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Donald P. Baker Selected For Los Angeles County Bar's Highest Honor
Los Angeles, November 30, 1999 - Donald P. Baker, partner in the international law firm Latham & Watkins, has been named the recipient of the 1999 Shattuck-Price Memorial Award, the Los Angeles County Bar Association's highest honor.

Baker has shown extensive dedication to the legal profession through his numerous years of service as President, officer, board member and head of numerous committees. He has led the bar's new quarters search efforts three times, including the effort which recently resulted in an agreement to relocate the bar's headquarters to Figueroa Courtyard. In recent years, he has chaired the County Bar's CLE Committee and Judiciary Committee. Baker currently serves on the New Lawyer Membership Task Force (chaired by United States District Court Judge Margaret M. Morrow) and continues to participate in the Judiciary Committee. He has served on numerous ad hoc committees over the years, including the Purview Committee. 

Baker's service as the Los Angeles County Bar President in 1986-1987 was exemplary, and he is one of the few presidents who also served as Barristers (the young lawyers section of the County Bar) President in 1979-1980. He was also a director on the board of the bar's charitable giving arm, the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, for several years. 

In addition to local bar participation, Baker is currently President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Justice Center Foundation, and a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Japan America Society of Southern California. He has been a member of the Commission on Evaluation of Judicial Nominees of the State Bar of California, and a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. 

A 1973 graduate of UCLA Law School, Baker was Associate Editor of the UCLA Law Review, as well as a member of the Order of the Coif. 

The Shattuck-Price Memorial Award was established in 1968 to honor two former Association presidents who died in office, Edward S. Shattuck and Ira M. Price II. The Association's Board of Trustees annually presents the award to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication to the high principles of the legal profession to the administration of justice and to the progress of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. 

Previous recipients of the award include: Hon. Charles S. Vogel, 1998; Hon. Margaret M. Morrow, 1997; Roy H. Aaron, 1996; John D. Taylor, 1995; Gavin Miller, 1994; Joseph D. Mandel, 1993; John J. Quinn, 1992; Patricia D. Phillips, 1991; Matthew S. Rae, Jr., 1990; Robert S. Warren, 1989; Samuel L. Williams, 1988; Jack Stutman, 1987; Stuart L. Kadison, 1986; Francis M. Wheat, 1985; Shirley Hufstedler, 1984; G. William Shea, 1983; Sharp Whitmore, 1982; Warren Christopher, 1981; A. Stevens Halsted, Jr., 1980; Hon. William P. Gray, 1979; Justice Bernard S. Jefferson, 1978; Leonard S. Janofsky, 1977; Seth M. Hufstedler, 1976; Hon. Robert W. Kenny, 1975; Maynard J. Toll & Charles E. Beardsley, 1974; Joseph A. Ball, 1973; Herman F. Selvin, 1972; Hon. Stanley Barnes, 1971; Frank B. Belcher, 1970; and Irving Walker, 1969. 

The Los Angeles County Bar Association is the largest local voluntary bar association in the nation with a membership of more than 22,000 attorneys. The County Bar is extensively engaged in advancing the administration of justice, promoting of its public service projects and furthering the education of its members.