USD recognized Michael Kaplan, ’72 (JD), with the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award and A. Barry La Forgia, ’76 (JD), with the Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award.
Established in 1995, the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award is presented annually to one graduate of each of the six schools of the university who embodies a commitment to excellence.
Kaplan is co-owner of ARKA Properties Group, a national property ownership and management
company. He is a trustee emeritus of USD’s Board of Trustees after serving two consecutive terms. He has also served on USD Law’s Board of Visitors for 25 years and sits on the committee for the School of Law’s Leading Change–The Campaign for USD. Kaplan and his family are longtime supporters of the City of Hope, where he is a lifetime legacy member of its board of directors and where he received an honorary degree in 2006 from the Graduate School of Biological Sciences. In 2016, the Arthur and Rosalie Kaplan Family Pavilion was dedicated at the City of Hope.
The Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a USD graduate in recognition of his or her extraordinary contribution and commitment to humanitarian causes.
La Forgia is the founder and executive director of International Relief Teams—a San Diego-based nonprofit dedicated to alleviating human suffering by providing health services and assistance to victims of disaster, poverty and neglect worldwide. For 28 years, the organization has given more than $350 million in humanitarian aid and has deployed more than 6,500
medical and construction volunteers to 68 countries.