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Do you know a good pro bono lawyer? The State Bar of California is seeking nominations for the 2012 President’s Pro Bono Awards and the Loren Miller Legal Services Award

Do you know a good pro bono lawyer?

The State Bar of California is seeking nominations for the 2012 President’s Pro Bono Awards and the Loren Miller Legal Services Award. Both recognize extraordinary efforts to provide high-quality legal services to low-income Californians. The nominations deadline is Thursday, March 15, 2012, and the awards will be presented during the 2012 State Bar Annual Meeting scheduled for October in Monterey. For more information about both awards, please visit Loren Miller Award or Pro Bono Awards; or contact Joilene Wood Grove, awards chair, at or 415-305-4651, or Sharon Ngim, State Bar staff liaison at or 415-538-2267.

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 life-time 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 staff of legal services organizations such as directors of litigation and executive directors, and private bar attorneys. 


General criteria to be used in the selection of the award recipient include one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services
  • Community organizing to increase access to the legal system
  • Performance of legal services with a demonstrated long-term commitment to providing legal services
  • Successful precedent-setting litigation which benefited the poor
  • Successful legislative advocacy on behalf of under-represented persons

Members of the State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (SCDLS) are ineligible to receive the award during their service on the committee, and for one year following their departure from the committee.




The State Bar of California
2011 – 2012 PUBLIC ROSTER
Catherine Bennett, Chair (2012)
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper,
Rosenlieb & Kimball LLP
4550 California Ave., 2nd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Rev. 11.9.2011
S. Lynn Martinez, Vice-Chair (2012)
Western Center on Law and Poverty
3701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Ugochi Anaebere (2013)
Inland Counties Legal Services
82632-C U.S. Highway 111
Indio, CA 92201
Eileen Bissen (2013)
Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll
369 Pine Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104
Elizabeth Bluestein (2012)
Public Counsel
610 South Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005
213-385-2977, ext. 131
Seth Davidson (2013)
Law Office of Seth Davidson
20355 Hawthorne Blvd., 2nd Floor
Torrance, CA 90503
Ana de Alba (2012)
Lang, Richert & Patch
5200 North Palm Avenue, Suite 401
Fresno, CA 93704
Howard Fine (2014)
Baker & McKenzie
Two Embarcadero Center, 11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Ana Maria Garcia (2012)
Neighborhood Legal Service of
Los Angeles County
1104 E. Chevy Chase Drive
Glendale, CA 91205
Joilene Wood Grove (2012)
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Maria Cervenka Livingston (2013)
Superior Court of California
County of Orange
341 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Suma Mathai (2014)
Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice
1241 S. Soto Street, Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90023
Dianne Jackson McLean (2013)
Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
1300 Clay Street, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Christine Page (2012)
Gilchrist & Rutter
1299 Ocean Avenue, Suite 900
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Mary Kelly Persyn (2014)
The James R. Browning Courthouse
95 – 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Rachel Kronick Rothbart (2014)
University of Southern California Law School
699 Exposition Blvd., #110
Los Angeles, CA 90080
Laura Smolowe (2014)
Munger, Tolles & Olson
355 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
William Tanner (2014)
Legal Aid Society of Orange County
2101 N. Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phong Wong (2014)
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
1550 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Loren Kieve
Kieve Law Office
The Presidio of San Francisco
5A Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
Sharon Ngim, Program Developer
The State Bar of California
Office of Legal Services
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-538-2267 FAX 415-538-2552
Rodney Low, Program Developer
Address and FAX same as above
Kimberly Warmsley, Admin. Asst.
Address and FAX same as above





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