Michael Page '91 of Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco received a CLAY award in the area of intellectual property for successfully defending file-sharing network companies Streamcast Networks and Grokster in a federal copyright infringement lawsuit. Franklin Gowdy '70 and Stephen Finn '72, partners at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in San Francisco, were both honored in the area of law practice management for successfully bringing in 250 partners, associates and staff immediately following the collapse of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Maria Blanco '84, former national senior counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Eva Paterson '75, director of Equal Justice Society in San Francisco , were given CLAY awards in the field of civil rights. The two lawyers led a coalition of attorneys and community advocates to defeat Proposition 54, which would have prevented local, county and state government agencies from collecting information about a citizen's race or ethnicity.
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