The John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law has renamed its annual Alumni Public Service Award in honor of alumnus Miles L. Rubin ’52 (BA ’50). Thanks to a gift from Rubin’s children Jon, Kim, Richard, and Todd, the award is now the Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award. It recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated courage in challenging social inequity and promoting positive solutions for social change.
“These awards reflect Stanford Law’s fundamental values—that public service should be a central part of students’ lives, whatever their career paths, and an essential part of the school’s culture,” says Larry Kramer, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean. “We are especially grateful to the Rubin family for its continued support of these goals.”
Announced during the Levin Center’s annual Public Service Awards ceremony held in November, the renaming acknowledges Rubin’s long-standing support of efforts in the public interest, including the Miles and Nancy Rubin Loan Repayment Assistance Program for law graduates entering public service.
Julia R. Wilson ’98, executive director of the Legal Aid Association of California and the Public Interest Clearinghouse, was the recipient of the inaugural Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award. Wilson was recognized for her efforts to improve access to legal services for low-income residents of California.
The Levin Center also honored Shannon Price Minter of the National Center for Lesbian Rights with its National Public Service Award. Minter was recognized for his historic advocacy as lead counsel for same-sex couples in In re Marriage Cases, which declared marriage a constitutional right for everyone in the state of California, regardless of sexual orientation.