When: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Program Begins: 6:45 pm
Where: Mildred L. Lillie Building of the LA Law Library
It is with great pride that on behalf of the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library, we invite you to join us in honoring Justice Elwood Lui and Rose Matsui Ochi as we present them with the 2020 Beacon of Justice Award, and to sponsor our 17th Beacon of Justice Gala Reception. The 2020 Beacon of Justice Award will be presented on Wednesday evening, April 22, 2020 at the Mildred L. Lillie Building of the Los Angeles County Law Library, as we celebrate our honoree's vision, advocacy and passion for justice.
Justice Elwood Lui has a distinguished legal career and long history of public service. He received his B.S., M.B.A and J.D. degrees from UCLA, working his way through law school as a full-time CPA. His stellar judiciary career began in 1975 when he was appointed to LA Municipal Court and then LA Superior Court. In 1987 he joined Jones Day and was their lead appellate lawyer in the California region. He was appointed an Associate Justice to the Court of Appeal Second District in 2015 and within three years was confirmed as presiding Justice of Division Two and then as Administrative Presiding Justice of the Second Appellate District. In public service he has overseen federal litigation regarding overcrowding in California state prisons, restructured the Department of Children’s Services to improve service to foster children and instituted a new streamlined disciplinary system for the State Bar. He has received numerous awards including the Witkin Medal from the State Bar of California.
Rose Matsui Ochi is a teacher, a lawyer, a policy maker and a civil rights activist. She has a fierce commitment to justice and public service sparked by her and her family being sent to an American internment camp for Americans of Japanese descent in Rohwer, Arkansas during WWII. She received her B.A. from UCLA, M.S. from California State University, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from Loyola Law School. Working with the USC Western Center on Law and Poverty she served as co-counsel on the landmark education reform case, Serrano v. Priest. In 1979, President Carter appointed her to the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy. She is well known for being the first Asian American woman Assistant Attorney General and advised President Clinton on Drug Policy and Race Relations. She worked with Mayor Tom Bradley on refugee and immigration issues and then Mayor James Hahn who asked her to join the Los Angeles Police Commission. Of her many pro bono roles, one of her proudest is championing the redress movement and establishment of the Manzanar National Historic Site.