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BLF Fellow Supports California Families Impacted by Incarceration

BLF’s 2016-17 fellow, Mihal Rose Ansik, has been working with a New Way of Life Reentry Project to support caregivers in California and to reform California law regarding the use of criminal convictions in the foster care process. Read more below about the amazing work Mihal has been doing!

BLF Welcomes New Post-Graduate Fellow at ACLU and Two New Phoenix Fellows

In the fall of 2016, BLF welcomed its new post-graduate fellow Tasha Hill, who started her fellowship project entitled “Reducing LGBTIQ Criminalization and Discriminatory Incarceration in California Counties” through the ACLU of Southern California.

BLF was also proud to welcome two new Phoenix Fellows to Berkeley Law this fall, Hamza Jaka and Paul Monge Rodriguez.

Read more about Tasha, Hamza, and Paul in our newsletter!

BLF Announces 2015-16 Year-Long Fellow

Berkeley Law Foundation is thrilled to announce the selection of our year-long fellow for 2015-2016, Tasha Hill.


Tasha’s project at the ACLU of Southern California will work with California county Sheriffs’ Offices to reduce discriminatory profiling of LGBT people, as well as discriminatory conditions of confinement for LGBT people in county jails.  LGBT people are around three times more likely to be incarcerated than their straight/cisgender peers.  Once incarcerated, LGB people are ten times more likely and transgender people are twenty times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other inmates.  The project will provide “Know Your Rights” information and trainings to at-risk LGBT people, including youth, transgender women, people of color, and gay men.  The project will also work to reform Sheriffs’ Offices through staff training, advocacy, and litigation.

Tasha brings substantial professional advocacy experience to her work with vulnerable LGBT populations, having served for over a decade as deputy and executive director for LGBT organizations in Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, and Washington, D.C. Tasha is a 2014 graduate of the UCLA School of Law. While in school she co-founded the Criminal Justice Society and was instrumental in bringing a California prison parole curriculum to UCLA. During her law school summers, Tasha interned for Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Southern California’s LGBT Project, focusing on criminal justice issues and equal marriage. Prior to her fellowship, she clerked for the Central District of California.

BLF Fellow Lydia Edwards featured on NPR’s Latino USA

NPR’s Latino USA program recently featured the Domestic Worker Mediation Project founded by Lydia Edwards (2011-2012 BLF Fellow) as part of the Brazilian Immigrant Center’s Domestic Worker Legal Clinic in Boston.  The mediation project is an innovative program training domestic workers and employers to resolve disputes through co-mediation.  Listen to the story here.

2011-2012 BLF Fellow Lydia Edwards Honored with Award of Distinction

The Berger-Marks Foundation has announced it will award 2011-2012 BLF Fellow Lydia Edwards with an Award of Distinction for her work on behalf Brazilian domestic workers.  The awards honor women age 35 or younger who have already distinguished themselves as leaders of the social justice movement. Lydia will be presented with the award on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the National Press Club.

The Berger-Marks Foundation was created by bequest of Broadway composer Gerald Marks (“All of Me”) in honor of his wife, Edna Berger, who rose from being a receptionist to the first woman organizer of The Newspaper Guild.  The official press release announcing the award recipients can be found here.

Join us on Dec. 8 at the BLF holiday happy hour!

It’s hard to believe!  BLF has been funding social justice legal work for 35 years.  During that time, BLF has helped launch many public interest careers, and organizations such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the Homeless Action Center.

To celebrate BLF’s 35 years of grant giving, BLF will be hosting a special holiday happy hour.  Please come out to toast to BLF’s long history of giving, mingle with BLF alumni and supporters, and enjoy one of the best happy hours in San Francisco.

December 8, 2011

6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Taverna Aventine

582 Washington St., San Francisco

If you can’t attend, please consider making a special donation to help BLF celebrate 35 years of grant making!

Please feel free to invite other friends of BLF to join us at this event.