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Justice & Diversity Center Honors Outstanding Volunteers 

March 22, 2017 -- San Francisco -- The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) celebrated its top volunteers at its annual Outstanding Volunteer Celebration on March 21. The event also commemorated the 40th anniversary of JDC, which was founded in 1977.

With volunteer assistance, JDC provides legal representation, and related social services, to over 9,000 low-income clients a year. Volunteers also help JDC give 700 students counseling, coaching and mentoring in efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession.

More than 200 people attended the event, held at The Green Room in San Francisco. JDC honored volunteers of its Pro Bono Legal Services, Homeless Advocacy Project and Diversity Educational Programs.
Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye greeted awardees and provided inspirational remarks at the awards ceremony. 

JDC Board President Merri Baldwin, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, also made remarks and congratulated awardees.

JDC honored the top 15 percent of its 2016 volunteers with Outstanding Volunteer Certificates. JDC also recognized two individual volunteers, two law firms and a corporate legal department with special awards. 

JDC presented the 2016 Housing Justice Award to Lindsay Cooper, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, for her dedication to fairness for low-income tenants facing eviction.

Sucherman Insalaco LLP received the 2016 James P. Preovolos Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Services in Family Law. Michelene Insalaco and Staci Lambright, both attorneys with the firm, assisted with a particularly compelling and difficult family law case.

JDC honored social worker Javonne Gwinn with the 2016 Community Service Award, for her commitment to volunteering with JDC at its Legal Advice and Referral Clinic.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton received the 2016 Outstanding Law Firm in Public Service Award for its increased pro bono support of a number of JDC’s Legal Service programs.

JDC gave the 2016 Outstanding Corporation Award to Dolby Laboratories to honor its legal department for its commitment to pro bono service.

Photos from the event will be posted to JDC's page on Facebook soon.

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of attorneys, law students, and legal professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF enjoys the support of more than 7,300 individuals, law firms, corporate legal departments, and law schools. Through its board of directors, its committees, and its volunteer legal services programs and other community efforts, BASF has worked actively to promote and achieve equal justice for all and oppose discrimination in all its forms, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on race, sex, disability, and sexual orientation. BASF provides a collective voice for public advocacy, advances professional growth and education, and attempts to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, and respect in the practice of law.

The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) advances fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession. JDC is the largest legal services providers in San Francisco. JDC’s primary purpose is the delivery of free legal services to low-income San Franciscans, as well as the non-profits that serve them. JDC delivers free legal services through its  Legal Services Programs  division, which consists of the Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Homeless Advocacy Project, and the Immigration Program. JDC provides enrichment programs to diverse youth and young adults through its Diversity Educational Programs.  JDC’s programs serve approximately 9,500 disadvantaged San Franciscans a year, with the overarching goal of assisting the community’s most vulnerable members with accessing the judicial system and strengthening their personal, professional, and economic security.