Judge Bruce Gen Iwasaki received his B.A. magna cum laude from UCLA in 1972 and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1976. After graduation, he became a staff attorney at San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services during which time he passed the California bar in 1977. In 1980, he began working at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where he eventually became senior counsel. In 1988 he joined O’Melveny and Myers to work in complex business litigation where he stayed until going back to Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles in 1997 to become executive director. Then, in 2006, he became a partner at Lim Ruger and Kim, focusing on commercial and tort litigation, where he remained until being appointed to the bench by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012. He has been a member of the Japanese American Bar Association, California Bar Foundation Board of Directors, Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee, City of Los Angeles Board of Taxi Cab Commissioners, President, The Advancement Project Board of Directors, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, American Bar Association Commission on Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, and Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees.
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Public Interest Clearinghouse Opening Doors to Justice Award, 2008
John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2006
Inner City Law Center Humanitarian Award, 2005
Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness Honoree, 2005
UCLA School of Law Antonia Hernandez Public Interest Award, 1999
National Coalition for Redress and Reparations Fighting Spirit Award, 1997
ACLU Foundation of Southern California Pro Bono Civil Rights Award, 1996
Most Influential Lawyers in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1998
Southern California Super Lawyer, 2006-2009