2021 Recipient of the Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism.

Updated: Sep 30, 2021


Alexandra "Sasha" F. Foster
Alexandra "Sasha" F. Foster

The United States District Court for the Southern District of California announced the selection of Alexandra F. Foster as the 2021 recipient of the Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism.


Known to her friends and colleagues as “Sasha,” Ms. Foster has dedicated her public and private life to serving others worldwide, and bridging cultural, social and economic divides for the public good. Ms. Foster serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and is universally admired and respected for her interpersonal skills. Her colleagues and defense counsel describe her as unflappable, pleasant, and self-effacing. People are drawn to her because of her positive approach to problem solving and her willingness to tackle difficult situations. Regardless of status or position in a particular case, Ms. Foster treats all with professionalism, respect, civility and grace. She epitomizes the important traits that the Bartick Award represents.


The United States District Court for the Southern District of California has installed a permanent display in the lobby of the Carter/Keep Courthouse. The display includes a remembrance of the Hon. David H. Bartick, and lists the names of the recipients of the award given in his memory. It bears this inscription:


Long before he became a beloved U.S. Magistrate Judge, David Bartick epitomized civility and professionalism. As a prominent criminal-defense attorney, he captivated juries and judges alike with his courtroom skill. But what really set him apart was his courtesy, warmth, and integrity. He was a lawyer that made us proud of lawyers. And he was the kind of judge that all judges aspire to be.


With this award, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California honors Judge Bartick’s legacy. Each of these recipients followed in his footsteps, exemplifying civility and professionalism in the practice of law.


The Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism will be presented to Alexandra F. Foster at the San Diego Chapter's State of the District event on October 28, 2021.