Heroes for Justice
Friday, May 10, 2013, 5:00 – 9:30 pm
Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara
Thank You to our Sponsors
Angels of Advocacy
Champions of Justice
- Marilyn Gilbert
- Law Office of Saji D. Gunawardane
- Judith Hopkinson
- Arnold S. Jaffe, Esq.
- Stout & Kaufman, APLC
- Sue & Bill Wagner
Tara Haaland-Ford is a Santa Barbara attorney that has dedicated her career to defending individuals accused of crimes, both in and out of the courtroom. She is a current commissioner and former Chairperson of the Santa Barbara Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission, current President of the Santa Barbara Teen Legal Clinic, board member for City at Peace, and former Teen Court Judge. Additionally, she is involved in opposing the Gang Injunction, providing pro bono representation and assuring that the affected community has a voice.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Adams graduated from California Western School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Journal. In 1976 he became the first Commissioner of the Santa Barbara Municipal Court appointed by Governor Brown. A past recipient of the County Bar’s “Distinguished Service Award,” Judge Adams started the “Teen Court” program and was instrumental in establishing the “Children in the Middle” program for divorcing parents.
Léni Fé Bland, a native of England, is a lifelong music-lover and philanthropist. In 1992, she formalized her passion by establishing The Léni Fé Bland Foundation. Over the past 20 years, the foundation has distributed over 1,200 scholarships worth nearly $1.5 million to talented musicians, many of whom are now playing for major orchestras around the world. Léni is also a generous benefactor to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission,
attracting over $1.25 million of donations needed to double the capacity of the formerly overcrowded women’s facility. In May 2005, the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Bethel House facility was dedicated in her honor.
Dr. Bill Elliott has lived and worked in Santa Barbara since 1963, when he was hired as the first psychologist for the Goleta School District. From 1989 through June 2012, his private practice served people from 3 to 98 years old including many homeless and dual-diagnosis clients. He has served on the Board of the Mental Health Association and the Santa Barbara County Mental Health Commission. Bill has generously offered his psychological expertise to help Legal Aid’s elderly and disabled clients for many years, helping many to avoid eviction and homelessness.
The Fund for Santa Barbara is a 501c3 nonprofit community foundation dedicated to addressing the root causes of social, economic, environmental and political challenges in Santa Barbara County. Over the past 30 years, the Fund has distributed over $4 million to more than 800 grassroots projects working for social justice, fair and affordable housing, etc. The Fund supports community-based projects working for “Change, Not Charity” through a variety of strategies, including community organizing, direct action, popular education, legislative advocacy, and the arts.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has 13 offices with more than 250 attorneys and legislative consultants. The firm is best known nationally for its natural resources, private equity and gaming practices. The firm is deeply involved in supporting Legal Aid and many other community organizations, reflecting their belief that lawyers and other highly-trained professionals have an obligation to provide their skills to those in need at no charge. In addition, every attorney in the firm’s Santa Barbara office has made a 5-year financial pledge to Legal Aid, an unprecedented level of support for the organization from a local law firm.
The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County established the Richard Goldman Heroes for Justice Award in recognition of the indelible contribution of the late Richard Goldman to “justice for all.”