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The staff members of Legal Aid at Work are leaders in their areas of specialization and have won national and statewide awards. Many are bilingual. Our attorneys are regularly named among the nation’s top lawyers, and they advocate tirelessly for individuals and groups of clients — and to strengthen civil and employment rights.

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Joan Graff

Joan Messing Graff

President

Joan Graff has been President of Legal Aid at Work since 1981. She began her legal career working in the General Counsel’s office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and she was a founding staff member of Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco.

Joan worked as an attorney with Equal Rights Advocates for nearly a decade. The organization was one of the first nonprofit legal organizations in the country dedicated to securing equality for women and it became one of the leading proponents for women’s rights nationally. She has served on a number of boards and advisory committees and, among other honors, received the Loren Miller Legal Services Award from the State Bar of California.

Joan received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1967 and her B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1964. She is a member of the bars of California and the District of Columbia.

Reach Joan at jgraff@legalaidatwork.org or 415-864-8848.

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Attorneys

Galen Ages

Galen Ages

Skadden Fellow

As an attorney in the Community Legal Services program, Galen Ages provides free legal services to clients at numerous Workers’ Rights Clinic sites across California. He is also managing LAAW’s 100th anniversary expansion to bring the Clinic’s services to low-income and unemployed workers in currently underserved communities.

Prior to joining Legal Aid at Work in 2017 as a Skadden Fellow, Galen clerked for the Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Galen received his J.D. from Berkeley Law in 2016, where he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, served as a student director of both the Workers’ Rights Clinic and the Wage Claim Clinic, was awarded the Prosser Prize in Employment Law and Employee Benefits Law, and received the Victor Van Bourg Scholarship for his commitment to workers’ rights. He also clerked for Legal Aid at Work, the East Bay Community Law Center, the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, and Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, P.C.

Before law school, Galen worked for Altshuler Berzon LLP and the World Affairs Council of Northern California. He served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Mexico City, where he obtained his M.A. in U.S.-Mexico Studies from La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Galen also holds a B.A. in Development Studies with highest distinction from U.C. Berkeley.

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Juliana Franco

Zellerbach Family Foundation Day Labor Outreach and Wage Recovery Project Fellow

Juliana Franco, a fellow in our Wage Protection Program, helps people working in construction, landscaping and other day-labor jobs to recover unpaid wages. She is also working to educate workers and community organizations about how they can use what's known as a mechanic’s lien to force employers to pay them. This tool is  uniquely available to workers who have performed work on real property and are owed wages.

As a clerk in our Wage Protection Program in spring 2017 and in our Work and Family Program in fall 2016, Juliana helped workers file wage claims with the Labor Commissioner, conducted helpline intakes, researched and wrote memos and letters, and counseled victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.  She served earlier as a research assistant at the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings and as a clinical law student with the UCSF-UC Hastings Consortium Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic.

Juliana, who is a native speaker of both Spanish and English, holds a BA in political science from UC Berkeley and a JD from UC Hastings. We are grateful to the Zellerbach Family Foundation for support of Juliana's work in the Day Labor Outreach and Wage Recovery Project Fellowship. 

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Alexis Alvarez

Alexis Alvarez

Staff Attorney

Alexis是我们残疾人权利计划的一个成员。在加入LAS-ELC之前,她曾经是洛杉矶的残疾人权利法律中心的癌症法律资源中心的职员律师,在那里她曾经帮助人们处理有关癌症的法律事务。

Alexis clerked for Judges Robert L. Hess and Barbara M. Meiers of Los Angeles Superior Court and Judge Gilbert M. Román of the Colorado Court of Appeals. She is a founding member of the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities.

Alexis received her J.D. in 2011 from the UC Davis School of Law and her B.S. with honors in 2007 from Colorado State University. During law school, Alexis was a senior articles editor for the UC Davis Law Review and served on the board of the La Raza Law Student Association.

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Mana Barari

Mana Barari

Staff Attorney

作为我们薪水保护团队的成员,Mana代表那些要对抗未得到支付薪水及其它不公正的雇佣做法的职工,包括贩卖劳工。Mana在加入LAS-ELC之前在密克罗尼西亚人 法律服务公司(Micronesian Legal Services Corporation)工作,在那里她 曾经为帕劳(Palau)的移民工人及人口贩卖的幸存者维护权利。

She also has represented low-wage and immigrant workers as an associate with Sundeen Salinas & Pyle in Oakland. She was a consulting attorney with the Pars Equality Center in San Francisco. And at the Urban Justice Center, she helped produce a report on racial discrimination in New York City that was presented to the UN Committee on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination.

Mana recently served as president of the Iranian American Bar Association-Nor Cal. She served on a delegation to monitor the elections in Venezuela in October 2012. And she is a commissioner on the California State Bar Access to Justice Commission.

She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2007 and completed a BA in interdisciplinary studies with high honors at UC Berkeley in 2003. During law school, Mana was production editor on NYU's Journal of International Law and Politics, and she spent her summers interning with human rights organizations in Brazil and Costa Rica. Mana also served as a research assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, and she participated in the International Human Rights Clinic’s project addressing the discriminatory effects of counterterrorist policies. She also was a member of the 2007 academic delegation to Cuba.

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Marisa Diaz

Marisa Diaz

Staff Attorney

Marisa为移民职工或少数族裔职工提供法律辩护并提升他们的权利。在加入Legal Aid at Work 之前,Marisa是平等权利维权人组织(Equal Rights Advocates)的研究员, 在那里她曾经参与法律诉讼、立法倡议、社区教育,并直接为在工作场所面临性别歧视的妇女提供法律代理服务。

After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2013, Marisa clerked for the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. During law school Marisa interned with Legal Aid at Work and the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. At Stanford’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, she advocated on behalf of immigrants facing removal from the country.

Marisa began her work with and on behalf of immigrant communities well before law school. She received a Fulbright Grant to research the experiences of Colombian domestic workers in Spain. And she worked for the San Francisco nonprofit La Cocina. Marisa, who is fluent in Spanish, received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College.

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Katherine Fiester

Katherine Fiester

Staff Attorney

Katie Fiester在社区法律服务计划(Community Legal Services Program) 和薪水保护计划(Wage Protection Program)两个计划上工作,在薪水索赔 方面和失业保险行政程序方面为客人提供咨询并代理客人。她还在加州劳工标准执法处在旧金山和奥克兰的办公室举行的每月两次的薪水索赔诊所为客户服务。

Katie obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2014. While in law school, she was a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael J. Seng, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of California. Before law school, Katie worked as a legal assistant with JusticeCorps, where she facilitated equal justice and fairness for pro se litigants.

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Mike Gaitley

Michael T. Gaitley

Senior Staff Attorney

Mike Gaitley主管职工权利诊所并指导我们的社区法律服务计划,在那里他发展并 培养了提供免费法律服务的模式,该模式被许多法律组织所模仿。

Our clinics provide low-income workers with expert advice by engaging highly experienced local employment law specialists and carefully selected law students as volunteers.

Before joining Legal Aid at Work as a staff attorney, Mike was a sole practitioner focusing on employment-related litigation and related services. He also worked as a union official and attorney with Pan Am's flight attendants union.

Mike graduated from the University of Michigan in 1979 and from Pace University Law School in 1984. He now serves as an adjunct professor at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and at University of San Diego School of Law.

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Jenna Gerry

Jenna Gerry

Staff Attorney

Jenna的工作是接我们工作及家庭帮助专线的电话并给那些因为家庭及医疗危机而挣扎的职工提供了解您权利研讨会并提供免费法律服务。她还参与立法倡议活动去扩展对家庭友善的工作场所政策,而且她还与健康母亲工作场所联合会合作并为我们的医疗法律合作伙伴项目贡献力量。

Jenna came to Legal Aid at Work from a clerkship with trial Judge Cynthia S. Kern in Manhattan. Prior to that, she served as a post-graduate fellow with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation. Jenna had internships with the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and with the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association and the Education Rights Center in Washington.

She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she made dean’s list, and she holds a BA in political science (with minors in philosophy and Irish studies) from New York University.

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Christopher Ho

Christopher Ho

Senior Staff Attorney

作为我们移民及原始国籍计划的主任,Chris专注于不成比例地影响到无合法移民文件的职工、语言少数族裔以及新移民的雇佣做法。在2014年,他成功地争辩了Salas对Sierra化学公司一案获得胜诉,该案维持了加州的保护无合法移民文件职工的法律。最近,在一个Chris参与的第一印象民权案件中,美国联邦法院旧金山地方法院裁定某雇主仅仅因为某工作申请人以前曾经用无效的社会安全号码获得工作就自动决定其没有资格申请工作违反了联邦民权法律。

Most recently, Chris and his team won two important victories in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the first case, Arias v. Raimondo, which we co-counseled with California Rural Legal Assistance, the court broke new legal ground when it held that an employer's attorney violated the law when he contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") in an attempt to have his client's former employee deported after he sued for his unpaid wages. In the other case, Guerrero v. California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a precedent-setting 2015 U.S. District Court trial judgment that an employer violated federal civil rights law when it disqualified a job applicant solely because he had used an invalid Social Security number to obtain work while he was undocumented.

Chris's litigation has helped to reinforce and advance the right of undocumented immigrants to seek legal redress for workplace rights violations. In Contreras v. Corinthian Vigor Insurance Brokerage., Inc. and Singh v. Jutla, Chris and his co-counsel established the precedent that employers may not contact immigration authorities to report undocumented workers who have come forward to assert their legal rights. In Rivera v. Nibco, Inc., the Ninth Circuit upheld a protective order barring an employer from inquiring into the plaintiffs’ immigration status, thus precluding the use of the discovery process as a tool to intimidate immigrant workers seeking to assert their civil rights. And Chris’s 2014 California Supreme Court victory in Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co. established that immigrant workers have full legal standing to enforce their California workplace rights, even if they might have used an invalid Social Security number to obtain their jobs or are undocumented.

In 2013, with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") and the Council on American-Islamic Relations ("CAIR"), Chris represented an observant Muslim woman who was fired from her job at a Hollister Co.-branded store of Abercrombie & Fitch because she refused to remove her hijab to comply with its "Look Policy." Finding Abercrombie could not prove the policy was necessary to its business, the U.S. District Court granted our client summary judgment, holding the clothing retailer had failed to reasonably accommodate her religious faith.

Chris has also worked on many cases seeking to protect workers from discrimination based on the languages they speak -- for example, "speak-English-only" policies, discrimination because of accent, and English proficiency requirements lacking any connection to the jobs in question.

Chris received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award in 2004 for his work on Rivera and Singh, and was given the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area’s Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy in 2006. In 2007, he received Stanford Law School’s Alumni Public Service Award. La Raza Centro Legal honored him for advocacy on behalf of domestic workers in 2010. And in 2013, Chris was recognized by Chinese for Affirmative Action for his advocacy in defense of immigrants’ rights, and by CAIR for his work in Khan v. Abercrombie & Fitch.

Chris got his B.A. in political science from Yale, an A.M. in government from Harvard, and his J.D. from Stanford. He joined Legal Aid at Work as its Félix Velarde-Muñoz Graduate Intern, and returned as a staff attorney in 1990. In 2001, he was a Windcall Resident Fellow in Belgrade, Montana. During the Obama administration, Chris served on the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.

Selected published decisions:

Contreras v. Corinthian Vigor Insurance Brokerage, Inc., 25 F.Supp.2d 1053 (N.D. Cal. 1998)

Contreras v. Corinthian Vigor Insurance Brokerage, Inc., 103 F.Supp.2d 1180 (N.D. Cal. 2000)

Singh v. Jutla, 214 F.Supp.2d 1056 (N.D. Cal. 2002)

Rivera v. Nibco, Inc., 364 F.3d 1057 (9th Cir. 2004), reh’g and reh’g en banc denied, 384 F. 3d 822 (2004), cert. denied, 544 U.S. 905 (2005)

Rivera v. Nibco, Inc., 701 F.Supp.2d 1135 (E.D. Cal. 2006)

Zamora v. Elite Logistics, Inc., 478 F.3d 1160 (10th Cir. 2007) (en banc)

Rivera v. Nibco, Inc., 372 Fed.Appx. 757 (9th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 562 U.S. 1135 (2011)

EEOC and Khan v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., 966 F.Supp.2d 949 (N.D. Cal. 2013)

Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., 59 Cal.4th 407, cert. denied, 135 S.Ct. 755 (2014)

Guerrero v. California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation, et al., 119 F.Supp.3d 1065 (N.D. Cal. 2015), aff'd in part and rev'd in part, ___ Fed.Appx. ___, 2017 WL 2963531 (9th Cir. July 12, 2017)

Arias v. Raimondo, 860 F.3d 1185 (9th Cir. 2017)

Publications:

With Jennifer C. Chang, “Drawing the Line After Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v NLRB: Strategies for Protecting Undocumented Workers in the Title VII Context and Beyond,” 22 Hofstra Lab. & Emp. L.J. 473 (2005)

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Jinny Kim

Jinny Kim

Senior Staff Attorney

Jinny在1999-2001年间在Legal Aid at Work作为Félix Velarde-Muñoz研究员开始了她的法律生涯,她当时的工作涉及种族、残障、原始国籍、以及性别案件的法律诉讼。她在首都华盛顿以及在私营律所工作后于2008年回来成为我们的一名职员律师。现在,作为我们残障权利计划的主任,她为那些向雇主、教育机关以及公共单位寻求方便条件并面临他们歧视的客户提供法律代理服务。

As a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, she served as Labor Counsel to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy on the Senate's Committee for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. She also has held positions at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach; at Schneider, Wallace, Cottrell, Brayton and Konecky; and at Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian.

Jinny received her J.D. in 1999 from the University of California, Davis, and her B.A. in 1995 from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Elizabeth Kristen

Elizabeth Kristen

Senior Staff Attorney

Elizabeth Kristen是我们的性别平等及LGBT权利计划的主任,在这个计划中她 代表那些因为性别、性导向、性别认同、怀孕、军人或退伍军人身份而面临歧视的低收入职工。而且,作为我们公平对待女生参与体育运动项目的主任,在Ollier对 Sweetwater工会一案中,她与合作律师一起赢得了史无前例的联邦上诉法庭裁决,判定应在高中执行教育修正案的第九条法律。

Elizabeth graduated from Berkeley Law in 2001. She was selected for the Order of the Coif and served as an editor for the California Law Review. Prior to joining Legal Aid at Work in 2002 as a Skadden Fellow, she clerked for the Honorable James R. Browning on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

In 2015, California Lawyer selected Elizabeth as one of its California Lawyers of the Year in the field of Civil Rights. Elizabeth is a Northern California Super Lawyer. She was the recipient of Protect our Defenders' Justice Award. In 2012-2013, Elizabeth served as a Harvard law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow. She was a lecturer at Berkeley Law School from 2008-2013.

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Rachael Langston

Rachael Langston

Senior Staff Attorney

Rachael Langston是性别平等及残障权利计划的一个职员律师。Rachael于2008年 加入Legal Aid at Work. 她为残疾职工提供代理服务,主要专注于在工作场所的残障歧视及 无法得到方便条件。Rachael还为残疾职工提供社区教育,并参与立法倡议去扩大那些有家庭照料责任的职工的权利。她于2005年从德州技术大学获得文学士学位2008年从伯克利加州大学获得法律博士学位。

Rachael also provides community education regarding the rights of employees with disabilities and participates in legislative advocacy to expand the rights of workers who have familial care giving responsibilities.

She received her J.D. in 2008 from Berkeley Law and her B.A. in 2005 from Texas Tech University.

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William C. McNeill III

Senior Staff Attorney

Bill McNeill是我们种族平等计划的主任。他从1988年开始就为Legal Aid at Work工作而且曾经做过我们的经理律师。他参与处理民权方面的事务已经有30多年,经手过许多设计促进少数族裔权利的诉讼案件,包括Davis对旧金山市和旧金山郡。那个案子导致了消防局内的种族融合,增加了有色人种被雇佣及提升的机会,并且导致该市史上第一次任命了一位黑人消防局长。

Bill began his legal career in 1971 as a public defender with the Roxbury Defenders Committee in Roxbury, Mass. He then worked as an attorney with the Atlanta Regional Litigation Center for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as the director of the Title VII Project at the San Francisco Office of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and as regional counsel for California Rural Legal Assistance. He has received two honors from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. for his litigation work combating employment discrimination.

Bill joined Legal Aid at Work in 1988 and has served as managing attorney for the organization. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1971 and his A.B. in Economics from Oberlin College in 1965. He is a member of the California, Georgia, and Massachusetts bars.

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Julia Parish

Staff Attorney

作为我们工作及家庭和SURVIVE计划的成员,Julia协助项目的帮助专线并提供法律咨询,参与了解您权利研讨会并指导为因家庭及医疗危机而挣扎的职工提供的法律服务。她还指导健康母亲工作场所联合会,其成员包括许多政府及社区合作伙伴。

Julia was a legal intern with the Gender Equity Program at Legal Aid at Work and with the East Bay Community Law Center.

Julia received her J.D. from Berkeley Law at the University of California in 2011. She also received her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from UC Berkeley, and she holds a master's degree in teaching from Pace University. Before attending law school, she was a high school sports coach and Spanish teacher.

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Maria Tapia-Hernandez

Workers' Rights Fellow

Maria正在与圣地亚哥大学法学院合作帮助在圣地亚哥建立职工权利诊所。该诊所会与本地的社区组织合作去提供法律咨询,并就职工权利扩大服务范围及提供社区培训。

Most recently, Maria worked at Bay Area Legal Aid, where she assisted domestic violence survivors apply for protective orders and tackle custody, visitation, and other issues. She has clerked with Legal Aid of Napa Valley and the Immigration Center for Women and Children.

Maria also worked as a student clinic counselor with the Workers' Rights Clinic at LAS-ELC, after which she went on to become a student representative at the Civil Justice Clinic at UC Hastings. Maria received her B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 2009 and her JD from Hastings in 2014.

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Sharon Terman

Senior Staff Attorney

Sharon是我们工作及家庭计划的主任,在该计划中她代表有家庭假及病假申诉以及怀孕、性别、及残障歧视申诉的职工。她还为低收入职工提供法律咨询、从事社区教育、并参与立法倡议去扩大职工权利。

She clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 2004 to 2005. She joined Legal Aid at Work as a Skadden Fellow in 2005 and became a staff attorney in 2007.

Sharon received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in 1998 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2004.

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Kim Turner

Senior Staff Attorney

Kim为我们的性别平等及LGBT权利计划及我们的公平对待女生参与体育运动项目工作。通过法律诉讼、教育及政策方面的工作,Kim倡导平等,而且特别专注于女性青少年的体育运动机会 -- 特别是在低收入的社区。

Kim has practiced a mixture of Title IX, employment and housing law, including as a staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid. Before law school, Kim worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C.

She graduated from Cardozo Law School in New York City in 2008. And she received a B.A. from Brown University in 2002, double concentrating in public policy and sociology. At Brown, Kim also played for the varsity women’s volleyball team.

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Carole Vigne

Senior Staff Attorney | Director, Wage Protection Program

Carole Vigne是我们的一位职员律师,而且是我们薪水保护计划的主任。她就雇佣 工作权利为职工提供信息、建议,并为他们提供代理服务,她主要专注于薪水及工时以及失业保险等问题。Carole还培训并督导法律维权人去在薪水索赔行政听证会上或失业保险上诉中代理客户,并且参与社区教育。

Carole was a Skadden Fellow with Legal Aid at Work’s National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program, working to expand the rights of immigrant workers and serving San Francisco’s immigrant, limited-English-proficient, Latino workers through a workers’ rights clinic. She also litigated employment law cases at Rukin, Hyland, Doria & Tindall, LLP, and previously worked at the ACLU’s Immigrant Rights Project and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

Carole received her B.A. from Brown University in 2001 and her J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2007.

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Katherine Wutchiett

Attorney

Katie领导在Contra Costa郡实施我们的医疗-法律合作伙伴(Medical-Legal Partnership)模式。作为MLP的一部分,Katie提供以下方面的培训:请事假的权利、方便条件、以及那些怀孕或作为新生儿家长的健康照料人及低收入职工的薪水替代权利。她同时还为我们办公室的现场诊所和工作及家庭帮助专线招募员工。

As a part of the MLP, Katie provides training about rights to leave, accommodations, and wage replacement to health care providers and low-wage workers who are pregnant or new parents.

Katie obtained her J.D., summa cum laude, from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. While in law school, she worked as a law clerk for the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the Service Employees International Union, and Legal Aid at Work. Most recently, she clerked for the Hon. Bobby Shepherd of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Special Counsel

Bob Borton

Robert E. Borton

Special Counsel

Bob Borton是Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe律师事务所的前合伙人, 在那里他专注于复杂的商业诉讼,主要重点是集体诉讼、消费者、民权、不动产以及银行业务。他有丰富的法庭及陪审团审判经验而且处理了许多各种各样的民权、移民、以及房东/房客诉讼案。他作为LAS-ELC的董事已经超过25年而现在如果有 需要,他会在LAS-ELC的性别平等及LGBT权利计划上提供法律诉讼的咨询意见

From 1992 to 2007, Bob led Heller Ehrman’s pro bono practice and the firm’s litigation and trial advocacy training. He later practiced with the Oakland firm of McShane & Felson.

Bob received the State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, the Robert Sproul Pro Bono Award, the Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Award, Legal Aid at Work’s Roll Call for Justice Award, the Public Interest Clearinghouse Opening Doors to Justice Award, the San Francisco Bar Association Award of Merit, and the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award.

As an adjunct professor at Berkeley Law, Bob taught pre-trial civil litigation practice from 1982 to 2013. He received his J.D. from Michigan Law School in 1972 and his B.A. in English from the University of Kansas in 1964.

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Professor Joseph R. Grodin

Special Counsel

Joseph Grodin是黑斯廷加州大学法学院(UC Hastings College of the Law)的荣誉教授。他曾经在加州最高法院做过五年协理大法官。他是LAS-ELC职工权利诊所的共同创始人。请在此阅读他的生平全文。

Professor Joseph Grodin, a native Californian, received his B.A. with honors from UC Berkeley in 1951 and his J.D. cum laude from Yale Law School in 1954. Upon graduation from law school he traveled to England on a Fulbright grant and earned a Ph.D. in labor law and labor relations from the London School of Economics. You can read a full bio here.

Professor Grodin practiced law in San Francisco from 1955 to 1971, specializing in labor law and serving pro bono in a variety of civil rights and civil liberties matters. During portions of that period he taught as an adjunct professor at UC Hastings and a visiting professor at the University of Oregon Law School. Active in bar affairs, he served as chairman of the labor law section of the San Francisco Bar Association and as a member of the State Bar Committee on Legal Services.

From 1972 to 1979, he was a full-time professor at UC Hastings, teaching courses in labor law, employment discrimination, arbitration, and contracts. During portions of that period he served as a member of the state's inaugural Agricultural Labor Relations Board, as foreman of the Alameda County Grand Jury, and as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School.

In 1979, Professor Grodin was appointed Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal. He was elevated to presiding justice in 1981, and in 1982 was appointed Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, a position he held until January 1987, when he returned to the UC Hastings faculty.

He retired from full-time teaching in May 2005. He continues to teach part-time and to do arbitration and mediation work.

Professor Grodin is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles. He is particularly proud, however, of a book on hiking trails in the Silver Lake area of the Sierra, which he coauthored with his daughter, Sharon.

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Henry Hewitt

Henry Hewitt

Special Counsel

Henry Hewitt在许多诉讼领域为法律援助行动会的独立计划提供兼职顾问。他 现在处理的案子涉及到旧金山的怀孕歧视和金钱保释系统,还有一些其他的事务。

After a clerkship for the Hon. George B. Harris, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, he took a job with Legal Aid Society of Alameda County, where he represented plaintiffs in individual and class employment cases, including Traylor v. Safeway Stores concerning allegations that women and minorities were excluded from store management, which ended with a consent decree and damages of more than $1 million, one of the larger settlements of the early 1970s.

With two partners in 1978, he founded Erickson, Beasley & Hewitt, which litigated civil rights cases and represented public entities primarily in the areas of eminent domain and employment. That work included two significant cases: Barefield v. Chevron, 1987 WL 65054 (N.D. Cal. 1987) (class action race discrimination case involving oil field jobs in Bakersfield) and Hulteen v. AT&T, 498 F.3d 1001 (9th Cir. 2007, en banc), reversed, AT&T v. Hulteen, 556 U.S. 701 (2009) (pregnancy discrimination case). After the firm closed in 2010, he did eminent domain work with Meyers Nave for three years, and he has been volunteering with Legal Aid at Work since 2013.

Henry holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Occidental College and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Cacilia Kim

Special Counsel

Cacilia为LAS-ELC的性别平等及LGBT平等计划工作,处理有关性别平等、低薪 妇女及家庭权利、以及退伍军人事务的案件。她的工作迄今为止已经导致了五个公开的法庭裁决,其中最近的一个导致联邦法院做出第九法案适用于K-12年级学校 女生体育运动。2015年3月,她的团队获得加州年度律师奖(CLAY)。

One of Cacilia's most recent published decisions was a win with Legal Aid at Work and our co-counsel in 2014 in Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School District. The case resulted in the first federal court ruling applying Title IX to girls’ athletics in K-12 schools. The team received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award for that work in March 2015.

Cacilia and Elizabeth co-authored “Unequal Play,” an article about the case in LA Lawyer magazine in June 2015. They also were joint recipients of the 2016 Justice Award from Protect Our Defenders for their work on behalf of military service members who were sexually assaulted during their service and then retaliated against when they spoke out.

Cacilia earlier served as a council member for the California Breast Cancer Research Program for three years and was an associate with O’Melveny and Myers LLP, where she focused on securities fraud class action litigation. As a congressional fellow at the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, she was the lead staff member on legislative issues pertaining to food stamp benefits, child abuse and neglect, and welfare benefits for immigrants and Native Americans.

She received her B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley in 1992, her Ph.D in developmental child psychology from UCLA in 2001, and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2000, where she graduated with the Order of the Coif.

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Ruth Silver Taube

Special Counsel

Ruth Silver Taube给法律援助行动会提供有关ERISA残障福利计划的咨询。她 还是直言不讳的反对劳工贩卖的维权人。她还是Silver & Taube律师事务所的唯一 执业律师并且在Santa Clara大学法学院做了13年的兼职教授。

Ruth supervised our former Workers' Rights Clinic location in San Jose for 11 years and brought a form of our Healthy Mothers Workplace awards to Santa Clara County (the Family-Friendly Awards). She is a founding member of the Bay Area Equal Pay Collaborative, chair of the Family-Friendly Workplace Collaborative, and coordinator of the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition. She is the legal services chair of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking; an alternate delegate to the Santa Clara County Human Trafficking Commission; and a board member for Justice at Last, a new nonprofit combating human trafficking.

She worked as an associate at Cotchett, Illston & Pitre and a federal mediator at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Ronald M. Whyte, U.S. District Court Judge in the Northern District of California. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a master's degree from UC Berkeley, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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Daniela Urban

Daniela Urban

Special Counsel

Daniela创立并指导沙加缅度(Sacramento)的职工权利中心,该中心致力于为低收入职工和他们的家人改善工作环境、减少获得工作的障碍、并且纠正工作场所的不公正状况。作为LAS-ELC的特别律师,她帮助我们运营沙加缅度地区的的职工权利 诊所。她以前曾经在洛杉矶为工会提供过法律代理服务。

Daniela formerly represented unions in Los Angeles. She received her J.D. from Berkeley Law in 2012 and her B.A. in politics and international relations and philosophy from Scripps College in 2005.

With Elizabeth Kristen, director of the Gender Equity and LGBT Rights Program at Legal Aid at Work, and with Blanca Banuelos, Daniela coauthored the article “Workplace Violence and Harassment of Low-Wage Workers,” which appeared in the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, January 2015.

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Program Services

Tishon Smith

Tishon Smith

Legal Assistant

Tishon喜欢帮助别人并坚定地相信用法律来解决社会公正的问题。她为LAS-ELC的许多项目的律师提供支援、查找规则并准备法庭申请、传票、取证会通知、电子表格、客户通信、以及其它文件。

Tishon has worked as a legal assistant and legal secretary in a variety of fields, including international trade, civil litigation, and employment. At Inland Counties Legal Services, she drafted and managed pleadings, prepared expense reports, and maintained a docket and individual lawyers’ calendars, among other responsibilities.

With the Oakland insurance firm of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Ferra & Sodono, she also oversaw a case management database and managed trial exhibits, and she prepared and processed summonses and paperwork for purposes such as MCLE compliance and attorney timekeeping.

Tishon studied general education at Mesa College and took paralegal courses at Western College.

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King Szeto

King Szeto

Language Access Coordinator

King为低收入的英文有限的职工提供语言协助及法律信息。他帮助创立并管理我们的中文电话专线,而且他每周都会通过中文广播及报纸进行劳工法知识的推广传播。在1996年加入LAS-ELC之前,King曾经做过广播电台的记者。

External Relations and Development

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Kevin Clune

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Kevin cultivates the strategic alliances that make our mission possible. In that role, he oversees the organization’s marketing and communication efforts to help raise awareness of our work and the crucial impact it has on the lives of our low-wage worker clients. Kevin also works closely with foundations, Board members, governmental entities, and other key supporters to ensure that we have the resources we need to carry out our mission.

A plaintiffs’-side employment lawyer by training, Kevin was previously a litigation partner in the law firm of Kerr & Wagstaffe, during which time he served on Legal Aid at Work’s Board as the Chair of the External Relations Committee. Kevin received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2006 and his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 2002.

Steve Heimerle

Assistant Development Director

Steve管理LAAW的募款及活动开发工作。他在2006年协调我们的4百万美金公正基金征集活动时加入了我们。他曾经为六家湾区的非盈利组织工作过,包括奥克兰东湾管弦乐队、 Shanti、以及旧金山现代乐团。

Steve attended Iowa State University’s School of Architecture and worked for two national design firms in Chicago, Fountain Valley, Palo Alto and San Francisco for 14 years.

Reach Steve at sheimerle@legalaidatwork.org or 415-593-0138.

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Greg Medley

Greg Medley

Development Associate

Greg管理LAAW的捐款人数据库并与开发团队的其他成员一起合作去进行筹款并 举办活动。他在加入我们前在Sausalito的湾区发现博物馆工作。他在那里有过好几个职位,包括检票经理及数据库管理员。在那些角色上,他宣传博物馆的计划、聘用并监管前台员工、输入并管理捐款人数据并做出报告,并为每年三次的筹款活动提供支援,还有其它一些职责。

He earlier served six years as membership director for the San Francisco Zoo, had an internship with the National Park Service, and worked as membership manager for the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society.

An avid historical costumer, Greg helps direct the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair and performs at the Northern California Pirate Festival and the Northern California Renaissance Faire. He also constructs his own props and costumes.

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Administration

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Abner Chaires

Operations Associate

Abner joined Legal Aid at Work with significant experience in technical support, administrative work, and communications. Abner plays an essential role in managing the office and facilitating both the administrative flow and internal communications among the various departments of the team at Legal Aid at Work, and he leads critical support functions in archiving and IT support.

Abner serves as the operations associate at Legal Aid at Work, a role that he approaches from a background in sales and operations. Abner has experience handling inquiries, meticulously recording and cataloguing information, and supporting office administrative work. He is proficient in Spanish and English, and has a mastery of Microsoft Office suite, as well as Atom, CodeBlocks, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and Final Cut Pro.

Abner is currently pursuing a major in Software Engineering at City College of San Francisco.

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Howard Chen

Howard Chen

Chief Administrative Officer

Howard oversees all the operational and administrative functions for Legal Aid at Work. A member of the management team, he is primarily responsible for office management, human resources, compliance, technology, financial management, and oversight. Howard has held a number of roles in support of the mission of the organization since 1997 and was the Director of Human Resources prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer.

Ana Flores

Ana E. Flores

Receptionist

Ana plays an integral role in the daily operations and flow of our office and is the first Legal Aid at Work staffer that many of our clients speak with. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Ana conducts initial intakes and determines where to direct first-time callers. She also manages appointments for our legal clinics across California; interprets and translates for clients and potential clients in the office; and does written translation work.

Ana joined Legal Aid at Work in 1986 as a legal assistant, and she has served as our receptionist for many years. Born and raised in San Francisco, Ana also spent five years in El Salvador, where some of her family lives.

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Jerome Nakagawa

Jerome Nakagawa

Finance and Operations Manager

Jerome监督我们组织的内部工作。他协助财务主任记账及编码;他管理工资名单以及发放福利;他订货购买办公用品并确保所有的账单都按时支付。他现在正在学习金融及会计。

Born in Hayward, Calif., Jerome studied political science at UC Berkeley and worked three years as a congressional aide and liaison to federal agencies in former U.S. Rep. Pete Stark’s office. Before joining Legal Aid at Work in 2010 as special projects coordinator, Jerome worked as a photojournalist, including internships, fellowships, and staff positions in Texas and Arizona.

He has completed the coursework toward a master’s degree in visual communication with an emphasis photojournalism at Ohio University.

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Scott Neilson

Scott Neilson

Network Administrator

Scott Neilson是LAAW的网路管理员。自从1999年以来他就专注于优化我们 办公室的技术去使得我们的职员可以帮助客户。Scott是旧金山本地人,他在Archbishop Riordan高中及旧金山州立大学接受的教育。他为能在如此重要的旧金山机构 工作贡献他的才华而感到骄傲。

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