The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco honored two notable members of the UC Hastings community at their volunteer celebration in May.
Hope L. Greenhill ’66 received the 2014 Housing Justice Award for her representation of tenants at their pre-trial settlement conferences in over 200 unlawful detainer cases. Professor Richard Zitrin took home the 2014 Exemplary Volunteer for Legal Services and Diversity Educational Programs Award for his support of the JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project. He was also recognized for his leadership and financial contributions to the JDC’s Minority Law School Scholarship.
The event was held in the Louis B. Mayer Lounge at UC Hastings, where the guest of honor Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye presented honorees with awards and certificates.
“I am very appreciative for being recognized by the extraordinary staff at the JDC. It means a lot to be honored by colleagues and friends who are passionate and dedicated to the same cause,” said Zitrin.
The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco has been serving the community since 1977. The Center provides pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession. The JDC’s largest project is the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) that serves over 1500 clients a year through the work of staff attorneys, social workers and advocates, student interns, and volunteer legal and social service professionals.
“The most rewarding part about working with the JDC is the enormous amount of satisfaction you feel when you help just one person who has been treated unfairly – it is really a win-win situation,” said Zitrin.
Every year the JDC honors the top 15 percent of volunteers in its legal services and diversity education programs. This year over 250 individuals were recognized with certificates for their dedication and commitment to public service.
“Each one of our outstanding volunteers plays an integral role in ensuring that low income people have access to justice. If it wasn’t for them, many people would lose their homes or children. Because of their great work, many people are provided with stability in their lives,” said Mairi McKeever ‘94, Director and Managing Attorney at the JDC.