Category Archives: Justice & Diversity Center

Summer Interns Assist Most Vulnerable

This summer JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) was fortunate to have two full-time summer interns from local law schools. Brigette Latno-Mosunic is going into her third year of law school…

Housing Cases: How Lawyers Change Lives Through Limited-Scope Representation

Pro bono lawyers represent tenants facing eviction on a limited-scope basis at pre-trial settlement conferences. For many vulnerable San Francisco residents, this assistance is the last defense against homelessness. The…

Pro Bono Lawyer Jumps Into Advocacy With JDC Mentorship

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) applauds Lara Palanjian’s enthusiasm for her pro bono case. Palanjian is defending a low-income tenant against eviction. Her client’s landlord had been harassing him…

Housing Cases: How Lawyers Make a Difference Through Full-Scope Representation

Landlords often use owner move-in (OMI) eviction notices to pressure tenants to give up their long-term tenancies. It is critical that a tenant moving out pursuant to an OMI notice…

Volunteer Interpreter Steps Up For Immigrants Seeking Justice

The Justice & Diversity Center’s (JDC) Volunteer of the Month is Jared Malakouti, who interprets for our Spanish-speaking clients and their pro bono lawyers. With dedicated volunteers like Malakouti, JDC…

JDC Gala Sponsor Spotlight: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

  Thank you, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, for your support! The Justice & Diversity Center invites your firm to become a sponsor of the JDC Gala too. The 2017 gala takes place…

JDC Joins New Coalition to Help Bring Voices of Low-Income Consumers to the Capitol

The California Low-Income Consumer Coalition (CLICC), launched this year, is already at work keeping the interests of low-income consumers front and center in policy debates in Sacramento. Eleven legal services…

BASF Executive Director Honored by Bay Area Urban Debate League

BASF and JDC Executive Director Yolanda Jackson was recently honored by the Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL) with its Great Debater Award. The award was presented to Jackson at…

Leaders Come Together to Discuss Police Reform and Changing Police Culture

Well over 100 lawyers and law enforcement representatives from throughout the Bay Area attended a two-hour panel discussion organized by BASF’s Criminal Justice Task Force that focused on the important…

The High Price of California’s Failure to Fund Dependency Counsel

Julie Traun “State intervention in the lives of families, even when absolutely necessary, is a traumatic experience for children and parents alike.”[1] Indeed, “[t]here are hardly more consequential acts the…