Category Archives: Pro Bono Legal Services

Katharine Van Dusen

Representing Consumers Facing Debt Collection Clears “Insurmountable Obstacles”

Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass scored another win for a JDC client facing questionable debt collection efforts with no means to fight back. The National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts (NCSLT)…

Fenwick & West Achieves a First in JDC Pro Bono Cases

Congratulations to Fenwick & West attorneys Lynn Pasahow; Amy Hayden and Abby Wald who won actual and punitive damages for a prison inmate assaulted by correctional officers:. For the Justice…

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…

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…

Seyfarth Shaw Helps Client Gain Freedom

Congratulations to Seyfarth Shaw for settling a case on behalf of a client with the Justice & Diversity Center’s Federal Pro Bono Project. The client, “Mr. M,” was incarcerated when…

Justice & Diversity Center Adds Immigration Legal Defense Work to its Program Lineup

By Carole Conn, Director of Public Service Programs, Immigrant Legal Defense   In the last three years, there has been rapid growth to the Immigrant Legal Defense Program which moved…

Volunteer Attorney Helps “Davids” Battle “Goliaths”

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) thanks Katharine Chao, May Volunteer of the Month, for representing litigants in federal court with the Federal Pro Bono Project. Chao values pro bono…

Dolby Laboratories Legal Team Makes Pro Bono a Priority

By Steve Love, Director of Donor and Community Engagement   If you are like most people, when someone mentions Dolby Laboratories, the first thing that comes to mind is surround…