International Lawyer of the Year

Fourth Annual International Lawyer of the Year Award

The State Bar of California International Law Section will honor Robert E. Lutz, Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, as the recipient of the 2014 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award. This award is presented annually by the International Law Section to a California lawyer for outstanding achievement within the field of public or private International Law.

Robert E. LutzOne of legal education’s foremost authorities on international public and private law studies, Professor Lutz has held the top posts in the most influential organizations in the international law community, including Chair of the International Law Sections of the American Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools and Los Angeles County Bar Association, and was co-founder of the State Bar of California International Law Section and Chair of the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services.  He has created and edited major legal publications--The International Lawyer, the Ecology Quarterly, the "Year in Review of International Law",  and The California International Practitioner.   His many pioneering contributions in each of these positions and others, and his efforts on behalf of the American legal profession to liberalize transnational practice internationally are significant accomplishments that have greatly benefitted the international profession. Read more about Professor Lutz's remarkable career.  

A reception celebrating Professor Lutz will be held during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in San Diego in the Mission Beach Foyer at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. All members of the International Law Section and all Annual Meeting Delegates are invited to attend and celebrate with us. Special Guest Speaker: Dean Susan Westerberg Prager of Southwestern Law School. 

Third Annual International Lawyer of the Year Award

The State Bar of California International Law Section honored Professor James A. Gash as the winner of the 2013 Warren M.Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award. This award is being given to Professor Gash because of his unique efforts over the past several years to help bring the rule of law to Uganda. A reception honoring Professor Gash was held during the State Bar’sAnnual Meeting in San Jose, California at the San Jose Marriott on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

James A. Gash, is a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Professor Gash teaches Torts, Evidence, and Legal Ethics. Professor Gash also serves as the Director of the Global Justice Program in Pepperdine’s Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics. From 2005 until 2012, he also served as Associate Dean at Pepperdine Law.

 

Second Annual International Lawyer of the Year Award

Albert S. GolbertThe State Bar of California International Law Section is pleased to honor Albert S. Golbert as the second recipient of the Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award. This award is presented annually to a California lawyer for Achievement in International Law.

The award was presented at a reception during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Portola Room of the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey.



First Annual International Lawyer of the Year Award

The International Law Section has inaugurated the International Lawyer of the Year Award to honor California legal practitioners who render extraordinary service to our profession in the field of international law.

The award ceremony for Warren ChristopherWarren ChristopherThe first annual International Lawyer of the Year Award was presented posthumously to Warren M. Christopher. The award was presented at our Annual International Law Section Cocktail Reception and Dinner on September 17, 2011 at the beautiful Sky Room overlooking Long Beach harbor. The award was accepted by Mr. Christopher's daughter, Lynn Collins.

Warren Christopher had a long and distinguished career both as a lawyer and statesman. Among his many accomplishments as the 63rd Secretary of State, Mr. Christopher brokered the Bosnian Peace Agreement during President Bill Clinton's first term in office. For many years, Mr. Christopher was a Senior Partner at the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP in the firm's Century City office.

Warren Christopher Award CeremonyCertificate of Appreciation to Mr. ChristopherAided by videoclips and anecdotes, we remembered Mr. Christopher's life-long commitment to the furtherance of international law and democracy around the world.

Lynn Collins and Advisor Emeritus Joseph Lestyk at the presenting of the first annual International Lawyer of the Year Award.

A Certificate of Appreciation from The City of Los Angeles was presented to Mr. Christopher's family by the Mayor of Los Angeles.