MARTHA RUCH, ESQ. | STAFF ATTORNEY, IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

Prior to joining CLSEPA in September 2019, Martha was a removal defense staff attorney and an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. In law school, Martha interned at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and at the East Bay Community Law Center’s Neighborhood Justice Clinic. She was a clinical student in the East Bay Community Law Center’s … Read More

MADELINE MUSANTE | DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Madeline calls Eureka, CA her first home. Prior to joining us, she received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in International Relations with a focus on history and a minor in Creative Writing. During her studies, she worked as an editorial intern for Stanford Social Innovation Review, served as an undergraduate research assistant with the Immigration Policy Lab, and proudly … Read More

VIOLET MEDINA | BOOKKEEPER

Violet received her A.S. degree in Accounting from Mission College in Santa Clara, CA. She grew up in Washington State all through high school, and loved the gloomy and rainy weather. For the past 4 years she has worked as a bookkeeper and human resources/office manager for a mobile advertising high tech company in San Mateo, California. She is excited … Read More

MARGARET MCBRIDE, ESQ. | SENIOR ATTORNEY, HOUSING PROGRAM

Margaret earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with a concentration in Social Justice Lawyering. As a law student, Margaret worked with several Bay Area organizations dedicated to promoting housing rights, including the Mental Health Advocacy Project, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, and the National Housing Law Project. During law school, Margaret … Read More

MARIA MATA, ESQ. | DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Maria’s passion for public service began as an outgrowth from her experiences growing up in East Palo Alto. Prior to joining us in February 2017, Maria worked as a government benefits attorney for the LIBRE project at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, where she represented immigrant clients facing an array of health and public benefits issues. Maria … Read More

YUNUEN LOPEZ GARCIA | IMMIGRATION ADVOCATE

Yunuen was born in Mexico and raised in East Palo Alto, CA. She participated at the UCLA Labor Center Dream Summer Fellowship through College Track. She formed part of the fellowship for two years, with both years being placed here, at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA). Yunuen became accustomed to CLSEPA with her participation in Dream Summer, … Read More

SOE LOPEZ | OPERATIONS MANAGER

Soe grew up in the community of Redwood City and graduated from Woodside High School in 1996. She began her career in office management with Resources for Reading. Soe joined us in YEAR and has been instrumental in helping us grow.Soe is proud to be part of a team that offers legal assistance to the local community.

KATRINA LOGAN, ESQ. | DIRECTOR, ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM

Katrina leads the Economic Advancement Program, focusing on reentry and consumer law practice areas. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association and volunteers as an assistant coach with the Stanford Women’s Rugby Club. Katrina earned her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law where she graduated with a Public Interest Certificate and … Read More

KATE LEWIS | LAW FELLOW, IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

Kate joined CLSEPA in September 2019. Prior to law school, she worked as a legal assistant at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano, and Nightingale, LLP, an immigration law firm in San Francisco. Next, she moved to Quito, Ecuador to work in refugee policy at Asylum Access, and then to Brooklyn, New York to work with migrant youth at Catholic Migration Services. While … Read More

MARIAM KELLY, ESQ. | MANAGING ATTORNEY, IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2013, Mariam practiced immigration law both in nonprofit and private settings in New York and New Jersey. Admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, she served as the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Fellow at the American Friends Service Committee in Newark, New Jersey, where she represented immigrant youth … Read More