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Awards and Fellowships

Stanford Law School Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award

Stanford Law School has established the Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award to be awarded annually to an alumnus/a using law and/or advocacy in the public interest. These materials describe the nature and purpose of the award, the nomination process, and the selection criteria. A description of this award and the nomination form is available here.

  • The Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award recognizes an alumnus/a whose outstanding work has advanced justice and social change in the lives of vulnerable populations on a community, national, or international level. In particular, the Rubin Award is intended to highlight concrete and sustainable approaches and solutions to a societal problem.

  • Only alumni who graduated within the past ten years, currently work in public service, and are current or past participants in the Miles and Nancy Rubin Loan Repayment Assistance Program LRAP are eligible to be nominated. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by any person or group that knows the nominee well. The nomination must include a written statement of no more than 2 pages describing the contributions the nominee has initiated or furthered during his/her career thus far. The statement should be written, signed and dated by the nominator(s). Nominations may also include no more than 3 brief letters of endorsement, not to exceed 2 pages each.

  • Nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria: (1) demonstrated initiative and leadership that achieves results; (2) implementation of a social justice solution to a societal problem; and (3) commitment to a long-term institutional vision that is focused on sustainable solutions to societal problems.

  • Nominations for the award will be reviewed and the recipient(s) selected by a Selection Committee composed of the Dean of the Law School, the Associate Dean for Public Service and Public Interest Law, a past recipient, and a member of the Rubin Family.

  • The award will be presented at the annual Public Service Awards dinner held every fall at Stanford Law School, in conjunction with presentation of the law school’s National Public Service Award.


Questions? Contact Holly Parrish at or 650-723-8974.