San Francisco Bay Chapter

The Stewardship Committee was established by the SFBA Chapter in 2007 to support local non-profit organizations that provide much-needed legal services to the underserved and disenfranchised populations in our Bay Area community.   The charter of the committee is to evaluate opportunities to support these local service providers, who deliver services on a no charge or sliding scale fee for service basis, and to present to the Chapter's Board of Directors the Committee's recommendations regarding its findings.  Each fiscal year the SFBA Chapter has allocated, in the chapter's operating budget, certain funds to make modest grants to approximately six such organizations.  

Since 2007, the SFBA Chapter has made over $300,000 in awards to worthy Bay Area organizations. In 2014, the Committee consisted of SFBA Board Members, Lucy W. Reckseit, Jeremy Strauss, Darcy Manning, Scott Forsyth and Rob Shives.  Mr. Shives served as Chair for the Committee.   

In 2015, the Committee consists of Lucy W. Reckseit, Larry Denny, Scott Forsyth, Rob Shives and Alice Kope.  Ms. Reckseit is serving as the current Chair for the Committee.  In 2014, the Committee considered factors such as geographic area of services provided, sector of need addressed, ability to provide training and guidance to attorney volunteers, the significance to the organization's annual budget and the potential impact of a modest contribution from us ; and, the proposed use of any grant that might be awarded.  The Committee wanted to find service providers located in our Members' primary work and home locations. The Committee decided upon service providers that offered services to children, the elderly, people living with AIDS, and those in our communities who are most financially disadvantaged.

The Committee sought to recommend organizations for which our support would have the most impact and wanted to find organizations where our Members could feel they were part of a team  and provided a path for our Members interested in doing pro bono legal work.

The Stewardship Committee reviewed a number of candidates for the Chapter's support.  Ultimately, the Committee recommended six organizations and, the Board awarded each of them a grant of $10,000 (totaling $60,000). These organizations are:

1.     Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco (San Francisco)

2.    Legal Services for Children (San Francisco)

3.    Legal Assistance to the Elderly (San Francisco)

4.    Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (San Francisco)

5.    AIDS Legal Referral Panel (Bay Area)

6.    Asian Law Alliance (Santa Clara)

If your organization wishes to be considered by the Stewardship Committee for a SFBA Chapter award donation, please send an email to SFBA Executive Director DeeDee Ford at or Stewardship Committee Chair Lucy Reckseit at

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