EBCLC has a talented and diverse staff who are deeply committed to EBCLC’s dual mission of training the next generation of social justice lawyers while increasing access to justice and ending poverty. Staff members are active in local, regional, national and international conferences on legal services and clinical legal education. We are proud of the many individual and collective accomplishments of our staff, and of the many awards they have received for their exceptional service and teaching.

Kara Alba

Rosa Bay

Martha Brown

Mari Castaldi

Melissa Colón

Sarah Crowley

Elisa Della-Piana

Sharon Djemal

Nana Duffuor

Ubaldo Fernandez

Victoria Flores

Liam Galbreth

Sheila Hall

Eliza Hersh

Cory Isaacson

Marc Janowitz

Juliana Johnson

Gracie Jones

Lisa Knox

Tanya Koshy

Prerna Lal

Laura Lane

Erin Le

Dania Lopez Beltran

Jonathon Marley

Florence McCafferty

Ingrid Murillo

Osha Neumann

Mirella Nieto

Jassmin Antolin Poyaoan

Mindy Phillips

Serina Rankins

Tamura Rosby

Tirien Steinbach

Rachel Swanson

Linda Tam

Kate Weisburd

Carolina Zanni

Kara Alba ext.617

Equal Justice Works Fellow, Consumer Justice Clinic

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (2014)

B.A., English and Political Science, University of California at Berkeley (2007)

Kara Alba is a graduate of Berkeley Law. During law school, she interned in EBCLC’s Green Collar Communities Clinic and in Centro Legal de la Raza’s Immigration Practice, and volunteered extensively with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Kara joined EBCLC in 2014 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Immigrant Consumer Justice Project, with the goal of increasing access to EBCLC’s consumer practice for immigrant communities. She previously worked at a national education reform nonprofit.

Rosa Bay ext.316

Co-Director, Education, Defense & Justice for Youth (EDJY)

J.D., Boston College Law School (2008)

B.A., Sociology, UC Berkeley (2001)

Rosa joined EBCLC in 2010 to launch free legal clinics at five middle schools in Oakland as part of the Elev8 initiative in collaboration with Safe Passages. As director of EBCLC’s Education Clinic, Rosa continues to supervise the school-based legal clinics and also provides special education representation to young people who are at risk of dropping out of school and entering the juvenile justice system.

During law school, Rosa volunteered for the Boston College Immigration Asylum Project and at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she helped develop a series of legal workshops for immigrant survivors of domestic violence as part of the Latina Know Your Rights Project. Rosa was also an active member of the Boston College Latin American Law Student Association and served on its executive board. In 2009 and 2010, she served on the board of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association. Before returning to EBCLC where she interned while in law school, Rosa practiced litigation in San Francisco at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Martha Brown ext.330

Director of Finance and Administration

B.A., East Asian History, Wesleyan University (1975)

Martha Brown brings over nearly thirty years of non-profit management experience to EBCLC. She worked for many years at the Exploratorium, San Francisco’s premiere interactive science museum, and is a co-founder of Fifth Stream Music, a non-profit arts performance and education organization. Her experience includes all aspects of organizational development and operations, including financial and personnel management, project and proposal development, and strategic planning. She holds a MSW degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with an emphasis in community organizing and started her life in the San Francisco Bay Area as an organizer with Citizens Action League, a statewide grassroots advocacy organization.

Mari Castaldi 510-548-4064 ext.610

Program Coordinator, Neighborhood Justice Clinic

B.A., Oberlin College, Politics & Latin American Studies

Mari began working at EBCLC’s Neighborhood Justice Clinic in 2012. Most of her legal experience stems from her years working for immigrant rights at several non-profit and private immigration law firms (both in rural Ohio and throughout California) where she did paralegal work, community organizing and teaching English and Know-Your-Rights trainings. A Spanish speaker, Mari has also studied and worked in Nicaragua, where she was an assistant on an academic research program as well as a researcher for the Jesuit Migrant Services. As a student at Oberlin College, Mari received the Aaron Wildavsky Memorial Prize for Excellence in Public Policy work, and also chaired a public education advocacy organization called Oberlin Young Educators.

Melissa Colón ext.305

Executive and Communications Assistant

B.A., Social Welfare, UC Berkeley (2014)

Melissa joined EBCLC in May 2014 as a temporary Legal Intake Assistant in the Housing Practice. She assumed a regular position as Executive and Communications Assistant in September 2014. As an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, Melissa volunteered for the Highland Health Advocates Project where, under the supervision of social workers and lawyers, she provided advocacy for patients facing various social, economic and legal issues.

Sarah Crowley ext.356

Racial Justice Senior Fellow, Clean Slate Practice

J.D., Columbia Law School (2006)

A.B., Comparative Literature, Princeton University (2000)

Sarah joined EBCLC’s Clean Slate practice in 2013 to lead the group’s impact litigation efforts challenging systemic barriers to employment, licensing, and civic participation for people with criminal records. She brings extensive experience litigating complex civil rights cases in state and federal court, most recently with the San Francisco firm Gross Belsky Alonso and the New York City civil rights firm Neufeld Scheck & Brustin. Sarah was previously a law clerk for United States District Judge Lawrence M. McKenna, Southern District of New York. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was president of Impact, a national voting rights’ organization, represented prisoners in parole proceedings through the Columbia Prisoners and Families Clinic, and represented prisoners pursuing capital appeals at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham, North Carolina. Sarah has also worked at the Legal Aid Society and Children’s Rights, both in New York City, and taught English at Khon Kaen University in Thailand, through the Princeton-in-Asia graduate fellowship program.

Elisa Della-Piana ext.308

Director of Programs

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (2002)
B.A., History, University of Utah (1999)

Elisa is a 2002 Boalt graduate and former EBCLC intern. During law school, she worked for the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco and the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s office. After graduation, she clerked for Judge David F. Levi, Eastern District of California; and Judge Betty B. Fletcher, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Elisa then spent four years at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, with funding from a Bingham, McCutcheon Equal Justice Works fellowship and a Soros Justice Fellowship. At Lawyers’ Committee, she provided individual representation through the Homeless Rights Project, worked on policy issues related to homelessness, and co-counseled on impact litigation, including the successful class action suit Kincaid v. City of Fresno. She joined EBCLC in 2008 to direct the Neighborhood Justice Clinic, EBCLC’s satellite office at 3130 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. As NJC director, Elisa supervises the General Legal Clinic, the Consumer Law Clinic, and EBCLC’s homeless rights work.

Sharon Djemal 510-548-4064 ext.612

Director, Consumer Clinic

J.D., Columbia University School of Law (1998)

B.A., Political Science, Macalester College (1991)

Sharon Djemal is the Director of the Consumer Justice Practice where she oversees attorneys and law students as the Clinic defends, enforces, and advances the rights of low-income consumers, and particularly immigrants. Through this work she engages in a full range of litigation, policy advocacy, and community education. Sharon has been an attorney at EBCLC since the year 2000. From 2000 to 2014, Sharon also oversaw attorneys and law students in housing litigation (including unlawful detainers, affirmative lawsuits, and administrative proceedings) while managing her own active caseload. Sharon also directed EBCLC’s pro per clinic, providing limited scope services to tenants being sued in unlawful detainer. Prior to her work at EBCLC, Sharon was a Soros Fellow at the Urban Justice Center’s Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project, where she represented public housing tenants being evicted from their homes based on criminal allegations. Sharon is currently a member of the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Service and serves as a Pro Tem Judge in Contra Costa County.

Nana Duffuor ext.322

Donor Relations Officer

B.A., International Comparative Studies, Duke University (2010)

Nana Duffuor originally joined EBCLC’s Development Department in 2012 as a Development Fellow, and returned to EBCLC in January, 2015 as Donor Relations Officer. Prior to her return to EBCLC, Nana worked at the ACLU of Northern California as the Grants & Major Gifts Associate, supporting the foundation grant and major gifts communications for the organization. Nana provides consulting services and foundation grant support to non-profit organizations, and is passionate about securing resources for social justice organizations and movements.

Ubaldo Fernandez ext.334

Staff Attorney & Clinical Instructor, Housing Practice

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (2013)

B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University (2008)

Ubaldo joined EBCLC’s Housing Practice in 2015. He represents tenants in unlawful detainer actions and supervises law students in EBCLC’s housing clinics. Previously, Ubaldo worked as a Staff Attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance, where he litigated housing and education cases, and as a Bridge Fellow at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, where he represented workers facing discrimination based on their immigration status, language, and national origin. During law school, Ubaldo interned with EBCLC’s Immigration Practice and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.

Victoria Flores ext.336

Contracts Manager

B.A., English Literature, San Francisco State University (2005)

Victoria Flores joined EBCLC in July, 2007 as a Contracts Manager. Prior to coming to EBCLC, Victoria worked for nearly four years in development/contract management for several organizations in the Bay Area. When not at the Law Center, Victoria provides consulting services and technical assistance to non-profits.

Liam Galbreth ext.331

Staff Attorney & Clinical Instructor, Health Practice

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (1999)

B.A., Politics, University of California at Santa Cruz (1994)

Liam Galbreth joined EBCLC in 2001 as an attorney in the Income practice and a member of the Family Advocacy Services Team. He has been working as a supervising attorney in the Health Practice since 2003. Liam currently serves on the Community Collaborative Planning Council for the Oakland Transitional Grant Area which sets priorities for HIV services in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. He has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Family Care Network, a multidisciplinary collaborative focused on providing HIV services to Women and Youth. He was also co-chair of the Alameda County Bar Association Community Projects Committee. Liam is the co-author of Public Benefits For Persons with HIV. In Webber. D. Editor, AIDS And The Law (4th edition, pp. 9-1 to 9-81). While in law school, Liam interned at EBCLC for two semesters.

Sheila Hall, JD ext.329

Director, Health & Welfare Practice

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (1984)

B.A., English, University of California at Berkeley (1978)

Sheila Hall worked in private practice before joining the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) as a staff attorney and clinical instructor in 1999. In 2001 she became Director of EBCLC’s Health Practice, which focuses on meeting the legal needs of low-income community members through several projects including the HIV/AIDS Law Project; the East Bay Medical-Legal Partnership (a collaboration with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland); he Highland Health Advocates Medical-Legal Partnership (a collaboration with Highland Hospital in Oakland); and the Public Benefits & Justice Clinic. Sheila has served on several planning bodies, including the Planning Council for the Oakland Transitional Grant Area and the Leadership Committee of the Family Care Network, an interdisciplinary collaborative focused on meeting the needs of HIV-positive women and children.

Eliza Hersh ext.374

Director, Clean Slate

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (2005)

B.A., Letters, Wesleyan University (1998)

Eliza Hersh is a graduate of Boalt Hall. While in law school Eliza interned at EBCLC, in the Boalt Death Penalty Clinic, and in the offices of the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Public Defenders. She joined EBCLC’s staff following a clerkship with Chief Judge Martha Vázquez, United States District Court, District of New Mexico. Prior to law school Eliza worked as a capital case investigator at the California Appellate Project and the Habeas Corpus Resource Center. She has also worked as a victim liaison in the field of Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO), which offers a platform for survivors of capital murder to get their needs met by the criminal process while maintaining the integrity of the defense.

Cory Isaacson ext.338

BLF/EBCLC Fellow, Education Defense & Justice for Youth

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (2013)

B.A., Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University (2008)

Cory is the BLF/EBCLC Fellow in the Youth Defender Clinic at EBCLC. She graduated from Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) in 2013. During law school, Cory interned at the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office and the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. She also spent a semester as a clinical student in EBCLC’s Clean Slate Practice and two semesters as a clinical student in Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic. Before law school, Cory worked as a graphic designer at Demos, a public policy organization in New York City.

Marc S. Janowitz ext.370

Staff Attorney & Clinical Instructor, Housing Practice

J.D., New College of California School of Law (1980)

B.A., University of Maryland (1969)

Marc Janowitz joined EBCLC as a consulting attorney in 2002 after many years of providing pro bono assistance to EBCLC clients, with a focus on affirmative law suits in the Housing practice. In 2005 he became a staff attorney. Marc previously operated the Law Offices of Marc S. Janowitz in San Francisco where he specialized in representing residential and commercial tenants. He has lectured widely in California on landlord-tenant issues for business and professional groups, including the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California.

From 1994-2002 Marc served as an elected Commissioner on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. In 2003, he successfully litigated Drouet v. Superior Court before the California Supreme Court establishing the right of tenants to assert retaliation claims in Ellis Act evictions.

Juliana Johnson ext.301

Office Manager

B.A., Anthropology, Hunter College (2005)

After having worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade, Juliana switched gears, seeking out organizations whose missions resonated with her, with the hope that any work she did would help promote a greater good. For the past 10 years, she has focused her efforts on the nonprofit world.

Before joining EBCLC, Juliana worked for The Family Center, Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise Secretariat and The Well Project, three organizations in New York City making an impact on the HIV/AIDS landscape, and Mind Body Awareness Project in Oakland, helping youth involved in the juvenile justice system transform harmful behavior through mindfulness meditation and emotional awareness. In these organizations, she managed all aspects of operations, human resources, accounting, administration, and website development and maintenance.

Gracie Jones ext.323

Intake Specialist, Housing Practice

Gracie Jones joined EBCLC in 2003 as the Receptionist. In 2006, she became the Housing Intake Specialist. Before coming to EBCLC, Gracie worked at the Berkeley Housing Authority and served on the Section 8 Voucher Program team.

Lisa Knox ext.361

Staff Attorney & Clinical Instructor, Immigration Practice

J.D., Columbia Law School (2011)

B.A., University of California at Berkeley (2004)

Lisa joined EBCLC’s Immigration Practice in 2015. Before joining EBCLC, she was an attorney at the San Francisco immigration firm Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale LLP, representing clients in immigration proceedings, naturalization, family sponsorship, and other immigration matters. Prior to that, she served as an Immigrant Justice Fellow with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, where she was involved in federal civil rights litigation and policy advocacy related to immigrant rights. During law school, Lisa interned with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the civil rights firm of Beldock, Levine & Hoffman LLP, and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT). As a student in the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic, she represented Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent who were unlawfully deported from the Dominican Republic in litigation before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

Tanya Koshy ext.344

Staff Attorney, Clean Slate Practice

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (2010)

B.A., Africana Studies and Political Science, Wellesley College (2005)

Tanya Koshy joined EBCLC in 2011. Previously, she worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she helped to coordinate its Second Chance Legal Clinic, which assists people with criminal records in removing barriers to employment and housing . As a law student, Tanya interned in the Clean Slate Practice in 2008. She also interned at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, which investigates law enforcement agencies, and other federal funding recipients, to ensure their compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Prior to law school, Tanya was a paralegal at Neufeld Scheck and Brustin, LLP a civil rights law firm in New York City that focuses on litigation involving wrongful convictions and police brutality.

Prerna Lal ext.375

Staff Attorney & Clinical Instructor, Immigration Practice

J.D., The George Washington University Law School (2013)

M.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University (2007)

B.A., Political Science, California State University, East Bay (2004)

A.A., Ethnic Studies, Chabot College (2002)

Prerna Lal graduated from California State University, East Bay and obtained a Masters in International Relations from San Francisco State University before matriculating at The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. Her journey towards becoming an attorney was long and arduous—Prerna came to the United States when she was 14 from the Fiji Islands, and grew up in a mixed status family, where only her older sibling had papers. After her parents received legal status while she remained undocumented, Prerna founded the DreamActivist network, an online advocacy network led by undocumented youth, which mobilized thousands of young undocumented immigrants into pushing for the federal DREAM Act, DACA, and more recently, expanding prosecutorial discretion policies. Prerna has also helped with the creation of many local immigrant youth groups, providing direct legal support, mentorship and advocacy to individuals caught up in the immigration dragnet. While in law school, Prerna was placed in removal proceedings, until the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed her to gain legal status through her same-sex partner. Prior to joining the East Bay Community Law Center and USP, Prerna was an immigration staff attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, and worked closely with the Not One More Deportation campaign. She speaks Hindi and Urdu. At EBCLC, Prerna will be the primary attorney providing legal services to undergraduate and graduate students and their families through UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program.

Laura Lane ext.309

Director, Housing Practice

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (1996)

M.A., Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University (1992)

B.A., Classics, Hunter College (1988)

Laura Lane joined EBCLC as a supervising attorney in 1997 and directs the Housing practice.  As a law student Laura worked in EBCLC’s Health practice, at the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County, and at the American Civil Liberties Union.  A recipient of an echoing green Public Interest Fellowship, in 1996 Laura founded and directed a project providing free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Contra Costa County.

Laura has taught housing law and policy at Boalt Hall School of Law and at Golden Gate University, School of Law.  In 2003, she was honored at a reception in San Francisco by Housing Rights, Inc. in recognition of her contributions to fair housing in the East Bay.

Erin Le ext.312

Staff Attorney & Clinical Instructor, Health Practice

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (2010)

MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine (2010)

B.A., Chinese Language and Culture, Dartmouth College (2003)

Erin Le first joined EBCLC briefly in 2011. She works with clients referred to the Health Practice through EBCLC’s Medical-Legal Partnership with Children’s Hospital Oakland, as well as with clients living with HIV/AIDS. Through her law and public health training, as well as her work with several Medical-Legal Partnerships, she strives to address the socio-economic roots of health disparities and works toward minimizing such inequity. A former 2nd grade teacher, Erin interned at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley’s Health Legal Services, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, before permanently joining EBCLC’s Health Practice in 2012.

Dania Lopez Beltran ext.358

Staff Attorney & Clinical Instructor, Immigration Practice

J.D., University of California Los Angeles School of Law (2011)

B.A., Political Science & International Management, Pepperdine University (2008)

Dania joined EBCLC’s Immigration Practice in 2015, with a focus on providing legal services to undocumented minors. Prior to joining EBCLC, Dania worked as a Senior Staff Attorney providing holistic legal services at Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading advocacy organization for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. During law school, Dania interned with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco and the Immigrant Defense Project in New York City. She speaks Spanish, French, and some Portuguese.

Jonathon Marley ext.321

Director of Development & Planning

Fellowship, Health Care Administration, Johns Hopkins University (1988)

M.P.H., Health Policy and Management, Harvard University (1987)

A.B., Human Biology, with Honors, Stanford University (1984)

Jonathon Marley founded EBCLC’s development department in 1994 and has served as Development Director since that time. Before joining EBCLC, he worked with the Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley, directed the Teen Clinic and HIV Program at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland, and interned at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

At Harvard, Jonathon co-founded the Health and Human Rights Group, and later helped to start both the International Campaign to Free Geronimo Pratt and the New Village Community Public Charter School of the East Bay. In 1999 he created the Anti-Bias Curriculum Project, to help Kindergarten – 5th grade students in public schools understand and appreciate differences related to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, family income, and language. Jonathon serves on the board of the People’s Life Fund and on the Advisory Board for the Bay Area Community Land Trust (BACLT). He is a former Commissioner for the City of Berkeley’s Peace and Justice Commission.

Jon can be reached at .

Florence McCafferty ext.340

Development Assistant

B.A., Linguistics, French and Spanish, Swarthmore College

Florence joined the EBCLC Development Team in November 2014. Before working at the law center, Florence lived in Seattle and primarily spent her time organizing with Got Green? and Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, making art as a member of the Lion’s Main Art Collective and playing in the radical street band, Movitas. She moved to the Bay Area in the summer of 2014 to begin working towards a post-baccalaureate certificate in visual arts. When she’s not at the law center, she is attending class, doing homework or dreaming of ways to use art and creativity to disrupt racism and other injustices.

Ingrid Murillo ext.300

Administrative Assistant

B.A., Law, UCA, Managua, Nicaragua

Ingrid was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua. She graduated in 2006 with a Law degree from the University of Central America in Managua, Nicaragua. After coming to the United States in 2009, Ingrid completed a Paralegal Certificate at UC Berkeley Extension in 2014. Ingrid join EBCLC in February 2015.

Osha Neumann 510-548-4064 ext.615

Consulting Attorney

J.D., New College of California School of Law (1987)

M.A., History, Yale (1962)

B.A., History, Swarthmore (1961)

Osha Neumann joined EBCLC as a Consulting Attorney in 2003. He has been in private practice in Berkeley since 1987, representing political protestors, victims of police misconduct and homeless people in cases regarding their civil rights. He is the chairperson of Community Defense Inc., a non-profit that promotes legal education for poor and marginalized communities. He is also an accomplished muralist responsible or many murals still to be seen in Berkeley.

Mirella Nieto 510-548-4064 ext.635

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow, Clean Slate Practice

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (2014)

B.A., Political Science and French, University of California at Berkeley (2007)

Mirella Nieto joined EBCLC in 2015 as an EJW/AmeriCorps legal fellow. Previously, she worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus with the Criminal Justice Reform Program, where she worked on a wide range of criminal justice issues, including implementation of the California TRUST Act, Proposition 47, impact litigation and the filing administrative complaints on behalf of clients. While a law student, Mirella interned for EBCLC’s Immigration Clinic, was an extern with the San Francisco Immigration Court, and was a law clerk for Senator Feinstein’s Senate Judiciary Committee Office. Before law school, Mirella was a Constituent Services Representative with Senator Feinstein’s Office, and in that capacity assisted California residents on issues related to various executive agencies.

Mindy Phillips ext.314

Equal Justice Works Fellow, Immigration Practice

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (2015)

B.A., International Relations, Brown University (2010)

Mindy Phillips is a graduate of Berkeley Law. She joined EBCLC in 2015 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Immigration Clinic to establish school-based immigration clinics in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). This project is in partnership with school-based health centers run by La Clínica de la Raza to provide wrap-around medical and legal services for OUSD’s students and families. During law school, Mindy interned in EBCLC’s Immigration Clinic and at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. She was a clinical student in EBCLC’s Policy Advocacy Clinic focused on immigrant detention in California and the International Human Rights Law Clinic focused on LGBT rights in El Salvador. Mindy co-chaired the Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project and also served as the Managing Editor of the La Raza Law Journal.

Jassmin Antolin Poyaoan 510-548-4064 ext.611

UCLA School of Law Public Service Fellow, Green-Collar Communities Clinic

J.D., University of California Los Angeles School of Law (2015)

B.A., Sociology, University of California at Berkeley (2011)

Jassmin is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where she specialized in Critical Race Studies and was a part of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. In 2015, she joined EBCLC’s Green-Collar Communities Clinic to focus on community ownership as a response to widespread gentrification and displacement in the East Bay Area. During law school, Jassmin was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to support her work in developing community and worker-owned enterprises to build wealth in low-income communities of color. Her internships at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, UCLA Labor Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and EBCLC have all informed her holistic perspective on community development. In her free time, Jassmin plays basketball with Women’s All B-Ball, a basketball organization run and led by women, and is a member of Sama Sama Summer Camp Cooperative, a cooperative-run summer camp designed to provide children of Filipino ancestry a fun, engaging and critical way of exploring the intersections of culture, arts, and ecology.

Serina Rankins ext.357

Intake Specialist & Paralegal, Clean Slate Practice

AA, Paralegal Studies, Merritt College (2007)

Serina Rankins joined EBCLC in July 2007.  She was born and raised in Oakland, CA.  Serina has over 11 years of administrative experience, having worked at various non-profits and corporations in the Bay Area.  She is a member of the National Notary Association.

Tamura Rosby ext.367

Administrative Assistant

Tamura joined EBCLC in August of 2007. She was born and raised in Oakland, CA.  Tamura holds a degree in Fashion Merchandising. After working in the buying office of a catalogue company she decided to enter the legal field. Before coming to EBCLC, Tamura worked as a legal assistant in a worker’s compensation law firm and a real estate law firm. Currently, Tamura is a student in the Los Angeles Mission College paralegal program.

Tirien Steinbach ext.373

Executive Director

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (1999)

B.A., Art History, University of California at Santa Cruz (1994)

In March 2007, Tirien Steinbach became the third executive director of EBCLC.  Tirien joined EBCLC in 2001 in the Income practice where she incubated Clean Slate practice, which she directed. In 2006 Tirien served as EBCLC’s Director of Clinical & Program. Tirien is currently a Lecturer at Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley), and co-teaches "Community Law Practice at EBCLC," the companion seminar for Boalt students enrolled in EBCLC’s clinical program.

In law school, Tirien was active in the public interest and student of color communities, where she served as co-president of the Berkeley Law Foundation Student Steering Committee and Vice President of Recruitment for Law Students of African Descent. Upon graduating from Boalt, Tirien is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including an Equal Justice Works fellowship sponsored by the California Appellate Project, a Berkeley Law Foundation grant for her work at EBCLC, and the inaugural Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize.

Rachel Swanson ext.616

Lutheran Volunteer, Consumer Justice and General Legal Clinics

B.A., Anthropology and Spanish, Macalester College (2015)

Rachel joined EBCLC in August 2015 as the Lutheran Volunteer working in the Consumer Justice Clinic and with homeless clients. She has interned with Kentucky Refugee Ministries as a legal advocate and with Maxwell Street Legal Clinic with their immigration unit. She is passionate about working and advocating for clients facing social, economic, and legal issues.

Linda Tam ext.368

Director, Immigration Practice

J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (2000)

B.A., Psychology, Yale University (1996)

Linda Tam joined EBCLC in 2003 to develop an immigration specialty within the Health practice for people living with HIV/AIDS. She is a graduate of Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) where she served on the Asian Law Journal, was recruitment co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and worked in the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Following law school, Ms. Tam clerked at the Executive Office for Immigration Review. She was a contributor on immigration law to “AIDS and the Law,” the leading treatise on HIV legal issues for eight years. She has spoken at regional and national conferences, and was awarded the 2009 Legal Services Award by the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. She speaks Spanish in addition to some French and Mandarin.

Kate Weisburd ext. 311

Co-Director, Education Defense & Justice for Youth

J.D., Columbia Law School (2005)

B.A., Brown University (2000)

Kate Weisburd is the Director of the Youth Defender Clinic, which is a part of the East Bay Community Law Center, the community clinic affiliated with UC Berkeley Law School. The Clinic represents youth in delinquency, school discipline and special education proceedings in Alameda County, CA. Kate was previously the Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Staff Attorney at Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic, where she represented indigent defendants facing the death penalty in the Deep South, and supervised law students working on those cases. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Before attending law school, Kate worked as a death penalty investigator at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Kate’s research on issues related to criminal and juvenile justice has been published in the Huffington Post, UCLA Law Review and the Iowa Law Review.

Carolina Zanni ext.363

Administrative Manager

Carolina was born and raised in Santiago, Chile and came to the United States in 1994. Carolina attended Contra Costa College, and after completing ESL classes, she graduated in 2001 with two Certificates of Achievement in Computer Systems Operations and Network Technologies.

Carolina worked as an administrative assistant for an Oakland based law firm, providing services in personal injury cases, such as car accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, class action suits, and toxic torts. With Spanish being her first language, Carolina also helped Spanish speaking clients with translations and legal documents.