Barbara C. Greenstein, deputy city attorney (now retired), has been named one of this year’s California Lawyer of the Year award recipients for her work in successfully arguing Harris v. City of Santa Monica before the California Supreme Court in 2013.

The CLAY Awards are given annually by the California Lawyer magazine. The award recognizes the past year’s most significant legal accomplishments. The 2014 CLAY Award ceremony occurred March 11 at the Civic Club of San Francisco. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakuaye presided over the ceremony.

The Harris decision has been described as the most significant California Supreme Court opinion in years dealing with employment discrimination. In its opinion, the Supreme Court unanimously concluded that for employment discrimination to occur, the claimed act of discrimination must be the substantial reason why someone was fired or disciplined.

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