Last Thursday at The Chapel in San Francisco, eight legal professional bands, including Lieff Cabraser’s powerhouse R-23s, came together to perform at the Seventh Annual Law Rocks San Francisco “Battle of the Bands” fundraising event for local Bay Area nonprofits. The R-23s rocked out in support of The Arc of the East Bay, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide advocacy, support and education to individuals and families living in East Bay communities who are affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year’s benefit raised over $136,000, the most yet in the event’s seven-year run of fundraising to support local charities like The Arc of the East Bay.
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 cheering crowds of legal professionals and friends and has raised over $500,000 for amazing local nonprofit organizations. Each band of rock star lawyers participating at the Law Rocks concert also gets to choose a local nonprofit organization for which it will raise additional funds. This year’s selection of benefiting organizations includes Bay Area Youth EMT Program, Blue Bear School of Music, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, The Arc of the East Bay, and St. Anthony’s Foundation.
Anthony McDaniel of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein’s R-23s on stage at the Chapel. Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM
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 The Arc of the East Bay
A leader in disability rights, The Arc is the largest national community-based non-profit organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities. Learn more online at The Arc of the East Bay’s 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 include Melissa Gardner on flute/vocals, Taylor Evans on vocals, Djuna Gray on bass, Elizabeth Cabraser on drums, Phong-Chau Nguyen on guitar/vocals, Anthony McDaniel on lead vocals, and Elizabeth Schneider on guitar.
(Left) Phong Nguyen, and (Right) Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein’s R-23s on stage at the Chapel. Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM