Pro Bono Counsel Renee Glover Chantler assists with DLA Piper's national pro bono programs on the West Coast and oversees the operations of those programs in the firm's office in Silicon Valley.
Ms. Chantler has demonstrated a commitment to providing and expanding pro bono services for low-income people throughout her 20-year legal career. Her pro bono practice focuses on homeowners who have been defrauded and/or suffered a loss of legal title to their homes due to improper and/or unlawful conduct by others. She also represents victims of domestic violence, including those seeking immigration relief through VAWA and the U VISA. Ms. Chantler also serves as a volunteer attorney for the Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP) at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLS), a program she managed before coming to DLA Piper. As part of VAP, Ms. Chantler continues to instruct, mentor and supervise law students and private lawyers undertaking client screening and triage in a variety of civil law matters.
From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Chantler was Executive Director of the East Palo Alto Community Law Project and an adjunct clinical professor at Stanford Law School. In that role, Ms. Chantler managed staff attorneys and provided strategic and substantive legal guidance to program attorneys and volunteers in housing, community economic development and education matters. With her colleagues, she developed and taught a clinical seminar at Stanford, as well as trained and mentored Stanford Law School students through the Law Project's VAP program.
Ms. Chantler currently serves as a member of City of East Palo Alto Planning Commission, having previously served as Vice Chairperson of that body from 1996 to 1998 and Chairperson from 2010 through 2011. Previously, Ms. Chantler was Chairperson of the City of East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Board (1983 to 1985).
She also served as a CLS Board Member from 2006 - 2012.