2015 Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Awards


 Thursday, May 28, 2015
Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco

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. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.ilrc.org/phillip-burton-awards/sponsorship-tickets.


Emcee Diane GuerreroActress on "Jane the Virgin" & "Orange is the New Black" and ILRC Ambassador
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."

PRESENTING the Phillip Burton Advocacy Award to

Sergio 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!” 

PRESENTING the Nancy Pelosi Policy Award to

(honoree to be announced)

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!

Duane Morris LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
W. Hardy Callcott and Nancy J. Spencer
Law Offices of Norton Tooby
Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood PLC
Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Satterley & Bosl Foundation
GCA Law Partners LLP
Shartsis Friese LLP
Allen S. Weiner
Michelle Mercer & Bruce Golden
Tafapolsky & Smith LLP

For tickets and more information

For tickets, please visit www.ilrc.org/phillip-burton-awards/sponsorship-tickets
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Edith Hong, Director of Development

at ehong@ilrc.org or (415) 255-9499 ext. 466.