Representatives from Boxer & Gerson joined more than 250 other supporters from around the Bay Area on October 12 for a gathering at the Oakland Museum honoring the 50th Anniversary of Centro Legal de la Raza, the Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to serving vulnerable community members facing challenges related to poverty, immigration, housing, employment, crime, incarceration and many other matters.
Founded in 1969, the organization has steadily expanded its staffing, board of directors, volunteer corps and service offerings to become an important force for social justice throughout the region. It is served by a 13-member volunteer board, a 10-member leadership team, and other teams addressing administration and operations, immigrant rights, tenant rights, worker rights, litigation, and the Youth Law Academy (YLA).
The YLA is a long-running program whose mission is to inspire high school students from underserved populations to pursue the study of law. Boxer & Gerson has employed summer interns from YLA for the past nine years.
Boxer & Gerson attorneys Gary Lee and Warren Pulley accompanied their wives Lisa Oyama and Malia Cohen to the elegant affair, for which the firm served as a sponsor. The foursome’s table also included four high school students from YLA as special guests.
The evening featured a reception on the museum’s outdoor terrace encircled by sculptures, dinner in a festively lit tent, indigenous dancers, musical selections by the Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir, (pictured below), and various commendations to key figures in the Centro Legal community.