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Justice & Diversity Center

JDC helps protects survivors of domestic violence

Effective legal representation is the single most important factor in whether victims are able to escape the domestic violence cycle. Yet most domestic violence victims never get to see a lawyer. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we share one attorney’s story who has taken the Justice and Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar...Read More

Volunteer opportunities for the legal community

Ready to make a difference to give fair and accessible to everyone regardless of their income or circumstances? The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) offers a variety of pro bono opportunities for lawyers to use their skills while doing good work. Expert Attorney at JDC’s Legal Advice and...Read More

Advocating for the homeless

There are more than 10,000 people who are homeless in San Francisco, the highest number in the Bay Area. The homeless population in San Francisco has grown 30% since 2017, largely because of job loss and higher living costs. In a San Francisco survey on homelessness, 63% said the reason they were homeless was because...Read More

15th annual Gala celebrates successes of the Justice and Diversity Center

More than 300 people attending the 15th annual Gala of the Justice and Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) on September 26. Doris Cheng, president of JDC and BASF, welcomed the crowd and introduced featured guest, Michael Williams. Williams, a client of the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), shared a moving...Read More

Support equal access to justice by volunteering

Attorneys, as the leaders of justice, have a special responsibility to make sure legal system is fair and accessible to everyone regardless of their income or circumstances. That’s why the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) offers a variety of pro bono opportunities for lawyers to use their skills...Read More

African American Diversity Reception builds diverse future in the law

More than 150 people attended the African American Partners and Associates Reception at the Keker Van Nest & Peters headquarters in San Francisco. The July 17th event was held in partnership with the Charles Houston Bar Association and the California Association of Black Lawyers. The event featured remarks from Yolanda Jackson, the Bar Association of...Read More

BASF and JDC in the news: July 2019

In addition to the immigration stories in the media, The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) representatives were also featured in the media on a variety of topics, including using virtual reality in training, and the possible closure of the Pretrial...Read More

Celebrating the beauty of individual freedom and choice

LGBTQ+ Summer Reception 2019 More than 40 people came out to celebrate diversity at The Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) annual LGBTQ+ Summer Reception. The reception, hosted by Paul Hastings and co-sponsored by Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), provide an opportunity for new attorneys and legal interns to network, meet mentors and appreciating...Read More

JDC’s Poetry Slam Celebrates ABA Law Day with Powerful Youth Performances

by Samantha Akwei, Diversity and Pipeline Programs Director   In celebration of the American Bar Association’s 2019 Law Day Theme―Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society―the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) hosted a Law & Language Poetry Slam on May 9, 2019. Eight youth from around the Bay Area competed for a chance to win a $500...Read More

Justice & Diversity Center Honors Outstanding Volunteers

    On April 30, the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) celebrated its top volunteers at the annual Outstanding Volunteer Celebration, with help from Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. With around 200 guests in attendance at the Green Room at the War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye recognized awardees’ service...Read More