Director of Pro Bono and Operations
As the Director of Pro Bono & Operations, Sharon Bashan oversees NLSLA’s pro bono program, offering a wide range of opportunities for attorneys, law students, and other volunteers to engage in pro bono service. Sharon recruits legal and non-legal volunteers, directs the placement of pro bono cases, and develops pro bono partnership opportunities with various partners, including law firms, in-house legal departments, law schools, and bar associations.
Sharon serves as NLSLA’s ambassador to the pro bono community. She works with other nonprofits and firms to develop regionally coordinated pro bono projects, and with law schools to develop internship and fellowship opportunities. She manages NLSLA’s summer and school-year clerk and fellowships programs, including Tevrizian, Equal Justice Works, and Skadden.
In addition to her pro bono role, Sharon participates in grant writing and other projects that relate to systems and services delivery, funding, and strategic planning. She is very knowledgeable about national and local trends, successful project models, and best practices as they relate to pro bono and access to justice.
Sharon has more than 15 years of public interest experience. Before coming to Los Angeles, she spent seven years at a pro bono program in Northern California. In addition to her work with NLSLA, Sharon currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), and serves on several other legal services committees.
Sharon holds a B.A. in Sociology and Environmental Policy from UC Santa Cruz. She completed her J.D. at Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was a Public Interest Scholar and B.T. Collins Scholar. During law school, Sharon served as Extern to the Honorable Leonard Edwards, and worked at the AOC Center for Families, Children and the Courts.