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 

Alameda Hospital
Lynn M. Humphreys, Ethics Committee

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

Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council
Shirley E. Jackson, Den Leader

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

California Lawyers Association 
Monique Jewett-Brewster, Past Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
Ellen McKissock, Government Affairs Committee and Board Representative for the Trust & Estate Section
Liam O’Connor, Commercial Transactions Committee

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

Camp Augusta 
Shirley Jackson, Board of Directors

Catholic Community Foundation
Sara E. Hire, Advisor Steering Committee
Charles H. Packer, Member, Executive Director’s Steering Committee

Charter School of Morgan Hill
Ellen McKissock, Former Board Member

City of Gilroy 
Perry Woodward, Former Mayor

City of San Jose Public Art Plan Steering Committee
Stephen J. Kottmeier, Member

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

City of San Jose, Redistricting Commission
Andrew Ditlevsen, Member

El Camino Hospital Foundation Planned Giving Council
Sara E. Hire, Member
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

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

Good Karma Bikes
William S. Klein, Past Chair of the Board

Graceful Giving (Presentation High School)
Maria Bellafronto, Co-Founder

Greater Downtown San Jose Economic Recovery Task Force
Jay M. Ross, Board 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, Treasurer, Executive Committee of the Board

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

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

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

Leadership Morgan Hill
Ellen McKissock, Former member

Leadership Redwood City
Lucas Coe, Class of 2023

Leadership San Jose
Dori Yob Kilmer, Class of 2009
Liam O’Connor, Class of 2012
Erika J. Gasaway, Class of 2015
Ryan D. Cunningham, Class of 2016
Peter Nissly, Class of 2018
Jennifer Mispagel, Class of 2019
Andrew Ditlevsen, Class of 2020

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, Vice President of the Board

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

National Charity League
Chiara Portner, Member, Philanthropy Liaison and Grade Level Advisor

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

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

Pacific Clinics
William S. Klein, Board Member

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

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
Erika J. Gasaway, Member

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

Rotary Club of San Mateo 
Angel Y. Saunders, Former Board Member

Saint Thomas More Society Board of Directors
Richard M. Noack, Board of Directors
Michael W. M. Manoukian, Vice President of the Board of Directors

SAMCEDA (San Mateo County Economic Development Association)
Jennifer C. Johnson, Board of Directors

San Jose Downtown Association
Liam O’Connor, Finance Committee Board Member, Former Board of Directors Member, Former Treasurer

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
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. Saunders, Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors

Santa Clara County LaRaza Lawyers
Allonn E. Levy, Associate Member
Eber Terceros, Associate Member and Treasurer

Santa Clara University Law Alumni Association
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

Second Harvest Food Bank
Mark Heyl, Former Board Member

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

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

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

Dori Yob Kilmer, Former Board Member

SV Creates
Stephen J. Kottmeier, Former Chair

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

Western Manufactured Housing Communities Alliance (WMA)
Andrew Ditlevsen, Board Member, Property Rights Committee (2020-Present)

YMCA Silicon Valley
Stephen J. Kottmeier, Former Board of Directors

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