The spectacular San Diego Bay was the backdrop for this year’s San Diego Law Library Foundation’s Bernard E. Witkin Awards Dinner on March 7, 2013.  Guests were greeted with a glass of champagne and light jazz music at the Navy Base Point Loma’s Admiral Kidd Club.  They came to honor this year’s recipients of the Bernard E. Witkin Award given annually for excellence in four categories:

Excellence in legal education:

C. Hugh Friedman, Prof. Emeritus, University of San Diego School of Law (awarded posthumously)

Excellence in the adjudication of the law:

Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta, Presiding Judge, San Diego Superior Court

Excellence in the practice of law:

Robert G. Steiner, Esq., Senior Counsel with McKenna, Long & Aldridge. LLP

Excellence in civic leadership and philanthropy:

Matthew C. Hervey, Esq., Advisor to the Hervey Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation

This event is the Foundation’s main fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the San Diego Law Library. This year’s event was chaired by Kay Catherwood with the assistance of Hon. Victor Bianchini, James Crosby, Maria Pum, Sherrill Sexton, Gary Garcia, Chad Pritchett, Marcia O’Hara, and Chris Cox.  In addition to a silent auction, art curator, Samir Chala, of the KIN Agency for the Arts exhibited some of his artists’ works for sale with a portion of the profits going to the Law Library.  KIN Agency provides the current artwork on display in the downtown branch of the law library which can be purchased with a portion of profits going to the Law Library.  Deb Baker of Legal Vertical Strategies assisted with PR for the event and Dan Lawton served as master of ceremonies.  William Kammer, President of the Foundation and Jeff Cawdrey, President of the San Diego Law Library Board, thanked their boards and provided insights into the needs of the law library and its much needed contributions to the community, including helping those who are unable to afford counsel.

For information on how you can contribute please contact: Marcia O’Hara at (619) 531-3905.