Alina Ball '08, a graduate of the Critical Race Studies program who is now a professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, was selected by the Clinical Section of the American Association of Law Schools as the winner of the 2018 Shanara Gilbert Award. The award is given each year to a professor in her first decade of teaching who shows a commitment to social justice and clinical education.
Ball is the founding director of UC Hastings’ Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic. Before joining UC Hastings, Ball was a corporate attorney with Morrison & Forester, and later a clinical teaching fellow with the Harrison Institute for Housing and Community Development at Georgetown University Law Center.
At the AALS ceremony in Chicago, Scott Cummings, UCLA Law’s Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics, gave Ball the award.
In a letter of support of Ball’s nomination, UCLA Law Professor Emeritus Gerald López wrote that for Ball, "Scholarship is not a way to insist ‘I am the first to do this or that,' but rather it's another way to say 'I aim to join others in doing all I can to illuminate how we might better define and address the predicaments we face.'"