LCCRSF’s 37th Annual Dr. MLK Jr. Awards

Event raised a record breaking $986, 714.00.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF) celebrated their 37th Annual Dr. MLK Jr. Pro Bono Awards with over 500 attendees at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco on February 15.

Living the Dream awardee ​W. Kamau Bell, Oakland-based comedian, director & Emmy-award winning host of the CNN docuseries United Shades of America, delivered riveting remarks highlighting the importance of dialogue as a tool to dismantle unjust systems of oppression. Bell used humor and personal stories to encourage the audience to fight against racist systems and inspired attendees to redouble their efforts to build a just society for future generations.

This year’s Pro Bono awards were presented to: BraunHagey & Borden for championing the rights of a detained client trapped in solitary confinement in a for-profit ICE detention center, FTI Consulting for their crucial data-gathering for LCCRSF’s Asylum Program, the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation for providing critical services to Black entrepreneurs in San Francisco, Ibrahim Elshamy and Gunderson Dettmer for their incredible contributions to LCCRSF’s Legal Services for Entrepreneurs program, and to J. Max Rosen, Rohit Singla, and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP for their contributions to LCCRSF’s precedent-setting lawsuit that outlawed poverty tows in California.

The event is LCCRSF’s most critical annual fundraiser and raised a record-breaking $986,714. The funds raised will be used to continue representing clients, who stand up every day and fight against discriminatory policies and practices.