Law Alumni Win Google Prize for Social Good
Christmas came early for Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal (BHPCL). The nonprofit, founded by two USF School of Law alumni, was awarded $500,000 when it placed second in the Google Impact Challenge in October.
Google nominated 10 organizations, all nonprofits that develop creative solutions to Bay Area problems, and invited the public to vote for their favorites.
BHPCL provides free legal assistance to residents of one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods on cases involving illegal evictions, child custody, employment issues, and more.
The nonprofit was founded in 2013 by classmates Adrian Tirtanadi JD ’12 and Virginia Taylor JD ’12. They have closed nearly 500 cases, and have more than 100 open ones. Now they’re expanding and testing a community development program to help local businesses and entrepreneurs access capital.
Tirtanadi’s law school application was a summary of his business plan — and a challenge to USF. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna do this. Do you want to help or not?’” He was not disappointed. “USF has an awesome reputation for social justice lawyering. I spent my whole time at law school thinking about and working to start the nonprofit.”
Photo by Gino Luigi Mascardo ’16.