Paul C.
San Francisco
My personal work goal is to positively impact the lives of others. I have worked as a non-profit civil rights attorney for over 20 years. I have seen the abyss of the housing crisis in the Bay Area and the pinnacle of success when justice prevails. It is the day-to-day experience of meeting new clients, colleagues and community members from San Mateo County to Marin, and beyond, that keeps me going. It is fortunate to have many of the answers that people seek, but it is even more important to be a good listener so you get the questions. Legal services for very low-income residents present many barriers. Do we have sufficient funding? Do we have the capacity to help the most urgent needs? Can we effectively tell the story to inspire others to seek assistance? There is never a lack of need. How do we choose between those facing eviction and those suffering financial elder abuse? Do we help all workers or just those with the most significant claims? My career has many highlights, but it is the work that lies demands attention. Will we change society one case, one negotiation, one settlement or one policy change at a time? Will a new generation of leaders take the pursuit of justice for all to the next level? We all have a voice.