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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, President Stephanie Skaff organized five events to support those in need.

In 2015, President Timothy Moppin will continue the effort.


2015 It Starts with a Day Volunteer Events

March 28: Legal Advice and Referral Clinic

On Saturday, March 28, the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) brought expert legal advice and social services to over 30 clients in Bayview-Hunters Point with its monthly Legal Advice & Referral Clinic (LARC).  Timothy Moppin, President of JDC and the Bar Association of San Francisco Boards of Directors, picked this LARC to be the first of several “Service Days” in 2015. 37 enthusiastic and motivated volunteers, including 12 employees of Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Hewlett-Packard Company, 12 solo and small-firm attorneys, and 11 volunteers from the community worked together to transform a gymnasium into a bustling legal clinic, conduct client interviews, interpret for monolingual clients, and provide much-needed legal and social services. Morgan Lewis provided breakfast and a delicious lunch for clients and volunteers. Clients expressed feeling validated, affirmed and empowered by the clinic, and especially welcomed by the friendly volunteers.  JDC thanks all the volunteers who made this LARC a resounding success.

Photos have been posted to the Justice & Diversity Center's page on Facebook.


 

May 1, 2015: Law Day / Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law

This year’s Law Day theme was “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law" and it commemorated the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, a seminal document in legal and political history. The principles embodied in Magna Carta were incorporated into our Nation’s most cherished founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

12 volunteer attorneys visited high schools in San Francisco to educate students about the Magna Carta.

Photos have been posted to BASF's page on Facebook.



June 13, 2015: Log Cabin High School Garden Planting

Volunteers spent the day “Planting Futures” with the residents of Log Cabin Ranch (LCR), a court-ordered residential school.

The students at Log Cabin are adjudicated youth of the juvenile justice system and participate in a comprehensive program that not only educates, but provides the necessary therapeutic and vocational services so important in reducing future contacts within the juvenile justice system.

Contact Julie Traun for more information.


 

Date TBD: Service for Service Veterans Project

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) and The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) will bring services to veterans and their families at a one-day clinic at the Community Justice Court in San Francisco.


 

2014 It Starts with a Day Volunteer Events

January 25, 2014: Legal Advice and Referral Clinic

Volunteers helped transform a gymnasium into a day-long legal clinic serving 60 low-income people in Bayview-Hunters Point. Volunteers helped with all aspects of the effort, including set up, break down, legal intake, interpreting, writing letters, providing legal advice, and serving lunch to clients.

Co-Chairs:
Jay DeGooyer, Hewlett-Packard Company and
Joan Haratani, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Check out photos from the event.


 

Thursday, May 1: Lawyers in Schools/Law Day 2014

On May 1, BASF celebrated Law Day, a national day that underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. In 2014, the Law Day theme was “Every Vote Matters.” As part of BASF President Stephanie Skaff’s 2014 initiative, “It Starts With A Day,” BASF recruited 40 lawyers to volunteer to teach about the Voter’s Right Act at 20 high schools. Each volunteer went through a training to prepare for their role as “teacher for the day.”

Read the blog post about the volunteer event.

Co-Chairs: 
Rob Shives, Fujitsu North America, Inc.
Ann Nguyen, Phan, Nguyen & Associates
Monique Liburd, Google Inc.


 

Saturday, May 17: Log Cabin High School Garden Planting

Thank you to the 24 volunteers, including volunteer committee chairs Jeff Bornstein and Haywood Gilliam, who participated in the May 17 "It Starts With a Day" volunteer event at the Youth Guidance Center in La Honda, CA. Volunteers spent the day “Planting Futures” with the residents of Log Cabin Ranch (LCR), a court-ordered residential school.

The students at Log Cabin are adjudicated youth of the juvenile justice system and participate in a comprehensive program that not only educates, but provides the necessary therapeutic and vocational services so important in reducing future contacts within the juvenile justice system.

BASF President Stephanie Skaff, Judge Anne-Christine Massullo were among the volunteers; LCR staff and Juvenile Probation Chief Allen Nance participated as well.

Check out the volunteer pictures on BASF's page on Facebook.

Read the blog post about the event.

Read Eric Toscano's volunteer perspective about the event.

Co-Chairs:
Jeff Bornstein, K&L Gates 
Haywood Gilliam, Covington & Burling


Monday, October 27: School-To-College

Volunteers helped high school seniors navigate the college application process.

Co-Chairs:
Jeremiah Gordon, Google
Lee Marshall, Bryan Cave
Alexandra Vesalga, TrustE


Wednesday, November 5Service for Service: Service for Service

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) and The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) brought services to veterans and their families at a one-day clinic on November 5 at the Community Justice Court in San Francisco.

Co-Chairs:
Alfredo Véa, Law Offices of Alfredo Véa
Douglas Young, Farella Braun + Martel
Amy Weaver, Salesforce.com

Check out the volunteer pictures on The Justice & Diversity Center Pro Bono Legal Services Program page on Facebook.