LSC Board to Honor Volunteer Lawyers And Firms at California Pro Bono Event

January 18, 2012

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC—The Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) on January 19 will honor volunteer lawyers and organizations for their pro bono contributions to LSC-funded legal aid programs in California during the Board’s meeting in San Diego this week.

Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner for the State of California, and Jon Streeter, President of the State Bar of California, will be among the speakers at the event honoring the pro bono volunteers.

Deanell Reece Tacha, Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law, will address the LSC Board’s luncheon on January 20. Dean Tacha previously served as a Judge and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

The pro bono service award recipients are:

  • Ana de Alba, Associate at Lang, Richert & Patch, and a Board member of Central California Legal Services.
  • Cooley LLP, which has a long history of providing support and pro bono services to the Legal Aid Society of San Diego.
  • John F. Davis, retired Partner at Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard who has volunteered for 11 years at Legal Services of Northern California.
  • Diane Dodds, a founding Partner of Jennison & Dodds LLP who provides pro bono assistance to clients of Greater Bakersfield Legal Services.
  • Derek Milosavljevic, an Associate in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a Board member of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.
  • Michael Soloff, Partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, a volunteer at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
  • Victor M. Torres, an attorney in San Diego who provides pro bono legal services to clients of California Rural Legal Assistance.
  • Young Lawyers Division of the Orange County Bar Association, for their pledge to assist the Legal Aid Society of Orange County in providing legal representation to qualified tenants facing eviction.

The LSC Board and its committees will meet January 19-21. The times and locations of the Board and committee meetings may be found in a notice published in the Federal Register. Members of the public who are unable to attend may listen to open sessions of the Board and Board committees by telephone, using the instructions in the notice.

LSC was established by the Congress to provide equal access to justice and to ensure the delivery of high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 135 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

LSC grants help address the civil legal needs of the elderly, veterans, victims of domestic violence, individuals with disabilities and others with pressing civil matters. More than 60 million Americans have incomes at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty line and qualify for civil legal assistance—an income of $13,613 for an individual and $27,938 for a family of four.



Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.