The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) has selected Lieff Cabraser associates Melissa Gardner and Phong-Chau Nguyen as Outstanding Volunteers for their work in 2015 with the organization, including their involvement with JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project last summer.
Ms. Gardner and Mr. Nguyen will be personally recognized tonight at JDC’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, featuring California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. This event honors the top 15% of JDC’s volunteers in its Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Homeless Advocacy Project, and Diversity Educational Programs for the year 2015.
About Melissa Gardner
Ms. Gardner is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she was a semi-finalist in the Harvard Ames Moot Court Competition, as well as a Student Attorney with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project and South Brooklyn Legal Services. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gardner worked as an associate at Emery Celli Brinckherhoff & Abady, and also worked as a law clerk with South Brooklyn Legal Services, where she assisted with the Workers’ Rights and Government Benefits Unit.
About Phong-Chau Nguyen
Mr. Nguyen is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office. Prior to joining the firm, he worked on employment and consumer litigation at Minami Tamaki LLP and Velton Zegelman PC. He also advocated for low-income and minority communities at the Greenlining Institute and assisted victims of predatory lending at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates. Mr. Nguyen graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was awarded the Arthur C. Zief Jr. Scholarship. During law school, he served as the Development Director of the USF Moot Court Board, and was a board member of the USF Public Interest Law Foundation.