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Introducing the Volunteer Legal Services Program's New Management Team


November 7, 2011 – San Francisco - In conjunction with the merger of the BASF Foundation into VLSP, VLSP has developed a new leadership structure that will ensure the organization moves forward strongly. Teresa Friend, Director/Managing Attorney of VLSP’s Homeless Advocacy Project, and Mairi McKeever, Director/Managing Attorney of VLSP’s projects based in the downtown office, now report directly to Dan Burkhardt, Executive Director of BASF and VLSP.  As Directors, Friend and McKeever are working closely with Burkhardt, board members, other non-profit leaders, and the courts, as well as with funders, to ensure that VLSP projects are responsive to the emerging needs of San Francisco’s low-income communities and to provide attorneys with diverse and interesting pro bono opportunities.    

Friend and McKeever are no strangers to VLSP. Friend has managed VLSP's Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) for 18 years.  A Boalt Hall graduate, she was in private practice for nine years before joining VLSP.  McKeever, a Hastings graduate, joined VLSP in 2003, after having worked for seven years at another San Francisco non-profit.  Burkhardt, also a Boalt graduate, joined BASF in 2003 and has been the Executive Director and General Counsel of BASF and the BASF Foundation since 2007 and was named Executive Director of VLSP in June 2011.

Rounding out the VLSP management team are Katie Danielson and Andrea Fitanides, who report to Friend and McKeever, respectively.  Danielson, a graduate of New College Law School and the Senior Supervising Attorney at HAP, joined VLSP in 2002.  She will take on responsibilities with volunteer and donor relationships, in addition to her continued work with HAP clients and supervising HAP projects. 

Fitanides, a Boalt Hall graduate, has been working with VLSP as a Supervising Attorney since 2008, after a stint at a large law firm.  She will take on an increased role with law firm and donor relationships and be the point person for all volunteers as VLSP’s Pro Bono Manager. 

Burkhardt, Friend, McKeever, Danielson, and Fitanides will also work to develop and maintain relationships with funders, the legal community, and other stakeholders, ensuring that VLSP remains on the cutting edge of the provision of legal services.   

VLSP’s projects provide legal assistance to nearly 8,000 low-income and homeless individuals each year with the help of volunteers.  With its new management team in place, those projects will remain intact and VLSP is well-positioned to provide much-needed services to our community.  “Mairi, Teresa, Katie, and Andrea bring great experience and talent to our team.  We are very fortunate to have them at VLSP, and I am delighted that I have the privilege of working with them.  Due in no small measure to their energy and commitment, VLSP can look forward to a bright future,” said Burkhardt.

To learn more about VLSP’s work and how to get involved, please visit us at or email us at

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

Questions about media relations, BASF issues currently in the news, San Francisco Attorney magazine, marketing and communications:

Ann Murphy, Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8792

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Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8104