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“Won a jury verdict as the sole trial attorney for a disabled minor child who was arrested by the police after his elementary school teacher reported him as an out of control juvenile.”
C.B. v. Sonora Sch. Dist., 819 F. Supp. 2d 1032 (E.D. Cal. 2011) aff’d in part, rev’d in part sub nom. C.B. v. City of Sonora, 769 F.3d 1005 (9th Cir. 2014)
University of California, Berkeley
School of Law, JD, 2005
Political Science and Spanish
BA, Magna cum Laude, 2001
10 Years of Experience
Class Action Lawsuits
Employee Benefit Claims
Employment Law Cases
Family Medical Leave Act Claims
Wage and Hour Claims
At a young age, I was saddened and outraged as I learned about the injustices in our society. Our priest gave sermons about homelessness and poverty. My mother told us that her Italian grandmother was turned away at Ellis Island because of a boil on her neck. My Irish Catholic grandfather told us an Anglo-Saxon Protestant student with lower grades was chosen over him as high school valedictorian. I chose to practice law so that I could use my legal knowledge and trial skills to help people who are treated unjustly. When I won a jury verdict for a disabled minor client, who had been handcuffed and forcibly removed from his elementary school by the police, I saw his expression turn to one of confidence. Ten adults had just affirmed that his arrest was not his fault, but rather, the result of police misconduct. I want to bring that feeling of vindication and resolution to all of my clients.
U.S. District Court
Northern, Southern, Eastern and
Western Districts of Texas
U.S. District Court
Central, Eastern, and
Northern Districts of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern and
Western Districts of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals
6th and 9th Circuits
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Women Lawyers Association
ACLU of Michigan;Cooperating Attorney and Local Committee Member (2013 to 2015). Participated in impact litigation on free speech issues. Investigated local civil rights violations.
Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants; Board Member (2006 to 2012). Guided program-building efforts for a non-profit serving Cambodian refugees.
Alameda County Homeless Action Center; Fellow and Extern (2005). Won Social Security disability benefit appeals for mentally-disabled clients.
East Bay Community Law Center; Suitcase Clinic Law Student Advocate (2004). Defended homeless youth against quality of life citations.