Outstanding Jurist Awarded to the Honorable Brian C. Walsh, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
San Jose, CA (October 16, 2013) ‐ The Santa Clara County Bar Association, Silicon Valley’s largest lawyers’ association, will hold its annual Judges’ Night Dinner on October 22, 2014, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. This annual event hosted by the Association honors both the state and federal judges in Santa Clara County and highlights the cooperative, close working relationships of attorneys and judges in advancing the administration of justice for the county’s citizens. More information and ticketing can be found at www.sccba.com. SCCBA 2014 President, Dianne Sweeney, a partner with the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop, will preside as Master of Ceremonies for the dinner.
The Keynote Speaker addressing the judges and guests will be Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California. Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye is the 28th chief justice of the State of California. She was sworn into office on January 3, 2011, and is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye chairs the Judicial Council of California, the administrative policymaking body of state courts, and the Commission on Judicial Appointments. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts before her appointment to the California Supreme Court. She received her B.A., with honors, from the University of California at Davis, in 1980 and her J.D. from U.C. Davis, School of Law, in 1984.
The Outstanding Jurist Award will be awarded to the Honorable Brian C. Walsh, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. Judge Walsh recently completed his terms as Chair of the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee (TCPJAC) and member of the State Judicial Council. As Chair of TCPJAC, he led the Presiding Judges of California’s 58 trial courts in an enhanced effort to advocate for adequate funding for the trial courts and equal access to justice for all Californians. During his time as president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association in 1992 before being appointed to the bench, Judge Walsh served as architect of its Code of Professionalism adopted that same year, which later became the model for the Guideline for Civility and Professionalism adopted by the California State Bar and this year adopted as the Civility Guidelines for the U.S. District Court for Northern California.
The Diversity Award will be presented to Suchitra V. Narayen, Associate General Counsel, Oracle Corporation. This award was established to highlight the critical importance of a diverse and representative legal profession in securing vigorous advocacy for clients and credibility to the justice system. The recipient of the Diversity Award demonstrates long-term commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.
The Pro Bono Award will be presented to both James A Scharf, Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Mark W. Schem, Parner, Borton Petrini LLP. The Pro Bono Award each year recognizes a person or group who shows a sustained and extraordinary commitment to pro bono services to the indigent in Santa Clara County.
The Professional Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented to Allen J. Ruby, Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. The recipients of this honor are an active, respected practitioners of the law who are chosen by their peers as an example of unimpeachable character and who serves as an embodiment of the standards set forth in the SCCBA Code of Professionalism and as a role model for other attorneys practicing in Santa Clara County.