The Annual Bernard E. Witkin, Esq. Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center.

The goal this year is to raise funds to support the Law Library’s programs. You can support this goal by making a donation or by attending this event and bidding at the silent auction. Sponsorship opportunities, including an ad in our Program Book are available. Please contact Kay Catherwood at 619-685-4638 or e-mail at for more information.

This Year’s Honorees:

  • Judicial Service: Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta
  • Public Service: Matthew C. Hervey, Esq.
  • Service to Education: Prof. Emeritus C. Hugh Friedman, JD
  • Legal Professional: Robert G. Steiner, Esq.

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $125 for single ticket and $800 for table of 8. For more information and registration, please visit

About Bernard E. Witkin, Esq.

Bernard E. Witkin, Esq. [Excerpt from] B.E. Witkin’s career in the law spanned almost 70 years, included an impressive range of activities, and took place as the law of California was experiencing exponential growth in both size and complexity. In his positions as Supreme Court clerk and Reporter of Decisions, and in his activities as a tireless writer and lecturer, a teacher to experienced judges and to aspiring members of the Bar, and an advocate for legal reform, Mr. Witkin’s impact on California’s law, and on the law of other states, was enormous. The fact that his treatises have been cited by the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal more than 20,000 times is a lasting tribute to his genius and influence.

Purpose of Bernard E. Witkin, Esq., Award

The San Diego Law Library Foundation (aka Law Library Justice Foundation) presents the Bernard E. Witkin, Esq., Award annually to honor members of the San Diego legal community for civic leadership and excellence in the teaching, practice, enactment, or adjudication of the law. The Witkin Award Dinner is the primary fund raiser for the Law Library and the Witkin Award celebrates members of the legal community and their good works.