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Lawyers Club established the C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award in 2013 to recognize members in practice seven years or less who are champions in advancing Lawyers Club's mission and demonstrating leadership and professionalism within the San Diego legal community.

The award is named for Lawyers Club founding member Professor C. Hugh Friedman (1931-2013), husband to Lawyers Club founding mother, the Honorable Lynn Schenk, and the longest-serving professor in the history of University of San Diego School of Law.

Professor C. Hugh Friedman and Hon. Lynn Schenk
At the May 16, 2013 Annual Dinner, we introduced the C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award with this video:

Professor Friedman's excellence in the practice of law and his deep commitment to community service and gender equality have set high standards for our junior attorney members. Read more about Professor Friedman in this interview by California Business Practice - Issue One. Lawyers Club is proud to honor Professor Friedman's legacy with this award.

Recipients of the Lawyers Club of San Diego C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award:

2020 Catherine Asuncion

Lawyers Club proudly recognizes Catherine Asuncion as the recipient of the 2020 C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award.

The 2020 awardee, Catherine Asuncion, is an associate attorney at Klinedinst PC. Her commitment to Lawyers Club, spirit of volunteerism, and leadership skills make her poised to take the helm as a leader in decades to come.


2019 Shannon R. Finley

2018 Mehry Mohseni

2017 Parisima Roshanzamir

2016 Carla Sanderson

2015 Rebecca Zipp

2014 Holly Amaya

2013 Amanda Allen