Lieff Cabraser’s house band The R-23s came in 2nd place at the Family Violence Appellate Project’s (FVAP) 2018 “Banding Together to End Domestic Violence” annual battle-of-the-bands fundraiser on June 20th at The Chapel in San Francisco. The R-23s raised $13,950 for the FVAP, a nonprofit organization that represents domestic violence survivors and their families before the California Court of Appeals.
FVAP’s mission is to keep domestic violence survivors safe and create legal precedents in favor of survivors throughout the state. FVAP is dedicated to empowering survivors, helping them get the safety and justice they deserve, and overturning court decisions that put their children at risk of ongoing abuse.
This one-of-a-kind musical event featured bands from California’s most philanthropic law firms and corporate legal teams who battle it out to earn the coveted Best Lawyer Band title. This year, the victors were Morgan Lewis’ The Combinations, who contributed $18,121 to the donation total, while Greenberg Traurig’s Attractive Nuisance brought home the Judge’s Choice award and contributed $13,098 to the FVAP cause.
Congratulations to all of the 2018 winning bands! This year, $168,041.90 was raised in the Northern California total for FVAP’s exceedingly good cause. Southern Cal’s law firms will get their chance to compete on FVAP’s behalf on July 12th at the El Rey theatre in Los Angeles.
About the Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP)
The Family Violence Appellate Project is transforming the power of the civil legal system and leveling the playing field for survivors of domestic violence. In many cases, survivors have also suffered financial abuse and cannot afford to appeal a trial court decision that puts them or their children in danger. At FVAP, we believe justice should be available to everyone, not just those who can afford it. We partner with pro bono attorneys from California’s top law firms and corporate legal teams to provide free, high-quality legal representation to survivors, giving them the best possible chance at success in their appeal. We win 74% of the affirmative appeals we bring to court on behalf of CA survivors — far above the statewide average of 20% — and 100% of appeals we defend.
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 feature Melissa Gardner on flute/vocals, Djuna Gray on bass, Elizabeth Cabraser on drums, Phong-Chau Nguyen on guitar/vocals, Elizabeth Schneider on guitar, Connie Jorgensen on vocals, and Anthony McDaniel on lead vocals.
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