Congratulations to the 2015 State Bar Award Recipients

Loren Miller Legal Services Award

Chris A. Schneider (Fresno)

President’s Pro Bono Service Awards

Recently Admitted: Nicole J. Heffel (San Diego)

Solo Practitioner: Shahpour “Shawn” M. Matloob (San Francisco)

Limited Active Practice: Ophelia H. Zeff (Sacramento)

Individual from a Law Firm: Sarah E. Powell (San Bernardino)

Individual from a Law Firm: Michael E. Soloff (Los Angeles)

Law Firm Branch Office: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Orange County Office (Irvine)

Law Firm Team: Arnold & Porter LLP Fresno Homeless Litigation Team (Los Angeles, Palo Alto and San Francisco)

Law Firm Team: Cooley LLP Voluntary Departure Team (San Diego)

Distinguished Pro Bono Service: Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project

Jack Berman Award of Achievement for Distinguished Service to the Profession and the Public

Bryant Y. Yang (Los Angeles)

Overview of the Awards

The State Bar of California annually honors members of the legal community who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the profession.

President's Pro Bono Service Awards Recognizes California attorneys who provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor persons or to organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to the poor, free of charge, without expectation of compensation from the client. A nominee may be a lawyer, law firm, team of lawyers, association of lawyers, law school or law student.
Loren Miller Legal Services Award Honors an attorney who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally engaged in significant work extending legal services to the poor.
Bernard E. Witkin Medal Recognizes attorneys and non-attorneys who, through a career of extraordinary service, have made significant contributions to the quality of justice and legal scholarship in California.
Jack Berman Award of Achievement Honors a young lawyer (first five years of active State Bar membership or age 36 and under) who has provided outstanding service to the legal profession and public, as well as dedication to issues of concern to new and young lawyers.
Diversity Awards Recognizes outstanding efforts made by a bar association, law firm and an individual attorney in promoting diversity in the legal profession.
Aranda Award Honors a California trial judge or appellate court justice for his or her outstanding efforts to improve access to our judicial system for low- and moderate-income persons.
Education Pipeline Award Recognizes outstanding efforts of law-related educational programs that train and support students to become interested in the judicial system and careers in the law.
Harry B. Sondheim Professional Responsibility Award Recognizes a member's outstanding long-term contribution to the advancement of attorney professional standards in California.