Witkin Award 2014 Honorees

Excellence in the Adjudication of the Law

The Honorable Julia Craig Kelety | Judge of the San Diego Superior Court

Judge Julia Kelety grew up in Tempe, Arizona, and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1982. In 1985, she graduated magna cum laude from Cornell Law School, where she served as Articles Editor for the Cornell Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then joined the litigation department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as an Associate Attorney in the firm’s New York office from 1986 to 1990.

In 1990, Judge Kelety moved to the San Diego and became a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. As an AUSA, she received the Department of Justice’s Directors Award for her prosecutions of fraudulent telemarketers.In 1997, Judge Kelety joined the Law Office of Howard Wiggins, where she later became partner.

In 2003, Judge Kelety was appointed to the Superior Court bench by Governor Gray Davis. She has served as bench officer in Juvenile Dependency; Criminal; and Probate Divisions. She is A Board member for the Board of Trustees of the San Diego County Public Law Library. She frequently teaches probate-related subjects to judges statewide as a member of the Probate Law Curriculum Committee for the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC/CJER).

Excellence in the Practice of Law

Thomas E. Sharkey, Esq. | Mediator,Arbitrator Private Judge Judicate West

Thomas Sharkey began his ADR career in 1989 while still an active litigator and leader of his firm. As a well-known and respected lawyer for over 40 years, he has handled a wide variety of cases in State and Federal Court. He has tried hundreds of cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants in many legal areas including personal injury, products liability, insurance coverage and bad faith, employment, securities aviation and business/commercial matters.

Since 2000, Mr. Sharkey has focused his practice exclusively n medication, arbitration and private judge matters.His clients comment on his professional, yet polite, easy going manner and his outstanding legal accomplishments.

Many point out that the skills he portrayed as a trial lawyer are the reasons they frequently seek him out as a neutral. One attorney commented, “He is one of the most respected former trial lawyers and neutrals in San Diego.” Another Attorney said, “He handled the mediation involving a tragic case with sensitivity to both sides and where there was no real winner, Tom worked tirelessly and helped fashion a result that will save the parties from arduous, time-consuming and costly litigation.”

Excellence in Legal Education

Stephen C. Ferrullo | Dean, University of San Diego School of Law

Before joining USD, Ferruolo served as the founding partner and chair of the San Diego office of Goodwin Procter LLP, an international firm with 850 attorneys in nine offices in the United States, Asia and Europe. In addition to his continued service as chair of the office, Ferruolo was a member of the firm-wide executive committee since 2009.

Since 2000, Mr. Sharkey has focused his practice exclusively n medication, arbitration and private judge matters.His clients comment on his professiFerruolo’s practice focused on transactional work, with a special emphasis on corporate finance and governance and mergers and acquisitions.

Much of his practice involved representing technology and life science companies in San Diego, nationally and internationally. In 2011, Ferruolo was elected vice chairman of BIOCOM/San Diego, the largest regional life sciences association in the world, which represents more than 550 member companies. From 2003 to 2011, he served as vice president and general counsel of BIOCOM.
Prior of joining Godwin Proctor in 2007, Ferruolo was a partner and co-chair of the Corporate/VLG Practice Group at Heller Ehrman LLP in its Palo Alto and San Diego offices. At Heller Ehrman, he also served terms on the firm’s Policy Committee and Compensation Committee and served as the Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Practice Group.
Ferruolo is a 1971 graduate of the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He was a Rhoades Scholar at Oxford University where he earned a Masters in Philosophy in 1973. Ferruolo received his MA in 1975 and PhD in 1979 in History at Princeton University, then served on the faculties at Bennington College and Stanford University. His book, The Origins of the University: the Schools of Paris and Their Critics (Stanford Press, 1985) has been widely cited and remains the authoritative work in the field.
Ferruolo graduated with honors from Stanford Law School in 1990. Upon graduation from Stanford Law School, Ferruolo clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Excellence in Civic Leadership and Philanthropy

Linda and Carlos LeGerrette | Founders of the Cesar Chavez Service Club

In 1966, as college students, at the ages of 23 and 20, Carlos and Linda joined Cesar Chavez working for the United Farm workers movement. Taking every task from organizing rallies to cleaning latrines, they worked closely with Chavez for 12 years. Carlos became assistant to Chavez and Linda managed the movement’s center in Keene, CA. After returning to San Diego, they campaigned and worked in Governor Jerry Brown’s first administration for areas south of Los Angeles. They also campaigned in the governor’s presidential and senate campaigns. The LeGerrette’s went on to work closely with Mr. Sol Price, performing special projects. They would then found Price-Less Express, the delivery service for Price Clubs (now COSTCO). They eventually sole the business to the Price Clubs and turned their efforts to social policy and leadership development. At the time Chavez Clubs was founded, they were at the peak of their social policy activities.

Carlos and Linda want to inspire children to grow into engaged citizens and leaders who can work together to solve common problems – all children, but especially children from low-income neighborhoods who are at higher risk of dropping out, joining gangs, and having jobs with little chance of advancement. Carlos and Linda are dedicated to helping these students to lead the way in creating a better world.
Cesar Chavez, whom Carlos and Linda worked with, espoused 10 values – Service, Sacrifice, Help the Needy, Determination, Non-Violence, Acceptance of All People, Respect, Celebrating Community, Knowledge, and Innovation. Carlos and Linda experienced first–hand the community-building and positive transformation that takes place with good leadership and team work. In 2000, when California created Cesar Chavez Day, they were inspired to found the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs, a non-profit located in San Diego, CA.
School-based Chavez Clubs operate throughout the San Diego Unified School District. Representing over 1000 students in 38 Clubs from kindergarten to high school, Chavistas, as members call themselves, learn civic responsibility and leadership through a curriculum founded on Clubs 10 values. They learn self-esteem, team work, responsibility and accountability. Clubs meet weekly. They elect officers, plan and execute service projects, evaluate their progress, take responsibility for their contribution to the club, and practice the 10 values in their everyday lives. Chavez Clubs is the only school-based service club in San Diego that engages students in all grades in developing leadership skills. A Chavista can become a Club member in elementary school and remain one until she or he graduates high school. And along the way, they become ever more skillful leaders. Their motto is, Si Se Puede! Yes We Can!
The impact: Most Chavistas come from low income, inner-city families and have many challenges to overcome, yet their dropout rate is low, their performance and attendance at school is high, and many go on to be leaders in class, at work, and in the community. Every yea, Chavez Clubs holds its Las Man᷉anitas fundraising breakfast. Students as young as six, stand in front of 800 people to introduce the Mayor, give a speech about a service project, or describe what the values mean in their lives. To see these young people, many of who lacked confidence in themselves or were labeled as “problems”, as problem solvers and leaders in their communities is magical!
A new non-profit is an entrepreneurial adventure. It requires vision, leadership, stamina, hard work, sacrifice and financial support in order to succeed. Carlos and Linda, as founders and directors, have provided all. They have worked tirelessly, invested their own money, raised funds from donors, led the development of the Club’s highly replicable and scalable design and curriculum, and taken the Club from
start-up to sustainability. Their living legacy is an entire generation of young leaders who believe in themselves and their ability to change the world.