Lindsay Toczylowski, ImmDef's executive director, was named a finalist for the David Carliner Public Interest Award, given each year by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. She will receive a $2,500 prize.
Blaine Meredith Bookey, Co-Legal Director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at the University of California Hastings College of Law, won the honor.Both the winner and finalist will be honored at the ACS National Convention’s June 9 Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C.
The award, according to the Society, recognizes outstanding public interest lawyers whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people.
In establishing ImmDef along with founding attorneys Susan Alva and Tania Vargas in 2015, Toczylowski showed just the kind of fearlessness and creativity on behalf of immigrants in Southern California and beyond that the society was looking to honor. This is work that hopes to advance the Society's principle "that law should be a force for improvement in the lives of all people." Congrats, Lindsay!