Honoring Barry Graynor

On June 3, 2024, ALRP held a reception to thank our major donors and to honor ALRP’s long-time supporter Barry Graynor with our annual James C. Hormel Philanthropy Award.

Barry Graynor

Barry Graynor accepts ALRP’s 2024 James C. Hormel Philanthropy Award. Pictured with ALRP Board Co-Chairs Jackie Gross and Scott Zimmermann and Executive Director Matt Foreman.

When ALRP started over 40 years ago, the list of attorneys who came forward to volunteer was kept on an 8.5″x11″ yellow legal pad.

Barry was on the first page of that pad and has helped hundreds of our clients over the years. Beyond contributing his legal skills, however, he is ALRP’s most loyal donor. Our donation records only go back to 1988—but his name is there in 1988, and since then, he has made 146 gifts to us over the last 36 years.

Beyond his generosity, Barry is an unbelievably kind and humble person. We are grateful to be in community with him and with all of the supporters who have made our work possible over the past 41 years.

Announcing ALRP’s 40th Anniversary Annual Report

We are pleased to share ALRP’s 2023 Annual Report, which highlights just some of the work that our supporters helped us accomplish over the past year. The report also includes a timeline of milestones over our 40-year history, as we look back on how we’ve grown and look forward to the future with our new Executive Director, Matt Foreman. Flip through the report now, or download the PDF here!



40th Anniversary Annual Reception a Major Success

Thank you to everyone who joined us on October 19, 2023, for ALRP’s 40th Anniversary Annual Reception! The event was a resounding success and hit a new record: We raised over $250,000 to provide free and low-cost legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS!

As always, we are especially grateful to our Presenting Sponsor, Gilead Sciences, and all our generous supporters who made this event a true success.

From recognizing our honorees, to a beautiful tribute to outgoing Executive Director Bill Hirsh, to a successful live auction and fund-a-need that raised over $15,000 to sustain ALRP’s law clerk program, the night could not have gone better, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Over 350 guests gathered in the historic Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco to support ALRP’s work. Our friend and ally State Senator Scott Wiener served as our Special Guest Host, helping us recognize and celebrate three outstanding individuals for their service to the community:

Laura Thomas, Clint Hockenberry Leadership Award
Steven Chizen, Attorney of the Year Award
Outgoing Executive Director Bill Hirsh, Special Recognition Award

We also debuted two videos that highlighted ALRP’s 40-year history and Bill’s 24-year tenure as Executive Director:

We have dozens of great photos in our 2023 Annual Reception Photo Gallery. Please look for yourself and your friends and colleagues.

Special gratitude goes to our in-kind contributors, including Jim Bracken for video production; Alter Eco Chocolate; Bizzarros Gala & Event Auctions; Eco Terreno Wines & Vineyards; Merchants Exchange Productions; and Sköna Advertising.

ALRP Executive Directors over the last 30+ years (L to R): Matt Foreman (incoming ED), Bill Hirsh (2000-2023), Kristin Chambers (1992-1996), and Irwin Keller (1996-2000)

Sen. Scott Wiener with Laura Thomas, recipient of the Clint Hockenberry Leadership Award

Steven Chizen, recipient of the Attorney of the Year Award


Thank you to our Sponsors!

40th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor

Supreme Court Sponsors

Advocates Court Sponsors

Circuit Court Sponsors

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Hanson Bridgett
Horizons Foundation
Jones Day
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Venable Foundation
WilmerHale LLP

District Court Sponsors

Arnold & Porter LLP
Cooley LLP
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Farella Braun + Martel
Fenwick & West LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Hogan Lovells
Kaiser Permanente
Kazan, McClain Satterley & Greenwood
King & Spalding
Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP
Munger Tolles & Olson
Nixon Peabody LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Rogers Joseph O’Donnell
Sheppard Mullin
Stoel Rives LLP

Community Court Sponsors

Callaway & Wolf
DLA Piper
Holland & Knight
Hopkins & Carley
Lewis & Llewellyn
Renaker Scott LLP
Roberts Disability Law
Sidley Austin
Swanson & McNamara LLP
Trucker Huss APC
Vedder Price
Wolford Wayne

Bill Hirsh Honored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Executive Director Bill Hirsh received a commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at its meeting on October 3 in recognition of his years of service on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS. District Nine Supervisor Hillary Ronen provided the Certificate of Honor with Bill’s son Jesse Tanenbaum and brother Rich Hirsh in attendance.

Supervisor Ronen, Bill Hirsh, Jesse Tanenbaum, Rich Hirsh

District Nine Supervisor Hillary Ronen (left) with Bill Hirsh, ALRP Executive Director; son Jesse Tanenbaum; and brother Rich Hirsh

“In recognition of Bill Hirsh for your fierce commitment to defending the rights of our most vulnerable communities through your work as a Welfare Rights Attorney, the Directing Attorney for the Mental Health Advocacy Project, the Executive Director of AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and more, and in celebration of your well-earned retirement, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors offers its highest commendation.” – Supervisor Hillary Ronen

We are grateful for Bill’s leadership of ALRP and for the far-reaching impact of his commitment and dedication to our communities.

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