Gloria Chun, with the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, brings pro bono legal representation to low-income people. As JDC’s pro bono manager, she recruits volunteer attorneys, law firms, corporate legal departments, legal professionals and law students to represent and assist people who would otherwise face legal issues on their own. The volunteer attorneys working with JDC range from the newly licensed to large law firm partners with more than 30 years of experience. In this way, JDC provides access to justice for more than 6,500 people a year. JDC stands as one of the largest pro bono legal services organizations in California, each year leveraging the services of more 1,700 volunteer attorneys.
Gloria is also the supervising attorney for a JDC project providing pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations that serve low-income communities. With experienced volunteer attorneys, the project assists nonprofits with a full range of business issues as they arise. It also holds free trainings and workshops on vital topics, as well as clinics addressing legal and financial needs.
Since law school, Gloria has advocated for fairness for all, including consumers, low-wage workers and refugees fleeing gender persecution. While in private practice, she provided pro bono representation to a domestic violence survivor who was incarcerated, serving a life sentence. Gloria fought for her release in the trial court and court of appeal – and her client has been home with her family for six years.
A lifelong Californian, Gloria was born to immigrant parents and was the first in her family to obtain a graduate degree. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and earned her juris doctorate at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.