Title: Law Educator, Lawyer
Company: Zitrin Law Office
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Richard Zitrin, Law Educator and Lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal ethics.
Growing up with his parents being doctors meant Mr. Zitrin had big shoes to fill. Not interested in science, he looked toward law. He first earned an AB from Oberlin College in 1968 before receiving a JD from New York University in 1974. Not long after graduating, Mr. Zitrin started teaching legal ethics and brought his expertise and experience in this field to the Hastings College of Law with the University of California in 1994. Since 2007, eh has served as a lecturer in law with the institution. In addition to teaching, he has been an attorney at his private practice since 1984 ad served as a lawyer and counsel of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson from 2008 to 2014.
In his career spanning more than four decades, Mr. Zitrin is most proud of his work in attaining more school scholarships to increase diversity in the legal profession. This work, along with the services he has provided to his clients and students throughout the years, has resulted in a number of accolades. Since 2003, he has been the recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Public Service Award from the San Francisco Bar Association. He has also received several Awards of Merits, a Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association and an Exemplar of Equality and Justice for All Award. In 1990, the state bar of California honored him with the Larry Long Award. On a civic level, Mr. Zitrin is the president of the Arthur & Charlotte Zitrin Foundation and a Board Member of Venturavie.
Mr. Zitrin has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations that have aided in his development and connection to his work. He served as the chair, special adviser and vice chair of the Committee of Professional Responsibility and Conduct with the State Bar Association from 190 to 1996. He has also been a member of the American Bar Association and the Minority Scholarship Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Furthermore, Mr. Zitrin has published The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer, Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law, and Legal Ethics: Rules, Statuses and Comparisons. He has also penned pieces for newspapers, trade books, columns and professional journals.
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