Join Us In October

Join us at the Banker’s Ballroom in the Pacific Southwest Building on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Recipients


Center for Peacemaking – Fresno Pacific University

Through the Center’s efforts, Fresno is a recognized leader across the country in innovative restorative justice initiatives within communities, school and the criminal justice system. The Center has continued to widen its reach into the Juvenile Courts, schools, prisons, and re-entry programs, helping youth and adults to find their way back into the community.


Ana de Alba – Lang, Richert & Patch

A longtime supporter of social justice issues, Ana represents working women – often farmworkers – experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace. She has energetically championed a pro bono culture in our local bar, encouraging private law firms to provide pro bono representation to the underserved, and helping to create the Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge, as well as a volunteer-powered Worker’s Rights Clinic and a quarterly legal clinic helping seniors with simple wills.


Lety Valencia – Faith in the Valley

Lety is a talented community organizer who’s leadership was essential to passage and implementation of Fresno’s first-ever proactive rental housing inspection program: the Rental Housing Improvement Act (RHIA). She inspired a wide range of stakeholders to demand solutions to unsafe and unhealthy housing conditions. When fully implemented, the RHIA will raise the quality of life and safety for thousands of low-income families, while protecting tenants from retaliation for speaking out about code violations.

The Long Awaited

Champions of Justice Reception


Nothing is more inspiring than a community joining together to celebrate a common cause. Every blow struck for justice resonates throughout our community and improves the lives of others in countless ways. Join us as we recognize those in our community who demonstrate an exceptional devotion to justice.

This year, we will be lifting up three remarkable honorees: the recipient of the Ronald M. George Equal Justice Award, and two recipients of the Special Recognition Award. Past honorees are the faces of the fight for equal justice, and remind us of how much effort is required to make legal advocacy accessible to all.

The Ronald M. George Equal Justice Award was named for then Chief Justice George of the California Supreme Court who served from 1996 to 2011. The Chief Justice was the first recipient; this is the highest award given by CCLS to honor an individual, organization or project that exemplifies Justice George’s commitment to a fair and accessible system of justice. The Special Recognition Award is for individuals or organizations who bring their heart and soul to the pursuit of “justice for all.”

Don’t miss this exceptional event!

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Staff Members
Years of Service