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Lawyer Referral and Information Services Thanks Outgoing Committee Chair Phil Ward


By Carole Conn, Director of Public Service Programs, Lawyer Referral and Information Service


Phil WardThe Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) would like to formally thank and acknowledge the distinguished service of outgoing LRIS Oversight Committee Chair Phil Ward. At the end of December, Ward will step down as chair after three years in this role.

Ward was appointed chair in 2009 and has been at the helm to skillfully guide LRIS through its biggest transition in nearly 30 years when long-time LRIS Director Carol Woods retired in the spring of 2010. His in-depth knowledge of LRIS, unwavering commitment to its mission, and astute leadership have allowed for the traditional successes of LRIS to continue and thrive in new ways. Under his guidance, LRIS established the Military Law and Veteran’s Benefits Panel and launched the Military Assistance Program. The LRIS Court Programs have thrived and continue to be immensely valued by the court. In addition, his leadership on the committee has been instrumental during the economic downturn and
in the wake of the current court funding crisis.

Ward also had the distinct pleasure of getting the call this past fall about the largest settlement award ever reported by an LRIS panel member, and learning, to everyone’s surprise, that the attorneys on the case were his former apprentices in the City Attorney’s Office.

Before landing at Hassard Bonnington, Ward spent 14 years as a Deputy City Attorney where he happened to mentor LRIS Panelists Jerry Hurtubise and Gregory Winslow. They recently secured a $5.36M settlement against Muni.

“I want to help ensure that persons who would otherwise find it very difficult to access the civil and criminal justice systems can do so. LRIS stands for that. When LRIS is able to contribute financially to other BASF public interest programs, we’re doing good in so many different ways,” said Ward.

For nearly forty years, Ward has practiced as a civil litigator and appellate attorney. He also participates on the San Francisco Superior Court’s mediator panel and is a past recipient of BASF’s Award of Merit for his outstanding contributions and public service to BASF. LRIS looks forward to Ward’s continued presence on the committee and to the many ways in which he will continue to contribute.

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