16th Annual Awards Luncheon

Each spring, over 600 leaders from the Los Angeles legal, business, and civic communities gather for a luncheon that supports Inner City Law Center’s work advocating on behalf of the homeless, our nation’s veterans, and families in need in Southern California.

The awards luncheon is Inner City Law Center’s largest fundraising event of the year. Last year’s luncheon was held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 12:00-1:30 p.m., at the Omni Los Angeles hotel. The gala raised over $900,000 to support our work.

We were delighted to honor:

  • Girardi | Keese – Girardi | Keese’s team of accomplished lawyers has made a remarkable difference in the lives of countless Californians. Girardi | Keese works to ensure that their clients have the same access to justice as the richest and most powerful. Their success stories – such as the famous Erin Brockovich case – demonstrate how often and for how long they have helped David fight Goliath. Since Amy Fisch Solomon joined Inner City Law Center’s Board, the firm has been one of ICLC’s most consistent and generous supporters. Under Amy’s leadership, Girardi | Keese attorneys, in conjunction with ICLC, have worked on a variety of cases—from defending individual families facing eviction to representing dozens of tenants demanding an end to the uninhabitable living conditions in their buildings. Presenting the Award to founding partner Thomas V. Girardi was our 2015 award recipient, Edward P. Roski, Jr.
  • DecisionQuest and Michael Cobo – DecisionQuest, one of the leading trial consulting firms in the country, has provided Inner City Law Center with invaluable trial consulting and visual communications services on a pro bono basis for decades. Year after year, DecisionQuest staff have helped ICLC to document slum housing conditions, prepare exhibits for trial, select juries, and produce a professional Awards Luncheon. Sharing the award was DecisionQuest’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Cobo, in recognition of his deep commitment to our work during his more than two decades of service on Inner City Law Center’s Board, including three years as Board President.

Past Award Recipients

Humanitarian Award–ICLC’s prestigious Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual or entity who has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the underprivileged men, women, and children of Los Angeles.

Katharine Krause Award–Katharine Krause, a charismatic and well-respected attorney, was an early leader of the public interest law community and an ICLC Board member. The Katharine Krause Award is presented to an individual or entity that has made notable contributions to our client communities.

2016 Girardi | Keese and Thomas V. Girardi and DecisionQuest and Michael Cobo
2015 Edward P. Roski, Jr. and Dan Grunfeld and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
2014 Los Angeles City Attorney Michael N. Feuer and Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC and Board member Andrew Esbenshade
2013 The Honorable Hilda L. Solis and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Margaret Levy
2012 Dr. Judith Broder of The Soldiers Project and Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP
2011 Justice Carlos R. Moreno and O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Paul Salvaty
2010 Antonia Hernández and California Community Foundation and Southern California Edison
2009 Judge Dorothy Nelson and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti
2008 Judge Harry Pregerson and Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.
2007 Nancy Mintie and The Very Reverend Ernesto Medina
2006 Chief Justice Ronald M. George and Steve Lopez
2005 Bruce Iwasaki and Michael Alvidrez and Skid Row Housing Trust
2004 Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. and Dorothy Wolpert and Bird, Marella, Boxer & Wolpert
2003 Stephen R. English and James D.C. Barrall and Latham & Watkins
2002 Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa and Professor Gary Blasi
2001 Henry Cisneros and Howrey LLP and Thomas Nolan
2000 White & Case LLP and Daniel James Woods
1999 Rev. Donald P. Merrifield, S.J. and Donald Mullane
1998 Stephen English
1997 Gerald Secundy
1996 Robert Carlson