February 24th, 2017
LAIPLA Distinguished Public Service Award
The LAIPLA presented its Distinguished Public Service Award for 2015 to Judge George H. Wu of the United States District Court for the Central District of California at the Judges’ Night dinner. The award is presented each year to an LAIPLA member who has made a significant contribution to the public good. California Federal and State judges, and judges on the Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, are ex-officio members of the LAIPLA.
This year, LAIPLA would like to recognize Judge Wu for his service to the local IP community as a participant in the Central District’s Patent Pilot Program as well as in numerous events sponsored by the LAIPLA and other professional organizations focused on IP law. As a member of the Central District’s “Patent Panel,” Judge Wu has a significant impact on the evolution of patent law in the Central District, a venue with one of the busiest patent dockets in the country. Judge Wu’s service to the community as a member of the Patent Panel, and his willingness to share his perspectives on issues of interest to the IP community, reflect the finest traditions of the judiciary.
Judge Wu is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Chicago Law School. Before beginning his career in private practice and on the bench, Judge Wu served as a law clerk for the Hon. Stanley N. Barnes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, from 1976-1977 and in 1979.
The LAIPLA presented its first annual Distinguished Public Service Award to Chief Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal at the LAIPLA Judges’ Night dinner, February 19, 2014 in the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The award is presented each year to a member that has made a significant contribution to the public good. California Federal and State judges, and judges on the Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal are ex-officio members of the LAIPLA.
Judge Segal served as the coordinator of the Central District’s pro bono panel – a panel of law firms and attorneys available to serve in civil actions for pro se litigants – from 2003 to 2009. She currently serves on the Central District’s Pro Bono Committee, and is a valued resource to the Clinic and panel attorneys. On the bench, she has handled high profile matters, including a 2012 decision heavily reported by the international media and that had impact far beyond the United States.
She is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and Cornell Law School. Judge Segal served as Chief of the Civil Appeals division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District before being appointed to the judiciary.