Eminent Civil Rights Attorney Paul Hoffman to Receive 2017 Alexander Law Prize

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--Paul Hoffman, one of America’s leading civil rights lawyers who has successfully litigated to hold human rights violators accountable, to reduce unlawful police or government surveillance, and to protect freedom of expression, is the 2017 recipient of the Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize.

The award from Santa Clara University School of Law, for lawyers who dedicate their legal talents to alleviating injustice and inequity, will be presented at a ceremony March 20 at Santa Clara University’s Adobe Lodge, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Calif.

“For four decades, Paul Hoffman has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of vulnerable people, in the U.S. and worldwide,” said Lisa Kloppenberg, dean of Santa Clara Law. “At a time when many Americans are reexamining and recommitting to our nation’s core values, we are pleased to honor an attorney who has fought to keep the legal boundaries protecting each of us in sharp relief.”

For a decade until 1994, Hoffman was the legal director of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, where he challenged unlawful surveillance of community activists by the Los Angeles Police Department and FBI counterintelligence against a group opposing the House Un-American Activities Committee. He is currently a partner at Schonbrun Seplow Harris & Hoffman.

“I am very grateful to the Alexander family for this recognition of my work over the years,” said Hoffman. “The need for effective civil and human rights lawyering has never been greater. I hope the prize will inspire many young lawyers and law students to join the fight for civil and human rights.”

More about the award can be found at http://bit.ly/2lZLxD9.

About Santa Clara University School of Law

Santa Clara University School of Law, one of the nation’s most diverse law schools, is dedicated to educating lawyers who lead with a commitment to excellence, ethics, and social justice. Santa Clara law offers students an academically rigorous program including certificates in high tech law, international law, public interest and social justice law, and privacy law, as well as numerous graduate and joint degree options. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Law is nationally distinguished for its faculty engagement, preparation for practice, and top-ranked programs in intellectual property. See law.scu.edu.

Contacts

SCU Media Relations
Deborah Lohse, 408-554-5121
dlohse@scu.edu

Release Summary

Paul Hoffman, longtime civil rights lawyer, is the recipient of the 2017 Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize for lawyers who fight injustice and inequity, from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Contacts

SCU Media Relations
Deborah Lohse, 408-554-5121
dlohse@scu.edu