Date Chartered:  1/1/1973


The Section on Professional Responsibility promotes the communication of ideas, interests, and activities among members, provides support for pedagogical and scholarly endeavors, and facilitates dialogue on matters of interest in the teaching and improvement of the law relating to the legal profession and issues of professional responsibility.

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Fred Zacharias Memorial Prize

The Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility is awarded yearly to an outstanding work in legal ethics by the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility. Zacharias, a law professor at University of San Diego Law School, died in 2009 at the age of 56, after a career as a nationally known expert in professional responsibility, writing on the ethical duties that lawyers have to the legal system and society as well as clients. This prize was established to honor and carry on his work.


YearAward NameRecipientLaw School
2024Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeJon LeeUniversity of Maine School of Law
2023Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeMatthew KimJudicial Law Clerk on the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Miami, Florida
2022Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeW. Bradley WendelCornell Law School
2022Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeAngela Onwuachi-WilligBoston University School of Law
2022Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeAnthony V. AlfieriUniversity of Miami School of Law
2021Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeIrene JoeUniversity of California Davis School of Law
2021Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeNoah RosenblumNew York University School of Law
2020Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeMichael MoffitUniversity of Oregon School of Law
2020Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeJessica A. RothBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
2019Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeEric FishFederal Defenders of San Diego Inc.
2018Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeRobert GordonUniversity of California, Davis School of Law
2017Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeLeslie C. Levin Kate LevineUniversity of Connecticut School of LawSt. John’s University School of Law
2016Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeElizabeth Camblee BurchMorris A. RatnerUniversity of Georgia School of LawUniversity of California, Hastings College of Law
2015Fred C. Zacharias Memorial PrizeRussell M. GoldNew York University School of Law