Category Archives: Justice & Diversity Center

Wanted: Attorneys to Help Revamp A Few of Our Educational Programs Targeting Diverse Youth

According to the Center of American Progress, “Students of color face harsher punishments in school than their white peers, leading to a higher number of youth of color incarcerated. Black and Hispanic students represent more than 70 percent of those involved in school-related arrests or referrals to law enforcement. Currently, African Americans make up two-fifths and Hispanics one-fifth of confined youth today.”

Advocacy of Paul Hastings’ Attorneys Prevents Loss of Income

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) is pleased to recognize Paul Hastings attorneys Elizabeth Dorsi and Michael Stevens as our volunteers of the month for their work with JDC’s Medical-Legal Project. Dorsi and Stevens each represented clients in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) overpayment cases.

JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project’s 25 Years of Service to the Homeless

During National Homeless Awareness Week in November 2013, the Justice & Diversity Center celebrated its Homeless Advocacy Project’s 25th anniversary. In 25 years of service, hundreds of dedicated staff attorneys,…

It Starts With a Day!

Get involved in the community in which we live and work – it all starts with a day of your time. During 2014, BASF President Stephanie Skaff has organized five…

Open Letter to Greg Gopman Regarding: San Francisco’s Homeless Population

Our San Francisco homeless population is made up of real people. Many struggle with the impact of life circumstances that are well beyond their control – women and children forced from their homes by domestic violence, veterans who suffer from PTSD or other mental illness, and individuals with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from getting or be able to pay for long term housing.

Leaders Circle Firms Receive Perfect Scores on Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

The Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”) is proud to announce that 15 of BASF’s Leaders Circle firms scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s (“HRC”) “Corporate Equality Index 2013: Rating American Workplaces on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality.” The following law firms have earned a 100% rating by satisfying all of the criteria on HRC’s scrupulous scorecard:

JDC’s Right to Civil Counsel Project Gears Up in 2014

On November 18, 2013, a group of 40, including Jim Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco Superior Court Presiding Judge Cynthia Lee, and San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, joined JDC staff and volunteer attorneys in celebrating a successful first year of the Right to Civil Counsel Pilot Program (RTCC).

Justice & Diversity Center Welcomes New Staff Attorneys

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) is pleased to welcome Eunice Chang as the Staff Attorney for the Right to Civil Counsel Pilot Program (RTCC).  RTCC, the first of its…

8-Month-Old ‘Ball of Cuteness’ Helps Raise Over 10k for the Justice & Diversity Center

Too often, attorneys in San Francisco see the impressive generosity of their firms and believe that making their own individual donation would be meaningless. And as a result, these otherwise incredibly generous attorneys never make a donation to the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC).

Disability Rights Committee Working to Educate Employers

BASF’s Equality Committee on Disability Rights recently held a CLE and panel discussion titled “Training, Hiring, and Retaining Lawyers with Disabilities.” The event, presented during October’s Disability Awareness Month, was…