In March, Rebekah Evenson, Alameda County Superior Court Judge and former BayLegal Director of Litigation, and Cristina Vazquez, California Division of Labor Standards Attorney and former BayLegal Supervising Attorney, received two of the Daily Journal’s 2021 California Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) awards for their work on the case Anderson v. City of San Jose. Because of their work on this case, charter cities are required to comply with the state’s Surplus Land Act, which requires cities to prioritize affordable housing development when they have surplus public land. This decision is critical to ensuring the expansion of affordable housing for low-income California residents. Key to this victory were our co-counsel at Public Interest Law Project, Public Advocates Inc., and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP as well as BayLegal’s Santa Clara Managing Attorney Lisa Newstrom and Housing Supervising Attorney Lisa Kye-Young Kim.
A huge congratulations to Rebekah Evenson and Cristina Vazquez for their incredible work!