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!

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41611-new-legislation-would-soften-foster-care-rules-that-tear-extended-families-apart

Read About BLF’s New Fellows!

As we celebrate our fortieth anniversary this year, this fall BLF welcomed a new post-graduate fellow — Mihal Ansik — who is working with A New Way of Life Reentry Project in Los Angeles on her Family Reunification Advocacy Project.  BLF is also proud to welcome two new Phoenix Fellows as first-year law students at Berkeley Law in the fall of 2016, Mariam Azhar and Ana Duong.

Welcome Mihal, Mariam, and Ana! See our newsletter for more details about our new fellows!

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.

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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.

Fall 2014 Newsletter Provides Update on Exciting BLF Work!

BLF’s fall 2014 newsletter is out!

This newsletter previews the work being done by new BLF grantee and former BLF Phoenix Fellow Maria Sofia Corona Gomez with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and recaps the first year of BLF grantee Cory Isaacson’s project with the East Bay Community Law Center.

Read the full newsletter!

2014 BLF Auction is November 14, 2014!

BLF is holding its 19th Annual Auction Gala on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 7pm-12am, at HS Lordships Restaurant in the Berkeley Marina.

Purchase pre-sale tickets ($45) for the 2014 Auction Gala here:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/887018

Tickets will also be available at the door for $50.

Preview the items up for auction at http://www.32auctions.com/blf2014.

The auction is the primary fundraiser for the Phoenix Fellowship, a scholarship that provides major support to first-year Berkeley Law students from diverse backgrounds who are committed to pursuing careers in social justice. Since its inauguration, the Auction has become Berkeley Law’s largest and most popular event, drawing hundreds of current students, Berkeley alumni, Bay Area legal practitioners, and supporters.

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.