Lawyers Club established the Community Service Award in 1985 to honor a Lawyers Club member whose local community activities have served to improve the status of women and to promote equality.
Recipients of the Lawyers Club of San Diego Community Service Award:
2016 Jerrilyn Malana
We are honored to present the 2016 Community Service Award to Jerrilyn Malana, Chief Deputy for Employment/Special Adviser to San Diego County District Attorney's Office. Fairness, inclusiveness and mentorship: these qualities have characterized Jerrilyn Malana’s service to her community and her profession. In 2009, Malana served as president of the San Diego County Bar Association, only the ninth woman and the first Asian Pacific-American to hold that post. During her SDCBA presidency, Malana placed a primary focus on community service, launching its Lawyers Giving Back campaign.
Among Malana’s numerous other roles, she served as an appointed member of the Council on Access and Fairness. She is a frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion topics, and is passionate about increasing diversity in educational, Award employment, and leadership opportunities. Malana also currently serves as president of the UCSD Alumni Association.
Malana, the middle child of three, was born to immigrant parents; her mother was originally from Japan and her father from the Philippines. Before becoming an attorney, Malana worked as a research assistant in the life sciences field and as a human resources professional for two companies. She obtained an MBA from Chaminade University, and in 1995, she enrolled in law school at California Western, where she earned a full scholarship.
After graduating, Malana clerked for a federal judge and then spent 16 years practicing employment law with Littler Mendelson, rising to the position of shareholder while still dedicating significant time to community and pro bono service. Malana left the firm in March of 2016 to take on a new challenge, having recently joined the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. We are honored to present Jerrilyn Malana with the 2016 Community Service Award.
2015 Danielle Hickman
2014 Jodi Cleesattle
2013 Tracy Skaddan
2012 Center for Community Solutions
2011 Michele Macosky
2010 Elizabeth Balfour
2009 Erika Hiramatsu
2008 Rachel Cano
2007 Sheree L. Swetin (Individual)
2007 Casa Cornelia (Organization)
2006 Karin Dougan Vogel
2005 Rosemary Johnston
2004 Alliance for African Assistance
2003 San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
2001 Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties
2001 Olivia Puentes-Reynolds
2000 Roel Construction Company
1999 David M. Priver, M.D.
1998 Women's History Reclamation Project
1997 Judy Forman
1996 Greta Glavis and Betty Santohigashi
1995 Women's Resource Center
1994 Josephine Von Herzen, M.D.
1993 Ashley E. Phillips
1992 Abby Silverman
1991 Virginia Nelson
1990 Kate Yavenditti
1989 Ellen Geis
1988 Martin Kruming
1987 Hon. Judith McConnell
1986 Ashley Walker Hooper
1985 Sister Sally Furay
Previously, the Community Service Award could be awarded to an individual or organization. Beginning December, 2014, the Board of Directors voted to limit this award to Lawyers Club members.