cy pres awards

ALRP – A Deserving Beneficiary of CY PRES Awards

The AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) is a well established non-profit that provides critically-needed legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Since 1983, ALRP has handled over 95,000 legal matters for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, helping clients stay in their homes, secure insurance benefits, gain access to medical care, obtain legal status for HIV+ immigrants, fight employment discrimination, and restore personal dignity.

More people are living with HIV/AIDS than ever before and the legal needs of ALRP’s clients have changed dramatically over time. ALRP has consistently partnered with the private bar to provide the legal community’s caring response to AIDS.

  • Great Return-on-Investment:  ALRP is a well-managed, fiscally responsible non-profit that leverages over $1 million in donated legal services through its Panel of over 550 volunteer attorneys, in addition to the provision of direct legal representation by its 13 staff attorneys.
  • Broad Client-Base:  ALRP clients are overwhelmingly low-income and come from traditionally under-served or underrepresented populations including people of color, women and the LGBT community.
  • Directed Awards: Cy Pres awards directed to ALRP can support specific program areas such as housing, employment, insurance, immigration, and community education.

ALRP receives funding through the State Bar’s Legal Services Trust Fund and its programs are reviewed favorably by the State Bar each year.

ALRP Cy Pres Services
ALRP can provide a multitude of assistance to your firm including:

  • Programs individually designed to meet your firms’ needs and goals
  • Access to free MCLE trainings and substantive legal materials, including the AIDS Law Manual
  • Assistance from a full-time Volunteer Coordinator dedicated to providing your firm and associates an enriching and fulfilling pro bono experience
    Cases that are carefully screened before reaching your firm
  • A variety of cases spanning many areas of law and suited to your firm’s availability
    Training and experience for newer associates
  • Pro bono opportunities for experienced litigators and transactional attorneys
  • Free malpractice insurance that covers all cases you accept from ALRP

Types of Cases
ALRP refers and handles a wide variety of civil legal cases, including employment, housing, immigration, insurance, and confidentiality. Recent cy pres awards include:


Doe v. The City and County of San Francisco, a California municipality; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a public entity; The Regents of the University of California, a public entity; University of California, San Francisco, a public entity; Dr. Shirley Stiver, an individual; and DOES 1-100, inclusive  Settlement – 08/2023

San Francisco Superior Court CGC 16 661618
Plaintiff represented by James M. Wood and Nancy Hersh and Mark Burton of Hersh & Hersh, San Francisco

Litigation for invasion of privacy of more than 2,500 HIV/AIDS patients by a physician’s alleged unlawful use of confidential medical record information about HIV status for personal litigation.

Menbreno v. Tai Wah, Inc. Settlement – 4/2015
Menbreno v. Tahi Wah, Inc., Case No.: CIV 488181
Gilardi & Co. LLC Settlement Fund
San Mateo County Superior Court of the State of California
Sommers Employment Law Group, P.C.
Weintraub, Tobin, Chediak, Coleman & Grobin Law Corporation

Cordova et al. v. Republic Services, Inc Settlement – 1/2014
Cordova et al v. Republic Services, Inc., Case No.: RG 11593578
California EPDM Antitrust Settlement Fund
Alameda County Superior Court of the State of California
Honorable George Hernandez
Cohelan, Khoury & Singer LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Turley Law Firm APLC

Villa v. Crompton  Settlement – 12/20/11
Richard Villa v. Crompton Corporation et al
, Case No.: CGC 03 419116
California EPDM Antitrust Settlement Fund
Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco
Honorable Richard A. Kramer

Saveri & Saveri, Inc.

Copeland v. Sacramento Street Partners Settlement – 9/30/11
Robert Copeland v. Spruce Restaurant dba Sacramento Street Partners LLC and Bacchus Management Group LLC
, Case No.: CGC 09 490518
Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco
Honorable Charlotte Walter Woolard

Kumin Sommers LLP, Miller Law Group, P.C.

California Labelstock Cases I, II & III Settlement – 12/8/10
Labelstock Cases I, II and III
, J.C.C.P. Nos. 4314, 4318 and 4326
Superior Court of the State of California, City & County of San Francisco
Honorable Richard A. Kramer

Saveri & Saveri, Inc, Trump, Alioto, Trump & Prescott, LLP

California Credit/Debit Card Tying Cases Settlement – 9/23/10
Credit/Debit Card Tying Cases
, J.C.C.P. No. 4335
Superior Court of the State of California, City & County of San Francisco
Honorable Richard A. Kramer

Saveri & Saveri, Inc., Zelle Hofman Voelbel & Mason LLP

U.S.  Smokeless Tobacco Antitrust Settlement – 10/13/09
Smokeless Tobacco Cases I-IV
, J.C.C.P. No. 4250
Latham & Watkins LLP, Saveri & Saveri, Inc., Zelle Hofman Voelbel & Mason LLP

Linney v. Cellular Alaska Partnership Settlement – 11/18/04
Warren Linney v. Cellular Alaska Partnership
, Case No. C-96-3008 DLJ, C-97-0203 DLJ, C-97-0425 DLJ, C-97-0457 DLJ
United States District Court–Northern District of California, Oakland Division
Honorable D. Lowell Jensen

Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP


For assistance with a cy pres award designation or for more information, contact ALRP Development Director, Julie Doherty, at (415) 701-1200 ext. 301 or