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October 09, 2019

California lawyer receives 2019 ABA GPSolo Making a Difference through Community Service Award

CHICAGO, Oct. 9, 2019 — Laura V. Farber will receive a 2019 Difference Makers Award at a luncheon during the GPSolo 2019 Solo & Small Firm Summit on Friday, Oct. 18, in Carlsbad, Calif. The Making a Difference through Community Service Award, presented by the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, honors an attorney, living or deceased, who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service.

Farber is a partner in the Pasadena law firm of Hahn & Hahn, where she practices civil litigation with an emphasis in employment disputes. She is a member of the American Bar Association, where she serves as the state delegate for California in the House of Delegates, chair of the Latin America and Caribbean Initiative Council, a member of the Rule of Law Initiative Board, a member of the Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee, a former member of the Board of Governors representing the State of California, past chair of the Commission on Youth At Risk, past chair of the Solo Small Firm and General Practice Division, past chair of the Young Lawyers Division and past member of the ABA Journal editorial board.

She also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and as a member of the Minorities in the Legal Profession Committee, and she served as president of the Barristers, the LACBA’s young lawyers division. She is also a member of the State Bar of California, California Women Lawyers, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, National Association of Women Lawyers, Mexican-American Bar Association, Latina Lawyers Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Farber was named Tournament of Roses® President for the 131st Rose Parade® and the 106th Rose Bowl Game® on January 1, 2020, after serving as a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses Association since 1993. She was appointed a Tournament chairperson in 2004 and a Tournament director in 2010. In addition, Farber has served on and chaired various committees, including Decorating Places, Formation Area, Judging and Membership Development. She was elected to the executive committee in 2012.

Farber’s civic activities include being on the board of directors of the non-profit Clazzical Notes and   the YWCA. Farber also serves as a member of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Advisory Board and the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Museum Committee.

She has been named one of the top 50 women lawyers in Los Angeles and featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal. In 2003, Farber received the ABA’s Spirit of Excellence Award and, in 2004, she received the YWCA San Gabriel Valley Women of Excellence in the Law Award.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Farber earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in 1987 from University of California, Los Angeles, and her juris doctor, cum laude, in 1990 from Georgetown University Law School. 

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