Last Thursday at The Chapel in San Francisco, seven legal professional bands, including Lieff Cabraser’s powerhouse R-23s, came together to perform at the Sixth Annual Law Rocks San Francisco “Battle of the Bands” fundraising event for local nonprofits. First-timers to Law Rocks, the R-23s strutted their stuff in support of Ms. JD, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase the representation of women in the legal profession. This year’s benefit raised over $100,000 to support local charities like Ms. JD.
Named by the firm’s staff, the R-23s (the name references federal Rule 23 of civil procedure, the rule establishing the class action mechanism in federal courts) are composed entirely of law firm lawyers and staff. They play throughout the year at firm events as well as charity functions.
Law Rocks Global has toured the Bay Area every year since 2013. This unique concert event plays to crowds of legal professionals to raise money for amazing local nonprofit organizations. Each band of rock star lawyers participating at the Law Rocks concert gets to pick a local nonprofit organization to fundraise for. This year’s selection of benefiting organizations include: All Stars Project, Bay Area Youth EMT Program, Blue Bear School of Music, Child Advocates, Rocket Dog Rescue, Ms. JD, Family Violence Appellate Project, and St. Anthony Foundation.
About Law Rocks
Law Rocks’ mission is to promote music education for underprivileged youth and raise funds for local nonprofit organizations by combining the power of music and the generosity of the global legal community. Law Rocks supports their mission by putting on epic battle of the band fundraising concerts in cities around the world, which star legal professionals-turned-rockstars. Learn more at lawrocks.org.
About Ms. JD
Ms. JD is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the representation of women in the legal profession. It maintains campus chapters throughout the country and an online community for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and law students. It is also home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization. Ms. JD celebrates women’s achievements, addresses challenges, and facilitates progress by bringing legal practitioners and law students together to share in an ongoing conversation about gender issues in law school and the profession. Learn more online at the Ms. JD site.
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 has played songs by The Clash, Otis Redding, Cream, and Chuck Berry, among others. The R-23s (from left): Melissa Gardner on flute/vocals; Djuna Gray on bass, Elizabeth Cabraser on drums; Phong-Chau Nguyen on guitar/vocals; and Anthony McDaniel on lead vocals. Not pictured: Jordan Elias on saxophone; Connie Jorgensen on vocals; and Elizabeth Schneider on guitar.