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California Family Law Basics: Pro Bono Representation in Low-Income Family Law Cases

Author(s): Elizabeth A. Hom, Genevieve L. Richardson, Stephanie E. Bilinski
Practice Area: Family Law, Pro Bono
Published: Feb 2017
PLI Item #: 58001
CHB Spine #: 35

Stephanie E. Bilinski is the Supervising Attorney for Family Law at the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco.  Ms. Bilinski oversees the Justice & Diversity Center’s family law pro bono project, reviewing cases for placement, conducting training of volunteers and providing guidance and supervision to volunteer attorneys.  Prior to joining the Justice & Diversity Center, Ms. Bilinski was a family law litigator and mediator, working in all courts in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Ms. Bilinski received her J.D. cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

Elizabeth A. Hom is the Director of Access Programs at the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA,) where she oversees the ACBA Lawyer Referral Service and the ACBA Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC,) the pro-bono arm of the ACBA.  VLSC provides free direct legal assistance to Alameda County’s low-income population by mobilizing volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono service.  Ms. Hom’s responsibilities include: administration of the day to day operations of the Lawyer Referral Service and VLSC programs, financial oversight and budget management, program development, and recruiting, training and supporting volunteer attorneys and paralegals.  She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Juris Doctor and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.  Ms. Hom is admitted to the State Bar of California.

Genevieve Richardson is the Director of Pro Bono Activities for Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal), the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest provider of free civil legal services to the poor.  Ms. Richardson oversees BayLegal’s pro bono program throughout the Bay Area.  She develops and coordinates pro bono opportunities and trains and recruits attorneys to provide much needed pro bono assistance to expand access to the civil justice system for low-income families.  She also works on a regional and statewide basis to address systemic poverty and inequality issues, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Association of California.  A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law, Ms. Richardson is also a Family Law and Immigration Attorney, specializing in Domestic Violence.