The California Bar Foundation is pleased to fund Root & Rebound, a Bay Area nonprofit advocating for the legal rights of individuals returning to the community from prison or jail. The California Bar Foundation’s $15,500 grant funds Root & Rebound’s Central Valley Reentry Education Project, which equips reentering individuals with the information and tools needed to reduce, remove and navigate the barriers they face as a result of their criminal record.
CBF Board President Julie Taylor and Root & Rebound Deputy Director Sonja Tonnesen. Sonja is a 2013 scholarship recipient.
We are proud that Root & Rebound’s Deputy Director and one of its founders, Sonja Tonnesen, was a 2013 California Bar Foundation Bar Exam Scholar. “The California Bar Foundation's Public Interest Bar Exam Scholarship in 2013 enabled me to study for the bar exam without financial stress hanging over my head and allowed me to enter the public sector confidently, without fear,” Tonnesen said. “After passing the Bar Exam, I worked with another law student to found Root & Rebound, whose mission is to reduce barriers and maximize opportunities for people returning to the community from prison and jail. The California Bar Foundation has been a key supporter of my career path and position as Deputy Director -- and through continued support has made the expansion of Root & Rebound's work possible, ensuring that people coming home from prison and jail have advocates that will stand beside them in their reentry journey. Thank you, California Bar Foundation!”
Our grant for Root & Rebound, as well as our scholarship for Sonja, demonstrate the California Bar Foundation’s commitment to investing in people and organizations focused on building a better justice system. We cultivate the next generation of diverse attorneys who will reshape and redefine the legal profession, ultimately making it more just and equitable for all Californians.