Since 1976, the Berkeley Law Foundation has awarded year-long grants to recent law graduates or new lawyers undertaking cutting-edge public interest projects that serve legally disadvantaged or underrepresented groups. A list of our past grantees is below.
Ismaail Qaiyim, CUNY School of Law, Latin American Coalition (LAC)
Ismaail, in partnership with the Latin American Coalition (LAC), completed the “Eastside-Westside Community Empowerment and Economic Development Initiative.” This project was designed to provide legal services and community based legal education for the purpose of empowering communities to advocate for affordable housing and anti-displacement efforts at the municipal level. In conjunction with LAC, this project aimed to assist communities vulnerable to displacement in Charlotte’s historically African American Westside and increasingly Spanish speaking Eastside.
Displacement in Charlotte, North Carolina is linked to decades of divestment from
predominately African-American neighborhoods that within the span of a few years have
become desirable places for professionals to live. These neighborhoods have remained
segregated zones wherein many of the residents are impoverished and do not have upward
economic mobility. Several studies have shown that Charlotte, NC is one of the most
economically unequal cities in the United States and one of the worst for upward economic
Ismaail’s work is informed by his formal education and experiences working in West
Africa as a researcher and advocate for Friends of the Earth Liberia (SDI Liberia). His time
spent assisting and working alongside tenants fighting for their rights in NYC through
various internships and his legal clinic showed him the centrality of community-based
empowerment in pushing for rights and societal transformation. Ismaail is a recent graduate of CUNY School of Law, and additionally, he holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Courtney Arnold, American University Washington College of Law
Legal Counsel for the Elderly
In 2018-19 Courtney completed her project “Bridging the DC Probate Gap” at AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). Her project was dedicated to fulfilling a largely unmet legal need by building a network of knowledge and services around probate and estate planning in Washington, DC.
Courtney is a dual-degree J.D. and Masters of Public Policy student at the American University Washington College of Law and School of Public Affairs. She has a passion for elder law, with a particular focus on end-of-life care, estate planning, and housing in economically disadvantaged communities of color. While in law school, she served as Chair of the National Lawyers Guild, a Student Attorney in the Women and the Law Clinic, and taught at a DC high school through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. She was also a volunteer at the DC Bar’s Probate Resource Center. Courtney is excited to return to LCE, where she was a Summer 2016 intern with the Homebound Elderly Project. Prior to law school, Courtney served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Austin, TX and two years as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year in San Antonio, TX. She is a 2012 graduate of Furman University and a Mauldin, SC native.
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Alexis will work at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) and partner with Voice of the Experienced (VOTE), a community organization led by and serving formerly incarcerated people. Alexis will represent formerly incarcerated people and their families in fighting evictions and loss of housing subsidies based on a criminal record; develop know-your-rights and pro se materials; and advocate with housing providers to change their screening policies.
Prior to law school, Alexis worked for six years as a policy analyst and human rights advocate in Haiti, supporting Haitian community organizations and social movements. After the 2010 earthquake decimated her neighborhood, she coordinated Under Tents, an international housing rights campaign to support displacement camp residents advocating for affordable housing.
A New Way of Life Reentry Project
As a Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow with A New Way of Life Reentry Project, Mihal Ansik will support families impacted by incarceration and criminalization who are navigating the dependency court process. By opening up pathways to housing, employment, education, and treatment, ANWOL provides women leaving prison with a constellation of resources to stabilize and sustain them. For many of ANWOL’s residents, this increased access is the first critical step to reuniting with their children and rebuilding with their families. In collaboration with ANWOL’s dedicated team of social workers, organizers, reentry specialists, lawyers, and community partners, Mihal will support parents navigating dependency court proceedings after incarceration, and help eligible family caregivers secure exemptions of their conviction histories so that they can keep children in their families out of foster care facilities. Through direct legal advocacy, community education, and movement support, Mihal and ANWOL will develop a project focused on sustaining family connections, building access to reunification, and ending multi-generational cycles of incarceration.
Mihal has spent the past ten years working with people in prison and their loved ones as an educator, organizer, and advocate. While earning her Bachelors’ Degree at the University of Michigan, Mihal facilitated theater and writing workshops in correctional facilities around the state. As a workshop instructor, she used rehearsal time to help the members of her workshops file grievances, connected them to community resources, and drove them home when they were paroled. Prior to starting law school, Mihal spent five years working as a Court Advocate with the Center for Community Alternatives in Brooklyn, NY, where she advocated for incarcerated youth to be released into healing and supportive community-based alternatives to detention and developed workshops to equip youth and their families with tools for advocating for themselves as they navigated the delinquency process. At Harvard Law School, Mihal has continued to advocate alongside clients entangled in punitive systems as a Student Attorney with Harvard Defenders, the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and the Criminal Justice Institute.
ACLU of Southern California
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.
Maria Sofia Corona Gómez, Berkeley Law
ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties
We welcome our newest BLF fellow, María Sofía Corona Gómez, who recently started her work at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. Sofía’s project, “Access to Freedom and Justice for Immigrants in Isolated Detention Centers,” will provide legal outreach to the Imperial Regional Detention Facility (formerly the El Centro facility) and promote the rights of indigent detainees to have publicly appointed counsel. The Project will provide extremely underserved immigrant detainees with legal rights presentations (Know Your Rights), individual screenings for immigration relief from detention and deportation (removal), and pro se support and representation, with a focus on bond hearings.
Sofía seeks to advance the rights of detainees to have meaningful bond hearings as a means to obtain freedom from detention and to access legal representation. Sofía brings years of experience working with community-based groups and non-profits to empower immigrant communities and people of color through popular education, mobilizing, advocacy, and litigation. She is a 2014 Berkeley Law graduate and former recipient of BLF’s Phoenix Fellowship, and holds a Master’s from the University of Texas at Austin in History. Sofía is the proud daughter of farm-workers who immigrated from Guanajuato, México to California’s Central Valley. Sofía is also an alumna of Fresno State.
East Bay Community Law Center
Cory Isaacson recently completed her first year of a special joint fellowship funded by the Berkeley Law Foundation and the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Cory’s project aims to break the school to prison pipeline. Here’s what Cory had to say about her accomplishments so far:
“I’ve now been working in the Youth Defender Clinic (YDC) at EBCLC as the BLF-EBCLC Fellow for a little over a year. I can’t believe it’s only been that long. In my position, I’ve represented dozens of clients facing expulsion and I also represent young people who are in delinquency court, as well as supervise law students working in our Clinic. I have argued at my clients’ expulsion hearings and court appearances, have attended their IEP meetings, have negotiated with their school districts, and have gotten to know them and their families and their individual needs.
Fourteen months ago, I started with very little knowledge of the school discipline system and how it operates; now, I know it (unfortunately) very well. It is a heavily bureaucratic, counterproductive, and harmful system, and I’m making my way through it with an eye toward long-term change. Luckily, YDC has been very successful in our school discipline cases and few of our clients have ultimately been expelled. But they’ve still been harmed by the process.
As my work continues over the next year, I hope to use holistic practices more often in order to do more to make the process less painful for our clients. My ability to screen and address peripheral life and legal issues gets better everyday, and it’s exciting to be able to do this work with a holistic focus. A social work program is also just getting off the ground in YDC, which will be a crucial resource to ease some of the collateral damage created by the school discipline and court systems.
With most of the foundational knowledge and experience under me, I’m looking forward to the final year of my fellowship. There’s a lot to be done, and a lot I hope I can do. Thanks to BLF and EBCLC for giving me that opportunity.”
Cory graduated from Berkeley Law in 2013, where she focused her energy on indigent criminal defense. She worked as a law clerk in the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, and was a BLF summer fellow while working at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. She also spent a semester in the Clean Slate Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) and two semesters as a clinical student in Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic.
Make the Road New York
Mr. Sanchez is a 2012 graduate of the Seton Hall Law School, where he was a Center for Social Justice Scholar for the Urban Revitalization Project. Sebastian also worked as an immigration paralegal with the New York Legal Assistance Group in New York, served as an interpreter for community groups like Domestic Workers United and the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, and helped to develop an emergency hotline for immigrants facing immigration raids in New Jersey.
As a scholar at the Center for Social Justice, Sebastian developed and presented know-your-rights presentations on immigration, mortgage-fraud, and tenants’ rights. He also helped draft briefs on education law issues, challenging the reduction in State funding to public schools in New Jersey, and State control of the Newark public school district. He focused his summer work on the experience of immigrant workers, working at Make the Road New York (MRNY) and the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, organizations with extensive histories combating exploitative working conditions, particularly in low-wage and immigrant communities.
As a BLF fellow, Sebastian returned to MRNY, a unique organization that empowers Latino and working class communities, through organizing, policy innovation, education, and direct services. Sebastian joined the legal team at MRNY to help pilot a new initiative to provide legal advocacy, community education, and policy support to the car wash worker community in New York, a population that suffers rampant wage theft and abuse.
Sebastian’s project worked closely with organizers to reach out to workers, identify wage theft, and develop strategies and responses. The campaign provided direct services to car wash workers in matters of wage theft, workers’ compensation or other legal issues that arose in relation to their employment. Sebastian also worked to develop know-your-rights seminars for workers and draft legislation to improve regulation of the industry.
Lydia Edwards, American University, Washington College of Law
Brazilian Domestic Worker Legal Clinic
Prior to her fellowship, Lydia volunteered with the Brazilian Immigrant Center for two years, where she learned Portuguese, before clerking for the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
In her fellowship, Lydia worked at the Domestic Worker Legal Clinic Project, which is the legal component of the Brazilian Immigrant Center’s Domestic Worker Organizing Initiative. The Clinic represents domestic workers in dealing with the most common workplace abuses of wage theft and underpayment. In addition, the Clinic operates as a “think tank,” and takes on impact litigation cases that challenge state laws to better protect domestic workers, especially in the area of employment discrimination, where, by definition, domestic workers are excluded from protection. The clinic works heavily with the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers as way of assuring the legal component follows and supports wider, on the ground organizing efforts to achieve a new Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
The Clinic seeks to empower domestic workers. It has a Domestic Worker Council that consists of domestic workers from various backgrounds, which is tasked with keeping the Clinic abreast of new trends in workplace abuses, guiding the Clinic’s outreach efforts, and consulting on the preparation of materials for educational workshops. Finally, the Clinic helps train domestic workers in mediation with the intended goal of establishing a Domestic Worker Mediation Panel, which will create a safe place for undocumented domestic workers to invite their employers to come so that they may resolve workplace issues with them. The panel will help both parties come to a resolution, which will be memorialized by the Clinic and enforceable in court.
Del Martin LGBT Elder Advocacy Initiative (San Francisco, CA)
Prior to Boalt, Daniel worked as a legal assistant at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. He has written on LGBT issues for Slate, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Nation, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, and Connecticut Law Review.
Jointly funded by the Pride Law Fund Thomas Steel Fellowship and BLF, Daniel’s project builds on the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ decade-long commitment to fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors, by launching the Del Martin Initiative. Through litigation and legislative work, publications on elder-specific issues, and outreach to both elders and eldercare professionals, the project aims to make sure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors are empowered to advocate for themselves and that service providers treat LGBT elders with dignity, care, and respect.
With a special focus on the needs of transgender elders and LGBT elders of color, the Del Martin Initiative works with LGBT organizations across the country to design state-specific publications and handle numerous intakes concerning discrimination and mistreatment in long-term care settings. Through the Initiative, NCLR is currently representing a low-income LGBT elder in a benefits dispute with the federal government and working on behalf of a trans elder denied admission to a nursing home in the Midwest.
In California specifically, Daniel and the Initiative are already providing much-needed legal assistance to activists working to implement SB1729 and AB2920. SB1729 was passed in 2008, and it requires the Department of Public Health to design a training for nursing home personnel in order to fight discrimination of LGBT elders. AB2920 requires Area Agencies on Aging to fully include LGBT elders in their planning and policies. Alongside other California allies, the Initiative will devise and push for new legislation to build on these past accomplishments.
In collaboration with non-LGBT allies the Initiative will also produce publications to address LGBT discrimination in conservatorships, end-of-life decisionmaking, home-based care services, and other topics.
The Farm Worker Cooperative Project: Building Food Justice from the Ground Up (WA)
Michael Geoghegan is a former union organizer and nonprofit director, and is a 2010 graduate of the University of Washington Law School, where he was a Gates Public Service Law Scholar.
The Farm Worker Cooperative Project provides technical assistance and legal support to transform farm workers into business owners of cooperative microenterprises in Washington’s Whatcom County. The project is the vision of Rosalinda Guillen, a farm worker and former United Farm Workers organizer, who now directs Community to Community Development (C2C), a nonprofit organization which supports the development of local, sustainable small businesses that provide jobs, promote self-sufficiency and education, and provide sources of healthy, local food.
Michael is partnering with C2C and Columbia Legal Services to help the organization get the cooperatives on their feet—everything from securing access to land and water; incorporating the businesses and establishing their internal rules; drafting contracts, leases, vendor agreements, and other legal documents; training business owners in corporate governance and management issues; and working on broader policy needs of small- and medium-scale food-related enterprises. Another key component is to set up a nonprofit corporation to serve as an incubation center for the co-ops, providing culturally appropriate technical assistance and training to ensure the success of the nascent co-ops.
By tapping into existing pro bono resources and adapting lessons from successful microenterprise efforts at home and abroad, Michael is providing legal advice and support that is critical to establishing these innovative worker cooperatives and the incubation center.
Detainee Mental Health Advocacy Project with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Tacoma, WA)
Riddhi is a graduate of Duke University and Seattle University School of Law. She has worked in the domestic and sexual violence field, focusing on the immigrant and GLBT communities. A speaker of Bengali, Hindi and Spanish, she co-authored the human rights report, Voices From Detention: A Report on Human Rights Violations at the Northwest Detention Center. As an immigrant, she looks forward to this opportunity to continue working on issues surrounding immigrant rights, civil liberties and access to justice.
Riddhi spent the year working in collaboration with the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project to enforce and expand the fundamental rights of low-income immigrants with mental illnesses who are placed in detention centers pending deportation or resolution of their immigration proceedings. Thousands of immigrants are placed in these prison-like facilities each year without any proper mental health advocacy. When mental illnesses are triggered or aggravated by abuse and neglect in detention, many detainees are unable to fight their deportations. Despite their mental impairments, in gross violation of their due process rights and governing regulations, their cases continue to be processed for removal, leading to the deportation of hundreds everyday. Through individual representation, impact litigation, pro bono recruitment efforts and media campaigns, the Detainee Mental Health Advocacy Project worked to create and implement a policy of proper representation for detainees with mental illness and improve conditions for those requiring mental health care in detention.
Bringing Justice to SF’s Taxi Workers with Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco, CA)
A graduate of Stanford University and Berkeley Law School, Veena has worked for years as a community activist focusing on issues of racism, imperialism, and war. A speaker of Gujarati, Spanish and Hindi/Urdu, Veena has advocated extensively on behalf of the diverse South Asian American communities in the Bay Area. She recently completed a Fulbright in India where she conducted doctoral research on the legal aftermath of communal violence.
Veena’s project focused on improving the working conditions of San Francisco taxi drivers, whose industry is among the most low-paying, dangerous, and economically unstable in the country. Working with the Asian Law Caucus, Veena used litigation, advocacy and community organizing to secure workplace safety and fair wages for drivers.
Water Governance & Civil Rights Reform in Tulare County with Community Water Center (Tulare County, CA)
A native of the arid Southwest, Britton has worked as an advocate for rural communities in Arizona and Latin America. This work has reinforced her understanding that preserving access to clean water is a basic human right and a fundamental prerequisite to community development. Britton is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she studied international human rights and environmental justice.
Britton’s project assisted low-income communities of color in California’s Central Valley to secure safe, affordable drinking water. Hundreds of rural communities in the Central Valley lack access to safe drinking water as a result of intensive agriculture and a water governance system that excludes poor communities. Working with the Community Water Center, a grassroots nonprofit, Britton provided legal assistance, advocacy and capacity building structures to ensure access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.
Caitlin Barry, Temple University, Beasley School of Law
Philadelphia Immigrant Defense Partnership with Nationalities Services Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Marcela Ruiz, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Low-wage Workers Rights Project with California Rural Legal Assistance (Stockton, CA)
Shane Caya, Golden Gate University School of Law
Transgender Family Law Project with Transgender Law Center (San Francisco, CA)
Aila Malik, Santa Clara University School of Law
Legal Education and Advocacy Project for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System with Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) (Santa Clara County, CA)
Patricio Rossi, Northeastern University School of Law
Mediation Assistance for Indigent Litigants in the Northeast Housing Court of Massachusetts with Neighborhood Legal Services (Essex County, MA)
Alegria De La Cruz, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
The Indigenous Farmworkers Project with California Rural Legal Assistance Project (Fresno, CA)
Maria Jaime, Lincoln Law School
Kinship Caregivers Advocacy Project with California Rural Legal Assistance Project (Modesto, CA)
FATHER Law Program with Central Minnesota Legal Services (MN)
Eddie Genna, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Protecting Low Wage Workers’ Rights with Community Legal Services of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
Tirien Steinbach, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Suitcase Clinic Legal Services with the East Bay Community Law Center (Berkeley, CA)
Dean P. Spade, UCLA School of Law
Gender Identity Law Project with the LGYP Urban Justice Center in NY (NY)
Project became the Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Monalisa Vu, University of San Francisco School of Law
Advocating to Prevent Vietnamese Domestic Violence with Nihonmachi Legal Outreach (now Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach) (San Francisco, CA)
Jessica Boell, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Immigration Detention Outreach and Litigation Project with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (Oakland, CA)
Jon Givner, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Alkali Flat Family Law Project with Legal Services of Northern California
Daniel Tellalian, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Collaborative Brownsfields Revitalization Project with the Urban Analysis Project
Martha Chavarin-Romero, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Protecting Abused Immigrant Children with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center of San Francisco
Sarah Price, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
The Education Access Project for Homeless Children and Youth with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Lisa D’Souza, Harvard Law School
Migrant Poultry Worker Justice Project with Texas Rural Legal Aid (now Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid)
Julia R. Wilson, Stanford Law School
CalWORKS and Disability Project with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (San Mateo County, CA)
Vitaly Kurlyand, UC Hastings College of the Law
Sexual Minority Youth Law (SMYL) Project with Legal Services for Children
Andrea G. Black, New York University School of Law
The Eloy Project with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Project (AZ)
Caleb Rush, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Redwood Employment Advocacy Project with Redwood Legal Assistance (RLA)
Aliza Organick and Leslie Mansfield, University of New Mexico School of Law
Access to Health Care and Economic Justice for Minors
Erica Etelson, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Women’s Economic Agenda Project with the Welfare Fraud Defense Center
Amagda Perez, UC Davis School of Law
Citizenship Campaign with the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic
Cynthia Dailard, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Women’s Health Access Project for Incarcerated Women with National Women’s Law Center (Washington, DC)
Rebecca Gudeman, UCLA School of Law
School-Based Children’s Advocacy, School-Site Outreach Project with Public Counsel (Los Angeles, CA)
Noelani Loo Jai, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Children’s AIDS/HIV Project: Free Legal and Social Services for Children, project name became HOPE Project (Hands Outreached for Positive Empowerment) with Legal Services for Children (San Francisco, CA)
Cristina Guerrero, Arizona State College of Law
Proyecto San Pablo: El Centro Immigrants’ Rights Project, project name became Justicia Y Derado – Detention Representacion Project
Rosa Fregoso, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Battered Immigrant Women and the Marriage Fraud Act with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (CA)
Heather MacKay, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Pelican Bay Prison Project with Redwood Legal Assistance, Prison Law Office and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (CA)
Equal Access to Medical Care with Greater Orlando Area Legal Services (FL)
Dayna Deck, Washington University School of Law
Legal Information and Referral Network for People Living with AIDS Project
Julie Gutman, Stanford Law School
Community Preservation and Economic Development Project with the East Palo Alto Community Law Project (CA)
Alyssa Simpson, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Legal Project to Guatemalan Refugees who are Affected by the American Baptist Church Case Settlement with the Central American Refugee Center of Los Angeles (CA)
Natalie Hanlon, Harvard Law School
Welfare Reform/Self-Sufficiency Project with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver (CO)
Claire Schwartz, UC Hastings College of the Law
Legal Action Center for the Homeless of Alameda County with the Berkeley Community Law Center (CA)
Project became the Homeless Action Center
Dania Wong, UC Hastings College of the Law
Watsonville Cannery and Farm Workers’ Housing Advocacy Project with the Legal Aid Society of Santa Cruz Project (CA)
Kim Baker, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Welfare Rights Education Project with the Income Rights Project (San Francisco, CA)
David Robinson, CUNY School of Law
Homelessness Prevention Project with the Community Action for Legal Services Legal Support Unit (New York, NY)
Lisa Parsons, UC Hastings College of the Law
The Homeless Advocacy Project with the Bar Association of San Francisco (CA)
Alison Hardy, UCLA School of Law
AIDS in Prison Project with the Prison Law Office (San Quentin, CA)
Brad Adams, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Berkeley Community Law Center Project (CA)
Founded nonprofit organization (now East Bay Community Law Center)
Sandy Weiner, UC Hastings College of the Law
GAIN/AFDC Advocacy Project with the Income Rights Project in San Francisco (CA)
Jennifer Linder Wright, Stanford Law School
Immigration Amnesty Project with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA)
Angelo A. DiGangi, CUNY School of Law
Preventative Legal Services for the Elderly Through Education and Advocacy with Community Advocacy Center, CAC (Ridgewood, NY)
Karen Schryver, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
California Institute for Women in Prison Project with Prison Law Office in San Quentin (CA)
Lee Brooke Phillips, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
In Defense of Sacred Land and Its People Project with the Big Mountain Legal Defense/Offense Committee (Flagstaff, AZ)
Benjamin Schatz, Harvard Law School
AIDS Civil Rights Project with a grant from the Harvard Justice Foundation
Gail Smith, New York University School of Law
Legal Aid for Mothers in Prison Project with John Howard Association & the Committee to Aid Inmates in Need (IL)
Project became Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)
Michael Harris, UC Hastings College of the Law
Public Housing Monitoring Project with matching grant from San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation (CA)
Sandy Weinter, UC Hastings College of the Law
Refugee Childrens’ Advocacy Project with El Rescate (Los Angeles, CA)
David Schott, Santa Clara University School of Law
Assistance for the Developmentally Disabled Project with the Mental Health Advocacy Project (San Jose, CA)
Bess Murchison Brewer, University of Michigan Law School
Medicare Advocacy Project with the National Senior Citizens Law Center & the National Health Program (Los Angeles, CA)
Sharon Ngim, UC Hastings College of the Law
Asian Womens’ Legal Assistance Project at San Francisco Chinatown’s Cameron House (CA)
Imperial Valley Immigration Project with California Rural Legal Assistance (Sacramento, CA)
Enrique Monguia, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Mission Community Defense Welfare Advocacy with Mission Community Legal Defense, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Elizabeth Hendrickson, Golden Gate University School of Law
Alameda County Domestic Violence Project with Bay Area Battered Womens’ Shelters (CA)
Randy Shaw, UC Hastings College of the Law
Anti-Displacement Project with the North of Market Planning Commission (San Francisco, CA)
Miriam Hayward, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Central American Refugees Program housed in The Most Holy Redeemer Church (San Francisco, CA)
Peter Pitegoff, New York University School of Law
Industrial Cooperative Legal Education with Industrial Cooperative Association
Jo Ann Abramson, Catholic University of America, and Karen Knopp O’Kinski
D.C. Housing Law Project
Harriet Prensky, UCLA School of Law
Nursing Home Advocacy Project with Bet Tzedek Legal Services (Los Angeles, CA)
Jay Koslofsky, University of San Francisco School of Law
Oakland Eviction Defense Center with the Oakland Tenant Union (CA)
Ramiro Castro, UC Hastings College of the Law
Undocumented Immigrants’ Rights Project with La Raza Centro Legal (San Francisco, CA)
Amanda Hawes, Harvard Law School, Carolyn Langenkamp, UC Davis School of Law, Blythe Nikelson
Electronics Committee Legal Component with the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health (CA)
Tom Nazario, University of San Francisco School of Law
Street Law Project with USF Community Legal Education Program (CA)
Rita Bank, Columbus School of Law
Family Abuse Project with Columbus Community Legal Services Clinic (Washington, DC)
Donna Meyers Ambrogi, Stanford Law School
Legal Resources and Education Center for the Elderly with Legal Assistance for the Elderly (San Francisco, CA)
Nicholas George Rodriguez, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Pasadena Community Development Monitoring and Advocacy Project with El Centro de Accion Social (Los Angeles, CA)
Lujuana Treadwell, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Family Day Care Law Project with BANANAS in Berkeley and the San Francisco Lawyer’s Committee on Urban Affairs (CA)
Ellen Barry, New York University School of Law
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (CA)
Jointly funded by BLF and NYU Public Interest Law Foundation
Project became a continuing nonprofit organization
Paul Silver, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), and Bob Funk, UC Davis School of Law
Disability Law Project with the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley (CA)
Donna Hitchens, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Lesbian Rights Project with Equal Rights Advocates (San Francisco, CA)
Project became the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Victoria Chin, University of California Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
Employment Labor Project for Asian Workers with the Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco, CA)