Counsel for Justice supports LACBA’s public service projects, helping more than 18,000 people access the judicial system last year
LOS ANGELES (August 5, 2015) – The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), one of the largest voluntary metropolitan bar associations in the country, has installed Morrison & Foerster partner Peter Hsiao as president of Counsel for Justice (CFJ).
With more than 50 years of service as the charitable arm of the LACBA, CFJ is one of the nation’s oldest and largest providers of pro bono legal services. It stands at the forefront of providing equal access to legal services in the community by raising funds and directly contributing at the frontlines of justice in five key areas: domestic violence, support of veterans, immigration assistance, AIDS services, and civic mediation. Last year, CFJ provided pro bono legal assistance, valued at over $4.6 million, to more than 18,000 people.
“Counsel for Justice is comprised of lawyers, paralegals, and other volunteers who are passionate about ensuring access to legal services in the community,” said Mr. Hsiao. “We are working together to create a ‘more just Los Angeles’ by volunteering with LACBA’s Projects and reaching out to law firms and corporations throughout Southern California to provide financial support so that we can continue to offer these services to those with nowhere else to turn.”
Mr. Hsiao joined the board of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, CFJ’s predecessor, in 2007, and currently sits on its executive, governance, and finance committees. He is elected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is former chair of the State Bar of California Committee on Legal Services to the Poor. He is a recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono legal services from the State Bar. In addition, Mr. Hsiao is the head of Morrison & Foerster’s Environment and Energy Group in Los Angeles and head of the Green Products and Chemicals Practice Group.