LOS ANGELES – At its annual gala Garden Party in Los Angeles on October 10, the Western Center for Law & Poverty honored Pillsbury with its Max Gillam Pro Bono Award for 2019, which recognized the firm as among its most reliable go-to firms for pro bono counseling.

With San Francisco Litigation partner Tom Loran at the lead, a Pillsbury team recently co-counseled with the Western Center on Lilley v. County of Alameda, which successfully enforced deadlines for processing food stamp applications. Pillsbury also worked with the center on two other high-profile cases, Hernandez v. DMV and Rubicon Programs v. Solano County Superior Court, both of which successfully challenged drivers’ license suspensions for failure to pay traffic fines.

The Max Gillam Pro Bono Award honors the memory and service of Latham & Watkins pro bono partner Max Gillam. Gillam successfully defended the organization in the face of a 1984 political attack that threatened to close the doors of the Western Center. This year’s award celebrates Pillsbury’s steadfast support of Western Center’s work in 2019.