Richard A. Rothschild to Receive LACBA’s Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award
Rothschild will receive the award for his extraordinary contributions to improving the administration of justice and outstanding dedication to the high principles of the legal profession through his lifelong work in public interest law on behalf of California’s underserved.
“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of my colleagues at Western Center and throughout the Legal Services community, many of whom do equally valuable work with much less recognition,” said Rothschild.
Throughout his career, Rothschild has made an enduring impact on public interest law with a focus on welfare and other benefits issues, access to courts issues, and attorney's fees case law and litigation. He served as principal counsel in Serrano v. Priest, the landmark school financing case; Hunt v. Superior Court, where the California Supreme Court held that counties must provide healthcare to all indigent residents; Nelson v. Board of Supervisors, which held that a county may not prevent homeless people from receiving general assistance payments on the ground they lack a valid residential address; and Gardner v. Los Angeles, which invalidated Los Angeles County's attempt to reduce general assistance cash payments to offset the alleged value of healthcare provided by the county and which led to a $60 million settlement for GA recipients.
Rothschild has held many prominent LACBA positions, including serving as the chair of the Amicus Briefs Committee since July 2000. He has also served on LACBA’s Access to Justice, Appellate Courts, and Fair Judicial Election Practices committees, among others.
Rothschild earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1971. He graduated second in his class from the University of Southern California Law School in 1975 where he was an editor of the Southern California Law Review and member of the Order of the Coif. Rothschild served as a law clerk for California Supreme Court Associate Justice Stanley Mosk before joining the Western Center on Law & Poverty as a staff attorney in 1976, and becoming its director of litigation in 1984.
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The Shattuck-Price Award was established in 1968 to honor two former LACBA presidents who died in office, Edward S. Shattuck in 1965 and Ira M. Price II in 1967. For a complete list of Shattuck-Price recipients, please visit www.lacba.org/SPRecipients.