UCLA School of Law to Receive Rose Schiff Commitment to Justice Award from Bet Tzedek

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 19, 2016 – UCLA School of Law will receive the Rose Schiff Commitment to Justice Award from Bet Tzedek, one of the nation’s premier public interest law firms, for its extraordinary service in partnership with Bet-Tzedek’s Right to Health Project, Los Angeles Incubator Consortium, Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project, as well as fellowships and summer clerkships.

An awards presentation will be held at Bet Tzedek’s Annual Dinner Gala on January 26, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. The event marks the first time Bet Tzedek has honored a law school with the Rose Schiff Commitment to Justice Award. 

UCLA School of Law has collaborated with Bet Tzedek on a number of innovative initiatives to help support the most vulnerable in society while providing critical experiential learning opportunities to the next generation of legal advocates.  Students have worked with Bet Tzedek lawyers through a medical-legal partnership to provide free legal services to low-income patients at St. Francis and St. Vincent Hospitals. Bet Tzedek and UCLA Law are vital partners in both the Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project, which is housed at the law school and provides legal assistance to those living with HIV/AIDS, and the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium, a program supporting graduates pursuing solo practices serving modest-means clients. The partnership also worked together on the Employment Rights Project, which represents low-wage workers in wage theft and human trafficking cases. 

“Bet Tzedek is a remarkable institution, and I deeply admire both its reach and dedication,” UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin said. “We are tremendously honored by this award.  Our partnerships with Bet Tzedek have contributed greatly to our students learning while simultaneously giving back to Los Angeles and its neediest residents in profound and tangible ways.”  

“Our alliance with UCLA Law has been gratifying in so many ways,” said Bet Tzedek President and C.E.O. Jessie Kornberg. “Key to our relationship has been a mutual commitment to ensuring access to high quality legal services for those most in need.” 

Bet Tzedek, which provides free legal services to low-income people of all racial and religious backgrounds, will also recognize other leaders at its Annual Dinner Gala who have helped make Bet Tzedek a force in poverty law, including former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., who will receive Bet Tzedek’s Luis Lanier Founder’s Award, the agency’s highest honor; Sam Yebri, a founding member of the Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council, will receive the Rebecca Nichols Emerging Leader Award; and Akiko Nishino, recipient of the Jack H. Skirball Community Justice Award. 

For more information, please contact Amy Peckner, Bet Tzedek’s senior development officer, at 323-549-5860 or apeckner@bettzedek.org.

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About Bet Tzedek

Founded in 1974, Bet Tzedek pursues equal justice for all by providing high-quality, free legal services to low-income people of all racial and religious backgrounds, with a particular focus on seniors and people with disabilities. One of the nation’s premier public interest law firms, Bet Tzedek uses direct legal service, impact litigation, community outreach, and legislative advocacy in the areas of consumer rights, employment rights, elder justice/caregiver law, Holocaust reparations, housing, human trafficking, public benefits and real estate to serve more than 20,000 people every year.