Our firm has a strong commitment to pro bono representation. Regardless of whom we are representing, from a large class to disadvantaged individuals facing difficult legal circumstances, we bring the same energy, passion, and successful strategies to bear for which our firm has been well-recognized.
We frequently work with the Northern District of California’s Federal Pro Bono Project (FPBP), which operates in conjunction with the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice and Diversity Center (JDC). Among other activities, the JDC provides pro bono services to underserved San Francisco residents and communities, and the organizations that serve them. Their services are provided through volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law students, college students, social workers, and other qualified professionals. Its staff and volunteers assist thousands of clients with legal consultation and representation in nearly every area of civil law.
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.
Many of our attorneys donate their time to this beneficial project. And we have received court praise for our “excellent” work at achieving successful results for our clients. Partner Steven Williams has received the JDC’s 2020 Crystal Award for “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” and was recognized by the JDC in 2018 as an “Outstanding Volunteer.” Our pro bono team has attended JDC events, and its members have received certificates of appreciation from the JDC. In 2021, the firm was shortlisted as an “Outstanding Firm for Pro Bono” for the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2021. And its program was profiled in Super Lawyers magazine.