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Recent Alumnus Wins California Legal Honors

Congratulations to Christopher L. Martin, a 2009 graduate of Washington and Lee, on two recent awards he’s received while attending law school at the University of California at Berkeley.

Last fall, he won the fourth annual Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing at Berkeley Law. CEB, a joint committee of the University of California and the State Bar of California, established the award to honor Berkeley Law students who demonstrate outstanding performance in the First-Year Skills Program.

Then, last month, Latham & Watkins L.L.P., a Los Angeles-based law firm, named Chris one of its six Diversity Scholars for the current academic year, awarding him a $10,000 scholarship.

At Berkeley, Chris is a member of the California Law Review and the Berkeley Law Queer Caucus. He recently served as an extern for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland, where he drafted orders regarding civil rights actions and matters involving homeowner mortgage defaults.