Ninth Circuit Honors Alumnus Guilford '75, Adjunct Professor Saferstein

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Two distinguished members of the UCLA School of Law community received high honors from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at its annual conference in Anaheim in July.

Judge Andrew Guilford of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, a member of the UCLA Law Class of 1975, received the Ninth Circuit Professionalism Award from the American Inns of Court. Los Angeles attorney Harvey Saferstein, an adjunct professor at UCLA Law, took home the John Frank Award from the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit.

A fixture of the Orange County legal firmament for more than 30 years, Guilford maintains his chambers in Santa Ana and received the award that goes to “a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.”

Known as a dedicated mentor to rising attorneys in Southern California, Guilford co-founded the Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property Inn of Court in Orange County. He has served as president of the State Bar of California, president of the Orange County-based nonprofit Public Law Center and a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct.

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Guilford was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006 following an accomplished career at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in Costa Mesa. At UCLA Law, he was associate editor of the UCLA Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1972.

Among the most experienced antitrust and intellectual property attorneys in the region, Saferstein was a partner at three prominent law firms — Irell & Manella; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo; and Munger, Tolles & Olson — over more than 40 years. He advises the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit and has also served on the executive committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

He teaches the Law of Advertising and the First Amendment course at UCLA Law.

Saferstein earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in 1965 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1968.