Celebrating Advancing Justice-LA’s 2019 Pro Bono Heroes

Thursday, March 19th 2020

On February 26, 2020, we honored our pro bono attorneys, interns, and other volunteers at our sixth annual Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer Awards Mixer, which drew over 75 guests to the offices of LimNexus downtown.

We celebrated nine extraordinary individuals and organizations for their contributions to Advancing Justice-LA in 2019:
Milbank LLP. Milbank has worked closely with Advancing Justice-LA to represent our organization in demanding government transparency on the dramatic changes to its policies on issuing Notices to Appear (“NTA”) in connection with deportation proceedings.  The government’s new policy greatly expands the circumstances under which a non-citizen applying for an immigration benefit would receive an NTA, thereby stoking fear in individuals rightfully seeking humanitarian-based immigration relief.
Jimmy Kwun. Jimmy is an intellectual property attorney at the law firm of Lewis Roca Rothberger Christie, and works on patent and trademark prosecution and litigation.  He has not only devoted many hours of his time assisting our clients at many citizenship workshops and clinics, but he has also recruited myriad colleagues to volunteer as well. 
I-Hsuan Lin. I-Hsuan is a regular volunteer with our Citizenship Project, and speaks Mandarin fluently, which is a great help in working with community members we serve.  Her work has been so exemplary that she was recently hired to join the Citizenship Project as its newest staff attorney.
Elizabeth Flores, Jennifer Kim, Ardith Santiago, Todd Sargent, Disney VoluntEARS.  Elizabeth, Jennifer, Ardith, and Todd participated in a special 10-week program called Disney VoluntEARS that matches nonprofits with a team of skilled Disney employees who contribute their time and expertise to solve a defined challenge. In this case, they revamped and updated our internship procedures, making them more user-friendly and streamlined for both staff and interns.
Angela Shen. Angela is a 2L at UC Irvine School of Law.  She has served as a law clerk and volunteer supporting our Orange County staff in providing citizenship services since spring 2018.  
Stephanie Min. Stephanie is a third-year undergraduate student at New York University.  She spent last summer working with our Orange County staff on assisting citizenship and naturalization clients.
The Pro Bono Advisory Council with Christina Yang.
With the help of pro bono counsel and volunteers, Advancing Justice-LA can continue to serve more members of low-income and limited-English proficient communities. These community members have worked in areas as diverse as litigation, citizenship and naturalization, family law, immigration, and voting rights.  In 2019, nearly 500 volunteers, pro bono attorneys, and interns gave over 16,000 hours of service.  That’s an average of 30 hours per individual donated to our clients and programs! 
The Volunteer Awards Mixer was hosted by the members of Advancing Justice-LA’s Pro Bono Advisory Council.  Advancing Justice-LA relies on the Pro Bono Advisory Council to assist and promote pro bono matters and volunteer opportunities. Members also raise important funds to support Advancing Justice-LA’s programs. The Council, which includes attorneys from major law firms, boutique law firms, and in-house counsel at Fortune 100 companies is currently over 35 members strong.
Advancing Justice-LA thanks LimNexus for hosting our event again this year, the members of the Council, API bar associations, and other partners who provided support for this year’s event:
Venue Sponsor
LimNexus LLP
Major Partners
Bank of America
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Milbank LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Community Partners
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County
Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance & Esther Ro
Bird Marella PC
Lynn Chau
Erin Cho
Hanmi Bank
Hawkinson Yang LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Korean American Bar Association of Southern California
Latham & Watkins LLP
Linda Dakin-Grimm and Gary E. Grimm, PhD
Edward Lew
South Asian Bar Association of Southern California & Public Interest Foundation
Advancing Justice-LA is inspired by everyone’s commitment to lending a helping hand to our clients and communities.  We look forward to working with you in 2020 and seeing you at our awards event next year!
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