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Judith Garlow, an employee of the State Bar of California for 32 years and a national leader in securing funds for legal services to the poor, has died. Garlow, 63, passed away at her San Francisco home on Saturday after a long battle with a brain tumor. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the historic Golden Gate Room at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. Garlow was the director of the State Bar’s Legal Services Trust Fund Program until she retired last year, and was instrumental in leading statewide and national efforts to expand legal help for the poor. Even during her illness, she continued to contribute her expertise toward enhancing the funding streams she pulled together. “Besides being one of the nicest, warmest and most genuine people you’d ever meet, Judy was a pioneer in legal services access,” State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson said Tuesday. “She was recognized as a national expert in funding of legal services through interest from lawyer trust accounts. And she galvanized support from the legal community for defense of IOLTA [Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts] funding when it was challenged in the courts. It was ultimately upheld in the U.S. Supreme Court.” Garlow grew up in Escondido and was the salutatorian at her 1961 graduation from Escondido Union High School. She graduated from Stanford University in 1965 and then worked with neglected and abused children for the San Diego County Welfare Department. Garlow moved to San Francisco with then-husband Carl Cheney in 1972, and went to work at the State Bar, where she helped unionize the Bar’s employees. She joined the Legal Services Trust Fund Program in its nascent stage and became director in 1993. Garlow oversaw the establishment of the Equal Access Fund in 1999, was a member of the IOLTA Commission of the American Bar Association, and served as president of the National Association of IOLTA Programs. Garlow was an accomplished painter and cook, and enjoyed traveling. She also loved socializing with friends, walking, hiking and bird watching. Garlow is survived by daughter Karen Maletta; brother Jim Garlow and his wife, Brenda; grandson Anthony Maletta; granddaughter Heather Maletta; two nephews and one niece. Donations in Garlow’s memory should be sent to either the National Brain Tumor Foundation, 22 Battery St., Suite 612, San Francisco, CA 94111, or to Hospice by the Bay, Donation Department, 1540 Market St., Suite 350, San Francisco, CA 94102. Garlow’s ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean off Maui with those of her parents, Everett and Trudy Garlow. A memorial bench will be erected in her honor at Holly Park in Bernal Heights.

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