Each month, a volunteer at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is featured for their dedication of time and talent. This month's volunteer spotlight is:

Jane Lamborn - October 2017


Jane Lamborn is a McGeorge School of Law graduate who had an exciting and varied career as a lawyer, including service for the Los Angeles District Attorney, the state Attorney General and the Department of Healthcare Services. A Sacramento resident since 1984, Jane is also a longtime supporter of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS). “I brought my three children down to donate food back when SFBFS was still at Immaculate Conception Church,” recalls Jane. She felt it was very important to support an organization that helps those in need. Her family continued to stay connected to SFBFS over the years.

Upon retirement, Jane jumped at the chance to get more involved as a volunteer. She first found her place at SFBFS in 2014, serving as a tutor in Adult Education. Later, she transitioned to serving as a teaching assistant in English as a Second Language class. She thoroughly enjoyed these roles, but the opening of SFBFS’ Immigration Legal Services (ILS) really sparked her interest, given her legal background. She has been volunteering in ILS ever since.

Jane works with ILS’ Managing Attorney and DOJ Representatives to review cases and documents and prepare petitions. Jane can easily review a client’s file and help in preparing documents and forms that are needed as part of the petition process. “Volunteering here gives me an opportunity to use my legal background,” explains Jane. “I can research the statues and legal requirements for petitions to be approved and granted.” She has assisted with various types of petitions, such as U Visas, which are for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical trauma and assisted law enforcement in the investigation of that crime.

“We are so fortunate to have Jane as a volunteer,” says ILS’ Managing Attorney, Sara Bobbitt. “Jane is always eager to help with anything that is needed, whether it’s consulting on legal issues or organizing documents for group processing events. She goes above and beyond by not only doing what is asked of her, but also anticipating what is needed. Jane’s knowledge of criminal law and procedure makes her especially helpful with our cases that have overlapping criminal issues.”

In addition to sharing her professional knowledge, Jane cherishes the opportunity to help clients. “The individuals we help are immigrants who have goals and aspirations, each with a story to tell. As a volunteer and an attorney, I can help them at this step of moving toward citizenship and being able to move confidently toward their goals. It is very rewarding.” SFBFS is so fortunate to have volunteers like Jane who share their professional skills and compassion with every person they serve.

“I love SFBFS because it provides immediate assistance as well as the tools to help people be successful,” says Jane. “I encourage people to look at the many volunteer opportunities at SFBFS and find one that matches your skills and availability.”

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