SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) is pleased to announce that Gilberto Vera is the recipient of its 2021 Jack Berman Award of Achievement. CYLA annually confers the Jack Berman Excellence Award to recognize a new or young lawyer within their first eight years of practice for distinguished service to the public, the judiciary or the legal profession. This year’s pool of nominees was extremely competitive, and we thank and acknowledge everyone who submitted nominations.
On Gilberto Vera
Mr. Vera is Senior Counsel at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego where he manages a team of four lawyers, two lawyers and a case manager in the housing team. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, Mr. Vera’s practice focused on defending unlawful detainees, representing families facing housing insecurity. In early 2020 and through 2021, Mr. Vera evolved his practice to deal with COVID-19 and the resulting economic impact and housing crisis. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Vera has connected residents to housing assistance, legal representation and bilingual access to eviction moratorium information that has proven invaluable to 1 466 individual households in San Diego County. In addition to working directly with clients, Mr. Vera has conducted training in English and Spanish on various local, state and federal eviction moratoriums, and has become a sought-after subject matter expert on new legislation by elected officials.
Mr. Vera holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. A first-generation Mexican-American, Mr. Vera is a South of San Diego native and has dedicated his career to public service with the mantra “give your community a voice”.
About Jack Berman Excellence Award
CYLA created this prestigious award in 1992 in memory of Jack Bermana young lawyer who performed outstanding service to the public and the profession before tragically dying in a shooting San Francisco. The award honors Mr. Berman’s dedicated service to matters of concern to the profession, particularly to young lawyers.
In conferring the award, the CYLA Executive Committee considers projects or service to the public, the judiciary and/or the legal profession in which the nominee has participated or spearheaded. To be eligible, a winner must be active California lawyer during their first eight years of practice. Projects or services can be – but need not be – pro bono. The award is intended to recognize an early career lawyer for their individual achievements and contributions.
The 2021 Jack Berman Award will be presented to Mr. Vera by the CYLA Executive Committee later this fall.
ON CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG LAWYERS
The mission of the California Young Lawyers Association is to advance practical skills, leadership and pro bono opportunities, networking and support to meet the unique needs of California diverse community of new lawyers. CYLA represents all lawyers in California who have been practicing for eight years or less. CYLA celebrates, invigorates, connects and supports all new California lawyers.
ON CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF LAWYERS
Established in 2018, the California Lawyers Association is the bar association for all California Lawyers. CLA’s mission is to promote excellence, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession as well as fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law.
SOURCE California Bar Association