Managing Attorney of the Sacramento office
Legal Services of Northern California
Bill Kennedy is the Managing Attorney of the Sacramento office of Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), a position he has held since 1990. He has a 38-year history of advocacy in legal aid programs. Bill is a litigator and has tried cases in 23 county courts, federal courts, and state and federal appellate courts. His legal work has focused primarily on civil rights, housing policy, and the nexus between the two.
In Sacramento, he has provided the legal support for the development of more than 500 units of single-family homes affordable to families earning as little as $20,000 per year; the creation of eight child care centers in low-income neighborhoods; the creation of the most successful welfare-to-work one-stop centers in the region; the creation of highly successful community Earned Income Tax Credit projects linked to Individual Development Accounts; and the development of more than 290 transitional housing units. He is one of the founding board members of Quinn Cottages, a transitional housing program designed by the homeless that has in the past five years successfully moved sixteen families from homelessness to home ownership. Mr. Kennedy is also one of the architects of the Race Equity Project, which seeks to put tht tools of race conscious advocacy into the hands of community-level activists.