Staff

Adam 2015Adam Murray
Executive Director

Bio

Adam Murray is the Executive Director of Inner City Law Center, a nonprofit law firm serving the most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County. Founded on the fundamental principle that every person should always be treated with dignity and respect, ICLC’s 40 staff and 350+ volunteers provide legal representation and advocacy to thousands of homeless and working poor clients, focused on combating slum housing, preventing homelessness, and aiding homeless veterans.

An expert on both housing and homelessness, Adam has developed and promoted innovative approaches and policies that reduce homelessness and lead to safe, healthy and affordable housing. Prior to joining ICLC, Adam was a litigator with the international law firm Howrey LLP. In 2001, he worked pro bono on the momentous Rosales slum housing case in which ICLC secured $1.9 million for 59 parents and children.

Adam sits on the Los Angeles County Citizens’ Committee on Economy and Efficiency. He previously served as president of the boards of the Housing Rights Center of Southern California and the Immigration Center for Women and Children and has taught economics and political science at East Los Angeles College. Adam is also a former board member of the Fair Housing Council of the San Gabriel Valley, the ACLU of Southern California, and the Center for Progressive Leadership.

Adam received a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College, an M.A. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In 2009, the Los Angeles Daily Journal named Adam one of the top 20 attorneys in California under the age of 40. Adam was a Stanton Fellow with the Durfee Foundation in 2014 and 2015. When not working, Adam enjoys playing soccer with his wife and two young children.

Adam has led Inner City Law Centers efforts to develop effective programs, including groundbreaking programs that meet the legal needs of homeless veterans in Los Angeles. In his eight years as ICLC’s Executive Director, Adam has guided Inner City Law Center’s transformation from a five-attorney law firm with a $1.4 million budget to a twenty-two attorney law firm with a $3.8 million budget. In addition, pro bono attorneys from private firms donated over $10 million worth of free legal services to ICLC clients last year.

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David Aigboboh
Fellow
Homelessness Prevention Project

Bio
David joined ICLC as a USC Law Irmas Fellow in September 2016. He worked with ICLC’s Homelessness Prevention Project as a law clerk in his second summer of law school, helping ICLC attorneys litigate unlawful detainer cases on behalf of tenants who could not afford legal representation. As a fellow, David works with ICLC’s Homelessness Prevention attorneys to litigate affirmative cases against landlords who fail to comply with state and federal law. He earned a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and a J.D. from USC Gould School of Law.

LizethLizeth Aparicio
Paralegal
Homelessness Prevention, Public Benefits

Bio

Lizeth joined ICLC in May 2015 as a Paralegal for both the HIV/AIDS and the Homeless Veterans Projects. Prior to joining ICLC, Lizeth worked for the plaintiff-side litigation law firm of Makarem & Associates in Brentwood, which specializes in Legal Malpractice and Employment law. After almost two years there, she decided to continue her true passion for Public Policy and Public Interest Law that is rooted in her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley. Lizeth plans on attending law school and pursuing a public interest legal career that includes involvement in local city government and politics. 

Juliet Arganaraz
Director of Finance and Administration

Bio

Juliet joined ICLC as Director of Finance and Administration in October 2013. Juliet has over 14 years of legal services experience, working in all levels of personnel, including as support staff, advocate, and administrator. Prior to joining ICLC, Juliet worked with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice as the Director of Administration. Juliet has effectively managed government contracts, private grants, financial audits, human resources, office operations and supervision of support staff and volunteers. Juliet enthusiastically believes in the cause of legal services and views her role in finance and administration as a support system that makes the direct services model possible. Her dedication to social justice issues stems from the parallels between ICLC’s clients and her own experience growing up in Southeast Los Angeles.

CoralCoral Arias
Staff Attorney

Bio

Coral joined Inner City Law Center in March 2015, as a Staff Attorney representing clients in housing and public benefits cases.  Prior to joining ICLC, Coral practiced in several areas of immigration law, focusing on complex deportation defense cases and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

During law school, Coral interned at Bet Tzedek Legal Services (Los Angeles), Immigration Center for Women and Children (San Francisco), and East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (Berkeley).  During her second year of law school, Coral was a clinical student for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Refugee and Human Rights Clinics.

Coral concentrated in History and Political Economy and Development while at Brown University, and earned her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.  Coral is a proud ambassador of her alma mater as a member of the Brown Alumni Association Interviewing Program.

 

Harry Batt
Director of Development

Bio

Harry joined ICLC as Director of Development in February 2010. Prior to joining ICLC, Harry worked for ten years at Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law office in the nation. Harry trained at the Midwest Academy, where he received a degree in community organizing. Harry previously owned, operated, managed and consulted for restaurants throughout the world and has contributed to the success of a diverse portfolio of brands, as well as national theme restaurants. He studied politics at Hebrew University and Brandeis University, and holds a B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.

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Staff Attorney
Homeless Veterans

Bio

Henry joined Inner City Law in April of 2016 as Staff Attorney for the Homeless Veterans Project.  Before coming to the Inner City Law Center, Henry served under Mayor Eric Garcetti in his Office of Public Safety.  Henry Bouchot graduated from Boston College Law School in 2010 and Loyola Marymount in 2007.  Henry is a United States Marine Corps and an Afghanistan Campaign veteran. 

Jake 2015James H. (“Jake”) Broderick
Of Counsel (Volunteer)
Housing Litigation

Bio
Before retiring from private firm practice in 2013, Jake Broderick spent 34 years as a trial and appellate lawyer with the global law firm now known as Squire Patton Boggs, including ten years as the managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles Office.  At Squire, he specialized in complex business litigation involving the representation of foreign-based clients in U.S. Litigation.  At the appellate level, he is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court where he argued and prevailed on behalf of the Petitioner in Rosales v. Depuy Ace Medical, Co. (2000) 22 Cal. 4th 279 and before the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Sixth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit,  and has been on briefs t0 each of these federal appellate courts and presented oral arguments in the Ninth and DC Circuits.  He has also admitted to practice before the  federal district courts in the Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California and District of Arizona and been the lead lawyer on cases in each of those districts, as well as in the Southern District of Florida and the Delaware Court of Chancery.

In private practice, Jake regularly maintained a substantial pro bono case load that included trying a Civil Rico case to a $1 million verdict for predatory lending that was upheld by the Ninth Circuit and successfully representing a California inmate serving 117 years to life in  a successful habeas corpus proceeding for a new trial and has been recognized by the State Bar of California with several awards for his pro bono work while in private practice.   As  a member of the Pro Bono Practice section of the California Bar since retirement, through his work with ICLC, Jake has sought to link his litigation experience and skills to the advancement of the causes of the underrepresented poor in our society to whom the legal system affords the least protections in areas of basic human working with retirement.  Since April 2013, he has been Of Counsel to ICLC, advising on overall litigation strategy issues, assisting in the preparation, drafting and editing of motions and briefs for the ICLC’s Housing Litigation and Veterans Projects  and handling court appearances of behalf of the litigation team in major ongoing housing litigation matters.  That experience has only confirmed the long sense that ICLC is the place in Los Angeles where some of the most concentrated and thoughtful work on the legal  issues attendant to acute poverty in American society is being done by a committed and dedicated staff.

Jake graduated magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College in East Asian Studies in 1974.  His legal education includes a two years at Boston University School of Law,  from which he obtained his J.D. (1979, while taking his third year at Harvard Law School (1978-1979)  and a year and a half (1979-1981)  as  a research fellow with the Law Faculty at Sophia University in Tokyo focusing on Japanese competition law under the auspices of a Japanese Ministry of Education Fellowship.  He is AV rated by Martindale Hubble, was voted a Super Lawyer in Southern California for the years 2003-2013 and in listed in the Best Lawyers in America for the years 2007-2013.

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Roberto Cabrales
Director of Tenant Organizing
Healthy Homes

Bio
Roberto Cabrales joined the Organizing team at ICLC as the Director of Tenant Organizing in January 2016.  He has been organizing on environmental justice issues in Southeast LA County for over 13 years with Communities for a Better Environment.  He now leads the organizing team in the Healthy Homes project ensuring habitability concerns are addressed for low-income tenants and the remediation of lead-based paint in older homes through HUD programs in the City of Los Angeles.  He is currently working on his B.A. in Environmental Analysis and Chicano Studies at Pitzer College.  He is passionate about art, music, theater, craft-making,  human rights, aromatherapy, and raising awareness on pet adoption.  Roberto was recently appointed to the Health and Education Commission for the City of Huntington Park in August of 2015 where he works to improve the quality of life for all Huntington Park residents.

annaAnna Carrillo
Administrative Coordinator

Bio

Anna Carrillo joined Inner City Law Center as Administrative Coordinator in September 2016. She supports the Director of Finance and Administration with the finance and Human Resource functions of the organization. Prior to ICLC, Anna was the Office Manager at Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and Office Administrator at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. She has experience in office operations, AP/AR, payroll, employee benefits and grant management.

Anna holds a BA in Art History with Administrative Studies from the University of California, Riverside and a Human Resources Management certificate from Cal State Long Beach.  She plans on obtaining her Master’s in Public Administration.

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Cesar Castrejon
Tenant Organizer
Healthy Homes

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Lisa Charles 
Program Assistant

Bio

Lisa joined ICLC in May 2016 as the first Program Assistant. She works closely with the Chief Counsel, Tai Glenn, to facilitate the strategic expansion of the non-profit law firm. Lisa utilizes her diverse administrative experience in the academic and corporate sectors to strengthen the organizational platform, provide programmatic support and enhance intra-office systems and procedures.

Lisa feels particularly at home at ICLC because she is able to continue working on reducing social disparities, an area in which she has amassed over a decade of community outreach volunteer experience. This interest started during her undergraduate years at the City College of New York, where she organized projects such as providing food and clothing to the homeless, teaching computer and interviewing skills to non-native English speakers and developing community vegetable gardens.

Gloria Contreras
Screener / Receptionist
Homelessness Prevention

Bio

Gloria is a Screener and Receptionist at ICLC and has been with the organization since 2006. Gloria appreciates learning from clients as well as helping them. Prior to joining ICLC, Gloria served as Office Clerk at Elco Lighting. Gloria has a variety of artistic skills including painting, decorating, dancing, cosmetology, and hairstyling. She also enjoys outdoor activities like camping, swimming, and bicycling.

LD_2014Lisa Dulyea
Communication Manager

Bio

Lisa joined Inner City Law Center as Communications Manager in February of 2016. Prior to joining ICLC, Lisa was the Director of Communications at Mayfield Senior School and Director of Corporate Sponsorships and Marketing Manager for Best Friends Animal Society. Lisa is an experienced nonprofit communications, marketing and branding professional. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Old Dominion University and Master of Communication Management from USC.

UntitledAlex Flores
Staff Attorney
Homelessness Prevention

Bio

A 2014 graduate of Loyola Law School, Alex Flores began working at Inner City Law Center in 2015 with the Shriver Project Homelessness Prevention team.  As part of the Shriver Team Alex defends low-income tenants in Unlawful Detainers in order to keep tenants in the City of Los Angeles housed.  Before attending law school, Alex worked as a legal secretary at Disability Rights California.  While in Law School, Alex externed for several legal non-profits included Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and CARECEN in the areas of employment law and immigration, respectively.  Alex also externed for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. Federal District Senior Judge for the Central District.  While in Law School, Alex participated in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Moot Court team, and served as Co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild chapter at Loyola, Managing Editor for Loyola of the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal, and Vice-President and Grad Co-Chair of La Raza de Loyola.  As an Angeleno born and raised, Alex has seen the undeniable housing crisis our City is the midst of and plans to continue making sure that those among us who need the most help continue to get the representation they deserve.


Jennifer GJennifer Ganata

Staff Attorney
Homelessness Prevention

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Jennifer Ganata joined ICLC in May of 2015.  Prior to starting at ICLC, Jennifer had been a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Network (EDN).  Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles to immigrant parents.  She has witnessed the different changes that have occurred in the city and as a result she has dedicated her work to ensuring that those who are marginalized in the city have a voice.  Due to the current aggressive displacement in the city Jennifer has been extremely concerned with the effects of gentrification particularly in the pockets of low-income communities around downtown Los Angeles.  Jennifer has a BA in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Urban Studies and Planning from University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  Jennifer received a JD from City University of New York (CUNY), where she was trained through the Adult Defender Clinical program and an LL.M from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a focus on Critical Race Studies.  Before practicing law in California, Jennifer had spent several years working as a youth community organizer in South East Los Angeles and the South Bay around environmental justice issues.

Kate 2015Kate Glaspey
Staff Attorney
Homelessness Prevention

Bio

Kate Glaspey started working with Inner City Law Center in 2014. Before becoming an attorney, Kate worked as a volunteer with a variety of organizations and realized her passion for homelessness prevention in Los Angeles. Kate attended Southwestern Law School to further her impact in her community and during her time there worked for a number of public interest organizations including Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Disability Rights Legal Center, and Center for Civic Mediation. After she received her B.A. at the College of Santa Fe in vocal performance, she sang professionally with a Brazilian band, lived for extended periods of time in Brazil, Italy, and Austria, and dedicated herself to community work. Kate is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian and enjoys using her languages to serve diverse populations.

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Tai Glenn
Chief Counsel & Director of Legal Services

Bio

Tai joined the ICLC leadership team in September 2015. She has been an influential advocate for the rights of poor and low-income individuals for over 20 years. Tai initiated and oversaw the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ highly regarded Housing Improvement Project from 2000 to 2008, during which time the project successfully litigated groundbreaking cases including the first case asserting a tenant’s right to return after being paid emergency relocation benefits by the City of Los Angeles and Cruz v Superior Court, in partnership with Western Center on Law and Poverty, which expanded low-income Californians’ right to access the courts and was the first California decision regarding fee waivers in almost 20 years. She was appointed to the City of Los Angeles Rent Adjustment Commission by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013 and was the 2011 recipient of Loyola Law School’s Public Interest Award. Prior to joining ICLC, Tai served as the Executive Director of Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center.

AmandaAmanda Goad
Director of Litigation
Housing Litigation

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Amanda joined ICLC as its Director of Litigation in June 2015.  Prior to joining ICLC, Amanda was a staff attorney with the national ACLU, using impact litigation and other advocacy strategies to advance the rights of LGBT people and those living with HIV.  She also previously litigated a variety of cases as Senior Counsel with the New York City Law Department and coordinated a pro bono name change project for transgender individuals.  In 2015, Amanda was named to the national LGBT Bar Association’s annual list of 40 Best LGBT Lawyers under the age of 40.

Amanda graduated from Harvard Law School in 2005.  She is also an alumna of Rice University and Teach for America.


Rebecca G.Rebecca Gomez

Paralegal
Housing Litigation

Bio

Rebecca Gomez joined Inner City Law Center in November 2015 as the Senior Paralegal on the Litigation team. Rebecca has 20 years of experience working in the legal field. Her experience covers the areas of civil, white collar criminal litigation, workers’ compensation and post-judgment recovery.  While working for Bird Marella Law Firm, Rebecca gained exposure to housing litigation, sparking an interest in the non-profit sector.  During the time she attended UCLA, Rebecca was a volunteer at Latinas Guiding Latinas, a non -profit organization designed to provide K-12 students from East Los Angeles and El Monte area with additional resources to develop their prospect for higher education.  Rebecca was born and raised in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. She is honored to be part of an amazing and passionate team at ICLC, a team that combats slum lords and is gives tenant’s a voice to improve their quality of housing.  

carlosCarlos Gonzalez
Paralegal
Housing Litigation

Bio

Carlos joined ICLC in August 2016 as paralegal with the Housing Litigation team.  He attended Cal State LA, majoring in Communications.  Prior to joining ICLC, Carlos worked in real estate and property management, most recently as a graphic designer for the last 4 years.  Pursuing an interest in the legal field and public service, he was part of the Pasadena Courthouse Self-Help Resource Center, educating litigants about court document preparation and court filing procedure.  As paralegal for ICLC, Carlos looks forward to joining in the fight against slum housing and helping protect the rights of disadvantaged families.


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enevieve Jenkins
Staff Attorney
Housing Litigation

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Genevieve Jenkins joined ICLC’s Housing Litigation team as a Staff Attorney in October 2015, where she represents tenants in civil lawsuits against slum landlords.  Before joining ICLC, Genevieve was an attorney with the Eviction Defense Network in Los Angeles, and a litigation and environmental associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP.  From 2013-2014, she worked in South Africa as a voluntary legal advisor with Lawyers for Human Rights and a foreign law clerk to Justice van der Westhuizen on the South African Constitutional Court.

Genevieve holds a B.A. in English Literature and History from McGill University, a J.D. from William & Mary Law School, and an LL.M. in Public International Law from Queen Mary College, University of London.

JerryJerry Jones
Director of Public Policy

Bio

Jerry Jones joined the Inner City Law Center as Director of Public Policy in July 2015. He is the former Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. Jerry also served on the senior staff of the Center for Community Change in various roles over a 10-year period, as well as National Director of Project Vote and Executive Director of an anti-hunger organization in Connecticut. He has extensive experience on policy issues related to housing, hunger, and poverty, including testifying at Congressional hearings and authoring numerous studies and reports. He was the Southern Field Director for Housing Now, a mobilization that drew 150,000 housing and homelessness advocates to Washington in 1989. Jerry is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a B.A. in Religious Studies.

Jon Killoran
Staff Attorney
Homeless Veterans

Bio
A 2013 graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Jon joined ICLC as an Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow working with the Homeless Veterans Project. Jon started a medical legal partnership with the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Hospital and works with veterans who are patients in the VA’s homeless primary care clinic. During law school, Jon clerked at the Northwest Justice Project where he helped low-income residents access state healthcare benefits. Jon also externed at Mental Health Advocacy Services and the Disability Rights Legal Center. Prior to law school, Jon was a Jesuit Volunteer working as a case manager and operations supervisor at a homeless shelter in Spokane, Washington.


NeriNeri Lozano

Paralegal
Homelessness Prevention

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Prior to joining ICLC’s Homelessness Prevention Program, Neri worked as community organizer, legal advocate and At-Risk Youth Mentor in California’s  Central Valley. In Fresno and Bakersfield, Neri worked to combat issues like homelessness, victims’ rights, and community empowerment. Growing up in Echo Park Neri to witnessed firsthand many of the socio-economic inequalities that plagued Los Angeles. It was the very idea of leveling off those inequalities that led Neri to pursue a career in public service. Neri mentions that without a doubt, what he enjoys most about his jobs is the relationships he is able to form with members of the community. Day in and day out he meets hard working families; not very different from his own. Yet, he knows that there is much more to do. He knows that his success is inextricably linked with the success of his community.

Neri graduated from the University of California, Fresno with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in African-American & Indian Studies.


Alex LopezAlejandro ‘Alex’ Lopez

Paralegal
Homelessness Prevention

Bio

Alex served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for seven years and received an Honorable Discharge in May 2001. He considers his time in the military as one of the most impactful and valuable times in his life. He was presented with ample opportunities to help those in need and gained a deeper admiration for ideals of justice and fairness.

With the G.I. Bill, Alex obtained a paralegal certificate in 1998.  For the following 15 years, Alex gained extensive experience in criminal defense, general liability, insurance defense, and construction defect.

In 2015, Alex carried his experience and passion for justice to Inner City Law Center. Alex grew up in a low-income immigrant family in Northeast Los Angeles and empathizes with clients’ struggles. He cares deeply about the community and is constantly inspired by his clients’ strength and resilience against adversity. He wholeheartedly believes every individual deserves to have their rights protected. 


LorraineLorraine Lopez

Supervising Attorney
Homelessness Prevention

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Lorraine joined Inner City Law Center in October 2009. Lorraine is currently a Supervising Attorney representing individuals and families who are at risk of losing their housing. She is one of five ICLC attorneys on the Los Angeles Shriver Housing Project, a pilot project providing free legal representation to low-income litigants facing eviction and which has been featured on American Public Media’s Marketplace. Lorraine began her legal career in 2005 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago where she provided legal representation, community legal education and outreach programs for participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles to work for Eviction Defense Network (EDN) where she was introduced to the specific legal challenges of low-income renters in Los Angeles.

Lorraine received a B.A. in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

Kara Mahoney
Staff Attorney
Homeless Veterans

Bio

Kara joined ICLC in September 2012 as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow for the Homeless Veterans Project. Kara is a 2012 graduate of USC Gould School of Law and earned an A.B. from Georgetown University. During law school Kara clerked in the probate department of the Los Angeles Superior Court for the Honorable Michael Levanas, and at ICLC, where her determination to advocate on behalf of underrepresented veterans grew, and was a fellow in the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, researching the pervasive nature of psychotropic medications in the armed forces. Kara also worked in USC Law’s Immigration Clinic where she represented clients seeking asylum and other forms of relief after escaping persecution in their home countries.

brandonBrandon Morris
Office Manager
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Brandon joined ICLC in September 2016 as the Office Manager. He brings with him over 13 years of experience in office management. He is responsible for any and everything office related. He also assists with IT related issues and with accounting and payroll. Prior to joining ICLC, he worked at Bet Tzedek Legal Services for 5 years as the Office Services Coordinator.

 

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Melody Osuna
Staff Attorney

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Melody  joined ICLC in April of 2016 as Staff Attorney for the Rapid Re-housing for Single Adults and Veterans Collaborative (RRAV). Melody began her legal career as a Loyola Law School Fellow at the YWCA of Glendale providing direct legal services to victims of domestic violence in family law and immigration matters. She also assisted victims with temporary restraining orders at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Clinic in the Long Beach Courthouse. In addition, she represented a victim of human trafficking in obtaining non-immigrant status as a pro bono attorney for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery. During law school, Melody externed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Disability Rights Legal Center, and Rainbow Services. Prior to law school, Melody volunteered with the Alliance for Children’s Rights advocating for proper benefits for children in the foster care system.  Melody holds a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. 

Dianne Prado
Senior Staff Attorney
Housing Litigation

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Dianne Prado joined Inner City Law Center in August 2012. She started with the Homelessness Prevention Project where she litigated on behalf of individuals and low-income families who are at risk of losing their housing. Currently, she is part of the slum housing unit using her skills to stop negligent landlords from abusing the rights of tenants in Los Angeles. Before joining ICLC, Dianne was a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Network (EDN) where she protected the housing rights of the low-income communities. Dianne holds a B.A. in Criminology, Law, & Society from UC Irvine, a J.D. from Western State University College of Law, and is a proud member of the National Lawyers Guild.


Eric 2015!Eric Quizhpi

Paralegal
Housing Litigation

Bio

Eric joined ICLC as a tenant organizer in June 2014. Currently, Eric is a paralegal with the Slum Housing Litigation unit. Prior to working at ICLC, Eric interned with the Coalition for Economic Survival, where he first gained exposure to housing issues and tenants’ rights. He also collaborated with psychologists at Cedars Sinai Medical Center on a project that helped the disenfranchised and Spanish-speaking HIV-positive community in Los Angeles. Eric is originally from Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Occidental College in 2014 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Political Science. He hopes to become the first person in his family to attend law school.

Vidhya 2015Vidhya Ragunathan
Pro Bono Coordinator

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Vidhya joined ICLC as its Pro Bono Coordinator in January 2014. Prior to joining ICLC, she practiced complex commercial litigation for over five years at the law firms of Crowell & Moring LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Vidhya handled a variety of matters relating to antitrust, real estate, contracts, environmental law, and insurance. Vidhya also maintained an active pro bono practice, representing a variety of clients on issues such as immigration, guardianship, and housing law. Vidhya is active in the legal community, currently serving on the board of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC), and was previously a president of SABA-SC’s Public Interest Foundation. She also serves on the board of the South Asian Network, one of the country’s largest organizations dedicated to serving the needs of the South Asian-American community, and is a member of the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. Vidhya received degrees in Political Science and Psychology from UCLA and her J.D. from UCLA. 

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Fely Soto
Tenant Organizer
Healthy Homes

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Fely joined ICLC as a Tenant Organizer in April 2011. Fely educates tenants about habitability issues through the Rent Escrow Account Program to promote safe and healthy housing. She comes to ICLC with three years of tenant organizing experience with the Coalition for Economic Survival. Prior to CES, Fely owned, operated and managed a catering and restaurant business in Lynwood, CA. Her success as an entrepreneur allowed her to contribute to her community in a personal manner by providing work experience and culinary knowledge to underprivileged teens.

gregGreg Spiegel
Director of Strategic Initiatives
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Greg joined Inner City Law Center as Director of Strategic Initiatives in March of 2016.  Greg recently returned to ICLC from a year and a half as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Homelessness Policy Director.  Prior to the Mayor’s office, Greg spent six years as Director of Public Policy and Communications at Inner City Law Center. Prior to ICLC, Greg spent eight years as a housing attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty. From 1996 to 2000, Greg was an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles working on redevelopment, transportation, affordable housing and nonprofit corporation issues.  Greg received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and his B.A. from UCLA.


Jose 2015Jose Luis Surio

Outreach Representative
Healthy Homes

Bio

Jose Luis Surio joined ICLC in 2014 as a Tenant Organizer. He educates tenants about healthy housing through the Rent Escrow Account Program. As someone who grew up in similar conditions, Jose Luis can connect with our clients through those firsthand experiences. Jose is a mentor for Youth Mentoring Connections where he mentors high school students and volunteers. These experiences have empowered Jose Luis educate others about how to live in safer housing and protect their rights as tenants.

Erin 2015Erin E. Thompson
Special Projects Manager & Board Liaison

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Erin works closely with Executive Director, Adam Murray, and the Board of Directors and Advisors to coordinate logistics for special initiatives. Erin has a Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School and a B.S. in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management from Columbia College Chicago. Erin is an experienced Operations Manager, Business Developer, Administrator, Leadership Coach and Small Business Consultant. She is also founder of a nonprofit organization called The S Word Project.

Melissa Tyner
Director of Homeless Veterans Project

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Melissa, the Director of the Homeless Veterans Project, joined Inner City Law Center in 2009. Melissa leads a team of attorneys that advocates for the rights of homeless veterans to receive the benefits and care they are promised and wrongfully denied. Melissa founded the first legal clinic for homeless women veterans in the nation and is a recognized expert in the legal issues involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Melissa is also an adjunct professor at UCLA Law School where she teaches the Veterans Benefits Legal Clinic.

Melissa’s innovative legal work with veterans has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, BBC, and several other media outlets. In 2013, she received the Jack Berman Award of Achievement for Distinguished Service to the Profession and the Public from the State Bar of California. Melissa was also recognized as the outstanding young alumni of the year by Whittier Law School in 2014. Prior to joining Inner City Law Center, Melissa worked at Disability Rights California assisting people with disabilities whose benefits had been wrongfully terminated.

Melissa received a B.A. in History and Legal Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz and a J.D. from Whittier Law School.

Gil 2015Gilberto Vera
Staff Attorney
Homelessness Prevention

Bio

Gilberto Vera started working at Inner City Law Center in 2014. He mainly works in the Shriver Project defending Unlawful Detainer for low-income clients throughout Los Angeles. Gilberto graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 2013 and obtained BA in Political Science from University of California Berkeley. While in law school, Gilberto worked for Public Council’s Immigration Rights Projects assisting victims of violent crimes obtain U-Visas and worked at Homeboy Industries assisting clients expunge their criminal records and fight against the pull of recidivism.


RebeccaRebecca Watson
Supervising Attorney
Homelessness Prevention, Public Benefits

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Rebecca Watson joined ICLC in May 2013 as a Staff Attorney and represents clients in maintaining their housing and public benefits. Prior to joining ICLC, Rebecca worked at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County for two years where she staffed a Medical Legal Partnership helping patients at a health clinic resolve their legal problems. Rebecca is a 2011 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law which she attended as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar. During law school, Rebecca clerked at the Western Center on Law and Poverty and at the Northwest Justice Project. Rebecca spent three years with Witness for Peace in Mexico and Cuba where she taught U.S. citizens about the negative impacts of U.S. foreign policy in the region and has spent time as a volunteer in Guatemala. Rebecca is a proud graduate of Macalester College where she studied Anthropology and History.


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Aimee Williams

Staff Attorney
Housing Litigation

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Aimee Williams joined Inner City Law Center in 2016 as a Staff Attorney on the Housing Litigation team.  Prior to joining ICLC, Aimee was a supervising attorney at Eviction Defense Network, where she advocated on behalf of tenants living in gentrifying communities to protect rent-controlled housing and prevent displacement.  Aimee gained admission to the California Bar in 2013, but is also admitted to practice law in her home state of Queensland, Australia.  Prior to moving to Los Angeles she worked in the field of criminal law, as an appeals clerk and staff attorney for the Queensland Office of Director of Public Prosecutions and also volunteered assisting refugees recently arrived to Australia.  Aimee is a graduate of Griffith Law School, Australia and holds a B.A in International Relations from Griffith University, with a semester spent at Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).

Staff photos courtesy of Gabor Ekecs