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2011 Recipients

Photo of the award winners with the Levins and Stanford deans

The National Public Service Award is designated for an attorney whose work on behalf of the public has had national impact, and the Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award will be given annually to a Stanford Law School alumnus/a who has similarly engaged in public service and had a significant impact on the nation or community.

Pictured above are Associate Dean Diane Chin; Sharon Terman, JD '04; Vernon Jordan; Terry Levin, BA '74, MA '81; John Levin, MA '70, JD '73; and Dean Larry Kramer.

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Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
National Public Service Award Recipient

Stanford Law School is delighted to honor Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. for his lifetime of public service and will present him with the 2011 National Public Service Award. Over the course of his career, Mr. Jordan has been a leader in the civil rights movement, starting from shortly after graduating from law school when he worked to empower African Americans in the South via community organizing and voter registration drives, including serving on the legal team that desegregated the University of Georgia. He later led several major organizations and successfully fundraised to finance black colleges, job training programs, early childhood education, and other causes dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty. Mr. Jordan has served as president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League, Inc.; executive director of the United Negro College Fund, Inc.; director of the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council; attorney-consultant at the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity; assistant to the executive director of the Southern Regional Council; Georgia field director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and as an attorney in private practice in Arkansas and Georgia. He also recently served as a member of the Iraq Study Group, of the United States Institute of Peace.

He is currently a partner at the investment firm of Lazard Frere & Company in New York and serves as Senior Managing Director of Lazard Group LLC. Mr. Jordan is also Of Counsel/Senior Counsel at Akin Gump.

Mr. Jordan’s presidential appointments include: the President’s Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Initiative Foundation; the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on South Africa; the Advisory Council on Social Security; and the Presidential Clemency Board.

Watch Mr. Jordan's speech here.

Sharon Terman, JD ’04
Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award Recipient

Sharon Terman, JD ’04 is senior staff attorney and director of the Work and Family Project at the Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center of San Francisco. As the 2011 Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award recipient, Ms. Terman is being recognized for her pioneering work in enforcing family leave laws, both the Federal Family Medical Leave Act and California’s own family leave law, which significantly expands workers’ rights beyond the federal statute. She assists poor women, many of whom are immigrants and often undocumented, who face illegal treatment at work. Ms. Terman tackles pregnancy discrimination, violations of family and medical leave laws, domestic violence in the workplace, and harassment.

Watch Ms. Terman's speech here.