Our attorneys take their responsibilities in the community seriously. We donate time, effort, and financial support to worthy legal and non-legal nonprofit activities.
We support the San Francisco Firefighters’ annual toy drive for low income children in our community as well as the San Francisco Firefighters Foundation for Cancer Research, dedicated to better understanding and searching for cures to diseases caused by exposure to combustible chemicals. We are “Presenting Sponsors” of Walk San Francisco, San Francisco’s pedestrian advocacy organization, and we support their effort to bring to fruition “Vision Zero”, an organized effort to eliminate all vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths on the streets of San Francisco within the next 10 years.
Walkup Melodia Kelly and Schoenberger lawyers and staff are actively involved in the greater Bay Area community. Our lawyers work with, and contribute financially to, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.
In addition, Walkup firm members co-founded and direct Attorneys Bettering the Community, an organization that gives hands-on help to our Bay Area community (including our annual Holiday Bags for the Homeless event where we distribute socks and blankets to the homeless). Our attorneys support the San Francisco Food Bank, Friends of the Children, the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program, the San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the San Francisco and Sonoma County Legal Aid Societies. They work with community youth programs including little league, sit on the Board of CYO athletics, serve as Big Brothers, and volunteer as youth mentors.
We contribute to both the National Brain Injury Foundation and the California Brain Injury foundation. We participate in pro bono representation of underserved members of the community through the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Our lawyers serve as volunteer settlement conference panelists to help reduce court congestion. They volunteer on local and statewide panels that assist in advising the courts and increasing efficiency. They work with the foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates to help educate our children about civics and the Constitution. They volunteer their time to teach other lawyers both at home and abroad to improve the quality of justice for all people.
Our lawyers also serve as associate faculty, adjunct faculty, and mock trial coaches at prestigious law schools including the University of California’s Hastings College, Berkeley Law, Stanford Law School and the University of San Francisco’s Kendrick Hall School of Law.
We support the Asian American Bar Association and the California Women’s Lawyers Association, and support their mission of promoting diversity of background and life experiences in our judges, allowing them to bring differing perspectives to decision making.
Walkup attorneys contribute to the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, Equal Rights Advocates and the East Bay Community Law Center which provides desperately needed legal services to the low-income community in the areas of housing, welfare, HIV & health, homelessness and economic development.
We work hard to make the legal system accessible and fair for all people regardless of political affiliation, income, gender, race or socio-economic standing.