July 24, 2013 -- Gary Blasi, professor of law emeritus, will be honored with the State Bar of California’s Loren Miller Legal Services Award, which is considered a lifetime achievement award, for his significant work in increasing access to the legal system and his long-term commitment to extending legal services to the under-represented. He will be presented with the award at a reception on October 11, 2013 during the State Bar Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.
Professor Blasi joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1991 with a distinguished 20-year record of public interest practice. He is one of the founding faculty members of the law school’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. He practices, teaches, conducts research and writes about advocacy on behalf of children in substandard schools, homeless families and individuals, low income tenants, low wage workers and victims of discrimination. He has received numerous awards for distinction in the field of public interest law and for providing legal services to the poor. In 2007, he was named one of the top 100 lawyers in California, cited as the “go-to lawyer for community groups in need of advice.”
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.