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Lieff Cabraser's R-23s Named Best Lawyer Band in the Bay for 2017

Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s Named “Best Lawyer Band in the Bay” for 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Lieff Cabraser’s R-23s have been named the 2017 “Best Lawyer Band in the Bay” after playing their way to victory at the annual Family Violence Appellate Project “Battle of the Bands.” The R-23s rocked the rafters with a set including I Fought the Law, Heard it Through the Grapevine, and Steppin’ Stone in FVAP’s Banding Together to End Domestic Violence event on June 14 at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco, winning not just Best Band bragging rights but also bringing in $15,378 toward the event’s total contribution of $156,000 to help California survivors of domestic violence. Now that really rocks!

(Above is a clip of The R-23s performing “Steppin’ Stone.”)

In FVAP’s annual Battle of the Bands fund raiser, bands made up of attorneys and employees from local law firms and corporate legal teams come together to compete on stage in 20-minute sets to have a great time and raise funds for FVAP, the only nonprofit organization in California dedicated to helping domestic violence survivors and their children by appealing dangerous trial court decisions on their behalf, for free. The fund raiser is held in both San Francisco and Los Angeles to support FVAP’s mission to keep domestic violence survivors safe and create legal precedents in favor of survivors throughout the state.

About The R-23s

Lieff Cabraser’s band, The R-23s, previously won the Judge’s Choice Award at the Family Violence Appellate Project’s 2016 Battle of the Bands event. The band plays songs by The Clash, Otis Redding, Cream, and Chuck Berry, among others. The R-23s feature Elizabeth Cabraser on drums, Phong Nguyen on guitar, Elizabeth Schneider on guitar and keyboards, Djuna Gray on bass, Melissa Gardner on vocals and flute, Anthony McDaniel on vocals, and Connie Jorgenson on vocals.

About Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP)

The Family Violence Appellate Project represents low-income survivors who need to appeal dangerous trial court decisions that leave them or their children at risk of ongoing abuse. By partnering with pro bono attorneys from California’s top law firms and corporate legal teams, FVAP helps get abuse survivors throughout California the safety and justice they deserve by overturning 67% of the decisions they appeal — a success rate that is much higher than California’s average for successful appeals: 20%. FVAP’s goal is to empower survivors through the court system and ensure that they and their children can live in safe and healthy environments, free from abuse. You can learn more and support FVAP at