Porchlight: A Storytelling Series
Ladies and gentlemen, you have the right to remain... ENTERTAINED! This hotly anticipated show makes you the judge and jury when six storytellers take the stage to tell first person accounts of being on one side of the law or the other, or perhaps occupying the murky gray area in between.
Law partners Matt Gonzalez and Whitney Leigh
Criminal defense lawyer Renée Paradis
District Judge Vaughn R Walker
Juror #7 Kevin Wofsy
Writer and HIV/AIDS educator and activist Ed Wolf
Matt Gonzalez & Whitney Leigh are partners in Gonzalez & Leigh LLP, a law firm committed to high-quality, cost-effective litigation. The firm was founded in March of 2005 by a group of diverse attorneys committed to a progressive legal practice including Matt Gonzalez, a former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and G. Whitney Leigh, a former partner at Keker & Van Nest LLP.
Renée Paradis is a Sebastopol native and recovering New Yorker who has recently become a San Francisco resident for the first time. After working as a civil rights lawyer for a number of years, including for the ACLU and the Obama presidential campaign, she now has her own law practice here in the city, focusing on appellate criminal defense. She shudders to think of the innocent people she could've gotten out of prison in the time she's spent perfecting her OKCupid profile. Her rarely updated web site islittlemizsmartass.com.
Vaughn R. Walker served as adistrict judgeof theUnited States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco from 1990 to 2011. Before being appointed to the bench by President George H.W. Bush, he was in private practice in San Francisco in many years. During his time on the court, he presided over such notable cases as theApple Computer, Inc v Microsoft Corporationcopyright infringement case, antitrust litigation over theHearst Corporation's purchase of theSan Francisco Chronicle,andOracle's merger/hostile takeover ofPeopleSoft. Judge Walker also presided overPerry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal-constitutional challenge toCalifornia Proposition 8, a voter initiative constitutional amendment that eliminated the right of same sex couples to marry. On August 4, 2010, Walker ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional "under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses" and prohibited its enforcement. That case was recently affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Walker has a mediation-arbitration practice here in San Francisco to which he now devotes most of his time.
Kevin Wofsy is a San Francisco native who has held a wide variety of jobs, including stints as a high school English teacher, international tour guide, advertising copywriter, and juror #7. His writing has appeared in Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield, and he performs regularly with Mortified and LitUp Writers, where he earns a handsome living in drink tickets.
Ed Wolf has been working continuously in the HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1983, as chronicled in the award-winning documentary "We Were Here."He has developed HIV-related curriculum and trainings for a large number of national and international organizations and institutions, including the California State Office of AIDS, the Shanti Project of San Francisco, UCSF AIDS Health Project and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. He's facilitated trainings for counselors working in clinical trials in Lima, Peru as well as South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.His stories and articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Christopher Street, the James White Review and Prentice Hall's Discovering Literature. Ed has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was awarded the HIV National Educator of Year Award from thebody.com.
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2424 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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