

  • Maria Tapia, Legal Aid of Napa Valley
  • Merced Barrera, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

To see past award winners, click here.