The award was created in 1993 by Justice Norman L. Epstein and is "conferred on an attorney, judge, or academic whose principal professional identification is with this state, and would recognize a particularly distinguished body of service to the law...[T]he Bar recognize[s] persons who, through a career of extraordinary service, have made significant contributions to the quality of justice and legal scholarship in our state."
Shirley Hufstedler is the former United States Secretary of Education under President Carter and served eleven years prior to that as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 1981, Mrs. Hufstedler returned to private life to teach and practice law. She was a partner in the firm Hufstedler & Kaus, which merged with Morrison & Foerster. Mrs. Hufstedler is a trustee of the California Institute of Technology and a former Chairman of the United States Commission on Immigration Reform
Seth Hufstedler is one of the most well-respected litigation attorneys in the country, with more than 40 years of trial and appellate experience. He has represented a broad range of clients in complex business disputes in various state and federal courts, and he has argued numerous matters before California appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a former President of the American Bar Foundation, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the State Bar of California.