Jen Ani Awarded For Outstanding Service
March 27, 2009 – San Francisco -- The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program celebrated its most exceptional volunteers at its annual Outstanding Volunteer Appreciation Party on March 26.
More than 200 people were in attendance at the event, which was held at the Green Room of the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in San Francisco. Chief Justice Ronald George, California Supreme Court; Presiding Judge James McBride, San Francisco Superior Court and Judge Patrick Mahoney, San Francisco Superior Court, Family Court, were on hand to pass out the awards.
More than 150 volunteers were honored as recipients of the Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service certificates. Additionally, VLSP also recognized four volunteers and a law firm with special awards.
The James P. Preovolos Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Services in Family Law was presented to solo practitioner Jennifer Ani. She began volunteering with VLSP’s Family Law Project in 2007. In 2008 alone, she represented at least a dozen clients, and devoted approximately 400 hours of pro bono service to their cases.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George and San Francisco Family Law Judge Patrick Mahoney presented this award to Ms. Ani at a ceremony held in the Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.
Ms. Ani is a 1992 graduate of Mc George Law School. Ms. Ani began her career in the private sector working locally for Headlands Mortgage Company. After taking time off to start a family, in 2006 Ms. Ani began what would become an intensive one-year internship with The Family & Children’s Law Center in San Rafael where she learned the specialized practice of Juvenile Law from Child Welfare Law Specialist Kelly Y. Reiter. In 2007, Ms. Ani started a private practice that includes Juvenile Dependency and Family Law litigation. Ms. Ani continues to give back to the non-profit organizations that gave her experience and training that made possible the mid-career change to the practice of Family and Juvenile Law. Ms. Ani continues to provide pro bono services through the Family Law Project of The Bar Association of San Francisco, and has received their “Outstanding Contribution to Public Service” awards in both 2007 and 2008.
Ms. Ani appears regularly in San Francisco, Sonoma, San Mateo and Lake counties in Family Law and Juvenile Dependency matters.
Photo, From left, Chief Justice Ronald George, James P. Preovolos Award recipient Jennifer Ani, Judge Patrick Mahoney and Judge James McBride.
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