August 4, 2016 – Professor Emeritus Gary Blasi will receive the Earl Johnson Equal Justice Award from the Western Center on Law & Poverty at a September 28, 2016 reception in Los Angeles. Professor Blasi, who has co-counseled numerous cases and projects on behalf of the Western Center on Law & Poverty, will be honored for his many contributions to the realization of equal justice under the law.
The Earl Johnson Equal Justice Award, named after retired California Appellate Court Justice Earl Johnson, honors national equal justice leaders for a lifelong body of work and achievement. Past recipients of the award include retired California Chief Justice Ronald M. George, former California Supreme Court Justice (and former UCLA School of Law Professor Emeritus) Cruz Reynoso, and retired Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals Judge Dorothy Nelson.
Fellow honorees at this year’s awards event are California State Senators Carol Liu and Mark Leno, who will each receive The Brinsley Award, and Crystal Sims, former director of Litigation & Training for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, who will receive The Advocates Award.
Professor Blasi is one of the founding faculty members of UCLA School of Law’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 his work on behalf of the poor. In 2007, Daily Journal named him one of the top 100 lawyers in California, cited as the “go-to lawyer for community groups in need of advice.”
The Western Center on Law & Poverty is dedicated exclusively to the interests of the poor and helping low-income Californians find the best possible legal representation for addressing issues related to housing, health, public benefits and access to justice.
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