During 2020 Charles Garzón joined PILP as our new Administrative Director. He comes to us with many years of experience working with public policy and advocacy organizations. He has been associated with a progressive policy think-tank and legal defense fund located in New York City. And most recent, he was connected with an organization dealing with emerging technologies in the Biotech field in the Bay Area. He holds a Bachelor’s in Politics and Sociology as well as a Master’s degree in Political Science with emphasis in international relations. Charles faced the daunting task of taking a leadership role in this time of COVID-19, meeting and interacting with his new colleagues almost exclusively by video. He was not phased. And now he’s settled in to performing critical functions that help ensure that PILP maintains effective and successful work during the pandemic.
Public and private grantors are an invaluable source of support for the Public Interest Law Project.
With the generous donations and grants we receive, PILP is able to ‘Advance justice for low-income people and communities.’
We would like to recognize and thank the following organizations and partners for their continued support:
- The San Francisco Foundation
- The State Bar of California
- van Loben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
- Walter S. Johnson Foundation
- Y & H Soda Foundation
PILP attorneys Craig Castellanet and Michael Rawson and their co-counsel at Public Law Center and Jones Day received 2017 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year awards for their work in The Kennedy Commission v. City of Huntington Beach.
The City had adopted a downtown specific plan providing high density to multifamily sites to meet the City’s lower income housing needs identified in its housing element. But, when a new city council took over, the City illegally amended the specific plan to eliminate the zoning. Representing the Kennedy Commission and low income Veterans, the litigation won a ruling declaring the specific plan amendments void when adopted.
The City is appealing the Court’s decision and has reportedly refused to comply with the orders.
Read more about the case and the other 2017 CLAY award honorees here.
We are pleased to announce Lauren Hansen’s promotion to Staff Attorney of the Public Benefits Unit. Lauren is currently working on several high impact litigation projects fighting on behalf of low-income individuals.
August 4, 2014–We are proud to announce that PILP’s Managing Attorney Deborah Collins will receive the prestigious Advocates’ Award given annually by the Western Center on Law & Poverty at the Center’s Garden Party event on October 8 in Los Angeles. The WCLP Advocates’ Award is given to honor and celebrate career long commitment and success in the provision of legal services to lower income persons and disadvantaged communities.
Deb’s career spans work with California Rural Legal Assistance, Legal Services of Northern California and for the last 13 years, PILP. She is a renowned expert on affordable housing law, including community redevelopment, anti-displacement, relocation assistance and housing elements, and she works tirelessly with local legal services programs as they strive to win decent and affordable housing in the courts and before local, state and federal administrative and legislative bodies.
Good Luck, Hilda!
April 11, 2014–Hilda Chan is Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow and was at PILP from September 2013 to April 2014. We were tremendously honored to have her as a part of our organization. We wish her luck in continuing the fight to end Project 100% and protecting the rights of families in San Diego.
After 16 years as Co-Director, Steve Ronfeldt hands the PILP Director reins to Co-Director Michael Rawson, but fortunately will remain as a part time senior attorney.