2015 Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Awards

In the legacy of the late Phillip Burton, US Representative from California (1964-1983), the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) recognizes those who have significantly impacted and advanced the civil rights of immigrants in the areas of policy, advocacy, or lawyering. The Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Awards, touted as the “Oscars of Immigration Law,” brings the community and its advocates together to celebrate those who have worked to advance the civil rights of immigrants. 


Thank you for your interest in attending the 2015 Phillip Burton Awards. We are currently sold out of tickets, but there is a waiting list available. Please contact Edith Hong at ehong@ilrc.org directly for more information.

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Emcee and Guest Speaker Diane GuerreroILRC Ambassador & Actress on "Jane the Virgin" and "Orange is the New Black" 
Diane made headlines in late 2014 with the story of her family being torn apart by deportation. Read more about Diane’s experience in “My parents were deported.”

My story is all too common. Every day, children who are U.S. citizens are separated from their families as a result of immigration policies that need fixing."

Phillip Burton Advocacy Award Recipient 

Sergio C. Garcia, Activist and Attorney at Law

In a 2014 landmark case, the California Supreme Court granted Sergio Garcia a license to practice law. Sergio’s tireless advocacy helped pave the way to allow licensing for other qualified undocumented immigrants and made history.

“This one is for all of you who dare to dream and by doing so change the world!

Nancy Pelosi Policy Award Recipient

David Campos, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Supervisor David Campos has introduced critical San Francisco legislation protecting unaccompanied immigrant children and ensuring LGBT families were included in immigration reform.

Supervisor David Campos wants every California child to have the same opportunity California gave him.

Special Guest

The Honorable Cruz Reynoso, ILRC Advisory Board Member
Former Justice of the California Supreme Court
Professor of Law Emeritus, U.C. Davis School of Law

Justice Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino California Supreme Court Justice, will present Sergio C. Garcia with the Phillip Burton Advocacy Award.


2015 Phillip Burton Awards Co-Chairs

Reginald D. Steer                                           The Honorable James L. Warren (Ret.)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP            JAMS, Inc
ILRC Board Member                                        ILRC Board Member


 2015 Phillip Burton Awards Dedicated to Dick Odgers

The ILRC, along with the legal community and social justice advocates, mourn the passing of our dear colleague, Dick Odgers. We had the privilege of his support and service on our Board of Directors since 2002. He was passionate in his support of immigrants and civil liberties, and cared deeply about the quality of legal services available to low-income people and others who are new to our country. We will always remember him for his profound dedication to improving the lives of low-income, marginalized, and disenfranchised individuals and communities.      

Thanks to our Early Sponsors!

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
W. Hardy Callcott and Nancy J. Spencer
Duane Morris LLP
Law Offices of Fellom and Solorio
GCA Law Partners LLP
Andy & Eva Grove
Bill Ong Hing
International Institute of the Bay Area
Jackson & Hertogs, LLP
Jewell & Associates, PC
Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Satterley & Bosl Foundation
Lisa P. Lindelef
Michelle Mercer & Bruce Golden
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Shartsis Friese LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Lisa Spiegel & Michael Ungar
Tafapolsky & Smith LLP
Law Offices of Norton Tooby
Union Bank
Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP
Weaver Schlenger Mazel LLP
Allen S. Weiner & Mary J. Dent
Western Union

For more information

Please contact Edith Hong, Director of Development 
at ehong@ilrc.org or (415) 255-9499 ext. 466.