Pro Bono

For us, Pro Bono is not a “do it on your own time” hobby, it is at the very core of who we are. Our firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator works with local legal services organizations to create partnerships that allow us to help protect the most vulnerable in our community. In 2010, then California Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ronald George issued the Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge. The Challenge sought to encourage attorneys in the Central Valley to provide Pro Bono services to the underserved. Lang, Richert & Patch is proud that it was the first firm to sign on.

Currently, every attorney at this firm is required to provide a minimum number of hours to pro-bono legal services each year. The firm far exceeds this “minimum” requirement by participating and/or co-sponsoring Senior Clinics, Workers’ Rights Clinics, Central Valley Veterans’ Stand Down, and providing trainings to staff attorneys at local legal services organizations on a myriad of topics ranging from the basics of civil litigation to specific topics such as elder abuse, wage and hour, and bankruptcy.

Recent accolades and awards in this area include: Fresno County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year (2011); OneJustice’s “Opening Doors to Justice” award (2011); Central California Legal Services, Inc.’s “Champions of Justice” award (2012); Legal Services Corporation Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Providing Equal Access to Justice (2012); Fresno County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2012); and the California Young Lawyers Association’s Jack Berman Award for Distinguished Service to the Public and Profession (2012).

At Lang, Richert & Patch, providing pro bono assistance is not something we undertake lightly, it is part of who we are.

Ana de Alba profiled in Super Lawyers for Pro Bono Services

Ana de Alba is a passionate advocate, one of her strongest passions is providing Pro Bono services for the small rural areas in the California's Central San Joaquin Valley. Click here to read the Super Lawyer profile about Ana's Pro Bono passion. … [Read more...]

Ana de Alba named new Fresno County Bar Association, Pro Bono Services Section Chair

The Pro Bono Services Section supports the FCBA's Pro Bono Resolution, which "urges all attorneys to devote a reasonable amount of time to provide...legal services without expectation of compensation." The Section encourages pro bono casework, organizes MCLE training luncheons, and publicly recognizes individuals and organizations that help increase access to justice for the underserved. … [Read more...]

Good Works: Passion Has Early Roots

by Laura Impellizzeri, California Lawyer, December 2013 Ana de Alba, who grew up working on farms west of Fresno alongside her parents, starkly recalls the time her mother was stiffed out of pay for a whole summer's work. "She was crying in the bathroom, and she thought we didn't know," says attorney de Alba, a two-time UC Berkeley grad. "I remember her being so upset and me thinking, 'How unfair.' " Her mother didn't learn she'd been overheard until two years ago, when de Alba was practicing … [Read more...]

2013 President’s Pro Bono Service Award: Charles Trudrung Taylor

Last month, Charles Trudrung Taylor was honored as a recipient of a 2013 President's Pro Bono Service Award from the State Bar of California for his unrelenting commitment to ensuring access to justice for the underserved.  The award has been given to California attorneys for the past 30 years who go above and beyond to provide free legal services to the poor. In addition to heading the employment department at Lang, Richert & Patch, Mr. Taylor has served as a supervising attorney at the … [Read more...]

Ana de Alba, 2012 Jack Berman Award of Achievement Recipient

The Annual California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Individual Award of Achievement for Distinguished Service to the Profession and the Public was established in 1992 to recognize the substantial achievements of a young lawyer. In 1993, the CYLA Board of Directors renamed the award in memory of Jack Berman who was killed in the 101 California Street (San Francisco) shooting earlier that year. Mr. Berman was a young lawyer who demonstrated outstanding service to the profession and the public, … [Read more...]

Mark L. Creede, Champion of Justice

The Central Calfornia Legal Services is honoring Mark L. Creede as a Champion of Justice. The Champions of Justice honors individuals who demonstrate a faithful dedication to ensuring all people have equal and meaningful access to justice. Mr. Creede was selected because under his leadership, Lang, Richert & Patch has become the most well known and respected firm in the Central Valley committed to providing pro bono legal assistance. It is an especially fitting award as Lang, Richert & Patch … [Read more...]

2012 Pro Bono Award for Ana de Alba

The Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) honored volunteer lawyers and organizations for their pro bono contributions to LSC-funded legal aid programs in California during the Board’s meeting in San Diego. Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner for the State of California, and Jon Streeter, President of the State Bar of California, were among the speakers at the event honoring the pro bono volunteers. Ana de Alba was honored at this event for her extraordinary commitment … [Read more...]

Ana de Alba receives OneJustice’s Pro-Bono Award

On July 13 more than 350 attorneys, judges, law students, business, and community leaders were on hand when California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye presented Ana de Alba with an award for her tireless work to promote pro-bono in the Central Valley. Ms. de Alba was one of two attorneys state-wide to be recognized at this event. Ms. de Alba’s acceptance comments brought tears to the eyes of many as she talked about her experiences as the daughter of immigrant farm workers in the Central … [Read more...]

Lang, Richert & Patch Awarded The Wiley W. Manuel Award For Pro Bono Legal Services

In 1989, the California State Bar established the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. The award was established to honor the memory of Honorable Wiley W. Manuel, a distinguished Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court from 1977 until his death in 1981. The award is presented to attorneys who provide a minimum of 50 hours in pro bono services in one year. Ana de Alba was bestowed this honor at the Central California Legal Services' 2010 Champions of Justice Fall Reception … [Read more...]

Lang, Richert & Patch Attorneys Volunteer at the Central Valley Veterans Stand Down 2010

Managing Partner and Construction Attorney, Mark L. Creede, Employment Law Specialist, Charles T. Taylor, and Commercial and Business Transactions Attorney, Victoria J. Salisch provided voluntary legal services to our local veterans at this year’s Central Valley Veterans Stand Down which took place September 22nd through 24th. The purpose of Operation Stand Down is to assist disadvantaged veterans who are having difficult times. The goal is to assist veterans who are homeless turn their lives … [Read more...]