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RY 11,, 20010 – JJANUARY 31,, 2011
endering pro bono legal assistance to
needy individuals and organizations seeking
access to the justice system is central to our
commitment to the community.
– Larry Sonsini
The employees of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) deeply believe in supporting the communities where we live
and work by providing pro bono legal representation through the Pro Bono Committee,1 financial support through The
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation (WSGR Foundation), and volunteer services to individuals and organizations in
need through activities organized by the Community Service Committee.2 In addition, the firm, with support from the Green
Team,3 actively seeks ways to be more environmentally sustainable in its operations throughout the country and abroad.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s attorneys and staff recognize their professional responsibility to pursue justice by
helping those without means, or with only limited resources, gain access to our legal system. In fiscal year 2011,4 the firm’s
attorneys and staff provided more than 32,000 pro bono hours; participated in more than 60 community service projects; and
raised more than $126,000 for charitable organizations and causes. The WSGR Foundation has made total donations of
almost $842,000 to nonprofit legal service organizations as well as other law-related and community organizations.
This report honors the efforts of WSGR attorneys and staff to make a meaningful contribution to our communities in a wide
variety of ways.
Pro Bono
Committee Members
Veronica Ascarrunz
Colleen Bal
Jeffrey Bank
David Berger (Chair)
Wendy Devine
Adam Dinow
Kristen Dumont
Steven Guggenheim
Melissa Hollatz
Jared Kopel
Candida Malferrari
Gail McFall
Jishnu Menon
Laura Merritt
Lee-Anne Mulholland
Bradford O’Brien
Mark Parnes
Elizabeth Peterson
Brian Range
Manja Sachet
Bart Volkmer
Aref Wardak
Pro Bono Awards
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati received the Community
Impact Award during Silicon Valley/San Jose Business
Journal’s annual Corporate Philanthropy Awards event
held last November 2010. The award was in recognition of
the firm’s pro bono legal services to nonprofit
organizations and indigent clients. The value of the time
donated by the law firm was estimated at $14.3 million.
The Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal
Services was created in 1989 to recognize the
contributions of the many lawyers, law students,
paralegals, and secretaries in California who volunteer
their time and expertise on behalf of low-income clients.
For their contributions in fiscal year 2011, the following
attorneys and staff were recognized by the California
State Bar.
Attorneys: Dominique Alepin, Jonna Anderson, Jonathan
Axelrad, Sundance Banks, Koray Bulut, Corina Cacovean,
To contact the Pro Bono Committee, please send an email to [email protected]
To contact the Community Service Committee, please send an email to [email protected]
To contact the Green Team, please send an email to [email protected]
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s fiscal year 2011 is from February 1, 2010 to January 31, 2011.
Hasani Caraway, Lianna Chang, Joyce Choi, Charles
Compton, Catalin Cosovanu, Leo Cunningham, Brian Danitz,
Lisa Davis, Rebecca DeGraw, Robert Augustine Depew,
Alicia Farquhar, Joseph Fiorino, Crystal Gaudette, Renuka
George, Farah Gerdes, David Glazer, Justin Goetsch, Daniel
Gorback, Laura Grant, Mark Harmon, Nicole Healy, Aaron
Hendelman, Elizabeth Hill, Andrew Hirsch, Andrew Hoffman,
Kimya Hoffmann, Melissa Hollatz, Savith Iyengar, Terry
Johnson, Raj Judge, Bryan Ketroser, Hans Kim, Catherine
Kirkman, Jennifer Knapp, Alyssa Knutson, Melissa Kopacz,
Riya Kuo, Matthew Kuykendall, Jayne Lady, Kalina Laleva,
Whitney Lau, Bradley Libuit, Luke Liss, Jennifer Martinez,
David McCarthy, John McGaraghan, Nema Milaninia,
Randal Miller, Catherine Moreno, Allison Moser, Lee-Anne
Mulholland, Louis Nefouse, Jimmy Nguyen, Lisa Nguyen,
Michael Nguyen, Jon Nygaard, Bradford O’Brien, Anavelys
Ortiz-Suarez, Mark Padilla, Jeff Palmer, Mark Parnes,
Sheridan Pauker, Alexandra Pavlidakis, Elizabeth Peterson,
Lauren Phillips, Jason Pien, Nina Poe, Analisa Pratt, Tracy
Rubin, Mary Russell, Bryson Santaguida, Michael
Schlemmer, Misti Schmidt, Melissa Schulz, Bahram SeyedinNoor, Julie Shah, Maulik Shah, Catherine Shiang, Vinella
Sido, Arif Sikora, John Slafsky, Jane Slater, Jeanna Steele,
Evan Stern, Rebecca Stuart, Elizabeth Tippett, Bart Volkmer,
Ann Yvonne Walker, David Wang, Aref Wardak, Mark
Warnick, Tzung-Ping Wei, Damien Weiss, Caroline Wilson,
Matthew Wiltermuth, Yang Yang, and Scott Zimmermann.
Legal Staff: Roberto Castellanos, Virginia Guerrero, Aaron
Jorgensen, Cecilia Kahn, Stacy Love, Candida Malferrari,
Patrick McKinley, Madhuri Roy, Moira Rueda, Fred Saulo,
Sharon Schor, Pat Skinner, Michelle Sundheimer, Ty Tran,
and Jane Wilson.
The John Wilson Award honors those individuals who have
consistently upheld the values of the founder of the firm to
pursue excellence in the practice of law while at the same
time serving the community. Individual lawyers who have
demonstrated a sustained commitment to our pro bono
clients and handled significant responsibility on pro bono
matters are presented this award. This year, the firm is
proud to honor the following lawyers for their outstanding
contributions to the community:
Andrew Hoffman
Riya Kuo
Tzung-Ping Wei
Employment Law
Jeanna Steele
Dominique Alepin
Jeffrey Bank
Corina Cacovean
Intellectual Property Counseling and Patents
Anavelys Ortiz-Suarez
Real Estate and Environmental
Misti Schmidt
Technology Transactions
Manja Sachet
Trademarks, Copyrights and Advertising
Matthew Kuykendall
The Pro Bono Service Award recognizes attorneys and staff
who have made significant contributions to the firm’s pro
bono program over the last year. These individuals are key to
the firm’s efforts to meet the legal needs of low-income
individuals and numerous nonprofit organizations in the
community. Recipients of the 2011 Pro Bono Service
Award are:
Partners: Charles Compton, Leo Cunningham, Melissa
Hollatz, Terry Johnson, Raj Judge, and Catherine Kirkman.
Associates: Jonna Anderson, Inessa Baram-Blackwell,
Andrew Braff, Koray Bulut, Abraham DeLaO, Robert
Augustine Depew, Alicia Farquhar, Joseph Fiorino, Crystal
Gaudette, Renuka George, David Glazer, Daniel Gorback,
Nicole Healy, Elizabeth Hill, Kimya Hoffmann, Savith Iyengar,
Jennifer Knapp, Alyssa Knutson, Riya Kuo, Jayne Lady,
Whitney Lau, Jennifer Martinez, John McGaraghan, Nema
Milaninia, Catherine Moreno, Allison Moser, Lee-Anne
Mulholland, L. David Nefouse, Jon Nygaard, Mark Padilla,
Jeff Palmer, Sheridan Pauker, Alexandra Pavlidakis, Lauren
Phillips, Nina Poe, Analisa Pratt, Kristina Ringland, Tracy
Rubin, Julie Shah, Catherine Shiang, Arif Sikora, Jane
Slater, Evan Stern, Rebecca Stuart, Scott Tenley, Bart
Volkmer, David Wang, Aref Wardak, David Wickwire,
Caroline Wilson, Matthew Wiltermuth, and Yang Yang.
Legal Staff: Stacy Love, Candida Malferrari, Sharon Schor,
Pat Skinner, Michelle Sundheimer, and Ty Tran.
Featured Articles
By: Tzung-Ping Wei,
Associate (Palo Alto)
In November 2010, a longtime
pro bono client of the firm,
Opportunity Fund of Northern
California (OFNC), approached
us for help on a merger with
another pro bono organization,
Silicon Valley Microfinance
Network (SVMN). OFNC works
Tzung-Ping Wei
to provide microloans and
micro-savings to small
business owners, low-income families, and high-impact
community real estate developments in the San Francisco
Bay Area. SVMN provides financial education to people in
the Bay Area in an effort to increase the impact of
microfinance in reducing global poverty. Merging SVMN into
OFNC would enable the two organizations to work hand-inhand to provide microloans and financial education to small
business owners and low-income families, helping them
earn, save, and invest in their future.
The firm assisted OFNC in all aspects of the transaction,
including due diligence, drafting and negotiating the merger
agreement, and obtaining required government clearances
and third-party consents. In order to address SVMN’s
concern that its interests and mission be protected and
preserved post-merger, OFNC established an advisory board
whose purpose would be to provide support to the operation
of the SVMN business by OFNC. SVMN would be allowed to
maintain its brand and continue its speaker series,
education courses, and other programs, including highly
popular wine events.
Timing was a particular concern, as the parties wanted to
complete the merger before the end of the year. Thus, it was
important for us to be mindful of certain requirements for
nonprofit mergers, such as giving the attorney general 20
days notice prior to the consummation of the merger, as well
as the practical reality of coordinating a closing around yearend holiday schedules. Fortunately, we were able to line up
everything we needed before people left for the holidays,
and the parties successfully merged on December 30, 2010.
The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati pro bono team
advising OFNC included Michael Russell and senior
paralegal Nancy Bouch, and we all were grateful that we
could help OFNC to better implement its mission.
WSGR lawyers are committed to helping individuals obtain
justice in a wide variety of forums, including state and
federal court, federal administrative proceedings, and state
agencies. Here are a few stories from our offices
demonstrating how firm lawyers have made a profound
difference in the lives of their clients.
The * symbol is used to indicate that names have been
changed for privacy purposes.
By Abraham DeLaO, Associate (Austin)
The firm represented Lucinda,* a Mexican woman, in a
divorce and child custody suit initiated by her husband,
Johnny.* The divorce petition filed by Johnny, an American
citizen, sought sole custody of the couple’s one-year-old son
and all marital assets; leaving Lucinda childless and
penniless. Without pro bono representation, Lucinda faced a
real possibility of having her son taken from her because
she was unaware of her rights and without the means or
ability to mount a legal defense. Nonetheless, Lucinda was
determined to keep her son.
During the marriage, Lucinda was the victim of repeated
instances of domestic violence by Johnny. Lucinda had
refrained from reporting these incidents to the police for
fear of possible deportation and separation from her son.
However, Lucinda finally called the police during an incident
where Johnny assaulted her and forcibly took possession of
the child. The police arrested Johnny but, in retaliation for
Lucinda calling the police against him, he quickly filed for
divorce and sole custody of the child within hours of
posting bail.
Since Johnny had denied Lucinda access to all bank
accounts, he controlled the entire marital estate as his own.
Lucinda had no funds other than her salary as a waitperson
with which to support herself and the child. She had no
hopes of affording counsel. A legal aid provider referred the
case to WSGR attorneys who agreed to represent Lucinda.
WSGR filed a response seeking sole custody for Lucinda as
well as child support and a just division of the marital estate.
Emily was granted a U nonimmigrant visa by the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and received
her employment authorization card. Emily can now remain
and work in the United States legally, and looks forward to
all the opportunities that await her.
Lucinda cautioned her WSGR attorneys that Johnny was
extremely determined to prevent her from prevailing and
would use the proceeds from his heating and cooling
business to do so. For the next several months, Johnny
responded to WSGR discovery requests by hiding assets,
changing counsel on two occasions, menacing Lucinda with
the threat of physical harm and deportation, and eventually
resorting to denying paternity of the couple’s child. Despite
dealing with three opposing law firms and chicanery by
Johnny, Lucinda’s team from WSGR continued to advance the
suit and build a case establishing a favorable value of the
community estate and highlighting conduct by Johnny that
was contrary to the best interests of the child.
Whitney Lau and I represented Emily in connection with her
U nonimmigrant visa application. We received invaluable
assistance from interpreter Jessica McBride and
administrative assistants Peggy Baird and Raya Clor. Mark
Parnes, Mark Warnick, Caroline Wilson, and former associate
Freeda Lugo also provided advice and support.
On the eve of trial, Johnny agreed to grant Lucinda managing
conservatorship of the child with no visitation by Johnny for
two years, a cash settlement for Lucinda’s portion of the
community estate, and retroactive and future child- support
payments. Lucinda continues working as a waitperson and
enjoys caring for her son.
Former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati associate Luiz von
Paumgartten and I represented Lucinda with support from
senior paralegal Jonathan Rich and legal secretaries Martha
Gomez and Grace Herrera.
By Tracy Rubin, Associate (Palo Alto)
The firm won U nonimmigrant visa status for Emily,* a
Mexican transgender woman who left Mexico after suffering
discrimination and persecution at the hands of Mexican
soldiers and police. After Emily arrived in the United States,
she met Anthony,* and they started living together. Anthony
soon became physically and verbally abusive, even trying to
strangle her on one occasion. Emily reported the crime to the
police. Anthony later pled guilty to felony domestic violence
and was ultimately deported to Mexico on a different charge.
From Mexico, Anthony has continued to threaten Emily.
By Allison Moser, Associate (Palo Alto)
A pro bono team from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati won
asylum for Corina Garcia,* a 57-year-old Guatemalan woman
of Mayan descent. Corina spent more than half of her life
enduring physical and mental abuse by her common-law
husband, her father, and other males in Guatemala.
When she was young, her father physically beat her and
verbally assaulted her on a regular basis. Then, as a young
woman, she was brutally raped and attacked by an
unidentified Guatemalan man, who left her pregnant and
alone. The abuse intensified when Corina’s common-law
husband mentally and physically abused her on a daily basis,
including cutting her with a machete, striking her with blunt
objects, and threatening her life.
When her efforts to leave her husband and obtain protection
from the Guatemalan authorities failed, Corina was left with
no choice but to risk escaping to the United States to save
her own life—a wrenching decision, because in leaving, she
would have to abandon her family, including her two young
In light of past—and the threat of future—abuse, Corina’s
membership in an identifiable social group of Guatemalan
Mayan women who are treated as property in their domestic
relationships, the failure of the Guatemalan government to
adequately offer protection from such abuse, and
Guatemala’s documented record of apathy towards domestic
violence, the San Francisco asylum officer found that Corina’s
fear of further persecution and death in Guatemala was wellfounded and a proper basis for granting asylum.
Joseph Fiorino and I represented Corina, with assistance
from Mark Parnes, interpreters Virginia Mendoza and Kara
Nossardi, summer associate Allison Crow, and legal
secretary Lindi Reagan.
By Maulik Shah, Associate (San Francisco)
WSGR successfully obtained a U nonimmigrant Visa for
Natalia Rosales.* A U nonimmigrant visa provides
immigration status to noncitizen crime victims who are
assisting or are willing to assist authorities in investigating
crimes. Fleeing a lifetime of abuse in Guatemala, Ms.
Rosales came to the U.S. for a better life. Unfortunately, she
became the victim of domestic violence. Overcoming her
own fears, she courageously assisted the police and the
district attorney with their investigation and prosecution of
the individual who abused her and her young daughter.
Upon referral from Bay Area Legal Aid, the firm accepted
Ms. Rosales’ case in May 2010 and submitted her
application in June 2010. In October 2010, based upon
WSGR’s submission and without any request for additional
documentation, USCIS approved Ms. Rosales’ application
and granted her work authorization. Ms. Rosales was
overjoyed that she would be able to legally work to provide
for her children and eventually pursue a path to citizenship.
I represented Ms. Rosales in this matter with assistance
from legal secretary Liz Blackey and with guidance from
Catherine Ward-Seitz and Genevieve Richardson of Bay Area
Legal Aid.
By Mark Padilla, Associate (Palo Alto)
Hans Kim, Daniel Gorback, and I represented an Eritrean
man in a pro bono asylum case, a referral from the Lawyers’
Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
After a hearing on the merits of the case, the U.S.
immigration court granted asylum to the client, a supporter
of U.S. activities, after finding that he faced a legitimate
fear of future persecution in his home country of Eritrea. The
U.S. Department of Homeland Security subsequently waived
its right to appeal the case.
The client now lives peacefully in the U.S. without the
threats to his life that he faced in Eritrea.
The pro bono legal team representing the asylum applicant
was assisted by Mark Parnes, Mark Warnick, Caroline
Wilson, and L. David Nefouse with additional assistance
from paralegals Greg Sambor, Pat Skinner, and
Sharon De Lorto.
By Corina Cacovean,
Associate (San Francisco)
On November 1, 2010, the firm
won U nonimmigrant visa
status for a Mexican woman,
Selena,* and her children.
Selena endured years of
domestic violence at the hands
of her ex-husband Jose* in the
United States, with the most
violent incident occurring when
Corina Cacovean
she was pregnant with her
third child. Selena reported the crime to the police and
cooperated in Jose’s prosecution for domestic violence. Jose
was convicted and ultimately deported back to Mexico on
the same charge.
Selena and her children were granted U nonimmigrant visa
status by the USCIS, and she received employment
authorization as well. Selena and her children remain in the
United States legally and are grateful for all the
opportunities ahead. Selena’s oldest daughter said that the
U visa was the best present she could receive for her
Quinceañera (15th birthday) and that she hopes to go to law
school one day.
I represented Selena in connection with her U nonimmigrant
visa application with assistance from former associates
Freeda Lugo and Pamela Glazner, and legal secretary
Martha Carrillo.
Ongoing Pro Bono Matters
WSGR attorneys provided the following nonprofit
organizations pro bono legal assistance.
AIDS Services of Austin (ASA). The mission of ASA is to
respond to the HIV needs of the Austin area by providing
services that enhance the health and well-being of
individuals and the community in the face of the evolving
epidemic. Laura Merritt, David Thomas,
Brandon Gantus, and Jason Storck.
American Jewish Committee (AJC). AJC’s aim is to
enhance the well-being of Israel and the Jewish people
worldwide, and to advance human rights and democratic
values in the United States and around the world.
Jonathan Axelrad.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Now the nation’s premier
civil rights/human relations agency, ADL was founded in
1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to
secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Richard
Frenkel, Pamela Glazner, and Mark Warnick; summer
associates Katherine Hasper and Kristin Kemnitzer.
Asylum Access. Asylum Access believes that by
empowering refugees to assert their human rights, it can
support the creation of effective, lasting solutions for
refugees around the world.
Misti Schmidt.
Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF). BASF
champions equal access to justice and promotes humanity,
excellence, and diversity in the legal profession.
Michael Nader, Cisco Palao-Ricketts, and Jeffrey Ulin.
Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal). BayLegal believes that
the scope and quality of the legal assistance a person
receives should depend solely on the merits of the case, not
on where one lives. Maulik Shah and Jessica
Snorgrass; senior paralegal Anthony DeNatale; paralegals
George Perez and Moira Rueda.
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center. Through
collaboration and unity, the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community
Center strives to provide a diverse platform for our
community to meet, learn, challenge, and grow.
Melissa Hollatz, Mark Harmon, Richard Melnyk, and Michael
Schlemmer; reference library Paula Maher.
California Habeas Project. The California Habeas Project
is a collaboration that enhances justice for domestic
violence survivors incarcerated for crimes related to their
experiences of being abused. Elizabeth
Peterson, Laura Grant, Nicole Healy, and Melissa Kopacz;
summer associates Kristin Kemnitzer and Philip Rucker;
senior paralegals Maya Kumar and Patrick McKinley;
paralegals Sharon De Lorto, Joyce Hill, Christine Mutto,
Juancho Poblete, and Michelle Sundheimer; reference
librarians Jana Cassel and Christopher Vargas.
Early Neutral Evaluator (ENE) Program. The ENE
program is one of the U.S. District Court’s Alternative
Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures. ENE provides litigants
with a broad range of court-sponsored ADR processes to
provide quicker, less expensive, and potentially more
satisfying alternatives to litigation—without impairing the
quality of justice or the right to trial. Charles Compton.
Equal Justice Society (EJS). EJS seeks to restore race
equity issues to the national consciousness, build effective
progressive alliances, and advance the discourse on the
positive role of government. Pamela
Glazner and Luke Liss.
Fairfax Bar Association (FBA). The FBA and its members
work to improve the legal profession, the community in
which they live and the administration of justice in society. Gerard Stegmaier.
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. The Law Foundation’s
purpose is to provide multi-lingual advocacy, education,
counseling, and free access to the legal system for those
who have been traditionally unrepresented. Charles Compton, Jayne Lady, and
Jeanna Steele.
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. The society’s
mission is to help disadvantaged people improve their lives
through equal access to justice, and in doing so, making the
community a better place. Carole Bellis,
Corina Cacovean, Alyssa Knutson, Lawrence Kong, Jayne
Lady, Anne Marie Nicpon, Nina Poe, Analisa Pratt, and Mark
Warnick; paralegal Moira Rueda.
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (LASDC).
LASDC was formed in 1932 to provide civil legal aid to
individuals, families, and communities in the District of
Columbia who could not otherwise afford to hire a lawyer. Lara Covington; senior paralegal
Colleen Bunner.
Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV). LCAV works
to educate activists, policymakers, government officials,
lawyers, journalists, public health professionals, and other
leaders about gun laws and policies and the possibilities for
innovative state and local policy reform.
Catherine Shiang.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). NCLR is a
national legal organization committed to advancing the civil
and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
people and their families through litigation, public policy
advocacy, and public education. Catherine
Kirkman, Koray Bulut, Robert Augustine Depew, Jayne Lady,
and Elizabeth Tippett; senior paralegals Candida Malferrari
and Kathryn Robinson.
National Lawyers Guild of San Francisco (NLG). NLG
seeks to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers, and
jailhouse lawyers of America to function as an effective
political and social force in the service of the people. The
group is committed to the idea that human rights should be
regarded as more sacred than property interests.
Jared Kopel, Dominique Alepin, Lisa Davis, Christopher
Howald, and Kalina Laleva; paralegals Virginia Guerrero and
Christine Mutto; electronic data analysts Kathleen Alicea,
Derek Lee, Chris Lubawy, and Brent Winfield.
Public Advocates Inc. Public
Advocates is a nonprofit law
firm and advocacy organization
that challenges the systemic
causes of poverty and racial
discrimination by
strengthening community
voices in public policy and
achieving tangible legal
victories advancing education,
housing, and transit equity.
Dominique Alepin Charles
Compton, David Thomas,
Dominique Alepin, Lisa Davis, Alicia Farquhar, Brandon
Gantus, Cisco Palao-Ricketts, Bryson Santaguida, and
Rebecca Stuart; senior paralegals Mariko Gjovig and
Douglas Ota; reference librarian Caroline Overby.
Public Interest Law Firm (PILF). PILF focuses its efforts
on behalf of elders, youth, individuals with disabilities, the
poor, and those who are frequent victims of illegal
discrimination. Renuka George
and Caroline Wilson.
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP).
SDVLP’s mission is to provide equal access to the justice
system by serving as a bridge between indigent and other
disadvantaged people in San Diego County and the
volunteer lawyers and others who are willing to donate their
time and resources. Natalie Morgan.
Street Law. Street Law is dedicated to providing practical,
participatory education about law, democracy, and human
rights. Catherine Kirkman, Lydia Parnes, Gary
Greenstein, John McGaraghan, and Gerard Stegmaier.
The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. The mission of
the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center is to help homeless
and mentally ill military veterans build stable and
independent lives by resolving their legal issues and helping
them secure the educational, medical, and pension benefits
they have earned. Andrew Shawber.
Transgender Law Center (TLC). TLC is a civil rights
organization advocating for transgender communities. Rebecca Stuart.
United States District Court for the Northern District of
California U.S. Federal Mediation Panel. Mediation is a
flexible, non-binding, confidential process in which a neutral
person facilitates settlement negotiations. Charles Compton.
United States Court of Appeals for Second Circuit Pro
Se Panel. The Court of Appeals’ plan is to provide pro bono
counsel to pro se parties in civil appeals in which briefing
and argument by counsel would benefit the court’s review.
Robert Corp and David Reichenberg.
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). Founded in 1979 by
attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law,
ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anticruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every
corner of American life. Claire Davis.
California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA). CARDA
is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides highly trained
volunteer search dog teams dedicated to assisting in the
search for missing persons 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year. Catherine Kirkman, Richard Blake,
Robert Augustine Depew, Linda Lee, and Jishnu Menon;
summer associate Erin Guldiken; reference librarian
Susan Pennypacker.
Marnae Roll Pet Rescue Organization. Marnae Roll is
an organization in Silicon Valley dedicated to finding and
placing pets that have been rescued from a variety of
sources into permanent homes. Daniel Gorback.
Morris Animal Foundation (MAF). MAF helps animals
enjoy longer, healthier lives. The foundation advances health
and welfare research that protect, treat, and cure
companion animals, horses, and wildlife worldwide. Kristen Dumont, Ian Edvalson,
Aaron Hendelman, John Slafsky, Christina Bye, Hollis Hire,
Alice Hsieh, Matthew Kuykendall, John McGaraghan,
Jeanna Steele, Matthew Wiltermuth, and Yang Yang; senior
paralegals Sharon Schor and Ty Tran.
Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS). The mission of
PAHS is to alleviate the suffering of animals, increase
public sensitivity to animal issues, and elevate the status
of animals in society through innovative programs in
intervention, education, and advocacy.
Ashley Hu, Jennifer Knapp, Jayne Lady, and
Michael Schlemmer.
Aceituno Arts Cooperative (AAC). AAC seeks to foster a
diverse community of martial artists, dancers, and
musicians, and to provide a safe and open space for the
teaching, sharing, preservation, and practice of the arts. Laura Kuhlemann; senior paralegal
Sheri Martin.
ArteEast. ArteEast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
established by a group of artists, filmmakers, curators,
scholars, and educators to present the works of
contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and
their diasporas to a wide audience in order to foster a more
complex understanding of the regions’ arts and cultures, and
to encourage artistic excellence. Jayne Lady
and Elizabeth Tippett.
Austin Chamber Music Center Inc. (ACMC). ACMC is
dedicated to serving Central Texans by expanding
knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of chamber
music through the highest quality instruction and
performance. Aaron Barker.
Austin Music Foundation (AMF). AMF strengthens and
connects the local music community with innovative
programs that empower musicians and fuel Austin’s creative
economy. Joseph Alcorta and
Bryan Barksdale; senior paralegal Marcia Barr.
Austin Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (AVLA). AVLA
provides low-income artists and nonprofit arts organizations
access to volunteer lawyers in the central Texas area. Aysha Doman and Paul Huggins.
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The purpose
of the museum is to serve the needs of children, families,
and schools as a center for learning and discovery. Bradford O’Brien and Mark Parnes.
Clearfield Depression Era Museum Corporation.
The museum’s mission is to document and share the
Depression era experiences of a broad range of Clearfield,
Davis County, and Utah citizens by means of a house
museum, interpretive exhibits, and an archive of historical
materials. Richard Blake.
Dance It! Dance It! will be a 501(c)(3) organization that
will focus on offering teenagers opportunities to learn
dance. Jen Chiang, Jason Hickey, and Kristina Ringland;
summer associate Christina Chan.
False Profit Labs LLC. The mission of this newly formed
organization is to create better art through science and to
provide workshops that teach students skills needed to
create sculptural art of their own. Whit Bissell.
Filoli Center. The Filoli Center’s goal is the preservation,
interpretation, and stewardship of the cultural traditions and
natural history of the Filoli country estate for public
education and enjoyment. Fred Alvarez, Alicia
Farquhar, and Mark Parnes.
Fremont Opera. Fremont Opera’s mission is to establish a
professional, regional opera company based in Fremont,
California, presenting outstanding young artists from the Bay
Area and the nation. Ann Yvonne Walker.
Friends of KEXP. Friends of KEXP is a 501(c)(3) organization
that supports the Seattle listener-supported radio station
KEXP, which also broadcasts on-line at
Parag Gheewala, Kendall Bodden, and Manja Sachet.
Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theater (FOPACT).
FOPACT is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that
provides essential volunteer support and raises funds for
scholarships, publicity, and theatre improvements that would
not otherwise be possible. Lianna Chang, David
Glazer, and Bryce Steeg; agency paralegal Anna Spier.
im’ij-re. im’ij-re, a contemporary ballet company in San
Francisco, believes that ballet has an expressive and vital
voice relevant for the current time.’ij-re.
Jason Sebring and Sheridan Pauker.
India Community Center (ICC). ICC is a 501 (c)(3)
nonprofit, non-religious, non-political organization with a
mission to promote Indian culture and values.
Raj Judge, Susan Reinstra, Lianna Chang, David Glazer,
Christine Li, Amanda Lovelace, Richard Melnyk, Jill Monnin,
Gerard O’Shea, Misti Schmidt, and Myra Sutanto Shen.
Musopen. Musopen is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on
improving access and exposure to music by creating free
resources and educational materials. Sara
Harrington, Aaron Hendelman, Alex Devkar, Gary Greenstein,
Mary Russell, and Raghu Seshadri; senior paralegal
Sharon Schor.
Navika Inc. Navika is a nonprofit organization created to
promote and enrich the very rich cultural heritage of
Karnataka, a state in Southern India, internationally known
due to its capital city, Bangalore. Savith Iyengar;
reference librarian Jana Cassel.
Pacific Art League of Palo Alto (PAL). PAL’s mission is to
provide an environment for advancing the expression,
appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts. Jayne
Lady and Rebecca Stuart.
Peninsula Art Museum. The Peninsula Art Museum, a
501(c)(3) organization, provides art exhibitions, educational
programs, and support for exploration and creativity in the
visual arts for the San Francisco Peninsula. James McCann and Misti Schmidt.
Pin Points Theatre Co. Pin Points’ mission is to provide
plays, publications, and programs that educate, entertain,
and inspire happy, healthy, and productive lives. Kenisha Dilliard, Catherine Edmunds, Gary
Greenstein, and Richard Melnyk.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
SFMOMA is a nonprofit organization of 353 individuals
dedicated to the idea that art and museums can transform
lives. Catherine Kirkman, Michael Rubin, John
Slafsky, Debra Summers, Catalin Cosovanu, Hollis Hire, John
McGaraghan, Jishnu Menon, Raghu Seshadri, Evan Stern,
and Jeffrey Ulin; summer associates Bindu Gottipati and
Ethan Park.
Smuin Ballet. The mission of Smuin Ballet is to bring
enjoyment of dance to new as well as existing audiences
through works of uncompromising originality and quality. Fred Alvarez, David Berger, Koray Bulut,
Robert Augustine Depew, Jayne Lady, and Michael Nader.
Starting Arts. Starting Arts is a California 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization whose goal is the promotion and
preservation of quality arts education in public schools. Catherine Kirkman, Jesse Chew, Richard
Melnyk, Mary Russell, Raghu Seshadri, and Jane Slater.
Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts (TALA).
Formed in 1979, TALA helps meet the legal and accounting
needs of artists and arts nonprofits across Texas.
Abraham DeLaO, Matthew Kuykendall, Brian Range, and
Jose Valera; senior paralegal Jane Wilson; paralegal
Thomas Neumayr; reference librarians Penny Ortega and
Caroline Overby.
TheatreWorksUSA. TheatreworksUSA is America’s largest
and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for
young and family audiences. Kenisha
Dilliard and Catherine Edmunds.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. The Umlauf is
dedicated to providing educational experiences that
encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. Laura Merritt.
Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA). WLA is a
nonprofit service organization dedicated to supporting the
arts in Washington State by creating alliances and making
legal resources accessible to artists and arts organizations
of all disciplines. Jen Chiang and Kristina
Zambaleta. Zambaleta has two goals: to teach all kinds of
music and dance to all kinds of people; and to create a
musical community. Bahram Seyedin-Noor
and Lawrence Lee.
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS). The mission
of ACS is to empower teens and their families in the
community and to help young people realize their
emotional and social potential through counseling and
preventive education. acs– Mark Parnes and
Jennifer Martinez.
Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC). AIC is the first—
and only—organization in the U.S. to undertake a
coordinated strategy of legal advocacy for the rights of
children with intersex conditions or DSDs (differences of
sex development). Lauren Phillips and
Michael Schlemmer.
All Stars Helping Kids. Founded by NFL Hall of Famer
Ronnie Lott in 1989, the mission of All Stars Helping Kids is
to promote a safe, healthy, and rigorous learning
environment for disadvantaged children in low-income
communities. Andrew Hoffman and
David Hu.
Blue Skies for Children, Inc. Blue Skies’ mission is to
raise hope and self-esteem by sponsoring enrichment
programs and other essentials for homeless, low-income
and foster children in Washington’s Whatcom and Skagit
Counties. Hollis Hire.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. The clubs’
mission is to guide and inspire the youth of our community
to develop the attitudes and life skills they need to thrive. Catherine Kirkman, Alicia Farquhar, Jayne Lady,
Michael Nader, and Jeanna Steele.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San
Mateo County. CASA partners caring adults with children
who have come under the court’s protection because their
parents can’t or won’t take care of them. Riya Kuo and Richard Melnyk; senior
paralegal Hui Shih.
Center for Children and Youth Justice (CCYJ). The
CCYJ is shaping better lives for youth involved in
Washington State’s foster care and juvenile justice systems. Kristina Ringland.
Child Advocates. The organization trains and supports
CASA volunteers to work one-on-one with children, helping
to ensure that each child will live in a safe and loving
environment and has the resources needed to grow up
healthy and strong. Brandon Gantus,
Alexandra Pavlidakis, Michael Schlemmer, Jane Slater, and
Michael Yang; senior paralegal Douglas Ota.
Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo (4Cs).
Since 1972, 4Cs has been a trusted resource to help parents
living and working in San Mateo County find and pay for
child care and preschool as well as to grow as parents. Robert Augustine Depew, Brandon
Gantus, Richard Melnyk, Allison Moser, Michael Nader, and
Michael Schlemmer.
Child Family Health International (CFHI). CFHI is the
leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health
science students on global health education programs in
ways that are socially responsible and financially just. Justin Goetsch and Richard Melnyk.
Community Network for Youth Development (CNYD).
The purpose of CNYD is to shape a world where all young
people thrive, supported by communities that help them
develop their full potential. Koray Bulut and
Brandon Gantus; senior paralegal Cheryl Masters.
East Palo Alto Boxing Club. The goal at East Palo Alto
Boxing Club is to instill self-discipline, self-worth, and
respect for others through boxing.
Catherine Kirkman.
Family Resources Foundation in Palo Alto. The
Family Resources Foundation supports the work of
Family Resources, whose mission is to strengthen the
community by increasing awareness of existing services
that meet family needs, and to build personal connections
across the community’s diverse constituencies.
mily_resources/about_fr.asp. Richard Schachtili.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). FLY helps teens in trouble
learn to make healthy decisions. John
Slafsky and Nathan Ferguson; senior paralegals Sharon
Schor and Jane Wilson; paralegal Roberto Castellanos.
Heads Up. Heads Up provides rigorous after-school and
summer programs for elementary school children in the D.C.
area’s most underserved neighborhoods. Aaron Hendelman;
senior paralegal Cecilia Kahn.
Heart House Austin. Heart House’s innovative afterschool
program is the only daily program for school-age children in
a neighborhood known for its high crime, high
unemployment, and lack of affordable, quality care for
children. Aaron Hendelman; senior paralegal
Ty Tran; paralegal Victoria Bocek.
Help One Child. Help One
Child’s mission is finding
homes and helpers for foster
and foster-adopt children in
California’s Santa Clara and
San Mateo Counties. Matthew
Kuykendall and Lauren Phillips;
senior paralegal Sharon Schor.
Jeremiah’s Promise.
Jeremiah’s Promise addresses
the urgent need of
emancipating foster youth, ages 18 to 21, who desire a
college education or a certificate program but who,
otherwise, could fail at achieving higher education without
intensive mentoring and career and academic undergirding. Richard Blake, Koray Bulut, Arif
Sikora, and Mark Warnick; senior paralegals Andrew
Chew and Cecilia Kahn; paralegals Victoria Bocek and
Reeta Sharma.
Matt Kuykendall
Little Kids Rock. Little Kids Rock believes that learning to
play a musical instrument can be a transformative
experience in students’ lives, with the power to inspire the
creativity and confidence that are critical to success in
school and beyond. Aaron Hendelman and
Mark Warnick; senior paralegal Ty Tran.
community by offering leadership-training sessions in
networking and career development. Yoichiro Taku.
Nuvana. The mission of Nuvana is play, connect, and
transform. Catherine Kirkman, Carolynn Levy,
Mark Parnes, and Jeffrey Ulin; senior paralegal
Christine Marion.
Oakes Children’s Center. Oakes Children’s Center helps
developmentally delayed and emotionally disturbed children
develop the independence and self-awareness necessary to
live and continue learning in the least restrictive setting
possible within their local community. Jennifer Cone, Alicia Farquhar,
Jayne Lady, Jennifer Martinez, Alexandra Pavlidakis, Lauren
Phillips, Michael Schlemmer, Melissa Schulz, John Turner,
and Jose Valera.
Project Happiness. Project Happiness is dedicated to
empowering individuals to create authentic happiness
through innovative education, digital media, and the arts. Melissa Hollatz, Catherine Kirkman,
Kimya Hoffmann, Alison Johnson, Matthew Kuykendall,
Alexandra Pavlidakis, Kate Price, Michael Schlemmer, and
Jeffrey Ulin; senior paralegal Sharon Schor.
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Ronald McDonald
House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and
supportive community for families of children with lifethreatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local
hospitals. Robert Latta, Katharine Martin,
John Slafsky, Alicia Farquhar, Brandon Gantus, Bradley
Libuit, Gerard O’Shea, Alexandra Pavlidakis, Michael
Schlemmer, and Stephen Taeusch.
Silicon Valley Children’s Fund. The Silicon Valley
Children’s Fund invests in the development and expansion of
high impact programs and practices that improve
educational and life outcomes for foster youth in the Silicon
Valley and beyond. Bradford O’Brien, Debra
Summers, and Mark Parnes.
Menlo Survey Daycare Center (GeoKids). The center is
an accredited, nationally recognized, nonprofit parent
cooperative providing high quality childcare for children
aged 3 months through pre-kindergarten.
Rebecca Stuart.
The Cleo Eulau Center (CEC). CEC is dedicated to
promoting lifelong resiliency in youth by strengthening the
caring capacity of the adults who influence their lives. Richard Melnyk and Stephen Taeusch.
Nikkei Leadership Network. Nikkei Leadership Network
seeks to empower and inspire youth of Japanese American
descent to take an active part in leadership roles in their
Thrive Foundation for Youth. Thrive invests in
organizations that support U.S. youth aged 10 to 17 and
their parents. Ulrico Rosales and
Michael Schlemmer.
Vanished Children’s Alliance (VCA). Now closed, the
San Jose, California-based nonprofit charity organization
was the oldest group devoted to missing children in the
United States. Rebecca DeGraw.
Washington State CASA. CASA volunteers are community
volunteers appointed by judges to advocate in court for
abused and neglected children.
Drew Markham.
Wings Learning Center. Wings Learning Center has a
two-fold mission. The first is to create a learning
environment where children can develop academic, social,
and interactive skills at a self-challenging pace. And the
second goal is to provide education opportunities for
professionals so they can obtain the necessary skills to
promote effective inclusive environments for children with
different learning abilities. Erika
Kikuchi, Jayne Lady, Mark Parnes, and Rebecca Stuart.
YouthNoise. YouthNoise empowers young leaders to act
for the causes they care about locally, nationally, and
globally. Matthew Kuykendall; senior
paralegal Jane Wilson.
Abode Services. Established in 1989, Abode Services’
mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income,
unhoused people in finding secure, stable, and supportive
housing. It also advocates for the removal of the causes of
homelessness in Alameda County, California. Alicia Farquhar, Michael Nader, Mark
Parnes, and Lauren Phillips.
Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). CNVC is
a global organization that supports the learning and sharing
of nonviolent communication. Mark Warnick;
senior paralegal Sharon Schor.
enterpriseSeattle. enterpriseSeattle is the economic
development partnership charged with the mission of
building a competitive, world-class economy in King County,
Washington State, and its 39 cities.
Parag Gheewala, Peter Mostow, John Pierce, Kendall
Bodden, Andrew Braff, Manja Sachet, and David Wickwire;
paralegal Adam Fryer.
Harvard Business School Green Business Alumni
Association. The association’s mission is to explore,
promote and help Harvard Business School alumni
understand the opportunities at the intersection of the
environment and business. Jonathan Axelrad.
Hopelink. Hopelink offers an integrated array of programs
that enable families in crisis to make progress toward and
achieve self-sufficiency. Aaron Hendelman,
Nathan Ferguson, and Evan Stern.
iizuu. iizuu is a social e-commerce site. Aaron
Hendelman, Darren Bilotto, Gerard O’Shea, and Sacha Ross;
senior paralegal Nanci Blaisdell; paralegal Dustin Bierut.
InnVision The Way Home. InnVision is Silicon Valley’s
leading provider of housing and services for homeless
families and individuals. Alicia Farquhar and
Mark Parnes.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS). JFCS is
one of the oldest and largest family service institutions in
the United States, founded in 1850 by immigrant pioneers
who arrived in California during the Gold Rush and created
an extended family to care for each other. Gregory
Broome, Aaron Hendelman, Inessa Baram-Blackwell, Farah
Gerdes, Mary Russell, Manja Sachet, Stephen Schmidt,
Raghu Seshadri, Jane Slater, Matthew Staples, and Myra
Sutanto Shen; summer associate Shane Anderson.
Knowledge as Power (KAP).
A small but mighty nonprofit,
KAP’s primary objective is to
empower politically engaged
citizens. Aaron
Hendelman, Jen Chiang, Manja
Sachet, Michael Schlemmer,
and Jason Storck.
Churchill Club. The Churchill Club is Silicon Valley’s
premier business and technology forum.
Robert Latta, Matthew Kuykendall, and Mark Warnick;
paralegal Victoria Bocek.
Entrepreneurs Foundation (EF). It is the mission of EF to
develop corporate citizenship and philanthropic efforts to
leverage resources and generate maximum community
benefit. Ann Yvonne Walker and Robert
Tesler; reference librarian Caroline Overby.
Manja Sachet
Library Renewal. The
organization ensures that our
communities can always reap
the benefits of a library, even as technology evolves and
content migrates to digital formats.
Parag Gheewala, Nathan Ferguson, Drew Markham, Kristina
Ringland, Manja Sachet, Andrew Shawber, and Ashley
Walter; senior paralegal Barbara Mery.
Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition. Mid-Pen’s mission is
to provide safe, affordable housing of high quality to those
in need; to establish stability and opportunity in the lives of
residents; and to foster diverse communities that allow
people from all ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds to
live in dignity, harmony, and mutual respect. Koray Bulut, Jennifer Cone, Alicia Farquhar,
Jayne Lady, Jennifer Martinez, Michael Nader, Lauren
Phillips, Rebecca Stuart, and Stephen Taeusch.
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
NACD advances exemplary board leadership—for
directors, by directors. Richard Blake,
John Slafsky, Nathan Ferguson, and Alison Johnson;
paralegal Reeta Sharma.
Oakland Pride, Inc. Oakland Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization founded to produce pride celebration events in
Oakland and the East Bay to help promote the culture and
diversity of the LGBT community. Hasani Caraway and
Lauren Phillips.
Alexandra Pavlidakis, Michael Schlemmer, and
Jeanna Steele.
Philanthropedia. Philanthropedia’s mission is to improve
nonprofit effectiveness by directing money to and facilitating
discussion about expert- recommended high-impact
nonprofits. Mary Russell, Raghu
Seshadri, and Jane Slater.
San Francisco Urban Service Project. The San Francisco
Urban Service Project seeks to involve the diverse young
leaders in San Francisco in community action to promote
social change. Elizabeth Hill and Scott Murano; paralegal
Jerrod Foster.
Rubicon Programs Inc. Since 1973, Rubicon has provided
employment, housing, mental health, and other supportive
services to individuals who are very low-income, especially
people who are homeless or have mental illness. Alicia Farquhar.
Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). SV2 is a
partnership for giving. SV2 and its partners work together to
decide which cutting-edge nonprofits will receive the pooled
funds and their professional advising and consulting. Alicia Farquhar, Matthew Kuykendall, Allison
Moser, and Mark Parnes; senior paralegal Cecilia Kahn.
Opportunity Fund Northern California. Opportunity Fund
advances the economic well-being of working people by
helping them earn, save, and invest in their future. Gregory Broome, Aaron Hendelman,
Andrew Hirsch, Kathleen Rothman, Michael Russell, John
Slafsky, Cynthia Bai, Robert Augustine Depew, Alex Devkar,
Alicia Farquhar, David Hu, Jayne Lady, Christine Li, James
McCann, Mark Parnes, Richard Schachtili, Mark Warnick,
and Tzung-Ping Wei; senior paralegals Nancy Bouch and
Christine Marion.
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (JCC). The
JCC serves as a nexus of diverse Jewish communities that
opens doors and creates connections for rich, robust, and
rewarding experiences. Catalin Cosovanu,
Richard Melnyk, and Misti Schmidt.
Peninsula Family Service. Peninsula Family Service
empowers children, families, and older adults to achieve
and maintain self-sufficiency, building a strong and caring
community. Alicia Farquhar,
Brandon Gantus, Jayne Lady, Allison Moser, Mark Parnes,
Riya Kuo
Social Venture Network
(SVN). SVN connects,
supports, and inspires business
leaders and social
entrepreneurs in expanding
practices that build a just and
sustainable economy.
Aaron Hendelman, Riya Kuo,
Drew Markham, Sheridan
Pauker, and Rebecca Stuart;
corporate assistant
Jaimie Pham.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, San Mateo (SVdP).
SVdP helps families and individuals facing emergency
situations. Kimberly McMorrow and
Richard Melnyk.
Special Olympics. Special Olympics is a 501(c)(3)
organization that provides year-round sports training and
athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for
all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Gerard Stegmaier.
Springboard Forward. Springboard Forward envisions a
world where all workers are empowered to dream and
pursue their aspirations; where low-wage, entry-level jobs
are a springboard to meaningful, sustainable careers. Alicia Farquhar, Brandon Gantus,
Sriram Krishnamurthy, Richard Melnyk, Allison Moser, Cisco
Palao-Ricketts, Mark Parnes, and Alexandra Pavlidakis.
Springworks. Springworks is a mission-based venture
incubator that provides promising entrepreneurs with a
community and resources that will prepare them for raising
capital and/or strategic organic growth.
Todd Wheeler; senior paralegal Diane Stadlen.
Stanford Fair Use Project. The Stanford Center for
Internet and Society’s Fair Use Project was founded in
2006 to provide legal support to a range of projects
designed to clarify and extend the boundaries of
“fair use” in order to enhance creative freedom. Catherine
Kirkman, Catalin Cosovanu, Kimya Hoffmann, John
McGaraghan, Henry Pruitt, Aman Shah, Jane Slater, and
Jeffrey Ulin; summer associate Jason Harrow.
Taproot Foundation. Taproot Foundation’s mission is to
lead, mobilize, and engage professionals in pro bono service
that drives social change. Michael
Faber, Bradley Finkelstein, Sara Harrington, Susan Reinstra,
Melinda Anderson, Clark Asay, Alicia Farquhar, Audrey
Garfield, Jennifer Martinez, James McCann, Alexandra
Pavlidakis, Rachel Proffitt, Mary Russell, Misti Schmidt,
Jane Slater, Elizabeth Tippett, and Todd Wheeler.
Tehyathon Inc. Tehyathon’s purpose is to raise funds to
increase awareness and to support educational programs for
patients and their families who live with the challenges of
spina bifida and its related conditions.
Laura Kuhlemann.
Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan,
nonprofit media organization that promotes civic
engagement and discourse on public policy, politics,
government, and other matters of statewide concern. Brian Beard, Aaron Barker, Paul Huggins,
Jeffrey Ulin, and Larry Webster.
The doGoodr Fund. The fund’s mission is to facilitate
charitable and philanthropic endeavors and increase
participation in initiatives that maximize the benefits for
those most in need. Catherine Kirkman,
Whit Bissell, Richard Schachtili, and Mark Warnick; senior
paralegals Ty Tran and Jane Wilson.
The Doug Engelbart Institute (DEI). DEI was founded to
further Doug Engelbart’s lifelong career goal of boosting our
collective capacity to solve important problems intelligently,
for which he coined the term collective IQ. Catherine Kirkman and Jeffrey Ulin.
The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. The
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless works to end the
unnecessary suffering caused by poverty and advocates for
justice for people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming
homeless in Washington, D.C. Aaron Katz
and Melissa Mannino.
The YWCA of Silicon Valley Support Network. The
mission of the YWCA Support Network is to empower the
diverse community to live free from domestic violence. Jessica Bliss, Richard Melnyk,
Alexandra Pavlidakis, Lisa Stimmell, and Rebecca Stuart.
TechiesGiveBack. The organization mobilizes the NY tech
community to help others, with a focus on education, tech,
and local NY-based charities. Adam
Dinow and Darren Bilotto; paralegal Judy Liu.
Transitioning Offenders Program (TOP). TOP is one of
only a few nonprofit organizations in Washington State
designed to assist offenders with the difficult transition
from prison back into the community. Aaron
Hendelman, Nathan Ferguson, Kristina Ringland, and
Manja Sachet. TransparentDemocracy is a
nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to
promote and support civic engagement and democratic
decision-making throughout our society with an on-line voter
and proxy voter guide. Mark
Warnick; senior paralegals Cecilia Kahn and Jane Wilson;
senior foreign filing specialist Kelly Solomon.
UniversalGiving. UniversalGiving seeks to create a world
where giving and volunteering are a natural part of everyday
life. Aaron Hendelman, Catherine
Kirkman, John Slafsky, Catalin Cosovanu, Alicia Farquhar,
Riya Kuo, Matthew Kuykendall, Lauren Phillips, Richard
Schachtili, Michael Schlemmer, Jane Slater, Myra Sutanto
Shen, and Mark Warnick; senior paralegal Sharon Schor;
paralegal Roberto Castellanos; reference librarian
Susan Pennypacker.
Vipani. Vipani’s mission is to enable even the poorest of
farmers to overcome poverty permanently by helping them
make sustainable incomes from farming. Melissa
Hollatz; paralegal Reeta Sharma.
University of Washington School of Law
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC). ELC is an innovative
clinic that teams law and business students with pro bono
attorneys and business advisors to provide critical early
stage legal and business counseling to technology
entrepreneurs, small business owners, social entrepreneurs,
nonprofits, and faculty researchers.
Sean Butler, Jen Chiang, Nathan Ferguson, Clark Lin,
Kristina Ringland, and Matthew Staples.
ZeroDivide. ZeroDivide believes that the digital divide is
part of the set of social, economic, political, and cultural
divides that separate the haves from the have-nots. Mark Warnick; senior paralegal Jane Wilson;
paralegal Roberto Castellanos.
Abilities United. Abilities United has offered people of all
ages and abilities educational, therapeutic, recreational, and
vocational experiences to help them lead meaningful lives
and resource connections that make it easier for them to
lead the lives they chose. Robert
Augustine Depew and Jayne Lady; senior paralegal
Jane Wilson.
Global Tattoo Orthotic Prosthetic Innovations (GTOPI).
GTOPI is a business that can apply art and color to
orthopedic braces and prosthetic limbs, helping people feel
good about themselves. Sean Butler, Jen Chiang,
Nathan Ferguson, Farah Gerdes, Jason Hickey, Kristina
Ringland, and Matthew Staples; summer associate Shane
National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy
(NCEFT). NCEFT is a nonprofit, California 501(c)(3)
corporation that improves the lives of children and adults
with disabilities by providing equine-assisted therapy and
equine-assisted activities and promoting research and
education in the field of hippotherapy. Jennifer
Martinez, John McGaraghan, and Mark Parnes.
Project Hired. Project Hired’s mission is to assist
individuals with disabilities to gain and sustain employment,
in partnership with business and the community. Rebecca Stuart.
ACE Charter School. ACE Charter School is a 5th to 8th
grade middle school that seeks to recruit incoming students
who have fallen significantly below grade level and help
those low-achieving students change their academic
trajectory away from failure and accelerate them toward
proficiency as a stepping stone to college.
Darin Donovan, Mark Harmon, and Mark Parnes; senior
paralegals Andrew Chew and Myra Sugiyama.
Aspire Public Schools. Aspire Public Schools is a
nonprofit organization that is also one of the highest
performing public school systems in California. John Slafsky, Alicia Farquhar,
Jayne Lady, and Mark Warnick; senior paralegals Ty Tran
and Jane Wilson.
Bay Area Urban Debate League. The Bay Area Urban
Debate League is dedicated to expanding opportunities for
high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area to
participate in rigorous academic competition and to become
articulate and informed leaders in their schools and
communities. Jason Pien.
Clouds4Computers (C4C). Founded by California artist
Peter Shaw and former technology executive Claudia
Marshall, C4C is dedicated to the complete elimination of
the digital divide that inhibits youth development in the
poorest of America’s communities. Michael Gorback.
College Track. College Track, a 501(c)(3) organization, is an
after-school college-preparatory program that provides a
catalyst for change for under-resourced high school students
who are motivated to earn a college degree. Fred Alvarez and Rebecca Stuart.
Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA). CSMA
enhances the quality of life in our region by engaging our
diverse community in high-quality arts education,
performances, and exhibitions. Debra Summers,
Alicia Farquhar, Maura Fleming, Jayne Lady, Mark Parnes,
Rebecca Stuart, and Stephen Taeusch.
Curriki. Curriki is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that
provides an avenue for educators and education decisionmakers from all over the world to come together as a global
learning community. Aaron Hendelman, Catherine
Kirkman, John Slafsky, Hollis Hire, Kimya Hoffmann,
Jennifer Martinez, Aman Shah, and Matthew Staples.
Decision Education Foundation (DEF). DEF’s mission is
to improve the lives of young people by empowering them
with effective decision-making skills.
Chris Fennell, Catherine Kirkman, and Michael Nader.
Downtown College Preparatory (DCP). DCP’s values of
ganas (desire), comunidad (community), and orgullo (pride)
help develop the intellectual rigor, emotional strength,
personal discipline, and self-confidence our students need in
order to achieve success in college. Aaron
Hendelman; senior paralegal Ty Tran; docketing assistant
Maya Chopra.
Andrew Hoffman
East Palo Alto Charter
works to equip students in this
under-served community with
the skills necessary to succeed
in college and beyond while
fostering the desire to
participate responsibly in the
community. Andrew
Hoffman, Mark Parnes, and
Julie Shah.
Eastside College Preparatory School, Inc. The school is
committed to opening new doors for students historically
under-represented in higher education. Alicia
Farquhar, Jayne Lady, and Rebecca Stuart.
Education Pioneers. The organization’s mission is to
identify, train, connect, and inspire a new generation of
leaders dedicated to transforming our educational system so
that all students receive a quality education. Catherine Kirkman, Clark Asay, and
Mark Parnes.
Evergreen Elementary Education Foundation (EEEF).
EEEF is a nonprofit community organization established to
help maintain the quality of education for all students in
Evergreen District schools. Melissa Hollatz and
Melissa Schulz; paralegal Sheetal Saini.
Exploratorium. Exploratorium is a museum of science, art,
and human perception. Kelley Kinney,
Catherine Kirkman, John Slafsky, Brian Danitz, Matthew
Kuykendall, Jayne Lady, Michael Schlemmer, and Jane
Slater; summer associate Erin Guldiken; senior paralegal
Ty Tran; paralegal Victoria Bocek; electronic data analyst
Jason Parkhouse; reference librarians Jana Cassel and
Penny Ortega.
Family Connections. Family Connections is a tuition-free
parent-participation program for low-income families,
educating more than 400 individuals each year at three sites
in San Mateo County. Alicia Farquhar.
More Active Girls in Computing (MAGIC). MAGIC aims
to be a world-class resource for guiding and assisting young
women who are seriously considering the study of science,
technology, engineering and mathematics.
Mary Russell and Myra Sutanto Shen.
Hand in Hand Parenting. Hand in Hand Parenting works
with parents of young children providing resources, training,
and lots of support. Jonna
Anderson, Justin Goetsch, and Raghu Seshadri.
Hillsdale Foundation. The Hillsdale Foundation is a
parent- and alumni-led organization, created in May 2007,
with the mission of providing the funding required for the
goals of Hillsdale High School’s Small Learning
Communities. Daniel Green;
paralegal MacAllistre Henry.
Impact Bay Area. Impact Bay Area’s purpose is to prevent
violence, promote healing, and foster safe communities by
teaching women and girls the emotional and physical skills
to defend themselves against verbal, physical, and sexual
assault. Aaron Hendelman, John Slafsky,
Maura Fleming, Matthew Kuykendall, Richard Melnyk, and
Misti Schmidt; paralegals Victoria Bocek and Sheetal Saini.
Khan Academy. The academy is a not-for-profit
organization with a goal of changing education for the better
by providing a free world-class education to anyone
anywhere. Troy Foster, John Slafsky, Anne
Pogue, and Mark Warnick; paralegal Victoria Bocek.
Kidango Inc. The philosophy of Kidango is the belief that
each child deserves an opportunity for total development. Michael Nader and Alexandra Pavlidakis.
Kings Mountain Associated Parents (KMAP). KMAP is
an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that coordinates the
parent-led groups at Kings Mountain Elementary School to
maintain long-term success for this award-winning school
and its students. Darin Donovan, Erika Kikuchi, and Mark Parnes.
Meritus College Fund. Meritus bridges the gap to higher
education for San Francisco public high school graduates. Vinella Sido.
Metta Center for Nonviolence Education. Metta fulfills
its mission through a diverse set of projects designed to
mentor those engaged in nonviolent social change, empower
individuals from all backgrounds with the tools of nonviolent
transformation, and catalyze the shift to a nonviolent
culture. Mark Parnes.
Music for Minors (MFM). MFM provides the highestcaliber music education programs to elementary school
children in meaningful, cost-effective ways. Aaron
Hendelman and Morgan Hayes; senior paralegals Cecilia
Kahn and Sharon Schor; paralegal Roberto Castellanos.
National Child Research Center (NCRC). NCRC provides
a collaborative approach to preschool education in an
environment that nurtures the whole child, fosters
partnerships with families, and is committed to the inclusion
of children with special needs. Robert
Sanchez, Koray Bulut, Kenisha Dilliard, Catherine Edmunds,
and Courtney Haseley.
New Schools Venture Fund. New Schools is committed
to transforming public education through powerful ideas and
passionate entrepreneurs so that all children—especially
those in under-served communities—have the opportunity to
succeed. Patrick Anding, Catalin Cosovanu,
Alex Devkar, Kimya Hoffmann, Ashley Hu, John
McGaraghan, Marisa Reed, Mark Thornton, and Damien
New Seattle Midwifery School. The school offers
training for women’s healthcare providers that value
pregnancy and birth as normal and healthy processes. David
Wickwire; senior paralegal Barbara Mery.
New Teacher Center (NTC). NTC is dedicated to
improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness
of teachers and school leaders. Jacob
Dy-Johnson, Vijaya Gadde, Ashley Hu, Matthew Kuykendall,
Mark Parnes, and Mark Warnick.
Peer2Peer University (P2PU). P2PU is a 501(c)(3)
organization that has created an online community of open
study groups for short university-level courses.
Jishnu Menon.
Peninsula School Ltd. Peninsula’s mission has been to
provide a child-centered education community that promotes
the development of the whole child.
Darin Donovan.
Plugged In: Learning through Technology. Plugged In
connects individuals and cultivates minds by creating the
opportunity to produce, express, and contribute using
technology. Roger Stern.
Raising a Reader. Raising a Reader’s mission is to engage
parents in a routine of daily “book cuddling” with their
children from birth to age five to foster healthy brain
development, parent-child bonding, and the early literacy
skills critical for school success. Aaron
Hendelman, Alex Devkar, Alicia Farquhar, Matthew
Kuykendall, Mark Parnes, Lauren Phillips, Rebecca Stuart,
and Mark Warnick; senior paralegal Sharon Schor.
Reading Partners. Reading Partners’ mission is to help
children become lifelong readers by empowering
communities to provide individualized instruction with
measurable results. Robert Augustine
Depew, Alicia Farquhar, Richard Melnyk, Neela Morrison,
Mark Parnes, Alexandra Pavlidakis, and Stephen Taeusch;
reference librarian Christopher Vargas.
San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation.
The foundation promotes student success and program
innovation by providing special financial support for Cañada
College in Redwood City, College of San Mateo, and Skyline
College in San Bruno. Mark Padilla.
Schools for Humanity (SFH). SFH recognizes the need for
a revolution in education that addresses both the traditional
issues surrounding schooling (supplies, teacher-student
ratios, classroom equipment) and the content-oriented
aspects of learning (practical life skills curricula, open
access). Matthew Kuykendall and
Melissa Schulz; paralegal Victoria Bocek.
SEE College Prep, Inc. SEE is a 501(c)(3) organization that
provides a high-impact summer SAT preparation and college
counseling program geared to low-income high school
students who have aspirations of enrolling in four-year
colleges. Mark Parnes.
Selby Lane School Education Foundation. The Selby
Education Foundation is a community organization working
to champion and maintain academic excellence and
enrichment for all Selby Lane School students. Andrew Hoffman.
associate Paul Vercruyssen; senior advisor Taite McDonald;
senior paralegal Sharon Schor; paralegal Adam Fryer.
Teaching4Rights. Teaching4Rights is committed to shaping
just, global, and responsible citizens through legal education. Riya Kuo and Myra Sutanto Shen.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES). ASES is the
nation’s leading association of solar professionals and
advocates with a mission to inspire an era of energy
innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy
economy. Aaron Hendelman and Nathan Ferguson.
Student Equity Action Network (SEAN). SEAN is a
grassroots student organization based in Palo Alto dedicated
to closing the achievement gap and promoting college
readiness for all. Catherine Kirkman and
Randal Miller.
Students Rising Above. Students Rising Above invests in
low-income, first-generation college students who have
demonstrated a commitment to educational achievement and
strength of character in overcoming tremendous odds of
poverty, homelessness, and neglect.
Mark Warnick.
Wall Street Wizards Urban Financial Literacy Program.
The program’s mission is to create financially empowered
individuals and communities.
Aref Wardak.
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. The Wikimedia Foundation is
a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging
the growth, development, and distribution of free,
multilingual content; and to providing the full content of
these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. Kristen Dumont, Raj Judge,
Catherine Kirkman, John Slafsky, John McGaraghan,
Raghu Seshadri, Stephen Taeusch, and Jeffrey Ulin.
Acterra. Acterra’s mission is to bring people together to
create local solutions for a healthy planet.
Casey McGlynn, Matthew Kuykendall, Jayne Lady,
Jennifer Martinez, Richard Melnyk, Sheridan Pauker, and
Mary Russell.
Algal Biomass Organization (ABO). ABO is a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to promote the development of
viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable
commodities derived from algae. Aaron
Hendelman, John Pierce, Andrew Braff, Adam Copley,
Nathan Ferguson, Keene O’Connor, Kristina Ringland, Manja
Sachet, Andrew Shawber, and Matthew Staples; summer
As You Sow. As You Sow has grown into two programs that
strive to increase corporate accountability. The Environmental
Enforcement Program seeks to reduce and remove
carcinogenic exposures by pursuing compliance with
California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.
And the Corporate Social Responsibility Program uses
shareholder advocacy and the financial markets to catalyze
positive change within publicly held companies. Aaron Hendelman, Alicia Farquhar, Seth
Helfgott, Cisco Palao-Ricketts, Sheridan Pauker, Alexandra
Pavlidakis, and Stephen Taeusch.
Biotech Entrepreneur-to-Entrepreneur (BioE2E). BioE2E
presents programs that foster and encourage life science
entrepreneurs to start and grow companies.
Karen Wong, Mary Russell, and Yan Zhang.
Blue Earth Alliance. The mission of Blue Earth is use
photography to raise awareness about endangered cultures,
threatened environments, and social concerns.
Kendall Bodden, Jason Hickey, Drew Markham, and
Kristina Ringland.
Blue Planet Network. Blue Planet Network is a group of
passionate people, working with a global network of
experienced water groups, to bring sustainable safe drinking
water to people in rural communities around the world. Raj Judge, Samir Elamrani, Nathan
Ferguson, Matthew Kuykendall, and Mark Parnes; senior
paralegals Christine Marion and Ty Tran.
Bright Green Energy (USA). This is a newly formed
nonprofit organization with a mission to develop a successful
market-based program to provide the most up-to-date
renewable energy technologies to rural communities. Parag
Gheewala, Aaron Hendelman, Manja Sachet, and David
Wickwire; summer associate Shane Anderson; paralegal
Teo Morca.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).
BALLE believes that local, independent businesses are
among our most potent change agents, uniquely prepared to
take on the challenges of the 21st century with the agility,
sense of place, and relationship-based approach others lack. Scott Zimmermann; paralegal
Adam Fryer.
Cleantech Open. The mission of the Cleantech Open is to
find, fund, and foster the big ideas that address today’s most
urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. Michael Faber, Whit Bissell, Lianna
Chang, Andrew Fedder, Nathan Ferguson, David Glazer, Hollis
Hire, Jayne Lady, Whitney Lau, Jennifer Martinez, Richard
Melnyk, Mary Russell, Michael Schlemmer, Misti Schmidt,
George Willman, and Michael Yang; senior paralegals Myra
Sugiyama and Jane Wilson; senior advisor Sara Hochman.
California Council of Land Trusts. The council works to
build a strong, effective land trust community with the
financial and policy resources to protect California’s
landscapes. Bradford O’Brien, Dominique
Alepin, Nina Poe, and Laura Vaughn; senior paralegals
Mariko Gjovig and Pat Skinner; paralegals Beverly Federigi
and George Perez; electronic data analysts Derek Lee and
Brent Winfield; reference librarians Jana Cassel, Paula
Maher, Penny Ortega, Caroline Overby, Susan Pennypacker,
and Christopher Vargas.
Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS). The mission of CSS is to
conserve natural resources and enhance public health
through freight transportation energy efficiency
improvements and emissions reduction. Craig Sherman, Kendall Bodden,
Sean Butler, Jen Chiang, Joshua Holzer, Michael Klaus,
Richard Melnyk, Christopher Nelson, Keene O’Connor,
Kristina Ringland, and Manja Sachet; summer associate
Shane Anderson; senior advisor Sara Hochman.
Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). CRS, a national
nonprofit with a global impact, creates policy and market
solutions to advance sustainable energy. Aaron Hendelman, Peter Mostow, Robert
Augustine Depew, Alicia Farquhar, Seth Helfgott, Katherine
Henderson, Matthew Kuykendall, Sheridan Pauker, Alexandra
Pavlidakis, Michael Schlemmer, Matt Sieving, and Rebecca
Stuart; summer associate Brad Tennis; senior paralegal
Sharon Schor.
Collective Roots Garden Project. Collective Roots seeks
to educate and engage youth and communities in food
system change through sustainable programs that impact
health, education, and the environment.
Jonna Anderson, Justin Goetsch, Richard Melnyk, Rebecca
Stuart, and Mark Warnick; summer associate Jacqueline
Sutton; senior paralegals Candida Malferrari and Jane
Wilson; paralegals Jamie Bruno and Nancy Zhao; reference
librarians Jana Cassel and Paula Maher.
Earth Island Institute. Earth Island Institute is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit, public interest organization that serves as a hub for
grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving,
and restoring ecosystems. Sheridan Pauker.
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. Earthjustice is a
nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the
magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this
earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy
environment. Aaron Hendelman, John
Slafsky, and Matthew Kuykendall; paralegal Victoria Bocek.
Electric Auto Association (EAA). EAA is a nonprofit
educational organization that promotes the advancement and
widespread adoption of electric vehicles and acts as a public
source of information to communicate developments in
electric vehicle technology, to encourage experimentation in
the building of electric vehicles, and to organize public
exhibits and events devoted to electric vehicles, and to
educate the public on the progress and benefits of electric
vehicle technology. Aaron Hendelman and
Matthew Kuykendall; paralegal Victoria Bocek.
Environmental Media Fund (EMF). EMF is a 501 (c)(3)
nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst for films and
media programming and events about environmental issues. Catherine Kirkman, Whit
Bissell, John McGaraghan, and Mark Warnick; senior
paralegals Julie Meagher and Jane Wilson; paralegal
Victoria Bocek.
Environmental Volunteers (EV). EV believes all children
deserve to learn about the natural world through personal
exploration, so that they can become responsible stewards of
the Earth. Alicia Farquhar and Alexandra
FIT Coalition. The coalition’s mission is making clean local
energy accessible now. Scott
Impact Carbon. Impact Carbon’s mission is to improve
health and the environment through clean energy projects
that reduce carbon emissions. Scott
Zimmermann; summer associate Joshua Bushinsky.
taxpayer advocates working collectively to restore selfsustaining, abundant, and harvestable populations of wild
salmon and steelhead to the rivers, streams, and oceans of
the Pacific states. Drew Markham.
International Wilderness Leadership (The WILD)
Foundation. WILD is the only international organization
dedicated entirely and explicitly to wilderness protection
around the world. John Slafsky, Miranda Biven, and
Matthew Kuykendall.
Save The Bay (Save San Francisco Bay Association).
Save The Bay has given San Francisco Bay a voice for nearly
50 years, and helped shift public attitudes from complacency
to vigilance. Alicia Farquhar, Nathan Ferguson,
Jayne Lady, Michael Nader, Alexandra Pavlidakis, Lauren
Phillips, and Jeanna Steele.
Marine Science Institute. The institute’s mission is to
cultivate a responsibility for the natural environment and our
human communities through interdisciplinary science
education. Rebecca Stuart.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s purpose is to
purchase, permanently protect, and restore lands that form a
regional open space greenbelt. That greenbelt will preserve
unspoiled wilderness, wildlife habitats, watersheds,
viewsheds, and fragile ecosystems—as well as provide
opportunities for low-intensity recreation and environmental
education. Susan Reinstra.
Oceana. Oceana is the largest international advocacy group
working solely to protect the world’s oceans.
Joshua Holzer, Anne Seymour, and Gerard Stegmaier.
One Million Lights. One Million Lights is a project of the
World of Color public charity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization based in Palo Alto with a mission to improve the
daily lives of children and adults around the world by
replacing environmentally toxic kerosene lamps with solar
lights. Suzanne Bell, Robert Augustine
Depew, and Jane Slater.
Peninsula Open Space Trust
(POST). The mission of POST is
to give permanent protection to
the beauty, character, and
diversity of the San Francisco
Peninsula and Santa Cruz
Mountain range. Bradford
O’Brien and Misti Schmidt.
Save Our Wild Salmon
Coalition. Save Our Wild
Salmon is a nationwide
coalition of conservation organizations, commercial and
sports fishing associations, businesses, river groups, and
Misti Schmidt
Sea Spray Research Foundation. Sea Spray is a nonprofit
charitable organization that evaluates potential solutions to
global climate instability resulting from global warming. T.
Linscott Watkinson.
Sustainable Conservation. Sustainable Conservation
advances the stewardship of natural resources using
innovative, pragmatic strategies that actively engage
businesses and private landowners in conservation across
California and beyond. Michael Nader and Mark
Warnick; senior paralegal Ty Tran.
The CleanTX Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to
promote Texas-based clean technology and renewable
energy entrepreneurship. Derek Willis and
Joseph Alcorta; senior paralegal Marcia Barr.
The Food Empowerment Project. The project seeks to
create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing
the power of one’s food choices. It seeks specifically to
empower those with the fewest resources.
Jennifer Knapp and Michael Schlemmer; senior paralegal
Christine Marion.
Tides Center. Tides is a nonprofit organization that works at
the heart of today’s most critical issues, supporting grantees
and programs that are core to our country’s nonprofit
infrastructure and social service delivery.
Seth Helfgott and Sheridan Pauker; reference librarian Susan
US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC). The UCGEC’s
mission is to establish a collaborative platform to find ways
to support each other in the urgent search for a global
solution for combating global warming and pollution while
promoting energy security. Scott Anthony, Carmen
Chang, Karen Wong, An-Yen Hu, and Yan Zhang.
WellDone International. WellDone is a 501(c)(3)
organization working to raise awareness on global water
issues and provide clean water for communities in the
developing world. Jishnu Menon.
WildAid Inc. WildAid’s mission is to end illegal wildlife
trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public
awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine
protection. Aaron Hendelman, Katharine Martin,
Hollis Hire, Matthew Kuykendall, Bradley Libuit, James
McCann, Misti Schmidt, and Todd Wheeler; senior
paralegals Cecilia Kahn, Sharon Schor, and Diane Stadlen;
paralegal Charis Duenas.
California Antiviral Foundation. The foundation brings a
new approach to the fight against HIV/AIDS by making use
of a natural protein(s) produced by the body to fight the virus
with the goal of bringing safe and effective drugs to HIVinfected individuals worldwide.
Jesse Chew, Kristen Harrer, Riya Kuo, Raghu Seshadri, Myra
Sutanto Shen, and Matthew Wiltermuth.
Code Blue Now. Code Blue Now’s mission is to create
strong public will for change by engaging the public in
designing, shaping, and promoting a template for a new
healthcare system. Aaron Hendelman;
paralegal Victoria Bocek.
Danville d’Elegance. Danville d’Elegance
supports Parkinson’s research and patient care. Erika Kikuchi.
Eric’s Vision. Eric’s Vision is a nonprofit organization
that aims to raise support for individuals battling
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), fund ALS cure-driven
research, and inspire further research by providing college
scholarships to deserving high school students. Andrew Hoffman.
Five Branches University. Five Branches aims to provide a
professional medical education in the art, science, and
practice of traditional Chinese medicine through classroom
courses and clinical training. Koray Bulut
and Jayne Lady.
Generations Community Wellness Centers
(Generations). Generations’ mission is to provide creative
wellness solutions through community partnerships. Those
partnerships will empower entire communities to create
healthy, sustainable change in their environments. Aaron Hendelman, John Slafsky,
Matthew Kuykendall, and Mark Warnick; senior paralegal
Cecilia Kahn; paralegal Victoria Bocek.
George Mark Children’s House (GMCH). The first and
only freestanding residential pediatric palliative care center
in the U.S., GMCH is a unique nonprofit facility that provides
the gift of time to children—and their families—who face
life-limiting illnesses with care that is comprehensive,
compassionate, and leading edge. Haley
Altman, Mark Parnes, Jeanna Steele, and Rebecca Stuart.
Heart Screens for Teens (HSFT). HSFT offers a unique
program that travels to schools or communities to provide
high-quality medical screening to detect potentially fatal
heart conditions like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or
an enlarged heart. Martin Waters
and Elizabeth Kane; senior paralegal Sheri Martin.
Herban Health. Herban Health is nonprofit corporation
offering holistic healthcare that helps to foster good health
by supporting the whole person: physically, mentally, and
spiritually. Aaron Hendelman, Brandon
Gantus, Bradley Libuit, and Aref Wardak.
Ignite Institute for Individualized Health. The Ignite
Institute’s mission is to provide the highest quality
healthcare in the world and, with its partners, to transform
healthcare delivery into a highly efficient, effective, and
affordable endeavor. Mark Fitzgerald, Vern Norviel,
Christopher Byrd, Elizabeth Crimer, Mark McNemar, and
Mark Parnes; paralegal Annie Schroyer.
Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley. The center
is a nonprofit, community health clinic that takes pride in
serving people from all walks of life, regardless of race,
creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. Lianna Chang, Robert Augustine
Depew, David Glazer, John McGaraghan, Richard Melnyk,
and Rebecca Stuart.
Indian Health Council (IHC). IHC is a consortium of nine
tribes dedicated to the continual betterment of Indian
health, wholeness, and well-being.
Wendy Devine and Gerard Stegmaier.
InSTEDD. InSTEDD envisions a world where communities
everywhere design and use technology to continuously
improve health, safety, and development.
Catherine Kirkman, Donna Petkanics, Alex Devkar, Alicia
Farquhar, Kimya Hoffmann, Hans Kim, Riya Kuo, and
Lauren Lichtblau.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF is
the only organization of its kind devoted to finding a cure for
adults and children living with type 1 diabetes. Terry Johnson.
Living Goods. Living Goods reduces illness and death by
significantly improving access to simple, proven health
interventions in the many places these are scarce. Kristen Harrer, Hollis Hire, Ashley Hu, and
Mark Parnes; paralegal Victoria Bocek.
Mobilizing Health. Mobilizing Health is committed to
increasing access to emergency and preventative healthcare
for rural populations using mobile technology. Jon Avina, Derk Lupinek, Rachel Proffitt,
Arif Sikora, Rebecca Stuart, and Aref Wardak; summer
associate Brock Dahl.
Myelin Repair Foundation. The Myelin Repair Foundation
is the world’s largest nonprofit research organization
exclusively focused on developing the next generation
multiple sclerosis treatment: myelin repair.
Ian Edvalson, John Slafsky, Joseph Chu, Shakti Narayan,
Evan Stern, Rebecca Stuart, Matthew Wiltermuth, and
Yang Yang; summer associate Khurram Awan; paralegal
Nisha De Lany.
Niroga Institute (Center for Integral Health). Niroga
(“freedom from disease” in Sanskrit) strives to foster health
and well-being for individuals, families, and communities
through the practice of yoga. Aaron Hendelman,
Catherine Kirkman, John McGaraghan, Mark Parnes,
Mary Russell, and David Wang.
Public Library of Science (PLoS). PLoS is a nonprofit
organization of scientists and physicians committed to
making the world’s scientific and medical literature a public
resource. Catherine Kirkman, Clark Asay, Lisa
Nguyen, Raghu Seshadri, and Maulik Shah.
Peninsula HealthCare Connection Inc. (PHC). PHC is
a not-for-profit organization with a focused mission to
serve the needs of the homeless and those at risk of
becoming homeless. Jayne Lady and
Michael Schlemmer.
The Friendship Society. The society is a volunteer
charitable organization established to assist families with
children who have severe physical and/or mental disabilities,
to enable them to lead a full and healthy life.
Cameron Smith.
The Parkinson’s Institute.
The mission of the institute is
to provide comprehensive
patient care while discovering
new treatment options to
improve the quality of life for
all Parkinson’s disease patients. Ian Edvalson, Vern
Norviel, Kristen Harrer,
Matthew Kuykendall, Mark
McNemar, Anavelys OrtizAnavelys Ortiz-Suarez
Suarez, Jeffrey Thomas, Mark
Warnick, Michael Willis, and
Matthew Wiltermuth; law clerk Salisa Kanokpanont; chief
patent counselor Esther Kepplinger; summer associate
Katherine Hasper; patent agent Madhuri Roy; scientific
advisor Eileen Woo; legal support manager Queenie Ngo;
senior paralegals Gary Cennerazzo, Cecilia Kahn, and Jane
Wilson; paralegals Jennifer Altman, Roberto Castellanos,
Frank Chen, Sharon De Lorto, Steven Goldstein, and Virginia
Guerrero; foreign filing specialists Reginald Clermont and
Dolores McKay; foreign filing assistant Mystee Sheppard;
legal secretary Mai Pham; agency foreign filing specialist
Sjon Pelletier; reference librarian Jana Cassel.
The Yalom Institute for Psychotherapy. The institute
provides training in individual and group therapy, as well as
offers certification programs in group therapy nationally and
internationally. Hollis Hire and An-Yen
Hu; senior paralegal Sharon Schor; paralegal Brian Youn.
Sage Bionetworks. Sage’s mission is to create an open
access, integrative bionetwork evolved by contributing
scientists to eliminate human disease. Gregory
Broome, Ian Edvalson, Troy Foster, Dylan Liddiard, Vern
Norviel, John Slafsky, Andrew Bryant, Farah Gerdes, Tao
Huang, Matthew Kuykendall, Michael Montfort, Gerard
O’Shea, Mark Padilla, Maya Skubatch, Jane Slater, Matthew
Staples, and Yang Yang.
Services for Brain Injury (SBI). SBI assists adults and
children to reach their highest level of independence through
accessible services, family and caregiver support, community
awareness, and prevention of brain injuries.
Alicia Farquhar, Rebecca Stuart, and Michelle Wallin.
SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused
Medicines). SIRUM creates an online community
connecting safety-net clinics with donated drugs from
manufacturers, wholesalers, and nursing homes for
medically indigent patients. David Hoffmeister,
Kyle Chin, Kimya Hoffmann, Ashley Hu, and Jon Nygaard.
The Sky’s the Limit Fund. The fund provides financial
support to youth, young adults, and their families who
would otherwise not be able to access wilderness therapy. Kristen Dumont, Richard Cline, Catalin
Cosovanu, Weilyn Pa, Mark Parnes, Alexandra Pavlidakis,
Mary Russell, Jane Slater, Myra Sutanto Shen, and David
Wang; senior paralegal Christine Marion; reference
librarian Caroline Overby.
South Asian Heart Center. The mission of the South
Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital is to reduce the
high incidence of coronary artery disease among South
Asians and save lives through a comprehensive, culturally
appropriate program incorporating education, advanced
screening, lifestyle changes, and case management. Farah Gerdes and Matthew
Wiltermuth; summer associate Erin Guldiken; senior
paralegal Ty Tran; paralegal Victoria Bocek.
Treeswing. Treeswing is a nonprofit organization aimed at
increasing the opportunities for youth to be physically
active and access healthy foods in schools.
Laura Merritt, Jen Chiang, and Manja Sachet.
Until There’s A Cure Foundation (UTAC). UTAC is
national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by
raising awareness and funds to combat this pandemic. Aaron Hendelman, Catherine Kirkman, Jonna
Anderson, Alex Devkar, Justin Goetsch, and Mark Warnick;
senior paralegal Cecilia Kahn; paralegals Jamie Bruno, Jun
Ilas, and Nancy Zhao.
Usher III Initiative. Usher III Initiative is a newly created
not-for-profit organization that seeks to develop treatments
and a cure for Usher III syndrome, a rare and incurable
genetic disorder leading to blindness and deafness. Matthew Langer, Christopher Byrd, and
Mitchell Epner; senior paralegal Gary Cennerazzo; patent
agent Craig Kenesky.
Via Services. Via Services is a private, independent
nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with
disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-
sufficiency and lead richer lives. Alicia
Farquhar, Jayne Lady, Jennifer Martinez, Michael Nader,
Alexandra Pavlidakis, Lauren Phillips, and Stephen Taeusch.
Wisdom Healing Foundation. The foundation supports
the education and practice of Qigong through scholarships,
education outreach, research, and related community
programs. It sponsors projects that foster better awareness
and experience in the practice of Qigong. Marisa
Reed; paralegal Dustin Bierut.
D. A. Tonia Klausner, Jeffrey
Bank, Craig Bolton, Morris
Fodeman, and Scott Tenley;
paralegal coordinator Anthony
Geritano; senior paralegal
Nanci Blaisdell; paralegal
Daniel Gaffey; reference
librarians Jana Cassel and
Paula Maher.
Asian Pacific Islander
Legal Outreach (APILO).
APILO is a community-based,
social justice organization serving Asian and Pacific
islander. It provides legal, social, and educational services
in more than a dozen languages and dialects, focused in
the areas of domestic violence, violence against women,
immigration and immigrant rights, senior law and elder
abuse, human trafficking, public benefits, and social justice
issues. Terry Kearney, Veronica
Ascarrunz, Riya Kuo, Jennifer Martinez, Jimmy Nguyen,
Lisa Nguyen, Michael Nguyen, Julie Shah, and Caroline
Wilson; senior paralegal Pat Skinner; paralegal Moira
Rueda; e-discovery director William Kellerman; electronic
data analysts Ian Hoare, Derek Lee, and Larry Wilson;
reference librarian Jana Cassel.
Jeff Bank
S.B. Jeffrey Bank and Scott Tenley; senior paralegal Ariana
Del Vecchio.
J.B. David Kramer, Gerard Stegmaier, and Bart Volkmer.
J-R. C. Peter Mostow, Kendall Bodden, Manja Sachet, and
Andrew Shawber.
Casa Cornelia Law Center. Casa Cornelia is a public
interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to
victims of human and civil rights violations, particularly the
indigent within the immigrant community in Southern
California. Wendy Devine, Aubrey
Haddach, and Lori Westin.
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA).
CLSEPA provides legal assistance to low-income individuals
and families in East Palo Alto and the surrounding
community, focusing on practice areas such as housing,
immigration, general civil litigation, and anti-predatory
lending. David Glazer, Yun Yun Huang, Linda Lee,
Freeda Lugo, and Adam Romney.
U.D., Jr. Leo Cunningham, Edmundo Marquez, Nema
Milaninia, Lee-Anne Mulholland, and Jeff Palmer; senior
paralegal Stacy Love; paralegal Aaron Jorgensen; reference
librarians Jana Cassel, Penny Ortega, and Susan
T.D. Colleen Bal, David Kramer, Evan Stern, and Bart Volkmer.
W.G. Claire Davis.
S.M.M.H. Jessica Margolis, Morris Fodeman, and Scott
Tenley; paralegal Nathaniel Koslof; reference librarian
Caroline Overby.
M.K. Bahram Seyedin-Noor and Nema Milaninia; senior
paralegal Stacy Love; paralegal Moira Rueda.
Katharine and George Alexander Community Law
Center. The center educates law students in accordance
with the highest professional and ethical standards by
serving individuals and communities in need with
competence, conscience, and compassion through pro bono
legal representation and education.
Bart Volkmer.
H.A.K. Lisa Prager, Joshua Holzer, Lawrence Perrone, and
Michelle Shapiro; senior paralegal Colleen Bunner.
F.L. Leo Cunningham, Mark Handfelt, Nema Milaninia, and
Christopher Nelson.
S.L. Laura Merritt, Daniel Amador, Nema Milaninia, and
Lee-Anne Mulholland; paralegal Aaron Jorgensen.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San
Francisco Bay Area (LCCR). LCCR champions the legal
rights of people of color, poor people, immigrants and
refugees, with a special commitment to African-Americans.
It provides free legal assistance and representation to
individuals on civil legal matters and in addition, it handles
policy impact cases that focus on important civil rights
issues. David Berger, Steven Guggenheim, Michael
Ladra, Corina Cacovean, Hasani Caraway, Kashana Cauley,
Lianna Chang, Joyce Choi, Michele Connors, Robert Corp,
Ben Crosson, Lillian Ewing, Bejan Fanibanda, Joseph Fiorino,
Crystal Gaudette, Renuka George, Kirin Gill, David Glazer,
Pamela Glazner, Daniel Gorback, Jason Gordon, Laura Grant,
Nicole Healy, Elizabeth Hill, Christopher Howald, Savith
Iyengar, Aaron Katz, Bryan Ketroser, Hans Kim, Alyssa
Knutson, Elena Kouvabina, Matthew Kuykendall, Jayne Lady,
Kalina Laleva, Whitney Lau, Luke Liss, Freeda Lugo, Jennifer
Martinez, David McCarthy, Elise Miller, Randal Miller, Jill
Monnin, Catherine Moreno, Allison Moser, L. David
Nefouse, Lisa Nguyen, Michael Nguyen, Anne Marie
Nicpon, Jon Nygaard, Anavelys Ortiz-Suarez, Joni Ostler,
Mark Padilla, Deepa Panelli, Mark Parnes, Julian Perrin,
Lauren Phillips, Nina Poe, Daisy Poon, Analisa Pratt, Henry
Pruitt, Marisa Reed, David Reichenberg, Tracy Rubin, Bryson
Santaguida, Julie Shah, Maulik Shah, Varun Shetty,
Catherine Shiang, Jeanna Steele, Kimberly Stopak, Scott
Tenley, Sara Walsh, Aref Wardak, Mark Warnick, Tzung-Ping
Wei, Caroline Wilson, Lucy Yen, and Scott Zimmermann;
summer associates Joseph Bailey, Taurean Brown, Allison
Crow, Kevin Morsony, Camille Papini-Chapla, and Matthew
Sumida; paralegal coordinator Anthony Geritano; senior
paralegals Deborah Bellinger, Anthony DeNatale, Mariko
Gjovig, Isabelle James, Stacy Love, Candida Malferrari, Greg
Sambor, Pamela Sandillo, Fred Saulo, Shea Savage, and Pat
Skinner; paralegals Roberto Castellanos, Sharon De Lorto,
Beverly Federigi, Jerrod Foster, Daniel Gaffey, Virginia
Guerrero, Joyce Hill, George Perez, Moira Rueda, and
Kazuko Shintani; case assistant Rodolfo Muñoz; legal
secretaries Lisa Jackson and Mai Pham; electronic data
analyst Ian Hoare; reference librarians Jana Cassel, Paula
Maher, Penny Ortega, Susan Pennypacker, and Christopher
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). NYLAG
helps the poor and near-poor in New York City access legal
rights of vital importance. Junghiun Park.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). NWIRP
provides direct legal services for low-income immigrants by
pursuing and defending their legal status.
Kristina Ringland and Manja Sachet.
M.I.R. Cynthia Dy and Ignacio Salceda; paralegal
Moira Rueda.
M.S. Bahram Seyedin-Noor and Nema Milaninia; senior
paralegal Stacy Love.
L.C.S. Anthony Weibell.
F. de M. S.A. Laura Kidd.
The Bernardo Kohler Center (BKC). BKC’s mission is to
protect and support the immigrant population through the
coordination of programs and services. Its purpose is to
coordinate services for immigrants in Texas and partner
with human rights and social service organizations
throughout North America in order to improve social
conditions for the families of immigrants in Texas. Anna Brandl, Michele
Connors, Aysha Doman, Brian Range, Henning Schmidt, and
Jose Valera; paralegal Thomas Neumayr.
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS). VLS’s
mission is to help low-income clients access the civil
justice system by providing volunteer attorneys who donate
free legal advice and representation and by supporting and
training those attorneys. Aden Allen, Clayton
Basser-Wall, Stephen Dartt, Brian Range, and Luiz von
Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP). Since 1977,
VLSP has been making meaningful change in people’s lives
using a unique blend of legal services and social work in
the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jose Villarreal, Corina Cacovean, Abraham DeLaO, Tracy
Tosh Lane, Brian Mendonca, Elise Miller, Anne Marie
Nicpon, Maulik Shah, Luiz von Paumgartten, and Gregory
Wallace; senior paralegal Jonathan Rich; reference
librarian Jana Cassel.
D. W. Ivan Humphreys, Roger Stern, and Nikki Stitt Sokol.
T. W. Laura Merritt.
V. W. Michael Ladra and Kalina Laleva; case assistant
Rodolfo Muñoz; reference librarian Paula Maher.
Center for Justice and Accountability. The center is an
international human rights organization dedicated to
deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses
around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to
seek truth, justice, and redress. Leo Cunningham,
Renuka George, Nema Milaninia, and Lee-Anne
Mulholland; senior paralegals Stacy Love and Pamela
Sandillo; paralegals Aaron Jorgensen and Moira Rueda;
electronic data analyst Brent Winfield; reference librarian
Paula Maher.
Coalition for a Sustainable Africa. The coalition is a
collaboration of nonprofit organizations supporting
sustainable solutions for grass-roots initiatives to empower
the people and communities of Africa.
Matt Sieving.
Dalai Lama Foundation. The mission of the Dalai Lama
Foundation is to support the development of a shared
global capacity for ethics and peace, based on a nondogmatic ethic of compassion.
Julia Reigel and Christopher McCaskill.
Daniel Pearl Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to
promote tolerance and understanding internationally
through journalism, music, and dialogue.
Craig Sherman.
Domingo Savio Institute. The Domingo Savio Institute, a
nonprofit based at Florida State University’s Center for the
Advancement of Human Rights, is dedicated to increasing
developmental and educational opportunities for at-risk
children in Santiago, Chile. Richard Schachtili.
Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW gives voice to
the oppressed and holds oppressors accountable for
their crimes. Bejan Fanibanda and
Lee-Anne Mulholland.
International Human Rights Clinic at Berkeley. The
International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley allows
students to design and implement creative solutions to
advance the global struggle for the protection of human
rights. Leo Cunningham, Nema
Milaninia, and Lee-Anne Mulholland; senior paralegals
Colleen Bunner, Patrick Caccamo, Stacy Love, and Pamela
Sandillo; paralegals Aaron Jorgensen and Moira Rueda.
Lumana Foundation. Lumana’s mission is to alleviate
poverty in rural communities through education and
entrepreneurship. Andrew Bryant, Sean Butler,
Andrew Shawber, and Matthew Staples; paralegals Teo
Morca and Nancy Williams.
Magna Children at Risk. This humanitarian organization’s
mission is to provide medical and social aid to children and
their families in crisis-stricken parts of the world. Its
projects are directed at people in need due to poverty,
disease, war, or environmental devastation—regardless of
their ethnic, religious, or race origins. Michael Faber, Deepa Nayini,
Mark Parnes, Sacha Ross, and Federico Valdes; paralegals
Ramzi Kanazi and Annie Schroyer; reference librarian
Penny Ortega.
Nuru International. Nuru is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public
benefit charity committed to pioneering holistic, sustainable
solutions to end extreme poverty in partnership with the
poor. John Slafsky, Aysha Doman,
Riya Kuo, Matthew Kuykendall, Cisco Palao-Ricketts, Raghu
Seshadri, Rebecca Stuart, Myra Sutanto Shen, Mark
Warnick, and Michael Wang; senior paralegals Douglas Ota
and Ty Tran; paralegal Roberto Castellanos; reference
librarian Jana Cassel.
OpenStreetMap Foundation. OpenStreetMap is dedicated
to encouraging the growth, development, and distribution of
free geospatial data and to providing geospatial data for
anybody to use and share.
Sara Harrington, Catherine Kirkman, Clark Asay, and
John McGaraghan.
Our Energy Challenge. Our Energy Challenge’s mission is
to harness the power of community to make a clean and
secure energy future a reality. It seeks to empower leaders
from the Indian, Chinese, Pakistani, and Jewish clean tech
communities with the tools needed to help bring their
community institutions’ power to making changes in this
area. Jonathan Axelrad and Scott Zimmermann; summer
associate Joshua Bushinsky.
Oxfam America. Oxfam America works on the scene,
helping people gain the hope, skills, and direction to create
a new future. It also addresses social injustice through
advocacy, public education, and emergency assistance
programs. Laura Merritt, Alexandra
Pavlidakis, Jason Storck, and Elizabeth Tippett.
Relief International/Schools Online. Schools Online, an
entity of Relief International, helps students around the
world to use information and communication technologies
for educational collaboration and cultural exchange.
and Brandon Gantus, Matthew
Kuykendall, Jayne Lady, Jennifer Martinez, Gerard O’Shea,
Mark Parnes, and Elizabeth Tippett; senior paralegal
Sharon Schor.
Stanford-India Biodesign. The goal of Stanford-India
Biodesign is to train the next generation of medical
technology innovators in India. Vern Norviel and
Matthew Wiltermuth.
Support of Partners in Sustainable Development
(SPSD). The aim of SPSD is to support, advocate and raise
awareness concerning projects implemented in Middle
Eastern countries for youth, women, and deprived
communities. Maura Fleming, Richard Schachtili, and
Melissa Schulz; senior paralegal Pamela Alford; paralegal
Sheetal Saini; corporate assistant Gail Coatney.
The Share Fund. The fund’s objectives are to promote the
understanding of indigenous cultures and support
collaborative educational, cultural, and sustainable
economic development with indigenous and disadvantaged
communities in Ecuador, Kenya, and other developing
countries. Richard Schachtili.
TiE Foundation. The TiE Foundation’s aim is to channel
efforts and activities to cultivate entrepreneurship through
fund-raising activities and campaigns. Raj Judge, Alicia Farquhar, Brandon Gantus,
David Glazer, Jayne Lady, Jennifer Martinez, Michael Nader,
Lauren Phillips, and Jeanna Steele; summer associate
Jeffrey Purcell.
Civic Ventures. Civic Ventures is a think tank on boomers,
work, and social purpose. John Slafsky,
Gary Greenstein, Jennifer Martinez, Alexandra Pavlidakis,
Evan Stern, Stephen Taeusch, and Mark Warnick; senior
paralegals Cecilia Kahn and Sharon Schor.
J-Sei (formerly Japanese American Services of the
East Bay). J-Sei plays an important role in enabling seniors
to age well, receive appropriate assistance as their
independence decreases, and have the opportunity to live
within the community with assistance from caregivers. Kenneth Clark, Hollis Hire, Jayne Lady, Alexandra
Pavlidakis, and Michael Schlemmer; senior paralegal
Cecilia Kahn.
Abraham’s House of Prayer. A bold vision of The San
Francisco Center for Spiritual Community, its goal is to
create a space that promotes dialogue and understanding
between the three Abrahamic faiths. Aref Wardak.
Advent Group Ministries. Advent is a faith-based,
nonprofit, social service agency serving at-risk children and
their families. It includes an outpatient recovery program, a
comprehensive family counseling center, and a foster care
program for children of all ages. Alicia
Farquhar and Alexandra Pavlidakis.
HackNY. Co-organized by faculty from NYU and Columbia,
and with a board of advisors that includes educators,
technologists, and entrepreneurs, hackNY organizes a
summer fellows program as well as student “hackathons”
during the school year in order to create and empower a
community of student-technologists. Darren
Bilotto, Benjamin Carver, and Sacha Ross; paralegal
Judy Liu.
Austin Eruv Committee. An eruv is an unobtrusive
perimeter around a community made of existing utility poles
and lines that transforms public space into communal space
under Jewish law. The committee is working to make the
eruv a reality in Austin, Texas. Clayton Basser-Wall.
Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation (MCSF). MCSF’s
mission is to bridge the gap between the hobbyist and the
aerospace community, enabling the civilian, working in
collaboration with corporate and institutional members, to
have the resources, technology, education, and
infrastructure resources to conduct research and develop
technologies that enable them to win competitions and open
the domain of space exploration for the common person. James Clessuras, Selwyn Goldberg,
Catherine Kirkman, Darin Donovan, Glenn Luinenburg,
John McGaraghan, and Jeffrey Ulin.
Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco.
The church sees a transformed world, where every life
matters and every person belongs. Robert
Augustine Depew and Jennifer Martinez; senior paralegal
Candida Malferrari.
The MIT Club of Northern California (MITCNC).
MITCNC offers numerous resources in entrepreneurship,
career development, and professional networking in the
Bay Area. Kimya Hoffmann and
Gavin McCraley.
Creative Commons Corporation. Creative Commons
develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical
infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and
innovation. Catherine Kirkman, John
Slafsky, Catalin Cosovanu, Nathan Ferguson, Jennifer
Knapp, John McGaraghan, Marisa Reed, Rebecca Stuart,
David Wang, and Michael Wolk; summer associate
Jacqueline Sutton; senior paralegals Ty Tran and Jane
Wilson; reference librarian Jana Cassel.
D-Rev: Design Revolution. D-Rev is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
design firm and technology incubator with a mission to
start a revolution in design, marketing, and distribution. Kristen Harrer, Allison Moser, Mark Parnes,
and Alexandra Pavlidakis.
Global Innovation Club (GIC). GIC aims to be a forum for
public discussion of innovation and public policy, akin to the
Commonwealth Club of California and the World Affairs
Council, but with a focus on technology, innovation,
intellectual property rights, and related issues. Riya Kuo.
OpenPlaces. OpenPlaces is a nonprofit organization with a
mission to build and operate a free, open-source-type Web
service that anyone can query for a list of nearby
businesses. Keeping this openly accessible, Wikipedia-style
database accessible to all is designed to foster rapid
innovation in the mobile location space. Yoichiro Taku;
summer associate Khurram Awan.
Software Development Forum (SDForum). SDForum
engages the community by creating connections and
community; providing education and access to resources;
linking the global business community to Silicon Valley; and
facilitating the exchange of unbiased knowledge, insights,
and best practices. Aaron Hendelman,
Catherine Kirkman, Debra Summers, Sundance Banks, John
McGaraghan, Rachel Proffitt, Evan Stern, David Wang,
and Mark Warnick; senior paralegals Cecilia Kahn and
Diane Stadlen.
Technology Freedom Institute. A new organization
formed to promote individual freedom, privacy, and free
speech while advocating limited government regulation of
technology and privacy. Elizabeth Crimer.
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI).
Through its work every day, the Anita Borg Institute seeks to
increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology,
as well as to increase the positive impact of technology on
the world’s women. Raj Judge, Catherine
Kirkman, Allison Spinner, Maria Tsatalis, Justin Goetsch,
Kimya Hoffmann, Joshua Holzer, Ashley Hu, Jennifer Knapp,
Jayne Lady, Jennifer Martinez, Gerard Stegmaier, Elizabeth
Tippett; summer associate Bindu Gottipati.
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).
ICRW works to make women in developing countries an
integral part of alleviating global poverty. Daniel
Peale, Catherine Edmunds, and Gerard Stegmaier.
International Museum of
Women (I.M.O.W.). I.M.O.W.,
a social change museum, has a
mission to value the lives of
women around the world and
advance the human right to
gender equity worldwide. Catherine Kirkman,
Susan Reinstra, Rebecca
DeGraw, Alicia Farquhar,
Michael Gorback, Kimya
Jeanna Steele
Hoffmann, Matthew
Kuykendall, Whitney Lau, Misti
Schmidt, Raghu Seshadri, Jeanna Steele, Rebecca Stuart,
and Mark Warnick; paralegal Victoria Bocek.
Legal Voice (formerly Northwest Women’s Law
Center). Legal Voice, an action-oriented, diverse
organization, is committed to securing and protecting the
rights of all women. Inessa Baram-Blackwell;
senior paralegal Diana Lopez.
Narika. Narika sets out to address the unmet needs of
abused South Asian women by providing advocacy, support,
information, and referrals within a culturally sensitive
model. Catherine Kirkman, Calise Cheng, Brandon
Gantus, Jayne Lady, Bradley Libuit, Jennifer Martinez,
Michael Schlemmer, Stephen Taeusch, and Aref Wardak;
paralegal Charis Duenas.
Mothers’ Milk Bank of California (MMB). MMB, located
at Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California, is a
licensed tissue bank that has been providing milk-banking
services for more than 30 years, helping babies survive and
thrive. Farah Gerdes and Yang Yang.
Next Door : Solutions to Domestic Violence. Next Door
promotes safety for battered women and their children
through emergency shelter; multiple points of entry for
victims; individuals, system, and institutional advocacy;
crisis intervention; education for victims and the community;
and the changing of community norms through prevention
activities. Melissa Hollatz, Ben Crosson,
Alicia Farquhar, Pamela Glazner, Tiffany Hui, Alyssa Knutson,
Riya Kuo, Jayne Lady, Kalina Laleva, Freeda Lugo, L. David
Nefouse, Alexandra Pavlidakis, Lauren Phillips, Tracy Rubin,
Michael Schlemmer, Jessica Snorgrass, and Stephen
Taeusch; summer associate Bindu Gottipati; paralegals
Roberto Castellanos, George Perez, and Moira Rueda.
Philanthropista. Philanthropista is a 501(c)(3) organization
with a mission to donate money to women in the African
Congo. Elizabeth Crimer, John Mizroch, and Taite McDonald.
Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC).
PBWC’s mission is to provide a forum in which
businesswomen from all industries and of all levels can
share their wisdom and experience, ignite new thinking,
move confidently in the direction of their dreams, fulfill their
potential, and live remarkable lives. Aaron
Hendelman, Ashley Hu, Riya Kuo, Matthew Kuykendall,
Lauren Phillips, and Elizabeth Tippett; summer associate
Camille Papini-Chapla.
Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES).
WAGES believes that all women should have access to
healthy jobs with fair pay and benefits and a real chance to
build economic security. Alicia
Farquhar, Nathan Ferguson, Alexandra Pavlidakis, and
Jeanna Steele; senior paralegal Cecilia Kahn.
Women’s Funding Network. As a global network and a
movement for social justice, Women’s Funding Network
accelerates women’s leadership and invests in solving
critical social issues—from poverty to global security—by
bringing together the financial power, influence, and voices
of women’s funds. Aaron
Hendelman, John Slafsky, and Mark Warnick; summer
associate Jason Harrow; senior paralegals Sharon Schor and
Ty Tran; paralegal Roberto Castellanos; reference librarian
Penny Ortega.
Community Activities
The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Community Service
Committee enhances the firm’s community involvement by
organizing numerous charity and community events
throughout the year for the firm’s employees. The members
of the committee are Kim Armstrong, Kristin Ashby, Peggy
Baird, Inessa Baram-Blackwell, Kelly Barker, Kendall
Bodden, Natalie Burigin, Maureen Cangialosi, Rosanna
Carter, Michelle Carty, Inga Coleman, Rosanna Colonna,
Connie Cosner, Lynda Cunningham, Anthony DeNatale,
Wendy Devine, Nanette Doiron, Melanie Egusa, Andrew
Fedder, Crystal Gaudette, Gina Gencarelli, Cynthia
Gismegian, Pam Gremore, Patty Heiman, Grace Herrera, Liz
Hoke, Ruben Holgado,
Debra Jones, Jeana
Kim, Jennifer Knapp,
Florence Lambert,
Patti Lane, Olivia Li,
Laurie Lin, Luke Liss,
Jenni Loreti, Jen
Loving, Lori Low,
Joyce Maguire, Gail
McFall (chair), Barbara
Mery, Sherri Mills, Je
Myung, Brainer
Ngirnesechi, Kristen
Olson, Tracy Rubin, Michelle Savey, Rita Selby, Varun Shetty,
Vivian Shreve, Andrew Smetana, Robert Suffoletta, Monique
Sullivan, David Thomas, Elizabeth Tippett, Stacy
Trzesniewski, Anne Vu, Aref Wardak, Janice Weekes, Karen
Weiland, Genevieve Williams, and Caroline Wilson.
Following the series of devastating earthquakes in Haiti last
year, the WSGR Foundation, the firm, and its employees
raised funds to help with relief efforts. The firm offered to
match employee contributions to the American Red Cross up
to an additional $50,000. The matching-funds campaign
drew to a close on February 1. The results were indicative of
the generosity of our attorneys and staff, with collections of
more than $57,000 in individual donations. Along with the
firm’s matching donation of $50,000 and a $50,000
contribution from the WSGR Foundation, a total of more
than $157,000 was raised to help the earthquake victims
rebuild their lives and restore their communities.
Numerous WSGR attorneys and staff members participated
in firm-wide community events in fiscal year 2011.
Save The Bay. On two days in July 2010,
teams of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
volunteers partnered with Save The Bay on
one of its wetland-restoration projects at
the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.
Tasks included removing invasive non-
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati received a “Choice
Award” for its “extraordinary efforts that deserve special
acknowledgement” from Second Harvest for the Palo Alto
office’s fundraising and food-drive efforts in 2010, including
monetary donations totaling $62,645 (which includes
$20,000 from the WSGR Foundation and $1,135 from
Guckenheimer, which runs the Palo Alto cafés) and nearly
550 pounds in food donations. The award was presented at
Second Harvest’s annual awards event in March 2011.
native pepperweed and mustard along the marshes,
watering new native plants, and transplanting native
wetland seedings into larger pots for future plantings.
Overall, volunteers removed 440 pounds of invasive weeds
(22 bags) and transplanted 1,300 native wetland seedlings.
To learn more about Save The Bay, please visit its website
Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program. In
September 2010, a team of volunteers participated in a
habitat-restoration project in the Presidio Hills of San
Francisco with the Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer
Program. Tasks included constructing a temporary fence and
posting signage to protect newly planted areas, as well as
removing non-native wild radish. In total, volunteers
removed 10 oversized bags of invasive weeds. To learn more
about Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program,
please visit its website at
Habitat restoration volunteers included Julie Beley, Anthony
DeNatale, Alicia Farquhar, Nicole Healy, Gail McFall, Tanya
Miramontes, Lisset Nevarez, Evelyn O’Shaughnessy, Mary
Anne Pedroni, Cynthia Peggins, Jason Pien, Vivian Shreve,
Rachel Taylor, Stacy Trzesniewski, Aref Wardak, and
Genevieve Williams; summer assistants Jacob Finkle and
Nathan Walker; and summer associates Susan Buckner,
Josh Bushinsky, Allison Crow, Brock Dahl, Doru Gavril, Omar
Haroun, Jason Harrow, Kristin Kemnitzer,
Andrew Kozumplik, Camille PapiniChapla, Phil Rucker, Jackie Sutton, and
Robert Wu.
City Harvest Food and Fundraising Drive. In March and
April 2010, New York office employees held a food drive
benefiting City Harvest, collecting more than five boxes of
non-perishable food items and $110 in monetary donations.
Rosanna Colonna and Frances Cookenboo led the food drive.
To learn more about City Harvest, please visit its website at
Second Harvest Food and Fundraising Drives and
Food Sort Projects. The firm’s Palo Alto office participated
in the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San
Mateo Counties’ Share Your Lunch Campaign to Feed
Children and the Holiday Food and Fund Drive and Industry
Challenge. In 2010, the Palo Alto office collected monetary
donations and food to enable Second Harvest to serve more
than 125,000 meals to individuals in need. In addition, Palo
Throughout the year, several of the firm’s
offices partnered with local food banks
and food assistance organizations to help
serve those in need in the community.
Meals On Wheels. Throughout the
year, Austin employees volunteered to
deliver meals once a week to individuals
who are homebound. In addition, in April
2010, Austin volunteers participated in
the Annual Austin American Statesman Capitol 10K race/fun
run in support of Meals On Wheels. To learn more about
Meals On Wheels, please visit its website at Austin volunteers
included Kelly Barker, Marcie Barr, Joel Boehm, Amanda
Borichevsky, Catherine Dalton, Cari Galloway, Patty
Heiman, Grace Herrera, Janet Kircher, Jen Loving, Tom
Neumayr, Kristen Olson, Andrew Smetana, Jen Smith, Rob
Suffoletta, Darla Thomas, Jose Valera, Michael Vaughn,
and Suzanne Wallace.
Alto employees participated in a record 11 food-sort projects
in 2010 providing more than 392 invaluable volunteer hours.
The volunteers, along with community volunteers, sorted
and bagged 37,725 pounds of fruit and vegetables and
39,193 pounds of non-perishable food items at Second
Harvest’s San Carlos and San Jose facilities. To learn more
about Second Harvest, please visit its website at
Firm volunteers for the fundraising and food-sort projects
included Denise Aki-Valles, Melanie Anderson, Sylvia
Armenta-Carrillo, Kim
Armstrong, Kristin Ashby,
Ray Badilla, Peggy Baird,
Sharon Barbour, Suzanne
Bell, David Berger, Liz
Blackey, Kristi Browning,
Laura Bennert, Allison
Brown, Davy Chea, Maya
Chopra, Pat Civiletti,
Shirin Clark, Reginald
Clermont, Lynda
Cunningham, Sarah
Dekker, Joanna Delaney,
Nanette Dorion, Cynthia
Dy, Jacob Dy-Johnson, Jackie Ennes, Milea Fagar, Maria
Flores-Wilson, Terri Foland, Margaret Foster, Crystal
Gaudette, Lalitta Ghandikota, Pam Gremore, Debbie Grubbs,
Beth Gurney, Dianna Gurrola, Amy Halverson, David
Harburger, Alli Henry, Ruben Holgado, Hong-Wen Huang,
Monica Huettl, Jo Ann Hylton, Crystal Ipalook, Lisa Jackson,
Jennifer Knapp, Alyssa Knutson, Luke Liss, Lori Low, Katie
Martin, Gail McFall, Virginia Mendoza, Joy Mesa, Tanya
Miramontes, Nancy Munroe, Lisset Nevarez, Michael
Nguyen, Penny Ortega, Mark Parnes, Mary Anne Pedroni,
Robin Pezzimenti, Christine Phillips, Rico Rosales, Diane Roy,
Lisa Ruiz, Ignacio Salceda, Maria Sanchez, Michael
Schlemmer, Katie Schwartz, Kelli Shanahan, Amanda Sharp,
Vivian Shreve, Nina Smith, Gina Solheim, Larry Sonsini,
Anna Spier, Cristina Suarez, Stephen Taeusch, Rachel Taylor,
Lisa Thompson, Stacy Trzesniewski, Karla Villanueva, Nam
Vu, Janice Weekes, Cathie Wilcox, and Genevieve Williams;
summer assistants Joanna Bell, Ryan Cronan, Jacob Finkle,
Chris LaCasse, Wendy Li, Akber Malik, and Molly McGlynn;
and summer associates Khurram Awan, Joe Bailey, Susan
Buckner, Zac Cox, Allison Crow, Jason Garr, Jason Harrow,
Katherine Hasper, Andrew Kozumplik, Gary Marshall, Kevin
Morsony, Camille Papini-Chapla, Philip Rucker, Matthew
Sumida, Jackie Sutton, Eldon Wright, Robert Wu, and
Kathy Zhu.
more about Angel’s Depot,
please visit its website at
San Francisco Food Bank.
San Francisco employees
provided assistance to San
Francisco Food Bank in May
2010. The group of volunteers
sorted and repackaged bags
of rice weighing a total of
2,800 pounds: enough to feed
8,000 families in need. To
learn more about San Francisco Food Bank, please visit its
website at
Food-sort volunteers included Julia Berg, John Brown,
Corina Cacovean, Martha Carrillo, Anthony DeNatale, Jason
Gordon, Debra Jones, Anne Marie Nicpon, Maulik Shah, and
Greg Wallace.
Northwest Harvest. In March 2010, Seattle employees, led
by Drew Markham, donated two oversized boxes worth of
nutritious food and necessities for infants in conjunction
with Northwest Harvest’s “Every Day is Baby Day” drive. In
addition, Seattle employees donated $100 to serve babies in
need in the community. Cathie Baker, Je Myung, and Jenni
Hoffman provided additional help for the baby supplies
drive. To know more about Northwest Harvest, please visit
its website at
Food Lifeline. In April 2010, Seattle employees purchased
tulips to benefit Food Lifeline. Overall, employees raised
Angel’s Depot Food and Fundraising Drive. San Diego
employees participated in a food and fundraising drive, led
by Sarah Rollins and Ann Lygas, to benefit Angel’s Depot in
July 2010. Employees collected two large bins of nonperishable food items and more than $150 in monetary
donations, which were used to purchase additional food
items for seniors in need in the community. The WSGR
Foundation also donated $1,000 to Angel’s Depot. To learn
$320 for Food Lifeline. Kathy
Ackerman coordinated the
fundraising activity with
assistance from Barbara Mery,
Michelle Savey, and Karen
Weiland. To learn more about
Food Lifeline, please visit its
website at
In July and August 2010, several
of the firm’s offices partnered with local nonprofits to provide
school supplies
for low-income
students in their
communities who
otherwise would
return to school
without the basic
Volunteers of
America Greater New York (VOA-GNY)
Operation Backpack Drive. Led by
Maureen Cangialosi, Gina Gencarelli, and
Rosanna Colonna, the New York office
collected $600 to purchase 16 supply-filled
backpacks and numerous extra school
supplies including binders, notebooks,
scientific calculators, pocket dictionaries, flash drives, pens,
and pencils. The backpacks and school supplies were
distributed to 7th to 12th grade students in need. To learn
more about
Volunteers of America-GNY, please visit its website at
and Janice Weekes,
employees participated by
either making monetary
donation or by individually
purchasing backpacks with the
recommended school supplies
for specific grade levels.
Overall, Palo Alto employees
contributed 31 supply-filled
backpacks and $2,720 in
monetary donations which
provided a total of 116 supplyfilled backpacks to low-income
students in kindergarten
through 12th grade who participate in the Federal Free or
Reduced Lunch Program (Title I) via their teachers and school
service agencies. To learn more about Family Giving Tree,
please visit its website at
Everybody Wins! DC School Supplies Drive. For a
fourth year in a row, the Washington, D.C., office joined
with Everybody Wins!
D.C. to provide school
supplies for students in
need. The school
recipient in 2010 was
Amidon Elementary
School in D.C., a Title 1
(low-income) school.
Led by Kim Quinteros
and Pamela Parker,
employees raised a
total of $505 for school
supplies. In addition, the WSGR Foundation donated $1,500,
which went to purchase approximately 110 back-to-school
supply kits for Amidon students. Overall, supplies were
provided for 330 students in need. To learn more about
EW!DC, please visit its website at
Family Giving Tree Back-to-School Drive. The Palo Alto
office joined with Family Giving Tree to provide much-needed
backpacks filled with school supplies for low-income
students in four Bay Area counties. Led by Joyce Maguire
Throughout the year, several of the firm’s offices partnered
with local animal non-profit organizations to provide
financial support, pet supplies, and volunteer efforts for
animals in need.
Animal Care and Control of New York City. During the
month of February 2010, with Nanci Blaisdell and Rosanna
Colonna spearheading the supplies drive, New York
employees donated pet supplies such as blankets, sheets,
toys, treats, leashes,
collars, grooming tools,
and puppy food to help
animals in need. To learn
more about Animal Care,
please visit its website
Humane Society
Silicon Valley (HSSV).
In March 2010, the Palo
Alto office held a Pet
Supplies Drive for HSSV.
In addition, on a
Saturday in March,
volunteers from the Palo
Alto office, along with friends and family members, spent
several hours providing support to HSSV. Projects included
cleaning cat carriers, organizing pet supplies, washing
windows, and freshening dog beds. HSSV also received 40
bags of pet supplies from the drive, as well as monetary
donations. Volunteers included Barbara Brondos, Lynda
Cunningham, Joan Dorman, Jackie Ennes, Denielle
Hernandez, Jennifer Knapp, Karen Mare, Gail McFall, Tanya
Miramontes, Nancy Munroe, Brainer Ngirngesechei, Cisco
Palao-Ricketts, Lindi Reagan, Hoy Shih, Jane Slater,
Catherine Tenner, and Lisa Thompson. To learn more about
Humane Society Silicon Valley, please visit its website at
WSGR employees, together with friends and family,
participated in various events nationwide in support of the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise awareness of
blood cancers and
raise funds for cures
the LLS’s, including the
“Big Climb for
Leukemia” in the
spring of 2010, and the
“Light the Night”
walks in the fall of
2010. In addition to
participating in these
employees nationwide
raised more than
$13,500 for LLS. The
WSGR Foundation also
donated $8,500 to LLS,
making the total
amount donated more than $22,000. To learn more about
LLSLight the Night, visit
Volunteers from different offices who climbed, walked,
and/or helped raise funds for this worthy cause included:
Austin: Aaron Barker, Kelly Barker, Marcie Barr, Joel Boehm,
Amanda Borichevsky, Lee Ann Carter, Michelle Carty (coteam captain), Michele Connors, Scott Craig, Stephen Dartt,
Cari Galloway, Martha Gomez, Ferrell Grubbs, Patty Heiman,
Gloria Hernandez, Grace Herrera, Paul Huggins, Mitch
Seattle Humane Society (SHS). In 2010, the firm’s Seattle
office held several fundraising events to benefit SHS. Led by
Je Myung and Michelle Savey, Seattle employees raised
$2,552 by holding a sale of baked goods and espresso in
May and an all-day silent auction in August. In September,
SHS held its most successful Walk for the Animals to date,
with nearly 1,000 animal-lovers participating. To learn more
about SHS, please visit its website at
Karam, Evan Kastner, Janet
Kircher, Margaret LaMore, Jen
Loving, Ashley Mathis, Kristen
Olson (co-team captain), Henning
Schmidt, Catherine Schnurr,
Andrew Smetana, Jason Storck,
Darla Thomas, Craig Tyler, Jose
Villarreal, Larry Webster, and
Derek Willis.
Overall, more than 640
employees nationwide
participated in the Adopt-AFamily holiday program, with
29 groups adopting more than
270 family members and
seniors, including over 90
children. Through the program,
which was sponsored by
various worthy organizations
near the firm’s office locations,
Palo Alto and San Francisco:
Kristi Browning, Sarah Dekker,
Louise Farcich, Terri Foland,
Crystal Gaudette, Virginia
Guerrero, Dianna Gurrola (coteam captain), Amy Halverson, Kevin Kagehiro, Lupe Kessel,
Alyssa Knutson, Mike Ladra, Nancy Lieberman, Gail McFall,
Sherri Mills (co-team captain), Brad O’Brien, Christine
Phillips (co-team captain), Sally Quellos. Tracy Rubin, Juan
(Johnny) Riguera, Vivian Shreve (co-team captain), David
Steuer, and Stacy Trzesniewski.
Seattle: Chris Henderson, Manja Sachet, Cameron Smith,
and David Wickwire.
For the 2010 holiday season, the firm’s offices generously
supported those in need in their local communities.
Employees engaged in such efforts as food and fundraising
drives, food-sort projects, coat and gift drives, an adopt-asenior program, and the firm’s annual adopt-a-family
WSGR employees generously provided monetary
contributions and items designated on the holiday wish lists
of children and families in need. In addition, 25 senior
citizens were adopted through an adopt-a-senior program
and numerous children in need and at-risk youth were
served through gift drives at several offices.
WSGR partnered with the following charitable organization
for the adopt-a-family and adopt-a-senior programs:
Christmas Bureau of Austin and Travis County.
Meals on Wheels and More.
Sanctuary for Families.
Family Giving Tree.
Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing.
Next Door: Solutions to Domestic Violence.
Social Advocates for Youth San Diego.
Larkin Street Youth Services.
Seafair Pirate Charity Foundation
Seattle Senior Services.
Children’s Law Center.
The WSGR Foundation also provided support, making an
overall donation of $12,150 to different nonprofit
organizations nationwide. Donations were made to the
Austin Young Lawyers Association Foundation and the
Capital Area Food Bank of Texas in the Austin area;
Sanctuary for Families in New York; HIP Housing and Next
Door: Solutions to Domestic Violence in the Palo Alto area;
Social Advocates for Youth in San Diego; Larkin Street Youth
Services in San Francisco; Seafair Pirate Charity Foundation
and Seattle Senior Services in Seattle; and the Children’s
Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Volunteer team captains who led this program were:
Austin: Patty Heiman and Kristen Olson; New York:
Rosanna Colonna; Palo Alto: Denise Aki Valles, Kim
Armstrong, Kristin Ashby, Ray Badilla, Debbie Bellinger,
Danielle Black, Jessica Bliss, Shirin Clark, Raya Clor, Lynda
Cunningham, Roseanne Del Cerro, Julie Dias, Nanette
Doiron, Jacque Draeger, Danielle Fernandes, Lynda Gill,
Debbie Grubbs, Dianna Gurrola, Lori Hall, Roberta Harris,
Melissa Hollatz, Christine Li, Donna McGuire, Sherri Mills,
Nancy Munroe, Erica Nelson, Queenie Ngo, Brenda Perez,
Lori Reynoso, Kristen Roccaforte, Maria Sanchez, Shea
Savage, Vivian Shreve, Keeley Sidow, Cristina Suarez,
Rachel Taylor, Monica Torres, Ty Tran, and Kim Williams;
San Diego: Terry Hooper; San Francisco: Natalie Burigin,
Anthony DeNatale, Debra Jones, and Stacy Trzesniewski;
Seattle: Barbara Mery, Jenni Loretti, and Michelle Savey;
and Washington, D.C.: Cynthia Gismegian, Florence
Lambert, and Kim Quinteros. The overall program was
coordinated by Gail McFall.
WSGR Sustainability Program
In 2010-11, the firm participated in several significant
sustainability initiatives and activities in addition to the
ongoing services provided for employees.
WSGR employees and provision of electric-car charging
Palo Alto Office Receives Certification as a Bay Area
Green Business
Sustainable electricity (purchasing energy from renewable
sources from the City of Palo Alto to meet ABA-EPA Law
Office Climate Challenge program guidelines).
In September 2010, the firm’s Palo Alto office received
certification as a Bay Area Green Business in Santa Clara
County. The Bay Area Green Business program certifies and
recognizes businesses that protect, preserve, and sustain
our environment. As part of the certification process, a
business is evaluated in the areas of water and energy
conservation, pollution prevention, and solid waste
ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge
Since 2008, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has
participated in the American Bar Association-U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency Law Office Climate
Challenge. The Climate Challenge is “designed to encourage
law offices to take specific steps to conserve energy and
resources, as well as reduce emissions of greenhouse
gases—which cause global change—and other pollutants.”
As part of the challenge, the firm is engaged in the
following programs: Best Practices for Office Paper
Management, U.S. EPA WasteWise Program, U.S. EPA
Green Power Partnership Program (Green Power), and the
U.S. EPA Energy Star Program.
Other Sustainable Activities
The firm has implemented numerous sustainable activities,
Green café (reducing the use of disposable products and
changing disposable utensils to potato-based products and
“to-go” containers to recycled containers);
Green cleaning (the use of green cleaning products and
reusable microfiber towels);
Green office supplies;
Green printing;
Alternative transportation (promoting a variety of commuter
programs and resources, including participation in
RideSpring a service that facilitates carpooling among
E-waste recycling;
Formed in 1998,
WSGR’s Green Team is
a volunteer group of
employees who share
concerns about the
firm’s carbon footprint
and impact on the
The Green Team provides several ongoing services for
employees and encourages other green actions such as:
Recycling dead batteries and cell phones;
Re-using office paper as scratch pads;
Providing education to raise employee awareness and foster
action aimed at creating more sustainable work and life
In addition, the Green Team organizes the firm’s annual
Earth Day celebrations.
The members of the Green Team are: Barbara Adams,
Dominique Alepin, Kristin Ashby, Kelly Barker, Sunil Bector,
Julie Beley, Danielle Black, Tony Browning, Natalie Burigin,
Ben Carbonell, Dan Carrier, Steve Corrales, Rosanna
Colonna, Jamie Daniels, Jacob Danzinger, Sarah Dekker,
Wendy Devine, Jack Doyle, Jacque Draeger, Nyle Dwyer,
Nancy Farestveit, Margaret Foster, Cynthia Gismegian,
Diana Gurrola, Maria Hamilton, Eddie Holman, Soraya
Howard, Dan Kane, Aaron Katz, Esther Kepplinger, Erika
Kikuchi, Alex Kingsley, Thomas Krattenmaker, Florence
Lambert, Marie Larsen, Stacey Layzell, Zach Lerner, Laurie
Lin, Stephanie Lorber, Joyce Maguire, Drew Markham, Gail
McFall, Mark McNemar, Geoffrey Moore, Isaac Moore,
Nancy Munroe, Kristen Olson, Mark Parnes, Kim Quinteros,
Lori Reynoso, Valentina Rucker, Bob Sanchez, Jon Salvame,
Joanne Skeels, Cristina Suarez, Barbara Vold, Ashley Walter,
Karen Weiland, Lindsey Wilson, and Scott Zimmerman.
The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
(WSGR Foundation)
Established in November 1990, the WSGR Foundation
provides a vehicle for the firm’s members to make financial
contributions to the community. Since that time, the WSGR
Foundation has donated more than $10 million to more than
585 charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area
and out-of-state locations near the firm’s national offices.
Members of the Board of Directors of WSGR Foundation are
David Steuer (chair), David Berger, Chris Compton, Kristen
Garcia Dumont, Terry Johnson, Katharine Martin, Chul Pak,
Robert Sanchez, Patrick Schultheis, and Robert Suffoletta.
Gail McFall serves as administrator of the foundation.
Legal Services
Primary recipients of funding from the WSGR Foundation
are nonprofit, legal-service organizations that provide direct
legal aid to low-income
people. In 2010, recipients
included Asian Law
Alliance, Bay Area Legal
Aid, Bernardo Kohler Center,
Campaign for Equal Justice,
Community Legal Services
of East Palo Alto, D.C. Bar
Pro Bono Program, the East
Bay Community Law Center,
Katharine and George
Alexander Community Law
Center, King County Bar
Foundation, La Raza Centro Legal, the Law Foundation of
Silicon Valley, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center,
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Legal Voice, San
Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, San Francisco Bar
Association Volunteer Legal Services Program, Senior
Adults Legal Assistance, and Volunteer Legal Services of
Central Texas.
The WSGR Foundation also provides funding for a variety of
public interest law organizations. In 2010, these
organizations included Asian Law Caucus, Asylum Access,
Center for Justice and Accountability, Disability Rights
Education and Defense Fund, Equal Justice Society, Lambda
Legal Defense and Education Fund, Lawyers Committee for
Civil Rights, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National
Center for Youth Law, New York Lawyers for the Public
Interest, Public Advocates, and Vera Institute of Justice.
Scholarship Program
In 2010, the WSGR Foundation once again provided support
for the California Bar Foundation’s Diversity Scholarship
Program, designed to support incoming first-year students of
color at California law schools who have a financial need
and a desire to make an impact in the community. The
California Bar Foundation selected Stanford law student
Ashly Nikkole Davis as the 2010 WSGR Foundation
Diversity Scholar.
Pro Bono Committee and WSGR Foundation
The Pro Bono Committee and the WSGR Foundation overlap
and reinforce each other in numerous areas. In 2010, the
WSGR Foundation provided funding for a variety of pro bono
clients, including
Abilities United, Acterra,
Adolescent Counseling
Services, Anita Borg
Institute for Women and
Technology, Asian
Pacific Fund, Boys and
Girls Club of the
Peninsula, Child
Advocates, Community
School of Music and
Arts, Daniel Pearl
Environmental Volunteers, Forever Young Foundation, Fresh
Lifelines for Youth, Hopelink, InnVision, International
Museum of Women, Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation, Legal Community Against Violence, Next Door,
Peninsula Open Space Trust, Ronald McDonald House,
Smuin Ballet, The Sky’s the Limit Fund, The Tech Museum of
Innovation, and WildAid.
Community Service Committee and WSGR Foundation
The WSGR Foundation also supports a number of
community organizations in partnership with the WSGR
Community Service Committee. In 2010, the WSGR
Foundation made contributions to a number of organizations
in connection with various community service activities,
including American Cancer Society, American Red Cross,
The Angel’s Depot, Austin Young Lawyers Association
Foundation, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Children’s Law
Center, City Harvest, Everybody Wins! D.C., HIP Housing, I
Love a Clean San Diego, Larkin Street Youth Services, The
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Meals on Wheels and
More, Rebuilding Together Peninsula, Sanctuary for
Families, Save the Bay, Seafair Pirate Charity Foundation,
Seattle Senior Services, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa
Clara and San Mateo Counties, Social Advocates for Youth
San Diego, Volunteers of America-Greater New York, and
Community Organizations
In summary, since January 2010, the WSGR Foundation has
contributed to more than 110 community organizations, with
gifts ranging from $200 to $50,000. Other beneficiaries
included: A Better Chance, Austin Habitat for Humanity,
Blind Babies Foundation, buildOn, Children’s Health Council,
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ecumenical Hunger Project,
Edgewood Center for Children and Families, Family
Supportive Housing, Feeding America, Foundation Fighting
Blindness, Hidden Villa, Kindering Center, LIFT, Morgan
Autism Center, Museum of Northwest Art, Museum of the
African Diaspora, Oakland Asian Students Educational
Services, Pathways Hospice Foundation, Peninsula
Association for Retarded Children and Adults (PARCA), San
Francisco Ballet Association, San Francisco Opera
Association, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Repertory
Theatre, Seattle Symphony Foundation, Shelter of Contra
Costa Co.,Shelter Network, and TheatreWorks.
Joseph M. Alcorta ..........................LBJ Presidential Library and Museum Future Forum
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School
The CleanTX Foundation
Fred W. Alvarez ..............................Public Advocates, Inc.
Jonathan Axelrad............................American Jewish Committee
Jeffrey Bank ....................................Spoons Across America
Suzanne Bell....................................Girl Scouts of Northern California
David Berger....................................Smuin Ballet/SF
Mark A. Bertelsen ..........................First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Palo Alto
UC Santa Barbara Foundation
Richard C. Blake ..............................National Association of Corporate Directors, Northern California
Steven E. Bochner ..........................Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Donald E. Bradley............................University of California Hastings College of the Law
Hasani Rasheed Caraway ..............100 Black Men of Silicon Valley, Inc.
Onyx Community Connection
Douglas J. Clark ..............................Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Charles T.C. Compton......................Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
Benjamin M. Crosson......................Bay Area Urban Debate League
Michael Danaher ............................Global Peace Networks
Claire Loebs Davis ..........................Coalition for a No Kill King County
Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters
KCACC Exposed
Robert Augustine Depew................Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
Crystal M. Gaudette........................Palo Alto Area Bar Association
Parag Gheewala..............................Northwest Entrepreneur Network
Todd G. Glass ..................................Asia Clean Energy Innovation Initiative, Inc.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Melissa Hollatz ..............................Next Door: Solutions to Domestic Violence
Terry T. Johnson ..............................Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Greater Bay Area Chapter
Raj S. Judge ....................................TiE Silicon Valley, Inc.
Anthony T. Kikuta ............................Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley
Charlotte Kim ..................................Asia-America Chamber of Commerce
New England Women in Energy and the Environment
Jennifer Knapp................................Palo Alto Humane Society
Marty Korman ................................Castilleja Board of Trustees
Woodside School Foundation
Michael C. Labriola ........................Virginia Rowing Association
Katharine A. Martin ........................The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Laura Merritt ..................................AIDS Services of Austin
Austin Symphony Orchestra
Umlauf Sculpture Garden Museum
Nema Milaninia ..............................Censorship Research Center
Iranian American Bar Association
Peter D. Mostow ............................Center for Resource Solutions
Vern Norviel ....................................Parkinson’s Institute
Bradford C. O’Brien ........................Eastside College Preparatory School
Peninsula Open Space Trust
Robert O’Connor..............................Utah Clean Energy
Mark Padilla ....................................San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation
Lydia Parnes ....................................Internet Keep Safe Coalition
Mark Parnes ....................................California Bar Foundation
Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund
Rezwan Pavri ..................................49ers Academy
Doctors Outreach Clinics
Donna M. Petkanics ........................University of California Berkeley Foundation
John Pierce......................................Algal Biomass Organization
Brian Range ....................................Bernardo Kohler Center
Mark Reinstra..................................Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Ulrico S. Rosales ............................Menlo School
Thrive Foundation for Youth
Manja Susanne Sachet ..................Cascade Sierra Solutions
Robert Sanchez ..............................National Child Research Center
Arthur Schneiderman ......................Global Catalyst Foundation
Gideon Schor ..................................Lincoln Square Synagogue
Patrick J. Schultheis........................Gonzaga Preparatory School
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Bahram Seyedin-Noor ....................Zambaleta
Larry Sonsini....................................Santa Clara University
Allison Spinner................................Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology
Gerard M. Stegmaier ......................Fairfax Law Foundation
David S. Steuer ..............................Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Bay Area Legal Aid
Rod Strickland ................................Bowman International School
Yoichiru Taku ..................................Japanese American Chamber of Commerce of the Silicon Valley
N! Leadership Network, Inc.
Santa Clara Asian Law Alliance
Daniel W. Turbow............................East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring
John Turner ....................................Racing with Giants, Inc.
Ann Yvonne Walker ........................Fremont Opera
Redwood Symphony Foundation
Aref Wardak....................................Afghan American Bar Association
Derek L. Willis ................................CleanTX Foundation
Karen Wong ....................................Bio E2E
US-China Green Energy Council
Scott Zimmermann..........................Asia Clean Energy Innovation Initiative, Inc.
Seafair Pirate Charity
Foundation and
Seattle Senior Services
Holiday Gift Drive
– December 2010
Northwest Harvest“
Every Day is
Baby Day” Drive
– March 2010
Food Lifeline Tulip Fundraising Drive
– April 2010
MyCharity: Water fundraisng
– January 2010
Urban Roots Farm work day
– May 2010
Social Advocates for
Youth Adopt-a-Family
– December 2010
Angels Depot Food
Drive for Senior
– July 2010
American Cancer Society
Daffodil Days
– Feb-March 2010
Animal Care & Control of NYC
Pet Supplies Drive
– February 2010
City Harvest Food Drive
– March-April 2010
Volunteers of America Greater New York Bowl-a-thon
for Operation Backpack back-to-school drive
– June 2010
American Heart Association Lawyers Have Heart run/walk
– June 2010
U.S. Troops Supplies Drive
– May-June 2010
Children’s Health Council
Sunset Celebration Weekend
– June 2010
Rebuilding Together Peninsula National
Reuilding Day for Family Connectins
– April 2010
One Warm Coat Drive for InVision
– February 2010
American Cancer Society Daffodil Days
– February-March 2010
American Cancer Society Courageous Kids Day
– May 2010
San Francisco
Food Bank food
sort project
– May 2010
Golden Gate National Parks Habitat Restoraton Project
– September 2010
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