2010-2011 BLF Fellow Daniel Redman recently completed his year-long fellowship, and was a lead author of a pioneering new guide for LGBT elders published by the National Center for Lesbian Rights in December 2011. The guide, called “Navigating the System: A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders in California”—is designed as a resource to empower and help protect California’s LGBT elders who often are targets of discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Congratulations to Daniel for his excellent work!
The Berkeley Law Foundation is pleased to announce that our 16th Annual Auction Extravanganza on November 11, 2011 raised approximately $41,000 for the Phoenix Fellowships, which will be awarded to incoming 1Ls from diverse backgrounds with an extraordinary commitment to social justice. We are grateful for the tremendous generosity of Boalt faculty, students, firm sponsors and community donors for the making the Auction a success!
The full program is available here. Thanks especially to our auction sponsors for their generous commitment to the work of BLF and the Phoenix Fellowship:
CHAMPION OF DIVERSITY
Crowell & Moring, LLP
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
GUARDIAN OF DIVERSITY
Leonard Carder, LLP
Rosen, Bien & Galvan, LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
ADVOCATE OF DIVERSITY
Goodwin Procter, LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Rutan & Tucker, LLP
SUPPORTER OF DIVERSITY
Alston + Bird, LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP
Nixon Peabody, LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
It’s hard to believe! BLF has been funding social justice legal work for 35 years. During that time, BLF has helped launch many public interest careers, and organizations such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the Homeless Action Center.
To celebrate BLF’s 35 years of grant giving, BLF will be hosting a special holiday happy hour. Please come out to toast to BLF’s long history of giving, mingle with BLF alumni and supporters, and enjoy one of the best happy hours in San Francisco.
December 8, 2011
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
582 Washington St., San Francisco
If you can’t attend, please consider making a special donation to help BLF celebrate 35 years of grant making!
Please feel free to invite other friends of BLF to join us at this event.
This year’s Berkeley Law Foundation Auction will be held on November 11, 2011 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in downtown Oakland. The Auction is the primary fundraiser for the Phoenix Fellowship, a scholarship that provides major support to first-year Berkeley Law students from diverse backgrounds who are committed to pursuing careers in social justice. Click here for more information about the auction and to purchase tickets!
BLF 2010-2011 postgraduate fellow Michael Geoghegan writes with an update on his project, which he has expanded to support the work of Clean Greens:
The work of the Food Justice Project is coming into full swing as summer arrives in the Northwest. The Clean Greens Farm and Market Project is harvesting food from their 22-acre farm and selling the produce at open air markets in the heart of Seattle’s Central District. The Central District has long been a hub for Seattle’s African American community and houses the main office of the Black Dollar Days Task Force (BDDTF), the nonprofit that oversees the Clean Greens project. This year, BDDTF entered into an agreement with Fork and Frame, a Seattle bicycle collective, that will deliver boxes of produce by pedal power to households participating in Clean Greens community supported agriculture (CSA) program.
BLF’s fellowship provided funding for the Food Justice Project to take on BDDTF as an organizational client, providing legal support to structure contracts and solidify the organization’s legal structure. In the long-term, the relationship between BDDTF and the Food Justice Project holds potential to enter new areas. BDDTF’s future plans include a center for teaching local youth job skills related to healthy food preparation and opening a year-round store front selling healthy, chemical free produce at affordable prices. By providing legal assistance, we hope to ensure BDDTF is successful in achieving the goals of its Clean Greens project of food self-sufficiency, job creation, and promoting community health.
BLF 2010-2011 postgraduate fellow Daniel Redman writes with an update on his project:
In 2010, the Berkeley Law Foundation awarded me a fellowship to start my project, the Del Martin Memorial LGBT Elder Advocacy Initiative. Housed at the Elder Law Project of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Del Martin Initiative fights discrimination against LGBT elders through litigation, legislative advocacy, and outreach.
In just a year, because of BLF’s help, I’ve been able to represent clients across the country in disputes with state and federal benefits agencies, officials who disrespected their life-planning documents, and long-term care facilities. I’ve worked with LGBT aging activists across California and the country to push for better implementation of laws protecting LGBT elders that are already on the books and for new laws to extend protections further. The outreach component has included presentations, articles, and publications to promote LGBT elder empowerment. After publishing two articles with Aging Today on LGBT elder issues, I was invited on to the masthead as a contributing writer. I’ve made nearly a dozen presentations to academics, service providers, and elder groups, spoken about LGBT elder issues on KALW’s “Cityvisions” program, and plan to finish publications on the needs of low-income LGBT elders and funeral rights issues by the end of the summer. The BLF fellowship makes this work possible. Without your support, this project could not have gotten off the ground.
The Del Martin Initiative has received additional funding, and will be an ongoing project at NCLR.
Congratulations to Lydia Edwards, BLF’s 2011-2012 post-graduate fellow! Read more about Lydia and her project here.
BLF Honorary Director Chris Daley has joined Just Detention International as their Deputy Executive Director in Washington, D.C. Congratulations!
Congratulations to BLF’s newest Phoenix Fellows, who will be starting as 1L students at Berkeley Law this August!
Alejandro Francisco Delgado earned M.Phil and M.A. degrees in History from Yale University and a B.A. from Colgate University. He organized academic, service, and hotel workers with UNITE-HERE in and beyond New Haven, Connecticut, and more recently worked with Proyecto Defensa Laboral in Austin, Texas, providing legal assistance to undocumented construction workers. Alejandro is interested in working in legal aid, impact litigation, community outreach, and policy advocacy.
Maria Sofia Corona Gomez earned an M.A. in History from the University of Texas and a B.A. from California State University, Fresno. She has worked at California Rural Legal Assistance as a community worker since 2009, and has coordinated union campaigns and immigrant rights coalitions. Sofia is deeply committed to unincorporated communities in the Central Valley.
Veena Dubal, a BLF 2008-2009 postgraduate fellow and staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, was featured on KQED Radio discussing her work with Muslim clients who are targeted for investigation by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, without reasonable suspicion of criminal wrongdoing. Read or listen online here.