The Equal Justice Society received new donations and pledges to the Eva Paterson Legacy Fund from Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, The San Francisco Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, and Kelly Dermody and Billie Mizell.
EJS created the Eva Paterson Legacy Fund to honor the incredible legacy of Eva’s work and commitment to the Equal Justice Society, which she co-founded over 22 years ago. Henry L. Hecht kicked off the Legacy Fund with a $100,000 donation. EJS Board Member Kelly Dermody and Billie Mizell donated $50,000. See the complete list of donors to the fund at https://equaljusticesociety.org/legacyfund.
EJS President Lisa Holder: “We are humbled and grateful for the generous donations from these supporters who believe in the mission of EJS and our work to transform the nation’s consciousness on race. I also want to express my deepest appreciation to Eva Paterson and all the staff at EJS for their incredible efforts to secure these resources to support our work.”
Lieff Cabraser donated $25,000. EJS Board Member Kelly Dermody is Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco office and chair of the employment practice group. Firm Partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser is a founding donor of EJS and our primary benefactor of the Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship.
The San Francisco Foundation donated $25,000. EJS appreciates it long partnership with TSFF, which previously funded EJS’s work to advance the dismantling of the school-to-prison pipeline and improve student social and emotional health by addressing implicit bias and structural racism in Bay Area public schools.
The California Endowment pledged $25,000. TCE has been a key partner with EJS in our work to improve the social and emotional health of youth by reducing the use of harsh discipline and increasing the use of positive, trauma-responsive practices throughout California.
The California Wellness Foundation donated $20,000 for “core operating support in honor of Eva Paterson’s legacy of social justice leadership and to support the incoming President, Lisa Holder, to advance the organization’s efforts to elevate health equity issues related to the criminal justice system in California,” said Judy Belk, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Our deepest gratitude to the donors who generously contributed to the Eva Paterson Legacy Fund – those listed below as well as contributors who asked to remain anonymous.
Henry L. Hecht
Kelly Dermody and Billie Mizell
Elizabeth Cabraser, Kelly Dermody, and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
The San Francisco Foundation
The California Endowment
Paulette Meyer and David Friedman
Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee (MTYKL) Foundation
Kissinger Family Foundation
Adler & Colvin
Don Tamaki and Suzanne Ah-Tye
Nancy K.D. Lemon and Blaine Devine
Thomas Layton and Gyöngy Laky
John M. True and Claudia Wilken
Gary Delgado Marcia Henry
Dale Minami and Ai Mori
Paul and Mara Romanak
Up to $300
Lois Corrin Lafayette
Kim Klein and Stephanie Roth
Pamela Robinson and Eldee Bitseff
Steven and Claire Goldstein
Constance de la Vega
Hon. Gordon Baranco (Ret.)