Category Archives: News from the Bar

Open Letter to the Editor: Prop F Answers San Francisco’s Right to Counsel Promise

Eviction is a personal disaster that can wreck lives and families. Before someone is literally thrown out on the street—possibly without good legal cause or despite having strong legal defenses—they…

Justice & Diversity Center Honors Pro Bono Volunteers

On April 10, the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) celebrated its top volunteers at the annual Outstanding Volunteer Celebration. With around 200 guests in attendance at the event, held in…

Yolanda Jackson Speaks at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commemoration

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the day marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, guests gathered in the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda for a Memorial Commemoration….

Volunteer Coordinator Helps Connect Attorneys with JDC’s Pro Bono Projects

Attorneys looking to volunteer with the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) know that they can send an email to probono@sfbar.org, but may have wondered who is on the other end….

BASF Welcomes Diana R. Passadori to the Bay Area Mediation Services Panel

Diana R. Passadori, Passadori Family Law & Mediation, is a trained mediator and has practiced family law exclusively for over 10 years. She successfully completed the 40-hour mediation training with the…

BASF and JDC Mourn the Passing of Judge Stephen Reinhardt

Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a tireless beacon of the federal bench, passed away last week. Appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1980, Judge Reinhardt authored many influential opinions…

Risk Management: Duties Of Partners In A Dissolving Firm

John Sullivan, Long & Levit Nearly ten years after international law firm Heller Ehrman closed its doors, the California Supreme Court addressed whether the dissolved firm had any interest in…

Staff Attorney Represents Survivors of Domestic Violence

Meet Robyn Dunlap, who has joined the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) to work on the newly formed San Francisco Victim Advocacy Coalition (SFVAC). SFVAC is a grant-funded collaborative led…

JDC’s Avantika Shastri Recognized as Woman Making History by San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell

San Francisco Mayor Mark E. Farrell has nominated Avantika Shastri, Justice & Diversity Center Senior Supervising Attorney and Legal Director of the SF Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative, as Woman Making History….

San Francisco Superior Court Seeks Applicants for Civil Grand Jury

by Megan Filly The San Francisco Superior Court is accepting applications for Civil Grand Jury service for the 2018-19 term, Judge Susan M. Breall announced today. “As chair of the…