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2019 Annual Dinner Co-Chair Spotlight: Amy Weaver, Salesforce

Amy Weaver is the President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, and General Counsel of Salesforce, and is a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Weaver leads the global legal, compliance, internal audit, corporate security, and government affairs teams at Salesforce, which she joined in 2013.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Weaver was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Univar Inc., where she was responsible for global legal and corporate affairs. Previously, Weaver was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Expedia, Inc. Weaver practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Perkins Coie. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a legislative aide to a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council as a Luce Scholar and was a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

Weaver has served on PBI’s Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board since 2015 and serves on the Bay Area Local Advisory Board of Year Up, a one-year intensive training program that provides career and life skills development, college-eligible coursework, and internships to under-served young adults. She is actively involved with the World Economic Forum, is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the executive sponsor for the Salesforce Women’s Network.

Since joining Salesforce, Weaver has been committed to overhauling the company’s pro bono program, surveying Salesforce’s legal team about their pro bono interests, and creating a Pro Bono Committee. Since its formal pro bono program launched in 2014, Salesforce’s legal department employees have volunteered thousands of pro bono hours.

Salesforce joined PBI’s Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® initiative in 2015, committing to use its best efforts to encourage at least one-half of its legal staff to support and participate in pro bono legal services. Pro bono is a critical part of Salesforce’s pledge to give one percent of product, one percent of resources, and one percent of employee time to supporting nonprofit causes. Examples of the legal department’s current pro bono initiatives include:

Working with Veterans

While Salesforce’s legal department has created an array of pro bono opportunities corresponding to the team’s interest areas and community needs, helping veterans is a top priority. The inaugural event after the 2014 creation of the Salesforce Pro Bono Legal Services program was Service-4-Service, a one-day event to provide free legal and social services to U.S. veterans appearing before the San Francisco Veterans Justice Court. Several entities collaborated with Salesforce to launch Service-4-Service, including the Community Justice Center of the Superior Court of San Francisco, Swords to Plowshares, the San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice and Diversity Center, and law firm partners.

Pro Bono Clinics & Special Projects

Salesforce attorneys and professionals participate in a wide range of projects, including U.S.- and international-based activities. Salesforce’s dedication to pro bono legal services is representative of the company’s overall commitment to community service and making a positive impact through volunteering. Salesforce organizes department-wide pro bono projects, including some that require physical presence in specific offices, while other projects can be done remotely. Additionally, each regional office organizes local pro bono projects with both in-person and remote components. Some of these projects include:

  • Swords to Plowshares (STP), where attorneys attend STP clinics for veterans seeking VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. Salesforce personnel are also currently working with STP to assist veterans who were the victims of sexual assault receive benefits to help deal with the trauma of their assaults.
  • GLIDE Legal Clinic, which provides unconditional legal services to marginalized and vulnerable San Franciscans in the poverty-stricken Tenderloin neighborhood.
  • Immigration matters, such as assisting families who are facing deportation with preparing asylum applications and assisting clients who have been granted asylum apply for residency, assisting asylum seekers with applications for work authorization, and helping to staff DACA renewal clinics.
  • Second Chance, where Salesforce attorneys have been involved in both clinics and ongoing representation of individuals working to expunge minor crimes (such as drug possession) from their records so that these individuals can gain access to jobs and benefits that they might otherwise have trouble accessing.
  • Bail clinics in which Salesforce attorneys assist individuals who have been victimized by bail bondsmen.
  • Amicus briefs in support of immigration and LGBTQ rights — more than a dozen in the last five years.
  • Business Law Basics Workshops, providing free transactional business law presentations to low-income individuals and businesses committed to investing in economically distressed communities.

Global Reach

Salesforce structured its pro bono program to engage all of its lawyers around the globe. With teams of lawyers from Paris, London, Toronto, San Francisco, and New York contributing to the efforts, Salesforce partnered with Baker McKenzie to draft a toolkit for judges from the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to support the effective adjudication of terrorism cases. The practice-oriented toolkit follows customary international and human rights law and norms relating to court proceedings for terrorism offenses. A template that can be adapted by judges and judicial academies in other regions throughout the world, the toolkit was submitted to the Global Center on Cooperative Security and the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. Salesforce is also heavily involved with Legal Atlas for Street Youth, helping to create this online database documenting laws impacting street children across the globe. This tool will help countries improve their standards, policies, and practices concerning child rights, in keeping with the U.N. General Comment on Children in Street Situations.

PBI is grateful to Amy for her pro bono leadership!

Click here to read about PBI’s other Annual Dinner Co-Chair, Matt Cooper.