Stanford Law School’s Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law annually honors two outstanding public interest attorneys. The Fall Public Service Awards reception is the Levin Center’s biggest event of the year. We invite alumni, faculty, students, and staff to join us for a formal dinner reception honoring the award recipients.
The National Public Service Award is designated for an attorney whose work on behalf of the public has had national impact, and the Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award will be given annually to a Stanford Law School alumnus/a who has similarly engaged in public service and had a significant impact on the community, national, or international level.
Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director of Equality Now, a human rights organization focused on legal equality for women and girls, with offices in New York, London, Nairobi and Beirut and presences in Washington, DC, Tbilisi, Delhi, and Beijing. Yasmeen was with United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (2003-2008) where she worked on ensuring gender equality in laws of countries emerging from conflict and on the Secretary General’s study of violence against women. She practiced corporate law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and California (1995-2003), and she clerked on the DC Court of Appeals (1994-1995).
Equality for women has been a driving force for Yasmeen since an early age. She serves on the boards of Musawah (a movement for equality in the Muslim family) and the Global Women’s March, and on the advisory boards of The Women’s Building (New York), Gucci’s Chime for Change and The Council on Foreign Relations. She advocates for the women’s rights through appearances in numerous media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Yasmeen holds a J.D., from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and a B.A in Political Science (magna cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College. She grew up in Lahore, Pakistan and lives in New York with her two wonderful sons.
Stephanie Rudolph graduated from Stanford Law School in 2011, and currently directs the Source of Income Discrimination Unit at the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”). In her role as Director, Stephanie supervises a team of attorneys and intervention specialists charged with enforcing the source of income provisions of the New York City Human Rights Law. In New York, landlords and brokers may not discriminate against applicants to housing receiving any form of public assistance, including federal housing subsidies and vouchers like Section 8. The team intervenes in “real time” to preserve housing opportunities for those facing discrimination, and files complaints against landlords and brokers accused of discrimination based on a tenant’s or applicant’s receipt of public assistance.
Prior to joining the Commission, Stephanie represented tenants in affirmative litigation against neglectful and harassing landlords at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (“NYLPI”) and the Urban Justice Center (“UJC”). In group cases filed on behalf of up to 300 tenants in both state and federal court, Stephanie has compelled owners to restore basic services, cease unlawful discrimination, and remediate indoor toxins such as mold, lead, and asbestos. After serving as a 2011 Skadden Fellow at NYLPI, Stephanie went on to become a senior staff attorney at the Community Development Project of the UJC where she worked closely with grassroots community groups across the City.
Stephanie earned her B.A . from Haverford College. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys running, being outside (when it’s warm), humor writing, and using the Internet to discover fun facts about eccentric landlords.