• Alumni of the Year 2016

    Alumni of the Year Award Luncheon, 12:00PM-1:30PM

    Held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
    Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin cordially invites you to join her in honoring the UCLA School of Law 2016 Alumni of the Year Award Honorees for Professional Achievement and Public and Community Service.
    • Michelle Banks
      Professional Achievement
      Michelle Banks ’88
      Chair, Board of Directors of Minority Corporate Counsel Association
    • David A Lash
      Public and Community Service
      David A. Lash ’80
      Managing Counsel for Pro Bono and Public Interest Services, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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Michelle Banks '88
Chair, Board of Directors of Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Michelle Banks is chair of the Board of Directors of Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She co-chairs and is the co-founder of UCLA Law Women LEAD. Michelle also serves as a commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession where she focuses her efforts on increasing gender equity.

Until March 2016, Michelle was executive vice president, global general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of Gap Inc. She led the company's global equity, foundation, franchise services, governance, government affairs & public policy, integrity, legal, privacy and sustainability functions. During 2015, Michelle was also the senior executive leading the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a one of a kind consortium of 26 primarily North American retailers that Gap Inc. co-founded in 2013. Before joining Gap Inc., Michelle worked as legal counsel for the Golden State Warriors, and as American counsel for Itochu Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.

David A. Lash '80
Managing Counsel for Pro Bono and Public Interest Services, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

David A. Lash is the managing counsel for Pro Bono and Public Interest Services at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, overseeing the firm’s national and international pro bono program. He helped initiate a formal launch of the firm’s long-time pro bono program by drafting policies and procedures and creating a firm-wide infrastructure from which has grown a world-renowned pro bono program. Under David’s leadership, O'Melveny's pro bono program has received the American Bar Association’s prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award and has consistently been recognized as one of the top 10 pro bono programs in the United States.

Prior to joining O'Melveny, David was executive director of Bet Tzedek. He has been named by California Lawyer as an "Attorney of the Year," as one of the country’s "Top 500 Lawyers" by Lawdragon, and he is a recipient of the prestigious Rose L. Schiff Commitment to Justice Award from Bet Tzedek Legal Services.