Our Firm has a strong commitment to pro bono representation. Regardless of who we are representing, from a large class to disadvantaged individuals facing difficult legal circumstances, we bring the same energy, passion, and successful strategies to bear for which the Firm has been well-recognized.
We frequently work with the Northern District of California’s Federal Pro Bono Project, which operates in conjunction with the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice and Diversity Center (JDC). Among other activities, the JDC provides pro bono services to underserved San Francisco residents and communities, and the organizations that serve them. Their services are provided through volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law students, college students, social workers, and other qualified professionals. Its staff and volunteers assist thousands of clients with legal consultation and representation in nearly every area of civil law.
To be referred for placement with a pro bono attorney, the Court issues an order asking FPBP to identify counsel. A litigant must be representing themselves, lack the resources to retain counsel, and have a case that warrants pro bono legal representation. Many cases involve federal civil rights violations. Appointments may be for full-scope representation for the duration of a case or for limited purposes, e.g., representation at a settlement conference or hearing on a motion to dismiss.
Many of our attorneys donate their time to this beneficial project. Partner Steven Williams was recognized by the JDC in 2019 as an “Outstanding Volunteer.” And our pro bono team has attended JDC events.
Some of our current pro bono cases
Improper Medical Care of a Prisoner: Representing a prisoner alleging that prison medical personnel and officials were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (deprivation of rights) and the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution (cruel and unusual punishment). Plaintiff alleges Defendants deprived him of medication and care to treat his serious and debilitating conditions, with full knowledge that this lack of treatment would cause Plaintiff to suffer further debilitating and unnecessary pain. This alleged conduct violated Plaintiff’s Constitutional rights and was also in retaliation for Plaintiff raising concerns over the healthcare provided to him in the California State prison system.
Wrongful Termination: Representing Plaintiff in a wrongful termination matter against a multinational corporation who alleges that he was wrongfully discharged because of his race.
Excessive Force and Search and Seizure: Representing Plaintiff in a lawsuit asserting both federal and state causes of actions against federal and state defendants, seeking civil recovery for alleged violations of the Plaintiff’s Constitutional rights by Defendants. Plaintiff asserts, among other claims, violations of his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures, and the use of excessive force.
Wrongful Foreclosure: Representing (limited scope) a couple claiming a Defendant bank wrongfully foreclosed on their property. Specifically, Plaintiffs allege that Defendant, the legal property owner, failed to give them adequate opportunity to make up for missed payments. Plaintiffs also allege Defendant failed to give proper notice regarding its foreclosure and failed to properly communicate to Plaintiffs regarding correcting their outstanding mortgage payments and entering into a loan modification. The suit alleges that Defendant violated Plaintiffs’ Constitutional due process rights (14th Amendment), among other violations. Plaintiffs seek a Court order quieting title, injunctive relief, monetary damages, and other relief.