Press Release

Gordon P. Erspamer Honored by Swords to Plowshares

San Francisco--November 19, 2003 -- At the 7th Annual Veterans Day "Profiles of Courage" Dinner held November 6 and hosted by Swords to Plowshares in honor of Veterans' Day, Gordon P. Erspamer of Morrison & Foerster's Walnut Creek office was honored for 25 years of advocacy on behalf of veterans and the firm's groundbreaking legal work that helped to create significant reform in veterans' benefits law. In particular, the groundbreaking case of NARS v. Walters, a twelve year battle to end restrictions on the right of veterans to retain counsel, was singled out as a major contribution toward the reform of antiquated restrictions on veterans' civil rights. Mr. Erspamer resides in Moraga, California. The Master of Ceremonies was Randy Shandobil, KTVU-Channel 2. Swords to Plowshares is a non-profit organization located in San Francisco. Established in 1974, the organization offers programs that address the problems of homelessness and opportunities for veterans to regain their dignity and pride. Across the country, nearly one third of all homeless people are veterans. More than 2,500 of these homeless veterans reside in San Francisco. Since 1974, Swords to Plowshares has strived to help this disenfranchised population by offering services to bring about lasting change, and by educating the public about the unmet needs of homeless veterans.



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