Adrian Tirtanadi is passionate about justice for the poor. He believes that rights and opportunities created by the U.S. democratic process should be available to everyone. He created the plan for a universal access center before law school and worked throughout law school to launch it, opening immediately after obtaining his license. Adrian has shepherded the organization from two to nine full-time staff in three years. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal is the country's first universal access center for legal aid. They ensure everyone can enforce his or her rights under law, regardless of issue or income. BHP Community Legal views legal aid as a core anti-poverty strategy and, in the last three years, they have handled over 700 cases for the poorest members of the Bayview/Hunters Point community, obtained over $292,000 in settlements and awards, cancelled over $187,000 of debt, and prevented 44 evictions. They have roughly tripled their budget every year and plan to continue growing until they ensure that all people can enforce their rights.