Friday, June 8 California Western School of Law received an Outstanding Service Award at the annual Legal Aid Society of San Diego’s (LASSD) Pro Bono Program Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
LASSD provides comprehensive quality legal services to the indigent residents of San Diego City and County, offering high volume and high quality direct legal services to individual clients as well as litigating more complex matters.
California Western received the award because many CWSL students volunteer with Legal Aid each year, including in their housing, tax, consumer, family, restraining order, and other programs. California Western has been a recipient of the award every year since 2001.
“The award is important because it recognizes the dedication of our students and institution in helping to level the legal playing field for all San Diegans, regardless of their ability to afford a lawyer,” said Drew Lautemann, California Western’s assistant director, for pro bono and public service. “On top of rigorous coursework, many of our students volunteer each year for Legal Aid and other public interest organizations, and it is great to have those efforts recognized by one of the leading local law firms fighting for justice.”