Pro Bono Work is in Our DNA

Pro bono is short for the Latin phrase “pro bono publico,” meaning “for the public good.”  Throughout their careers, Ad Astra attorneys have devoted many pro bono hours to advance the interests of those less fortunate and work on matters of public interest.  The Firm’s commitment is exemplified by the pledge it has made to the Bar Association of San Francisco in support of pro bono services.

We encourage all our attorneys to provide 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year through accredited nonprofit organizations.  The firm gives these hours full credit towards the attorney’s compensation.

Partner Katy Young, together with Morgan Lewis and the Transgender Law Center, is representing a transgender prison inmate in litigation that has caused California to become the first state in the nation to develop a policy regarding treatment of gender dysmorphia. Partner Wendy Hillger has volunteered for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice & Diversity Center, to support tenant housing rights. Partners Katy Young and David Nied are getting involved with The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Bayview / Hunters Point Community Legal Center, where Senior Counsel Trina Clayton has been volunteering her time  handling a variety of employment and family law matters since 2015. BHPCL is a universal legal clinic founded by USF law grads which just won a $500,000 grant from the Google Impact Challenge. It serves one of the most underprivileged areas of San Francisco, made up of just three zip codes that contain about 14% of people living under the poverty line in the city. Next week, Trina will be honored at BHPCL’s annual gala.