Partner Steven Williams of the Joseph Saveri Law Firm, LLP, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Volunteer In Public Service award by the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice & Diversity Center (JDC).
The JDC recognizes the top 15 percent of its volunteers in its various projects and programs. Awardees have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to assisting the underserved through the JDC’s projects and programs. Among other things, awardees were judged based on the community's need for the pro bono service performed and the impact of the volunteer service on the community.
Steve and the other outstanding volunteers were honored at the Outstanding Volunteer In Public Service award event, held on October 27, at UC Hastings College of the Law, featuring former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown as the keynote speaker.
Steve and the firm frequently engage in successful pro bono representation by working with the Northern District of California’s Federal Pro Bono Project, which operates in conjunction with the JDC. The JDC advances fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession. JDC is the largest legal services provider in San Francisco. Its primary purpose is the delivery of free legal services to low-income San Franciscans, as well as the non-profits that serve them. It delivers these services through its Legal Services Programs division, which consists of the Pro Bono Legal Services Program, the Homeless Advocacy Project, Diversity Educational Programs, and Immigration Legal Defense Programs.
In 2020, Steve received the JDC’s Crystal Award for “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” and in 2018 was recognized as an “Outstanding Volunteer.”