Giving Back

Giving Back

At Hopkins & Carley, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we work and live.  We honor and continue the tradition started by John Hopkins, our founder, of using our abilities and resources for the benefit of others, whether we are helping the community gain access to our legal system through pro bono work, providing financial support or devoting personal time in volunteer service to non-profit, civic and professional organizations.

We value the well-being of our community as we would that of our own children.
– John Hopkins, Founder

Our people take a personal interest in the vitality of the communities around Silicon Valley, and our firm strongly supports individual commitments to community service and leadership.  For more than 50 years, our attorneys and staff have demonstrated their commitment by serving on the governing boards and in leadership positions of many organizations.  We have also successfully tried numerous pro bono white-collar criminal cases for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office.  Recent examples of volunteer leadership roles held by Hopkins & Carley employees include Mayor of Gilroy, Chair of the San Jose City Council Planning Commission, Chairs of the Palo Alto and Silicon Valley/San Jose Chambers of Commerce, and board and executive leadership positions in Black Women Lawyers of California, Boy Scouts of America, California Women Lawyers, March of Dimes, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Rotary Club and the YMCA. 

For a list that captures our commitment, involvement, and common desire to give back to our communities, please click below:

Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
Allonn Levy, Past President/Chair and Vice-Chair 

Alum Rock Counseling Center
Jennifer S. Coleman, Advisory Board Member

Asian Law Alliance
Mitesh Patel, Advisory Board Member

Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum (BABF)
Liam O’Connor, Board of Directors

Bill Wilson Center
Erika J. Gasaway, Board Member

Black Women Lawyers of Northern California 
Monique Jewett-Brewster, Past Treasurer and Board Member

Boy Scouts of America, Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council
Richard M. Noack, Executive Board Member and Past Council President 

Boy Scouts of America, Pacific Skyline Council
Garth E. Pickett, Executive Board Member and Past Council President 

California Lawyers Association 
Monique Jewett-Brewster, Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) 
Monique Jewett-Brewster, Ambassadors Council Member

Catholic Community Foundation
Charles H. Packer, Member, Executive Director’s Steering Committee

Charter School of Morgan Hill
Ellen McKissock, Former Board Member

Christmas in the Park
Karin M. Cogbill, Board Member and Past President

City of Gilroy 
Perry Woodward, Former Mayor

City of San Jose
Chuck Reed, Former Mayor

City of San Jose Mayor’s Arts 20/20 Task Force
Stephen J. Kottmeier, Chair

Community Legal Services
Breck E. Milde, Former Board Member 

CreaTV San Jose
Jennifer S. Coleman, Former Board of Directors

Easter Seals – Central Coast Council
John V. Picone III, Former Board of Directors

El Camino Hospital Foundation Planned Giving Council
Laurie-Ann Look, Member  

Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real
Stephen J. Kottmeier, Chancellor

Financial Women of San Francisco
Monique Jewett-Brewster, Former Secretary and Chair of Scholarship Committee

First Community Housing
Matthew P. James, Secretary and Member of Board of Directors

Foster the Bay
Robert K. Jain, Advocate

Front Door Communities/Lifted Spirits
Margaret E. Nanda, Board of Directors

Girl Scouts of Northern California 
Monique Jewett-Brewster, Camp CEO Mentor

Goldman School of Public Policy-Center for Civility and Democratic Engagement, UC Berkeley
Bruce B. Roberts, Board

Good Karma Bikes
William S. Klein, Co-Founder and Former Board Member

Graceful Giving (Presentation High School)
Maria Bellafronto, Co-Founder
Mary Elizabeth Cirone, Member

Happy Hollow Foundation
Matt P. James, Former Board Member 

History San Jose
Liam O’Connor, Chair of the Board of Directors

IP Justice
Allonn E. Levy, Board of Directors  

Irvine Adult Day Health Services, Inc.
Sara E. Hire, Board of Directors Member & Secretary

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Charles H. Packer, Co-chair of the Peninsula Professional Advisors’ Network

Jewish Family Services
Rachael W. Hiatt, Volunteer

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley
Steven A. Ellenberg, Past President

Joint Venture Silicon Valley 
Chuck Reed, Past Co-chair of the Board

Junior League of San Jose
Dori Yob Kilmer, Former Board of Directors

Margaret E. Nanda, Past President, Sustaining Member and Advisor for 2020-21 Fundraiser

Leadership Morgan Hill
Ellen McKissock, Former member

Leadership San Jose
Dori Yob Kilmer, Class of 2009
Jedidiah L. Dooley, Class of 2011
Liam O’Connor, Class of 2012
Mary Elizabeth Cirone, Class of 2014
Erika J. Gasaway, Class of 2015
Ryan D. Cunningham, Class of 2016
Peter Nissly, Class of 2018
Jennifer Mispagel, Class of 2019 

Little Italy San Jose
Maria S. Bellafronto, Advisory Board Member 

Lincoln High School Foundation
Steven A. Ellenberg, Board of Directors

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training
Charles H. Packer, Cycle Team Coach

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
Richard M. Noack, Advisory Board Member

Marine Raider Foundation
Michael W. M. Manoukian, Board Member

Morgan Hill Library Culture & Arts Commission
Ellen McKissock, Former Board Member

National Charity League
Chiara Portner, Member and Philanthropy Liaison

National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Monique Jewett-Brewster, Silicon Valley Chapter, former Public Policy Committee Member

Notre Dame High School
Dori Yob Kilmer, Governance Committee Member, Former Vice-Chair of Executive Committee

Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE)
Gail M. Hashimoto, Past Director

Palo Alto Chamber Foundation
Peter F. Stone, Chairman

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
Peter F. Stone, Former Chair of the Board of Directors

Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Board of Trustees
Peter LaBoskey, Board of Directors Member, Former Chair

Pacific Collegiate School Mock Trial Team
Christopher Hohn, Coach

Peninsula Joint Powers Authority 
Perry Woodward, Board of Directors (Caltrain), Former Chair

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Joan R. Gallo, Board of Directors 

Project Safety Net (Palo Alto)
Peter F. Stone, Board Member

REACH Youth Scholarships
Ryan D. Cunningham, Board Member

Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose
Richard M. Noack, Permanent Deacon

Rotary Club of San Jose 
Jay M. Ross, President (2017-18)Board of Directors
Steven A. Ellenberg, Board of Directors
Chuck Reed, Past Member Board of Directors
Erika J. Gasaway, Member

Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation
Jay M. Ross, Board of Directors

Rotary Club of San Mateo 
Angel Y. Riley, Board Member

Saint Thomas More Society Board of Directors
Richard M. Noack, Board of Directors

San Jose Downtown Association
Liam O’Connor, Finance Committee Board Member, Former Board of Directors Member, Former Treasurer
Mary Elizabeth Cirone, Board Member
Cory B. Cullen, Historic District Committee Member
Chuck Reed, Director 1988-95, President 1989

San Jose Light Tower Corporation
Jay M. Ross, Advisory Council Member

San Jose Nonprofit Development Corporation 
Jay M. Ross, Formerly on Board of Directors

San Jose Planning Commission
Dori Yob Kilmer, Past Chair
Chuck Reed, Past Chair 
Jay M. Ross, Past 2-Term Chair 

San Jose Repertory Theater 
Jay M. Ross, Former Board Counsel

San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce 
Angel Y. Riley, Board Member

Santa Clara County LaRaza Lawyers
Allonn E. Levy, Associate Member

Santa Clara University Law Alumni Association
Karin M. Cogbill, Board Member

Charles H. Packer, Past National President, Member of the Past Presidents Council

Santa Clara University School of Law Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Symposium
Charles H. Packer, Chair of the Symposium Planning Committee

Santa Clara University Planned Giving Advisory Council
Charles H. Packer, Chair  

Santa Clara University Real Estate Advisory Board
Maria S. Bellafronto, Board Member

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Perry Woodward, Past Board Member
Chuck Reed, Past Board Member

Second Harvest Food Bank
Mark Heyl, Former Board Member

Senior Adults Legal Assistance (SALA)
Shinny Liu, Board Member
Daniel F. Pyne, Past Board Chair

Sikh Professional Network
Pavin S. Kang, Pre-Law Chair

Silicon Valley FACES
Daniel F. Pyne, Former Board of Directors, Past Board Chair

Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC)
Garth E. Pickett, Executive Committee and Executive Board

Silicon Valley Tech Academy, Inc.
Charles H. Packer, Board Member

Dori Yob Kilmer, Former Board Member

St. Claire’s Christian Preschool
Jedidiah L. Dooley, Board Member

St. Francis High School Endowment Fundraising Committee
Jim Hager, Member

Summit League
Margaret E. Nanda, Member and 2021-22 President

SV Creates
Stephen J. Kottmeier, Former Chair

Thirty One Women
Maria S. Bellafronto, Co-Founder 
Dori Yob Kilmer, Member

Uplift Family Services
William S. Klein, Board Member

YMCA – Palo Alto
Peter F. Stone, Past Board Member and Fundraising Program Organizer

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