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Wait, don’t roll up the red carpet yet!

In the spirit of the Oscars, we announce

The 2014 Opening Doors to Justice awards!

Every year, the OneJustice network gathers to celebrate three individuals whose outstanding accomplishments have truly moved the needle on legal services, pro bono, and access to justice in California.  We look forward to gathering with you all again this year, as our co-founders Raymond Bonner and Trina Ostrander will return to celebrate OneJustice’s 35th Anniversary and present the three Opening Doors to Justice awards.  Mark your calendars now for:

2014 Opening Doors to Justice
Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104

And now to announce the 2014 awards!  The envelopes please . . .

2014 Jack Londen Public Service Award

Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn

Named after long-time OneJustice Board member and access to justice champion Jack Londen of Morrison & Foerster, each year we present this Public Service award to an attorney in the private sector for outstanding leadership in increasing access to justice, pro bono, and support for the legal services community.  We are delighted to recognize Erika Rottenberg of LinkedIn for the incredible commitment to pro bono she has fostered at LinkedIn‘s legal department and her personal dedication to providing pro bono services to Californians in need. Erika’s commitment to pro bono is documented in the video below about the Justice Bus trip LinkedIn did together with Cooley LLP to bring free legal assistance to immigrant youth in Napa County.  We hope you will join us on July 17th to honor Erika’s leadership and personal dedication to expanding access to justice. Congratulations Erika!

Click on the image below to watch the video about LinkedIn and Cooley’s Justice Bus Trip.

LinkedIn & Cooley Justice Bus Trip

2014 Opening Doors to Justice – in the category of Legal Services Hero

Silvia Argueta, Executive Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Silvia Argueta is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). Prior to her appointment, Silvia was a senior attorney with LAFLA’s Government Benefits Unit.  Before joining LAFLA in 1999, Silvia worked on civil rights and policy matters at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California.   Silvia is a respected leader on legal services issues at the local, statewide, and national level, serving on the Executive Committee of the California Project Directors Association and the Civil Policy Group of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association  (NLADA).  We are also incredibly proud that she is a graduate of the inaugural year of the OneJustice Executive Fellowship.  Please join us on July 17th to celebrate Silvia’s many accomplishments. Congratulations Silvia!

Click on the image below to watch a powerful video about LAFLA’s work serving over 70,000 low-income residents of Los Angeles every year.LAFLA Video 2013

2014 Opening Doors to Justice: Best Access to Justice Film

Dave Brick, Owner, Brick Film

Last year, Dave Brick did something special.  A talented filmmaker, Dave decided to use his skills to give back to the nonprofit community.  He set up a contest to select one nonprofit to receive a free film to tell the story of their  mission and work.  OneJustice was one of 47 submissions, was selected as one of five finalists, and after thousands of votes were cast online, won the free film.  And then something remarkable happened.  In the creative discussions to develop the idea for the film, Dave drew on his previous work for CRLA and PolicyLink documenting the needs of small unincorporated communities in rural areas to tell a story about the power of legal services for one family in the Central Valley.  Dave’s film about Mr. Florentino Salazar is an evocative portrayal of the power of legal services to change lives, and we hope that many legal services nonprofits – in California and even nationally – will be able to use Dave’s film to help communicate about the incredible need for legal services.  We hope you will join us in celebrating Dave’s generosity and support for the California legal services community.  Congratulations Dave!

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