Awards & Recognition

Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Clinical Student Award

Given to one student or team at each law school that has demonstrated excellence in a clinic.


Vanessa Rivas-Bernardy

Francine Diaz Memorial Award

The graduating students whose studies and career plans best reflect Francine's commitment to social justice for women of color.


Molly Lao
Ashleigh Lussenden
Vanessa Rivas-Bernardy

Anthony F. Dragonette Award in Civil Trial Practice

The top graduating student in civil trial practice.


Virginia Lyon

Jamison Prize for Scholarship and Advocacy

The student who has best demonstrated the combined attributes of scholarship and advocacy.


Matthew Clarkston

Pro Bono Champion Award

The graduating students who best exemplify a commitment to and the values of pro bono work.


Ted Lee
Simone Lieban Levine
Lindsay DeRight Goldasich
Kelsey Peden

Brian M. Sax '69 Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy

Students who participated in a Berkeley Law clinic and displayed excellence in advocacy, professional judgment, collaboration, and reflection.


Ellen Ivens-Duran

Honorable Mention

Ted Lee

Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service

Given to exceptional students, staff, or faculty who performed outstanding work to strengthen Berkeley Law’s commitment to public service.

Student Winner

Simone Lieban Levine

Faculty Winner

Ted Mermin '96

Student Service Award

The student who best embodies service to the law school in particular and the broader community in general.


Linda Blair

Thelen Marrin Prize for Academic Achievement

The graduating student with the strongest academic record in the class.


Carmen Sobczak

Thelen Marrin Prize for Law Journal Writing

The graduating student who has written the best article for one of the legal journals published at Berkeley Law.


Zachary Angulo

Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Award

Given to a student committed to ending domestic violence against women.


Sarah Morris