Elwood Lui ’62, M.B.A. ’64, J.D. ’69

1992 Professional Achievement Award

Deftly balancing the scale of justice with compassion and wisdom, Elwood Lui has devoted most of his life to bettering the lives of others. An accountant, attorney and member of the judiciary, he has a national reputation as a legal educator an scholar and is so highly regarded that in 1986 his colleagues elected him president of the California Judges Association for the 1986-87 term.

Elwood began his judicial career in 1975 as a municipal court judge. Over the next four years, he became an expert in juvenile justice. His interest in the welfare of children prompted him to serve on the board of directors of Children Now, a nonprofit child advocacy organization, and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, a nonprofit youth education and job development organization. In 1990 he accepted an emergency appointment by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to head the Department of Children’s Services for Los Angeles County after the previous head resigned. During the few months that he served as interim head, Elwood reorganized the department into an effective agency and continues to serve as a consultant.

Elwood has also made major contributions in the field of professional education, serving as an adjunct professor of accounting and an adjunct professor of law.

Retired from the judiciary since 1987, Elwood is a partner in the international law firm Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue. He remains a man of great character, intellect and accomplishment – the qualities that have guided his career and earned him the lifelong respect and admiration of his peers.

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