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July 28, 2013

Professor and former Dean Jeffrey Brand was honored for his lifelong commitment to justice and service at the annual OneJustice “Opening Doors to Justice” event in San Francisco on July 25.

California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu presented the award to Brand. 

“During Jeff’s leadership, OneJustice and USF have forged a partnership that engages hundreds of USF students providing services in low-income communities in California,” Liu said. “Alumni note that he is an example of the fact that the law is a noble profession. Please join me in thanking Jeff for his tireless work in using legal education to arm students with the knowledge and skills to change the world.”

In addition to Brand, the evening’s honorees included Bruce Ives, vice president and deputy general counsel for Hewlett-Packard, and Yvonne Mariajimenez, deputy director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. 

The USF School of Law has a long-standing partnership with OneJustice, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that aims to expand legal services for Californians in need. Approximately 100 law students each year participate in the organization’s programs including the Justice Bus Project, traveling to rural areas of the state to provide legal services, and the Law Student Pro Bono Project, engaging in volunteer activities. 

In receiving the award, Brand praised OneJustice for its contribution to advancing the cause of justice and inspiring the next generation of lawyers.

“More than ever, we need skilled, committed, courageous, ethical lawyers to carry on the fight for justice. That imperative explains what tonight is really all about. It’s about all of us and particularly our younger lawyers and law students,” Brand said. “And it’s about OneJustice, which supports the hopes and dreams of law students who want to make a difference. OneJustice constantly reminds students of why they came to law school in the first place, creating opportunities in and outside the classroom to help quench their apparently insatiable thirst to do good and exposing them to the injustice that persists today as much as it ever has in our history.”