November 21, 2013 -- Gary Blasi, professor of law emeritus, will be honored with the Access to Justice Lifetime Achievement Award by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. He was chosen for the honor 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 on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the organization’s 15th Annual Access to Justice Dinner, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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.”