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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are some of the common theories under which the San Francisco City Attorney's Office brings cases?
A: The Office brings various causes of action, often under California's Unfair Competition Law ("UCL"). The Office sometimes files suit as an injured party, such as an antirust and tort victim.

Q: How did SFALP start?
A: San Francisco has a long history of engaging in civil law enforcement and public policy litigation.  In 2006, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera decided that his office should take a more organized approach to developing and litigating these cases. To this end, he created the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Task Force, and later appointed Kathleen Morris its first Executive Director. That same year, Kathleen and Yale Law School Professor Heather Gerken initiated the Project at Yale..

Q: Who runs SFALP?
A: SFALP’s faculty advisor is J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law Heather Gerken. The project is managed and run by the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Fellow. Additionally, two student directors assist the Fellow in managing the day-to-day operations of the project.

Q: What does the SFALP Fellow do?
A: Fellowship responsibilities include running the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, co-teaching two seminars to SFALP students, supervising student work, and working directly with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. For more information about the position and for information about applying, see the Applications tab.