About the Sacramento County Bar Foundation


The Sacramento County Bar Foundation is the official charitable affiliate of the Sacramento County Bar Association. Sacramento County Bar Foundation President Ed Brooks and the Sacramento County Bar Association President Sil Reggiardo are excited to have the organizations work together on expanding our current and future giving programs.

The Sacramento County Bar Foundation was originally established in 1986 as the Sacramento County Bar Foundation.  While separate from and independent of the Sacramento County Bar Association (“SCBA”), the SCBF maintains an affiliation with the SCBA, which has the right to appoint one of the SCBF’s directors from among the officers and directors of the SCBA. SCBF also has a voting seat on the SCBA Board of Directors.SCBF is a charitable 501c(3) organization.


Past, Present, And Planned Activities Grants To Organizations

The Sacramento County Bar Foundation has a long history of providing grants to organizations in the Sacramento, California region that improve the administration of justice, enhance public confidence in the legal profession, cultivate understanding of and respect for the rule of law, and support law-related public services. These grants are awarded by the SCBF Board of Directors on an annual basis to organizations that provide these services and meet criteria established by SCBF’s Board of Directors.  The SCBF’s grant program is funded by donations from individuals and local businesses (primarily law firms), as well as by income SCBF realizes from special events and fundraisers.  The SCBF has operated its grant program since the organization’s inception.


“Access To Justice” Scholarship

In 2011, the SCBA set aside approximately $26,000 to endow and establish a scholarship, with the intent that the scholarship fund would be administered by SCBF.  The scholarship is intended to assist law students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality and accessibility of justice.  It is envisioned that the amount of the scholarship will be set at approximately $1,000, and will be offered to one student in good standing who attends one of the four Sacramento-area law schools.  Special consideration will be given to candidates who have worked for an organization that seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of justice in California and/or candidates who have accepted post-law school employment with an organization that seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of justice in California. SCBF hopes to continue to raise money for the purpose of creating a truly endowed scholarship. SCBF intends to award the scholarship once a year based on a competitive application process

The Sacramento County Bar Foundation has recently given grants to the following organizations.  None of these organizations are related to the Foundation.

  • Women Escaping A Violent Environment, Inc. (WEAVE): $5,000 grant to fund training for legal volunteers
  •  Sacramento Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): $7,500 grant to fund an advocate for youth transitioning out of the foster care system
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation: $7,500 grant to support lawyers providing pro bono assistance to the Foundation’s Sacramento Valley Citizenship Campaign
  • Rio Americano High School CIVITAS Academy: $1,000 grant to support four-year program of political studies which provides students with advanced and specialized learning in the social sciences and an enriched sense of citizenship

SCBF Board of Directors


Ed Brooks
Gavrilov & Brooks Attorneys at Law

Vice President

Steve Duvernay
Benbrook Law Group PC


Ulises Pizano-Diaz
Meissner Joseph & Palley


Rhonda Harrigan
Rivera & Associates

Board Members

Monica Baumann
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

“Shae” Tashayla Billington
Mastagni Holstetdt, APC

Vasilios Spyridakis
CA Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Richard Silvestri
Gavrilov & Brooks

Kevin Quade
CA Dept. of Justice

(SCBA) Board Member

Trevor Carson
Carson & Kyung

Bryan Hawkins
Stoel Rives LLP

Shanae Buffington
Employment Development Dept.

June Powells Mays
County Counsel – Sacramento

Executive Director

Mary J. Burroughs