(Lawfuel) – The Asian Law Caucus recently honored Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, a prominent California law firm, for its pro-bono work.
Three attorneys in the firm’s San Francisco office, Allan Low, Kenny Tze and Helen Wolff, were honored for the numerous hours they donated to complete a complicated real estate transaction regarding the Fong Building, a 23-unit affordable housing limited equity cooperative project located in Chinatown and The Fred Korematsu Civil Rights Center, the Caucus’ future home.
The deal required creating a long-term ground lease, subdividing the property, financing the project (which involved public and private funding from at least seven different sources), and obtaining the land use entitlements.
“The work these attorneys have contributed will not only benefit the Asian Law Caucus, but also will preserve housing for 21 low-income households,” said Titi Liu, Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus. “We are extremely honored to work with such talented, dedicated attorneys and are grateful for their commitment to our cause.”
Through its work, Luce Forward has represented at least five other affordable housing projects in Chinatown. The firm has helped to create a pioneering land use structure that clears the way for mixed-use commercial/residential land trust co-ops in San Francisco and was also responsible for representing a real estate transaction that led to the construction of the historic International Hotel senior housing project.
Low and Tze continue to be dedicated to assisting those in low-income immigrant neighborhoods. The team is currently drafting legislation that will make conversions from apartments to affordable housing co-ops possible in San Francisco.
Founded in 1873, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP is a full-service California law firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Carmel Valley/Del Mar, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.luce.com.