5) Awesome Silent Auction and Raffle items
Kayak or stand-up paddle boarding rentals, chocolate tasting for six, and a basketball signed by Steph Curry are only teasers for the great items we’ve got lined up, and more are coming through the door every day! To see a list of current silent auction items, check out the preview page: www.bidpal.net/vlscjusticeforall
We’re excited to partner with BidPal this year to make bidding all electronic. More information on electronic bidding coming soon!
4) Justice Jenkins
We are excited to have Justice Martin Jenkins confirmed as our keynote speaker. As you may remember, he was scheduled to speak last year, but had to cancel due to illness. Justice Jenkins has deep professional roots in Alameda County. After law school, he started his legal career as a prosecutor for the Alameda County DA’s Office, and worked as a trial attorney with the Pacific Bell Legal Department, handling personal injury and wrongful termination cases, until his appointment in 1989 to the Oakland Municipal Court. In 1992, he was elevated to the Alameda County Superior Court and in 1995, became the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division.
Justice Jenkins was appointed by President Clinton to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1997, where he served until 2008 when he was confirmed to his current position as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three.
He’s also hilarious, seriously, don’t miss a chance to hear him speak!
3) The award recipients
Patricia Gutierrez de Sunseri is highly committed to empowering both her clients and the community VLSC serves by making the language of the law accessible to them. As one of our most reliable and experienced volunteers, Patricia has been an invaluable volunteer for VLSC for the past 3 years.
Christina Cisneros participated in VLSC’s Annual Family Law training in 2014 and has been consistently volunteering with us ever since. She volunteers for the Family Law Day of Court (FLDOC) program almost on a weekly basis, if she’s not also volunteering at another one of our Family Law and Guardianship Clinics.
Sally Elkington’s commitment to helping people out of bad financial situations has motivated her to lead trainings on assisting low-income people in bankruptcy so that more attorneys can have the tools necessary to assist those in need. A VLSC Board member for many years, Sally continues to be an integral part of the development of our bankruptcy clinics.
2) Shorter program = more networking
This year we’ve shortened the program to give you even more time to socialize, network, and bid on those Silent Auction items.
1) You are supporting pro bono legal services
The best part of this event is that you are supporting access to justice to our neighbors who otherwise would not be able to afford assistance. VLSC matches trained volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law school graduates with low-income clients in need of critical legal services—services such as ensuring that a child has a safe and stable home, shielding a patient from financial ruin, or protecting a parent’s right to custody and visitation. VLSC is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the county.