Associate Justice Laurie Zelon Will Receive Association’s Highest Award
Justice Zelon has served as an associate justice of the California Court of Appeal since 2003.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. During the 23 years that preceded her appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2000, Justice Zelon had an active litigation practice involving scientific and technical issues, fiduciary obligations, and other complex commercial disputes.
Justice Zelon is a past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and former chair of numerous committees, including the Access to Justice Committee. She has been active in the American Bar Association and served as chair of the Standing Committee on Lawyers' Public Service Responsibility, as a member of the Consortium on Law and the Public, as chair of the national Law Firm Pro Bono Project, and as chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.
In California, Justice Zelon has been a longtime member and served as chair of the California Commission on Access to Justice. She is an active member of several statewide judicial committees addressing administration of justice issues, and has written articles and spoken at educational programs for judges and lawyers concerning pro bono, public service, legal ethics, and legal education.
Her dedication to public service has been long recognized. She was the 1993 recipient of the William Reece Smith Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono Award, the 1999 recipient of the Charles Dorsey Award from the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association, and the 2000 recipient of the Loren Miller Legal Services Award from the State Bar of California. In February 2000, she was the first recipient of the Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award, given by the Pro Bono Institute of Washington, D.C.
Dinner information. The dinner takes place at the Jonathan Club, 545 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, with a reception beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Find dinner details here.