Steven Williams of the Joseph Saveri Law Firm has received the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Federal Pro Bono Project (FBPB) 2020 Crystal Award for “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.”
Steve will be formally recognized at the JDC’s October 29 virtual Celebration of Pro Bono, at which guest of honor Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court will announce the award. This event coincides with National Pro Bono Week, October 25-31.
Steve was previously recognized as an “Outstanding Volunteer” in 2018. He and the Firm frequently engage in 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 free legal services through its Legal Services Programs division, which consists of the Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Homeless Advocacy Project, and the Immigration Program.
To be referred for placement with a pro bono attorney, the Court issues an order asking FPBP to identify counsel. A litigant must be representing themselves, lack the resources to retain counsel, and have a case that warrants pro bono legal representation. Many cases involve federal civil rights violations. Appointments may be for full-scope representation for the duration of a case or for limited purposes, e.g., representation at a settlement conference or hearing on a motion to dismiss.