STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA HIRES NEW LEGAL SERVICES CHIEF

Contact: Laura Ernde 

415-538-2283

laura.ernde@calbar.ca.gov

Kelli EvansSAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17, 2014 – The State Bar of California welcomes a new director of legal services to guide its efforts to improve access to justice for all.

As the Senior Director Administration of Justice, Kelli Evans will lead the State Bar’s efforts to ensure that everyone -- including low- and moderate-income Californians -- has equal access to the legal system and to cost-effective legal services.

Evans comes to the State Bar from the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, where she was associate director of the largest affiliate of the ACLU in the country. Evans has been a successful advocate on a range of critical issues across the country. She has litigated a variety of civil rights issues, including employment discrimination, fair housing, and public accommodations, and has testified before the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  

“We are fortunate to have such a skilled and experienced professional heading up our efforts to enhance access to legal services,” said Executive Director/CEO Joseph Dunn.

“We are already forging ahead with a number of State Bar initiatives to help Californians get the legal representation they need,” Evans said. “Key among these is establishing a Civil Justice Strategies Task Force to help identify innovative ways to fill the justice gap and achieve true access to justice in California.

Evans’ career as a civil rights attorney includes serving as a federal court-appointed monitor of the Oakland Police Department, as a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an attorney in private practice. She holds a law degree from UC Davis School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

The State Bar’s Office of Legal Services develops and administers sources of revenue that fund civil legal services for indigent clients, certifies Lawyer Referral Services in California and supports efforts to expand access to the courts across the state.

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The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. Membership now stands at about a quarter million.