Public interest legal services lost a great warrior, leader, and mentor this week. Stephen Ronfeldt, a co-founder of PILP, Director of Litigation of the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County, member of the inaugural class of the Reginald Heber Smith fellows and the 2018 recipient of the Loren Miller Legal Services Award, passed away peacefully on December 1 at home with his loving family around him.

During his consummate career, Steve led many groundbreaking cases and provided wisdom and gentle guidance to hundreds of legal services lawyers. After retiring from PILP a few years ago, he joined Bay Area Legal Aid and provided critical leadership as they jump-started a now robust litigation program. We will never forget his ever-joyful yet always determined smile.

To learn more about Steve’s amazing work and career see his CV on our website here.

To read Steve’s obituary published in the San Francisco Chronicle, click here.

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