U. Serve L.A.


UCLA Law’s Public Interest Celebration, Auction & Awards.

The Annual U. Serve L.A. | UCLA Law’s Public Interest Celebration, Auction & Awards brings together the UCLA Law community to recognize and celebrate its incredible public interest impact. Proceeds from U. Serve L.A. support public interest initiatives that enable UCLA Law students to advance the needs of underserved communities and make lasting, positive change in Los Angeles and beyond.


On September 10, 2021, the UCLA Law community will gather virtually for U. Serve L.A. to celebrate and recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to public interest law and policy.

The nomination period for UCLA Law student and alumni honorees has closed.

Questions may be directed to publicinterestoffice@law.ucla.edu, and we look forward to celebrating with you in September.

UCLA Law’s U. Serve L.A.

Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin invites you to join in celebrating and supporting UCLA School of Law’s incredible public interest community and robust public interest initiatives through U. Serve L.A.

  • UPCOMING U. SERVE L.A.

    Save the date for the 2021 virtual U. Serve L.A. Please note that the nomination period for UCLA Law student and alumni honorees has closed.

Your Impact

  • Supporting Service Learning Trips

    See how UCLA Law’s Service Learning Trips to Dilley, Texas provide necessary support to asylum seekers and critical training to future public interest advocates.

  • Testimonials from Summer Funding Recipients

    "This clerkship offered me the opportunity to hone my client skills. It also helped me realize my love for direct service work…Additionally, I left this clerkship with four mentors who are truly engaged and interested in being of assistance…I was so grateful to be able to spend my summer with Legal Aid at Work and to receive funding to make this possible.”
    -Suzanne Dombkowski (UCLA Law ’21)

    “My summer at The Bronx Defenders was very rewarding and challenging and affirmed my commitment to public defense. I could not have had such an incredible experience in New York City and at The Bronx Defenders without this summer fellowship.”
    –Yuri Han (UCLA Law ’20)

    “My experience this summer not only empowered me because it allowed me to develop my skillset, but [also] because I was surrounded by people who excel in their fields. Meeting so many people whose skills, passion and perseverance I can aspire towards is a  great start into 2L and I would not have been able to do it without [this] funding.”
    –Sarah Rahimi (UCLA Law ’19)

Past Honorees

  • 2020 Honorees

    View the video recognizing the 2020 U. Serve L.A. Honorees at UCLA Law’s Public Service Challenge Launch Celebration

    Student Honorees

    • Grace Carson & Nina Papachristou (1L Honorees)
    • Christopher Galeano & Ming Tanigawa-Lau (2L Honorees)
    • Amanda Brown, Stacy Lee & Sonni Waknin (3L Honorees)
    • Marina de Oliveira Reis & Thamsanqa Malusi (LL.M. Honorees)

    Alumni Honorees

    • Stewart Kwoh ’74 (Trailblazer Award)
    • Diego Cartagena ’03 (Alumni Award)
    • Steven Shafer ’15 & CT Turney-Lewis ’11 (Recent Alumni Award)
  • 2019 Honorees

    View 2019 U. Serve L.A. Photos

    Student Honorees

    • Alexis Ixtlahuac & Jordan Palmer (1L Honorees)
    • Julie Dargus & Tali Gires (2L Honorees)
    • Kate Lewis & Sasha Novis (3L Honorees)
    • Allyne Andrade e Silva & Harpreet Ahuja (LL.M. Honorees)

    Alumni Honorees

    • Margie Estrada ’04 (Trailblazer Award)
    • Samantha Grant ’98 (Pro Bono Award)
    • Ian Madrigal ’14, Doug Smith ’13 & Vivian Wong ’17 (Recent Alumni Award)

    Special Recognition

    • Jyoti Nanda, UCLA Law Faculty 2003-2019
  • 2018 Honorees

    View 2018 U. Serve L.A. Photos

    Student Honorees

    • Stephano Medina & Kanwalroop Singh (1L Honorees)
    • Yadira Gutierrez Vargas & Ihaab Syed (2L Honorees)
    • Beth Kent & Norma Ventura (3L Honorees)

    Alumni Honorees

    • Jerilyn López Mendoza ’96 (Trailblazer Award)
    • Nicole Howell ’13 (Pro Bono Award)
    • Stacy Tolchin ’01 (Alumni Award)
    • Theresa Zhen ’14 (Recent Alumni Award)

    Special Recognition

    • Cathy Mayorkas, Founding Executive Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy & Office of Public Interest Programs 1997-2017

2020 U. Serve L.A. Honorees

The 2020 U. Serve L.A. honorees were recognized at UCLA Law’s Public Service Challenge Launch Celebration.

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