UCLA School of Law Celebrates 2015 Alumni of the Year Honorees

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez ’95 to be recognized for Public and Community Service and Sandra Stern ’79 for Professional Achievement

Lauri Gavel
Executive Director of Communications
UCLA School of Law
(310) 206-2611

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 8, 2015 -- UCLA School of Law is proud to announce the recipients of the law school’s 2015 Alumni of the Year Awards: Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez ’95 is the honoree for Public and Community Service, and Sandra Stern ’79 is the honoree for Professional Achievement. The awards will be presented at the annual Alumni of the Year luncheon on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
<> “The achievements of our alumni bring immeasurable honor to the school and give our students benchmarks for their own careers,” UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran said. “It is a privilege to pay tribute to Congresswoman Sanchez and Sandra Stern, two dedicated and accomplished alumni who have used their law degrees to benefit our profession and our community. They truly embody the spirit of our school.”

Linda T. Sanchez has represented California’s 38th  Congressional district since 2013. From 2003 - 2013, Congresswoman Sánchez represented California's 39th Congressional District, which included many of the communities she currently represents. The 38th district includes the communities of Artesia, Cerritos, East La Mirada, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada, La Palma, Los Nietos, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte and Whittier. Congresswoman Sánchez is recognized by her colleagues as a leading voice for working families.  Her life-long commitment to progressive issues is reflected in her record to protect a woman’s right to choose, to protect and expand civil rights and voting rights, to promote clean energy and green jobs, and to reform the country’s broken immigration laws.  She has broken many barriers in Congress, including becoming the first Latina to serve on the House Judiciary Committee.  She was also the first Latina in history to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Sandra Stern is chief operating officer of the Lionsgate Television Group and works closely with the group’s chairman in running Lionsgate’s diversified television operations, which encompass more than 30 shows on over 20 different networks. One of the industry’s most visionary strategists and creative dealmakers, she has been instrumental in forging new relationships and business models that have paved the way for Lionsgate’s successes, such as the critically acclaimed hit Orange is the New Black; the hit drama series Nashville; the iconic four-time Emmy Award winning series Mad Men; the Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management; and the acclaimed comedy Nurse Jackie.

Established in 1962, the Alumni of the Year Awards honor the extraordinary achievements of UCLA Law alumni. The award for Public and Community Service recognizes leadership, philanthropy and a commitment to public service. Recent past recipients include The Honorable Joan Dempsey Klein ’54, Ronald L. Brown ’79, the Honorable Sandra Segal Ikuta ’88, David Fleming ’59 and Lowell Milken ’73. The award for Professional Achievement recognizes distinguished career accomplishments and contributions made to the profession. Recent past recipients include Martine Rothblatt ’81, Melanie Cook ’78, David Steiner ’86, John Branca ’75 and Nancy Abell ’79.

About UCLA School of Law
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