Pro Bono/Community

Pro bono Services

1.  In 2012, received the Wiley M. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono service from the California State Bar Association.

2. From 2008-11, I supervised a team and co-wrote two Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Briefs in Renee v. Spellings, a case involving the No Child Left Behind Act.  We worked with Public Advocates of San Francisco, California. The appeal is still pending.

3. As President in 1998-99 and still a Board member of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, I have worked to raise funds, recruit attorneys to provide pro bono legal services and oversee the five programs of the Law Foundation, one of the largest pro bono providers in Northern California.  With a budget of over $4 million, the Law Foundation serves over 9500 disadvantaged clients each  year. The Law Foundation’s programs are the Fair Housing Project; Mental Health Advocacy Project; Legal Advocates for Children & Youth; the Public Interest Law Firm; and Health Legal Services.

4.  While at O’Melveny & Myers early in my career, I co-chaired the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association with the Honorable William Norris, later appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We formulated recommendations for watershed juvenile justice reform presented to, and in part adopted by, the California legislature. I also represented indigent clients of Public Counsel in Los Angeles.

Involvement in Community Affairs

1. President and Board Member of Kids in Common, a non-profit children’s advocacy organization in San Jose, CA, 1988-2001. See

2. Member, Advisory Council, Santa Clara University School of Law High Technology Law Institute, 2000-2010.

3. Board member and Secretary, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, 1995-2012. The Foundation makes grants in support of pro bono legal service providers, community services and the arts, managing an annual budget of nearly $1 million.