LAAW 2021 Justice Rising Program Book

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Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. —Maya Angelou

WELCOME Dear Colleagues and Friends, Tonight, we are pleased to welcome you as we recognize JUSTICE RISING and the remarkable resilience and accomplishments of our staff and our clients throughout the pandemic. Over the many decades since its founding, our organization has served marginalized members of our community and yet the pandemic has tested our capacity to meet critical needs more than any other event in Legal Aid at Work’s long history. Because of your generous support, we were able to step up our services as we worked remotely throughout the state to assist thousands of essential workers who sought our help. As you know, our low-wage working clients and their families bore the brunt of COVID-19 as they became ill or died, lost jobs and wages, worked under hazardous conditions, cared for sick relatives, schooled their children, and turned to public safety net programs that often were not there for them. The pandemic threw our clients into the spotlight — highlighting the inequities in our health care system, deficiencies in our income protection programs, and significant gaps in our workplace protections. With the arrival of the vaccine and the cautious lifting of restrictions, many of us can begin to imagine our lives slowly returning to what they once were. But, that is not the case for many of our clients who will suffer the “long haul” consequences of the virus — financially, medically, psychologically, and socially — for years to come. As a result, our work must and will continue long after the pandemic fades from view. Our program will speak to the courage and struggles of our clients and the weight of their cause. Our distinguished speaker Attorney General Rob Bonta, our revered honoree Professor Gerald P. López, and our special guest and iconic artist Margo Hall: All have advocated for social justice in their respective spheres — the legislature, the classroom, and on the stage — and we are privileged to have them share their voices with us. Thank you again for being in our company. Warmly,

Ellen Friedman Chair of the Board of Directors

Joan M. Graff President



J. Bernard Alexander, III and Supreeta Sampath Program Hosts and Members of the Board of Directors

The Expansion of the Workers’ Rights Clinic: Ontario

THE WORDS OF THURGOOD MARSHALL Margo Hall Actor, Director and Artistic Director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

PRESENTATION OF THE CURRENT WORK OF LEGAL AID AT WORK Sharon Terman Senior Staff Attorney and Director of the Work and Family Program

VIDEO The Expansion of the Workers’ Rights Clinic: Antioch

KEYNOTE ADDRESS Rob Bonta Attorney General of California Introduced by Matthew Goldberg Special Assistant to the Attorney General


2021 MATHEW O. TOBRINER PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD Gerald P. López Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles Presented by Martha Gómez Attorney, Department of Fair Employment and Housing

VIDEO Erik Jimenez Rodriguez Former Workers’ Rights Clinic Student and Incoming FAIR Fellow

CLOSING REMARKS Joan Graff President





PARTNERS Chevron Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP Kirkland & Ellis LLP

PACESETTERS Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, PC Bryan Schwartz Law

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Wells Fargo & Company

Ropes & Gray LLP Sixth Street

Vinson & Elkins LLP Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

BENEFACTORS Farella Braun + Martel LLP Gilead Sciences, Inc. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Listings as of June 21, 2021


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS PATRONS Altshuler Berzon LLP Covington & Burling LLP Crowell & Moring Fenwick & West LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Hemming Morse, LLP Jones Clifford, LLP Leonard Carder, LLP

Minami Tamaki LLP Morrison & Foerster LLP O’Melveny & Myers LLP Outten & Golden, LLP

Hunter Pyle Law Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP

Sidley Austin LLP Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP White & Case LLP Zelle LLP

Cohelan Khoury & Singer DLA Piper LLP Durie Tangri LLP Epiq Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow

Folger Levin LLP Fox Rothschild LLP Friedman & Springwater LLP Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho Hanson Bridgett LLP JAMS

King & Spalding LLP Lang, Richert & Patch Lichten & Liss-Riordan P.C. Mora Employment Law Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll

Nichols Kaster, PLLP Perkins Coie LLP Reed Smith LLP Robins Kaplan LLP Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

Craig Corbitt and Nancy Stoltz Bob and Ruth Dell Catherine L. Fisk and Erwin Chemerinsky Joan Messing Graff Wilmer J. Harris William Hebert and Lori Schechter

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. Kantor & Kantor, LLP KPMG LLP The Liu Law Firm, P.C. Matern Law Group Samuel R. Miller and Maude Pervere

Minnis & Smallets LLP Law Offices of Jeremy Pasternak, A.P.C. Joshua and Jennifer Peck Jennifer R. Rhodes Roberts Disability Law Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP

Beth A. Ross and Laura Trupin The Sampath Law Firm Nate and Traci Shafroth Shartsis Friese LLP Hon. Thomas F. Smegal, Jr. (Ret.) Swanson & McNamara LLP Steve Zieff and Elaine Leitner

Patrick and Gwen Mahoney Kurt and Suzanne Melchior Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP

Rust Consulting and Kinsella Media Aaron M. Sheanin

TONG LAW The Honorable John M. True, III (Ret.)

SUPPORTERS Andrus Anderson LLP Berman Tabacco Eileen M. Bissen & Stephen M. Siptroth Bohbot & Riles, PC California Teachers Association

CHALLENGERS Alexander Morrison + Fehr, LLP Richard Beal, Andrea Biren and A & R Advisory Services LLC Beeson, Tayer & Bodine, APC and Dale Brodsky Eric P. Brown Madeline Chun and John Farnkopf Gary Cohen and Liz Nichols

ADVOCATES Listings as of June 21, 2021

Beneficial State Bank Equal Justice Society Engineers & Scientists of California Pauline T. Kim and Local 20 K. Philip Lee, M.D.

SPOTLIGHT PROFILES The following sponsors have taken a lead role in supporting Legal Aid at Work’s programs and services. We are honored to recognize these firms and their achievements.

LEADER SPONSOR Described by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs firms,” Lieff Cabraser is a 110-plus attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, Nashville, and Munich. We have been committed to seeking justice for the injured, victims of fraud, whistleblowers, employees, and investors in the Bay Area and internationally for over forty-five years. Lieff Cabraser litigates significant employment class action lawsuits, including gender and race discrimination cases against Fortune 100 companies and other firms; overtime pay lawsuits on behalf of hourly and entry-level professionals; ERISA claims on behalf of employees and retirees for pension plan abuses; and ground-breaking class action lawsuits like those filed against Apple, Google, Intel, and others challenging collusive recruiting practices that restrict worker mobility and suppress pay. We also represent employee whistleblowers who challenge wrongdoing by their employers. The firm’s whistleblower cases have challenged a wide variety of government fraud, including overcharges to Medicare, military units, and federally-funded education programs. Our lawyers are committed to fighting for the rights of employees in California and nationwide. We strive to make lasting change in company practices while also remedying the harms suffered by our clients. We are proud to have assisted our clients in ensuring that their employers implement hiring, pay, promotion, and evaluation practices that are fair and transparent across all variety of industries and all levels of employment.

SPOTLIGHT PROFILES FOUNDERS Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley has 1,200 lawyers across 17 offices in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. At the epicenter of Silicon Valley, the Palo Alto office represents leading Northern California and international technology and life sciences companies, private equity firms and financial institutions. The firm’s attorneys believe in using their skills and passions to serve low-income communities, fight against injustice, preserve access to the courts, and enforce the rule of law. Simpson Thacher provides legal services to poor and vulnerable communities, nonprofits and fledgling small businesses, and major initiatives that focused on preservation of the environment, adequate education and civil and human rights.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide. Our clients range from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. Our commitment to the community includes becoming a more environmentally sustainable organization and the contribution of pro bono legal services, volunteer service activities, and financial support to nonprofit organizations through the Wilson Sonsini Foundation. Established in 1990, the Wilson Sonsini Foundation provides a vehicle for the firm’s members to make financial contributions to the community.

SPOTLIGHT PROFILES VISIONARY Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

SPOTLIGHT PROFILES PARTNERS Chevron has always put people at the center of the energy conversation. Because we understand that the well-being of people everywhere depends on energy. Energy that is affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner. Learn more at

Cleary Gottlieb is a pioneer in globalizing the legal profession. Founded by seven lawyers in 1946, our firm has grown to over 1,100 lawyers from more than 50 countries, working across practices, industries, jurisdictions and continents to provide clients with simple, actionable approaches to their most complex legal and business challenges, whether domestic or international. We support every client relationship with intellectual agility, commercial acumen and a human touch, and have a proven track record for serving with innovation.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP is a 100-lawyer law firm based in San Francisco, California. For more than 40 years, the firm has litigated complex, high-stakes civil and criminal cases throughout the United States. We take the cases where companies, products, and careers are riding on the result. Our clients are high-profile individuals, as well as some of the world’s most successful companies, including Facebook, Google, Genentech, Lyft, Major League Baseball and Qualcomm.

Kirkland is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel, with the goals of improving lives, bettering communities and deepening our attorneys’ professional experience. Kirkland attorneys at all levels pursue pro bono matters dealing with a variety of issues such as immigration, disability rights, civil rights, prisoner rights, death penalty cases and criminal appeals, guardianship, veterans’ benefits, and the representation of nonprofit organizations, among other areas. In 2020, Kirkland attorneys devoted more than 139,000 hours of free legal service to pro bono clients. Learn more about Kirkland’s commitment to pro bono at

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Rob Bonta Attorney General of California

On April 23, 2021, Rob Bonta was sworn in as the 34th Attorney General of the State of California, the first person of Filipino descent and the second Asian-American to occupy the position. Attorney General Bonta’s passion for justice and fairness was instilled in him by his parents, who served on the frontlines of some of America’s most important social justice movements. Instilling in him the lessons they learned from the United Farm Workers and the civil rights movement, Attorney General Bonta’s parents lit a fire inside him to fight against injustice — to stand up for those who are taken advantage of or harmed. It’s why he decided to become a lawyer — to help right historic wrongs and fight for people who have been harmed. He worked his way through college and graduated with honors from Yale University and attended Yale Law School. In the State Assembly, Attorney General Bonta enacted nation-leading reforms to inject more justice and fairness into government and institutions. As the People’s Attorney, he sees seeking accountability from those who abuse their power and harm others as one of the most important functions of the job. In elected office, he has taken on powerful interests and advanced systemic change — pursuing corporate accountability, standing up for workers, punishing big polluters, and fighting racial injustice. He has been a national leader in the fight to transform the criminal justice system, banning private prisons and detention facilities in California, as well as pushing to eliminate cash bail in the state. He has led statewide fights for racial, economic, and environmental justice and worked to further the rights of immigrant families, renters, and working Californians. Prior to serving in the Assembly, Attorney General Bonta worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the City and County and its employees, and fought to protect Californians from exploitation and racial profiling. Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Attorney General Bonta immigrated to California with his family as an infant. He is the son of a proud native Filipino mother and a father who taught him the value of public service to his community. He is married to Mia Bonta, and they are the proud parents of three children Reina, Iliana, and Andres, as well as their dog Legolas.


2021 MATHEW O. TOBRINER PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD Gerald P. López Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles, and Co-Founder of the Rebellious Lawyering Institute

In 1975, with Tom Adler, Roy Cazares and Napoleon Jones, Gerald P. López formed a radical storefront law firm in San Diego. From 1985 to 1994, he helped launch the Lawyering for Social Change Concentration at Stanford University. In 2003, he founded the Center for Community Problem Solving in New York City. He has served on the law faculties of NYU, Stanford, Harvard, California Western, and UCLA. López’s practice, teaching, and writing express what his 1992 book calls Rebellious Lawyering — One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Practice. Aiming to supplant the top-down, experts-rule practice dominant across professions and social life, López insists lawyers can and should work with clients, communities, and movements as co-eminent problem-solving practitioners — as collaborating equals confronting tiny to huge challenges through relationships and strategies prefiguring the very transformed world they aim to achieve. In all his work, López aims to describe the realities of life governed by White Supremacist and authoritarian regimes (across the globe and within constitutional democracies), the experiences of those communities targeted as genetically and culturally sub-human (by the bipartisan mainstream as much as by the far right), and the capacity of these subordinated communities to cope, resist, and occasionally alter life. If we can come to appreciate that everyone can teach us, López has stressed, we can always find others — from nearby to afar — demonstrating that we can stand up to and sometimes take down godlike bullies and invincible networks. We can always discover people and coalitions embodying the radically egalitarian and accountable life that otherwise can feel hopelessly beyond our reach. López’s rebellious vision has inspired many to fundamentally alter lawyering and legal education — and the institutional structures and cultures shaping life — in the United States, Australia, India, Scotland, Bangladesh, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Haiti, Guatemala, the UK, and across transnational communities.

ABOUT THE MATHEW O. TOBRINER PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD Justice Mathew O. Tobriner was revered as a legal scholar and humanitarian who did not hesitate to speak out on behalf of disadvantaged and marginalized people. He expressed the fundamental principle that, “Whatever hardship poverty may cause in society generally, the judicial process must make itself available to the indigent; it must free itself of the sanctions born of financial inability.” Justice Tobriner gave life to those words while serving as a longtime member of our Board of Directors and, for a term, as its president. In memory of Justice Tobriner, Legal Aid at Work pays annual tribute to individuals who have made extraordinary efforts to assist the most vulnerable members of our community and to strengthen the principle of equal access to justice.

“The core of a free and democratic society lies in full and equal access to the courts.” — The late Honorable Mathew O. Tobriner Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, 1962–1982 President, Board of Directors, Legal Aid at Work, 1961–1963


Bill Ong Hing

Elizabeth J. Cabraser

Shauna I. Marshall

2007 Guo Jianmei

Prudence Poppink

Miguel A. Méndez

Robin R. Runge

Brad Seligman 2001 Drucilla Stender Ramey 2002 Dale Minami 2003 Margalynne Armstrong Markita D. Cooper Constance de la Vega Angela P. Harris

2004 Dolores Huerta 2005 Sheila Kuehl 2006 The Honorable Ronald M. George

Esta Soler 2008 Col. William A. Gunn, U.S. (Ret.) 2009 Richard W. Odgers 2010 Therese M. Stewart

2011 The Honorable Carlos R. Moreno (Ret.)

2016 George Takei

2012 Belva Davis

2017 The Honorable Thelton E. Henderson

2013 José R. Padilla

2018 Saru Jayaraman

2014 Diane “Dee” Mosbacher, MD, PhD

2019 Julie A. Su

Nanette Gartrell, MD 2015 Eva Paterson

2020 Alicia Garza


FEATURED PERFORMER Margo Hall Actor, Director and Artistic Director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Margo Hall is an award-winning actor, director, playwright, and educator, has been a leading performer and director in the Bay Area for over 30 years. She was recently awarded the 2021 Kenneth Rainin Fellowship in Theater, and listed as one of the YBCA 100 honorees and in 2018 she was awarded Jerry Friedman Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Francisco Theatre Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Recently appointed Artistic Director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theater of San Francisco, she is the first female Artistic Director of the theatre named for the trailblazing Black female writer of A Raisin in The Sun. Hall’s film credits includes Blindspotting with Daveed Diggs, the Netflix film All Day and A Night, and Pixar’s Soul as the voice of Aunt Melba.

ABOUT US OUR MISSION We protect and expand the rights of low-wage workers, their families, and communities.

THE PEOPLE WE SERVE We stand alongside our clients in challenging unlawful, abusive, and intimidating practices at work and in the community. Many of these practices are rooted in structural racism and oppression of people of color. Our clients include undocumented immigrants, people of color, those with limited-English proficiency, survivors of domestic violence, caregivers, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, pregnant women, new parents and working families, military veterans, and people with disabilities.

HOW WE WORK We offer legal advice and counseling services through statewide clinics, medical-legal partnerships, and helplines. We file lawsuits and administrative actions to enforce labor, employment, and civil rights. We conduct trainings of workers and legal advocates and disseminate practical but comprehensive legal information online. And we advocate for local, state, and national policies that strengthen the rights of low-wage workers and their families.

ABOUT US OUR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS The National Origin and Immigrants’ Rights Program advances fair and equal treatment for all workers regardless of their place of origin or immigration status. The Wage Protection Program brings economic security to our clients and their families as they struggle against rampant wage theft and, in some cases, forced labor. The Work and Family Program ensures that workers can care for themselves and their loved ones without risking their economic livelihoods. The Gender Equity and LGBTQ Rights Program combats sex-based discrimination, harassment, and domestic and sexual violence while advancing the rights of women and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or non-binary. Project SURVIVE works to break the cycle of violence and poverty for survivors of domestic violence and their children by empowering them to exercise their right to stay safe while maintaining basic economic security. The Racial Economic Justice Program advocates for and with workers who encounter barriers to employment and at work resulting from centuries of overt, implicit, and structural exclusion on account of their race or color. The Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project promotes the health, educational achievement, and future employment opportunities of girls from low-income communities. The Disability Rights Program enables persons with disabilities to participate fully in work, schools, and life in their communities. The Workers’ Rights Clinic operates 14 clinic sites around the State and serves as a point of entry and assistance for the thousands of low-wage workers we provide advice and counsel to each year.


We successfully championed legislation (SB 1383) which gives six million more Californians who work for small and mid-sized employers the right to take family medical leave without fear of being fired. The newly eligible workers are disproportionately low-wage workers and workers of color.


We and co-counsel at the Impact Fund obtained a $150,000 settlement for a transgender police officer in San Francisco who was repeatedly misgendered and harassed on the job. The settlement also provides for significant reforms to better protect all nonbinary and transgender workers at SFPD.


Our appellate advocacy helped convince the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to protect undocumented workers from exploitation and abuse. The Court ruled that undocumented workers are not categorically excluded from key employment law protections simply because of their immigration status.


We represented a Black, Muslim construction worker who had been called the N-word and been repeatedly mocked on the job because of his religion fight back against egregious workplace harassment. We helped this worker reach a significant settlement, which included not only financial compensation for himself, but also changes to the way the employer operated in order to help others in the workplace as well.


We successfully represented a Latinx warehouse worker who had been fired after asking for a modified work schedule so he could receive lifesaving dialysis treatment. We helped the client get his job back and all of the pay he had been wrongfully denied when the employer prohibited him from working.


Along with 100+ organizations across California who make up the Safety Net for All Coalition, we successfully advocated for the first-in-the Nation $75M Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Program to help undocumented workers affected by COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund provided life-line payments of up to $500 per person or $1,000 per household for those who experienced hardship as a result of the pandemic.


Continuing our decades-long commitment to meeting workers where they are,we launched our 13th and 14th Workers’ Rights Clinic sites in the rapidly changing communities of Antioch (in East Contra Costa County) and Ontario (in San Bernardino County). Each year, our statewide network of clinics and helplines serves over 3,000 vulnerable low-wage workers throughout California.


As a social justice organization, our work is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination at work, at school, and in their communities. Structural and systemic racism — with the oppression of Black and Indigenous people at its core — and other forms of injustice shape the society and the civic, political and legal systems in which we work and live. All systems of oppression are interlocking and their impacts are compounded based on disability, ethnicity, gender identity, immigration status, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other grounds. We, as products of this society, hold and exhibit biases that affect our everyday decisions and interactions. Those with greater power and privilege have greater responsibility to dismantle systems of oppression from which they benefit. Unless we affirmatively counteract our biases, we enable and further these systems of oppression. As the staff of Legal Aid at Work, we commit to: n

work personally and collectively to un-learn and challenge these systems of oppression;


sit in discomfort, accept critical feedback, and grow;


develop and nurture an organizational culture that will dismantle systems of oppression and uplift the leadership of people from underrepresented communities;


create a workplace that is truly equitable and inclusive, in which all staff can bring their full and authentic selves to the office and excel;


center racial justice within the work of all aspects of our organization;


build and maintain genuine and equitable partnerships with communities we serve and respectfully ask to be held accountable by those partners; and


form equitable client relationships that honor our clients’ lived experiences, are responsive to our clients’ needs, and value their goals.

2021 BOARD SERVICE AWARDS This year, Legal Aid at Work is pleased to announce three sets of awards to recognize the outstanding contributions from Board members, the Distinguished Service Award, Meritorious Service Awards, and the Chair’s Award.



The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to one board member who has tirelessly devoted longterm outstanding service to Legal Aid at Work and who has worked to advance the core principle of providing access to justice.

The Chair’s Award will be given, on occasion, to a current or former Board member who through singular service or an exceptionally meaningful gift of resources, expertise or leadership has aided and inspired the advancement of Legal Aid at Work’s mission.

Lisa van Krieken

Mary Jo C. Shartsis (In Memoriam)

Folger Levin LLP

Shartsis Friese LLP

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARDS The Meritorious Service Award is given to a board member who has consistently and meaningfully contributed his or her time and energies to advancing Legal Aid at Work over a period of years. This award recognizes those many contributions necessary to the continued success of the organization, including, by way of example, litigation and litigation support, finance, marketing, fundraising, operations, technology consulting, legal advice, and the provision of continuing education to staff members.

James H. Abrams Fox Rothchild LLP

Aaron Kaufmann

Leonard Carder, LLP

Elizabeth L. Riles Bohbot & Riles, PC

Steven G. Zieff

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Christopher T. Micheletti Zelle LLP, Co-Chair Joshua Peck Sixth Street, Co-Chair Aelish M. Baig Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, Event Co-Chair Supreeta Sampath The Sampath Law Firm, Event Co-Chair Jennie Lee Anderson Andrus Anderson LLP Michael B. Dell Shartsis Friese LLP

JUSTICE RISING PRODUCTION William N. Hebert Christopher T. Heffelfinger Berman Tabacco Daniel J. Herling Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Richard R. Patch Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP Jahan C. Sagafi Outen & Golden LLP Sean Tamura-Sato Minami Tamaki LLP

EVENT PRODUCER Deirdre Hallman Events GRAPHIC DESIGNER Ison Design LIVESTREAM PRODUCER Transcend Streaming VIDEO PRODUCER Torres Studios

BOARD OF DIRECTORS We are grateful for the guidance and support of these wise and generous members of our legal community. OFFICERS


Ellen A. Friedman Friedman & Springwater LLP, Chair

J. Bernard Alexander, III Alexander Morrison + Fehr, LLP

Linda M. Dardarian Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho

Felicia Gilbert Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP

Annette P. Carnegie Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Chair-Elect

Jennie Lee Anderson Andrus Anderson LLP

Michael B. Dell Shartsis Friese LLP

Kenneth L. Guernsey Cooley LLP

Elizabeth J. Cabraser Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Vice Chair Laurence F. Pulgram Fenwick & West LLP, Vice Chair James M. Finberg Altshuler Berzon LLP, Secretary James H. Abrams Fox Rothschild LLP, Treasurer

Aelish M. Baig Hon. Robert L. Dondero (Ret.) Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP JAMS Na’il Benjamin Benjamin Law Group, P.C. Amy L. Bomse Rogers Joseph O’Donnell P.C. Sara B. Brody Sidley Austin LLP Eric P. Brown Tides Madeline Chun Hanson Bridgett LLP Craig C. Corbitt Corbitt Law Office

Daniel Feinberg Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP Scott A. Fink (Ret.) Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Amanda Guzmán Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation Wilmer J. Harris Schonbrun Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP William N. Hebert

Catherine L. Fisk UC Berkeley School of Law

Christopher T. Heffelfinger Berman Tabacco

John P. Flynn Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Daniel J. Herling Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

John R. Foote (Ret.) Nixon Peabody LLP Harrison “Buzz” Frahn Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Matthew S. Kahn Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP continued

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Aaron Kaufmann Leonard Carder, LLP

Rachael E. Meny Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Rosemarie T. Ring Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Luann L. Simmons O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Joshua G. Konecky Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP

Christopher T. Micheletti Zelle LLP

Michelle L. Roberts Roberts Disability Law

Michael D. Singer Cohelan Khoury & Singer

Samuel R. Miller (Ret.) Sidley Austin LLP

Jahan C. Sagafi Outten & Golden LLP

The Honorable Thomas F. Smegal, Jr. (Ret.)

Warrington Parker Crowell & Moring LLP

Stanley D. Saltzman Marlin & Saltzman, LLP

Charles J. Stevens Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Richard R. Patch Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Supreeta Sampath The Sampath Law Firm

Kirt Switzer Latham & Watkins LLP

Joshua Peck Sixth Street

Bryan Schwartz Bryan Schwartz Law

Quyen L. Ta King & Spalding LLP

Sarah E. Piepmeier Perkins Coie LLP

Tessa J. Schwartz Morrison & Foerster LLP

Sean Tamura-Sato Minami Tamaki LLP

Jennifer J. Rhodes Angion Biomedica Corp.

Nathan E. Shafroth Covington & Burling LLP

Lisa McCabe van Krieken Folger Levin LLP

Elizabeth L. Riles Bohbot & Riles, PC

Aaron M. Sheanin Robins Kaplan LLP

Steven G. Zieff Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP

Raghav R. Krishnapriyan Durie Tangri LLP Dolores Y. Leal Allred Maroko & Goldberg Barry S. Levin Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Steven R. Lowenthal Farella Braun + Martel LLP Jason Marsili Rosen Marsili Rapp LLP Louise M. McCabe Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP Alicia M. McKnight Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

STAFF The staff members of Legal Aid at Work are leaders in their areas of specialization, and many are also bilingual. They advocate tirelessly to strengthen civil and employment rights. Joan Messing Graff President

ATTORNEYS Swaaliha Abdul-Rahman Legal Fellow Wage Protection Program Laura Alvarenga Scalia FAIR Fellow Alexis Alvarez Senior Staff Attorney Disability Rights Program Alexx Campbell Staff Attorney Wage Protection Program Nora Cassidy Attorney Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights Program

DeCarol Davis Program Director Community Legal Services Program Marisa Díaz Senior Staff Attorney National Origin & Immigrants’ Rights Program

Elizabeth Kristen Program Director Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights Program Rachael Langston Senior Staff Attorney Disability Rights Program

Diana Fabian-Gutierrez Legal Fellow Work & Family Program

Jared Odessky Skadden Fellow Gender Equity & LGBT Rights

Michael Gaitley Senior Staff Attorney Community Legal Services Program

Kim Ouillette Attorney Wage Protection Program

Christopher Ho Program Director National Origin & Immigrants’ Rights Program

Julia Parish Senior Staff Attorney Work & Family Program

Jinny Kim Program Director Disability Rights Program

Maria Tapia Hernandez Staff Attorney Community Legal Services Program

Sharon Terman Program Director Work & Family Program Kim Turner Senior Staff Attorney & Project Director Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights Program Stacy Villalobos Interim Program Director Racial Economic Justice Program George Warner Staff Attorney Wage Protection Program Katherine Wutchiett Staff Attorney Work & Family Program


STAFF PROGRAM SERVICES Jessica Barrangan Carmona Central Valley Organizer Linda Centeno Work and Family Program Advocate Katie Dixon Fair Chance Community Rights Organizer

DEVELOPMENT & EXTERNAL RELATIONS Kevin Clune Vice President of Strategy Kevin Dolan Development Associate Steve Heimerle Assistant Director of Development

Aldo Esparza Paralegal

Cynthia Hutchison Development Assistant

Tishon Smith Senior Paralegal

Greg Medley Senior Development Associate

Valerie Sprague Paralegal

Madeline Rowell Grants & Impact Assessment Specialist

King Szeto Senior Language Access Coordinator Brisa Velazquez Oatis Community Legal Services Outreach Coordinator



Howard Chen Chief Operating Officer

Robert E. Borton

BreAnna Crawford Operations Associate Ana Flores Senior Intake Specialist/ Receptionist Ian Huang Human Resources & Accounting Manager Galina Khunis Senior Accounting Manager Scott Neilson Operations & Technology Manager

Henry Hewitt Cacilia Kim Ruth Silver Taube Daniela Urban Honorable Joseph R. Grodin (Ret.)

ROBERT M. DELL STUDENT ADVOCATES The Robert M. Dell Student Advocates are generously funded by the partners of Latham & Watkins LLP. Allison Aaronson Stanford Law School

Sydney Jordan Stanford Law School

Tulio Ospina UC Berkeley School of Law

Alex Allam UC Hastings College of the Law

Sam Leff UC Irvine School of Law

Caroline Perris UC Davis School of Law

Renato Flores University of San Francisco School of Law

Ezera Miller-Walfish UC Davis School of Law

Angelique Rael Tulane University Law School

Janani Natarajan LMU Loyola Law School

Mari Tanabe UC Berkeley School of Law

Monica Gibbons UCLA School of Law

WORKERS’ RIGHTS CLINIC Volunteers are vital to the workings of our Workers’ Rights, Wage Claim, and Disability Rights clinics. These clinic counselors, supervising and volunteer attorneys, clinic directors, and legal advocates help our clinics serve thousands of people across California each year, for free. San Francisco


Founded 1988

Founded 2014

East Palo Alto


Pablo Colmenares

Barbara Giuffre


Galen Ages

Laura Davila

Lindsay Gold

Founded 2015

Founded 1995

Bernard Alexander

Adrianne De Castro

Autumn Gonzalez



Keia Atkinson

Gurdeep Dhaliwal

Prof. Miye Goishi

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PER ATTORNEY GIVING For decades, law firms have measured their donations by the number of lawyers in their local offices multiplied by a standard hourly rate* — referred to as per attorney giving. These gifts remain foundational to our ability to serve low-wage workers and their families. We are grateful to those firms that honor this tradition. Through their gifts to the 2020 Annual Fund, they allow us the privilege of Putting Justice to Work. * Currently $300 per hour

“One billable hour, per attorney, per year. In perspective, it’s less than 0.06% of the billable hours most private firms collect. But when all firms hit that benchmark, it can make a huge difference in the resources dedicated to equal justice for all of our community.” — Laurence F. Pulgram, Fenwick & West LLP

Law Offices of Richard M. Pearl

Latham & Watkins is proud to support

Legal Aid at Work’s 105th Anniversary 2021 Event “Justice Rising” Celebrating Gerald P. López as the Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award recipient

Munger, Tolles & Olson is proud to support

in its continued dedication to social justice and its firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination at work, at school and in their communities.


Pillsbury is proud to sponsor Legal Aid at Work’s Justice Rising 105th Anniversary Celebration.

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RECOVERING ASSETS REFORMING BUSINESS RESTORING CONFIDENCE Robbins Geller proudly supports Legal Aid at Work and its mission in enforcing and strengthening workers’ rights.

Farella proudly supports Legal Aid at Work and its fight for justice in the workplace. Congratulations to Gerald P. López, 2021 Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award honoree.

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Making an Impact Sixth Street is proud to support Legal Aid at Work as it con�nues to put jus�ce to work.

Champions for Justice Vinson & Elkins is proud to support Legal Aid at Work’s Justice Rising event and applaud 105 years of commitment to equality of justice. We are inspired by and share your passion for pro bono service to the community.

Congratula�ons to Gerald P. López for receiving the Mathew O. Trobiner Public Service Award

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Legal Aid at Work’s 105th Anniversary Celebration: Justice Rising and congratulate this year’s honoree

Gerald P. López Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

We are proud to support Legal Aid at Work – Justice Rising 105th Anniversary Virtual Celebration. Congratulations to Gerald P. López, Professor Emeritus at UCLA Law, recipient of the 2021 Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award.

Thank you to Legal Aid at Work for your tireless efforts toward protecting civil and workers’ rights in the Bay Area.


LEGAL AID AT WORK Congratulations on 105 years of providing crucial free legal services to low-income, working families!

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Advocates for Workplace Fairness

Outten & Golden & Board member Jahan Sagafi are pleased to support the wonderful advocacy of Legal Aid at Work and to congratulate the visionary Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award Recipient, Gerald P. López Together, let us be bold, creative, and tireless in Rebellious Lawyering In coalition with community members To achieve justice for all. New York • San Francisco • Washington, DC

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Legal Aid At Work for its commitment to providing free legal services to those in need.

We are proud to sponsor the 105th Anniversary Celebration of Legal Aid at Work and applaud their mission to fight for justice in the workplace and commitment to equity.

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Applause & admiration White & Case is proud to support Legal Aid at Work and its 105th Anniversary Celebration - Justice Rising. As a pioneering international law firm, we help our clients achieve their ambitions across the world’s developed and emerging markets.


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“I never gave up. I just needed someone to stand in my corner and believe in me. That is where Legal Aid at Work came in. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” — Jeff Stewart, Legal Aid at Work client

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