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News Posted on December 1, 2016

Darrell Steinberg ’84 Honored with King Hall Distinguished Alumnus Award

Darrell SteinbergDarrell Steinberg ’84, the former California Senate President pro Tempore who was recently elected as Mayor of Sacramento, has been honored with the UC Davis Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award will be presented on March 2, 2017 at “Celebrating King Hall,” an event celebrating scholarship recipients, King Hall donors, the winner of the annual 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, and others.

Initiated as part of the 2015-16 celebration of King Hall’s 50th anniversary, the Distinguished Alumna/us Award is presented by the UC Davis School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors to an alumna/us who embodies the values of the School of Law and has demonstrated extraordinary post-graduate achievement in the legal profession or in service to society or to King Hall. Chief Justice of California Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye ’84 received the inaugural award in March 2016.

Steinberg has represented the Sacramento as a California Senator (from 2008-2014) and in the State Assembly (1992-1998), and also served on the Sacramento City Council (1992-1998). As a legislator, he authored landmark bills on mental health services, K-12 education, workplace safety, and many other issues, and played a leadership role in steering the state through one of the most difficult fiscal crises in its history. After being termed out of the Legislature, he joined the Sacramento office of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder and Chair of the California Government Law & Policy Practice and continued as an advocate for mental health services, founding the Steinberg Institute for Advancing Mental Health Policy and accepting a position as Director of Policy and Advocacy for the new UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

Steinberg was elected Mayor of Sacramento in a June 2016 ballot that saw him gain 59 percent of the vote, outpolling the second-place finisher by more than 30 percentage points and avoiding the need for a November runoff.

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