The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) has recognized Lieff Cabraser associates Melissa Gardner and Phong-Chau Nguyen as Outstanding Volunteers for their 2016 pro bono work with the organization. The recognition includes their involvement with the JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project.
Ms. Gardner and Mr. Nguyen will be personally recognized at the JDC’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, featuring guest of honor Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, on March 21 at the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in San Francisco.
Congratulations, Melissa and Phong!
About Justice & Diversity Center (JDC)
The Justice & Diversity Center is one of the largest and most distinguished legal services providers in San Francisco. JDC’s primary purpose is the delivery of free legal services to low-income San Franciscans, as well as the non-profits that serve them. JDC delivers free legal services through its Legal Services Programs division, which consists of the Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Homeless Advocacy Project, and the Immigration Program. JDC provides enrichment programs to diverse youth and young adults through its Diversity Educational Programs.
JDC’s programs serve approximately 9,500 disadvantaged San Franciscans a year, with the overarching goal of assisting the community’s most vulnerable members with accessing the judicial system and strengthening their personal, professional, and economic security.
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. Ms. Gardner served in the United States Peace Corps from 2005 to 2008, where she taught college students at Gansu Forestry College in Tianshui, China.
About Phong-Chau Nguyen
Mr. Nguyen is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office. Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Phong-Chau worked on employment and consumer litigation at Minami Tamaki, LLP and Velton Zegelman P.C. 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.