2019 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Awards
The Office of Alumni Engagement, in partnership with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, is pleased to
announce the recipients of our sixth Annual Distinguished Alumni of the Year Awards—honoring outstanding
service to the law school, community, and legal profession.
Alumnus of the Year Award
Jeffrey Isaacs ‘68
Presented to alumni who distinguish themselves in their professional life and who embody the high ethical
standards and commitment to community service that California Western seeks to instill in its graduates.
Outstanding Judicial Officer Award
The Honorable Michael B. Orfield ’77 (Retired)
Presented to alumni who demonstrate extraordinary devotion and dedication to the improvement of the law, the
legal system, and the administration of justice. The recipient is a member in good standing, possesses and
displays a high level of professionalism and leadership, is considered a role model in the legal community
and has provided outstanding service to the bench by contributing to the legal profession at any level of
Erica N. Brown Gardner ’01 Outstanding Alumni Engagement Award
Patricia Zlaket ‘09
The recipient of this award demonstrates extraordinary devotion, dedication, involvement, engagement, and
service to the California Western Alumni Association Community
Outstanding Community Service Award
Paul N. Batta ’11 & Daniel A. Fulkerson ‘11
Presented to alumni who demonstrate notable community, public, or humanitarian service.
Rising Star Award
The late Anthony M. Medina ‘12
Presented to alumni of the past 10 years who make significant achievements and demonstrate a high level of