Thursday, March 12, 2009
San Diego March 12, 2009 –The University of San Diego School of Law’s Legal Clinics have been honored with the 2009 Bernard E. Witkin Award for Excellence in Teaching of the Law. Presented annually by the Law Library Justice Foundation, the award honors members of the San Diego legal community for civic leadership and excellence in the teaching, practice, enactment or adjudication of the law.
The Witkin Fund is used to purchase books and materials for law practitioners for the San Diego County Public Law Library, in keeping with the life and writings of Bernard E. Witkin, Esq. It is aimed at resources for the practicing bar and the legal community in general, as distinct from the Law Library's other mission, to help pro per litigants. The Witkin Award Dinner is, appropriately enough, the primary fund raiser for the fund since the Witkin Award celebrates members of the legal community and their good works.
About the University of San Diego School of Law
The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.