May 8, 2012 – UCLA Law’s Professor Gary L. Blasi has been selected to receive the 2012 Humanitarian Award by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, an organization which was founded to defend and secure the rights granted by the Bill of Rights. The annual award goes to attorneys who have done extraordinary work in protecting civil liberties and civil rights.
Professor Blasi is being recognized for his “outstanding work as co-counsel on Valentini v. Shinseki, a challenge to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ discrimination against severely disabled veterans and misappropriation of land intended to be used solely for their benefit,” according to Hector O. Villagra, executive director of ACLU of Southern California. Villagra also praised Professor Blasi’s “remarkable dedication of time and energy” and his “consistently wise counsel.”
The award will be presented to Professor Blasi, along with Arnold & Porter, his co-honorees, at the 18th Annual ACLU Foundation Law Luncheon on Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The event will also include a special award to and video presentation by Aasif Mandvi of “The Daily Show.”