Brian Brophy, HCAP Attorney
Eric Bull, Office Manager
John Fasesky, Staff Attorney
Bill Hirsh, Executive Director
Sara Paul Malan, Managing Attorney
Jim McBride, Director of Development
Ana Montano, Immigration Attorney
Amy Orgain, Insurance Attorney
Dmitri Pikman, Staff Attorney
Jaime Rush, Housing Attorney
Jennifer Schuster, Volunteer Coordinator
Brian received his J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 2011. Dedicated to social justice, Brian previously worked at Public Counsel in Los Angeles and has volunteered at the General Assistance Advocacy Project and numerous other nonprofits in San Francisco. In addition, he has spent several stints volunteering on housing projects in and around New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. His note, “A Civil Right to Counsel Through the States: Using California’s Efficiency Project as a Model Toward a Civil Gideon” was published in the Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal, Vol. 8, No 1, Winter 2011, 39. Prior to entering law school, Brian was the Annual Fund & Grants Manager at Chinese American International School and the Publisher and Managing Editor of Mesh Magazine. Brian served as a law clerk at ALRP for two years prior to his admission to the Bar. Email Brian.
Eric attended West Virginia University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Eric brings over 20 years legal experience in such areas as legal assistance, administration, human resources and accounting. His work experience includes stints with Folger & Levin LLP, Applied Solutions and Nabisco. Email Eric.
John Fasesky, Esq.
John comes to ALRP with more than 20 years of experience working in law offices. A recipient of ALRP’s ‘Notary of the Year’ award back in 2002, John has a long history with ALRP. A graduate of the HIV Reentry and Empowerment Project at New College of California School of Law, John brings the perspective of an HIV positive man to his legal work. Email John.
Bill Hirsh, Esq.
Bill has more than 19 years of experience in community-based nonprofit organizations ranging from alternative mental health programs to legal services for the mentally and developmentally disabled. After graduating from law school, Bill served as a welfare rights attorney and helped organize homeless San Francisco residents. He served as Directing Attorney for the Mental Health Advocacy Project of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Law Foundation and as the President of the Board of Directors of San Francisco’s Patients’ Rights Advocacy Services, Inc. Before joining ALRP in March of 2000, Bill directed the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, where he coordinated a broad-based public policy advocacy effort to increase affordable and supportive housing for people with mental health disabilities. In 2006, Bill was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to the city’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council where he works to ensure that seniors and adults with disabilities can access the services they need. He has also taken a leadership role in the HIV/AIDS Provider Network (HAPN), working to ensure that San Francisco’s model of care for HIV/AIDS services continues to meet the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Bill recently was honored for his outstanding contributions to the disability community by the Mayor’s Office on Disability and the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco. Email Bill.
Sara Paul Malan, Esq.
Sara received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She received her J.D. in 2001 from the University of San Francisco School of Law and was admitted to the Bar in December 2001.While in law school at USF, Sara participated in the civil litigation clinic, which provided her the opportunity to defend tenants in unlawful detainer actions.Throughout law school Sara focused on public interest law, working as a law clerk for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Bay Area Legal Aid.She also volunteered with the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic.Since law school, Sara has worked in a small firm setting, gaining litigation experience on a wide variety of civil actions throughout the Bay Area. Email Sara.
Director of Development
Jim brings to ALRP more than 25 years of marketing, communications and fundraising experience. Prior to coming to ALRP, Jim served as Director of Sales & Marketing for The Ideas Group, an integrated communications firm, in addition to positions with Poppe Tyson Interactive, Breene Kerr Productions and Design Media. Jim’s non-profit experience includes stints with UCSF AIDS Health Project and Shanti Project. Jim received a degree in marketing from the Pennsylvania State University and a Development Director certification from the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Non Profit Management. Jim also holds a Certified Business Communicator designation from the Business Marketing Association (BMA), where he served on the National Board of Directors as Vice President of Visual Communications as well as on the local Board of the Northern California Chapter. Jim currently serves on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and volunteers for 30AIDS and the Horizons Foundation. Email Jim.
Ana Montano, Esq.
Human rights and community service is in Ana Montano’s blood — Having come of age within the dynamic social and political environment of San Francisco’s Mission District, Ana affirmed her life-long commitment to support the under-represented. Through her work as a public interest attorney she has effected constructive change in the lives of the poor, people living with HIV/AIDS, the elderly, and the LGBT community. She attended the University of California, Hastings College of Law, was an extern for Judge Joseph Grodin at the California Court of Appeals 1st District, and active in La Raza Lawyers Association. In addition to her social justice work, Montano’s legal savvy is balanced by a deeply-rooted passion for the visual arts. She was the managing curator for the Laney College Art Gallery, in Oakland, as well as her own gallery, ‘ArtBeat’. She produced a photo-documentary exhibit on folk arts of El Salvador and several videos on Latino artists. “After all”, says Montano, “Healthy communities thrive not only on justice, but also on imagination and creativity.” Email Ana.
Amy Orgain, Esq.
Amy received her B.A. in Philosophy from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2000 and her J.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, in 2007 with a health law concentration track. During law school, Amy was active in the Children and Youth Advocacy clinic, where she was an advocate for foster youth. She also volunteered for numerous legal aid organizations, including the Homeless Advocacy Project and the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino. Since graduating Amy has worked as a law clerk at ALRP and a writer and researcher for a legal self-help website. Amy oversees the HIV/AIDS Insurance Protection Project at ALRP. Email Amy.
Dmitri Pikman, Esq.
Dmitri received his B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Dmitri was a member of the International Law Review at Hastings, as well as a member of the Pro Bono Society. Prior to joining ALRP, Dmitri interned at the Eviction Defense Collaborative and worked for the San Francisco Law Library. In his free time, Dmitri enjoys reading fantasy fiction, walking around San Francisco, and sleeping in on Sundays. Email Dmitri.
Jaime Rush, Esq.
Jaime received her B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University and received her J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law in 2005. She was admitted to the California Bar later that year. During law school, Jaime was an extern for Phyllis Hamilton of the Northern District of California Court, and she was also a member of the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal. Since graduating, Jaime has worked as a Housing Law Clerk at ALRP, and also as a contract attorney with a small tenant advocacy practice in San Francisco. Email Jaime.
Jennifer attended Dartmouth College where she studied Government and Women’s and Gender Studies. Jennifer served as Vice President of the College Democrats and President of Gender Sexuality XYZ, the student organization serving LGBTQA-identified students. Prior to joining ALRP, Jennifer worked as a Development Associate at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. She has also interned at The Beck Law Group, P.C., and Project Inform. At ALRP, Jennifer recruits, trains, and coordinates ALRP’s volunteer Panel attorneys, as well as volunteers for all ALRP fundraising events and office administration needs. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys running, reading The New York Times, and playing Scrabble. Email Jennifer.