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Eric Bull, Office Manager
Hannah Center, Volunteer Coordinator
Jeff Dulgar, Housing Attorney
Dustin Helmer, Insurance Attorney
Gina Gemello, HCAP Attorney
Zeenat Hassan, Housing Attorney
Kai Haswell, Housing Attorney
Bill Hirsh, Executive Director
Brandon Lawrence, Outreach Attorney
Sara Paul Malan, Managing Attorney
Jim McBride, Development Director
Ana Montano, Immigration Attorney
Jaime Rush, Housing Attorney
Kim Shindel, Housing Attorney

Eric Bull
Office Manager
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. E-mail Eric

Hannah Center
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Hannah graduated with a triple major B.A. in Community Development & Applied Economics, European Studies and French from the University of Vermont (UVM). While at UVM, she competed as a Division 1 Varsity swimming athlete and served on the Board of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee representing her team in departmental affairs. Prior to joining ALRP, Hannah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern African country of Botswana teaching HIV/AIDS education and capacity building with local schools. Hannah grew up in both South Africa and Washington D.C. and has always been active in supporting HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives. E-mail Hannah

Jeff Dulgar
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Jeff joined ALRP in 2015 as a Staff Attorney after working at a San Francisco real estate firm.  Jeff also brings ample experience to ALRP from his time as an ALRP law clerk and as a solo practitioner representing tenants.  He earned his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a major in Political Science and Global Peace and Security.  Jeff has maintained a focus on supporting under-served communities in the Bay Area  through his prior work at Oakland’s Self Help and Family Law Facilitator’s Office and by riding in the AIDS/LifeCycle for the past four years. E-mail Jeff

Dustin Helmer
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Dustin graduated from San Francisco State University in 2010 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and earned his J.D. at Golden Gate University School of Law in 2014 with a focus on litigation and criminal law. Dustin began his legal career through an AmeriCorps program, JusticeCorps, by assisting pro per litigants with family law, eviction and small claims issues. During law school, Dustin gained litigation experience by clerking for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and interned at the Northern District Court of California for Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James. Dustin initially came to ALRP in 2013 as a law clerk working with clients with fair housing, eviction and public benefits issues. Throughout Dustin’s tenure at ALRP, his advocacy and passion for representing underserved and diverse communities flourished. Dustin is excited to be the HIV Insurance Protection Project (HIPP) attorney assisting clients with both public and private insurance matters. Dustin is also an active member of BALIF and enjoys comics, movies, and working as a freelance sketch artist. E-mail Dustin

Gina Gemello
HCAP Attorney
Gina joined ALRP in 2014, coming from the the Disability Rights Program of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center where she provided legal services to workers with disabilities and directed the Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic.  Gina earned her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law and her B.A. from UC San Diego, where she majored in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Gina is passionate about direct legal services, and has clerked and/or volunteered at the East Bay Community Law Center, the General Assistance Advocacy Project (GAAP), the Justice & Diversity Center’s Medical-Legal Community Partnership, and California Lawyers for the Arts. Prior to law school, Gina was an editor and director at a nonprofit feminist press in San Francisco; she currently serves as its board president. E-mail Gina

Zeenat Hassan
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Zeenat earned her J.D. from the UC Irvine School of Law, where she focused on providing legal services to underserved populations. While in law school, she received numerous awards for her leadership and involvement with pro bono programs focused on promoting social justice, particularly anti-poverty work. She began her legal career at the Public Law Center, where she worked in the Housing Unit as a legal fellow and later in the Health Unit as a staff attorney. Before going to law school, Zeenat attended Scripps College and earned a B.A. with Honors in History. She wrote her senior thesis on the socio-political factors that led to the unjust mass incarceration of African Americans in California.
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Kai Haswell
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Kai graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Philosophy, and earned their J.D. from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law. During law school, Kai served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and as the Diversity Editor of the California Law Review. They completed internships with a number of Bay Area nonprofits, including the Transgender Law Center, the East Bay Community Law Center, the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and the National Employment Law Project. Kai practiced civil litigation in a plaintiff-side employment firm before joining ALRP in October 2016. Kai’s passion is advocating for underrepresented transgender and queer individuals, as well as people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.
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Bill Hirsh
Executive Director
Bill has more than 20 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. 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. E-mail Bill

Brandon Lawrence
Outreach Attorney
Brandon received his B.A. in Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.  During law school, Brandon interned at ALRP for two years, and also interned at the Eviction Defense Collaborative and at Cooper, White & Cooper in their Professional Liability department.  Additionally, while in law school, Brandon served on the executive board of both the Black Law Students Association and Pride Law, and was a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation.  He was recently named recipient of the Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award by the Bar Association of San Francisco. Before becoming a Staff Attorney at ALRP, Brandon worked at the Eviction Defense Collaborative defending tenants in unlawful detainer cases.  Brandon brings a passion and dedication to working with underrepresented populations and works hard to bring awareness and sensitivity to those who do not have access to legal representation.  E-mail Brandon

Sara Paul Malan
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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. E-mail Sara

Jim McBride
Development Director
Jim received a degree in General Arts & Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University and a Development Director Certification from the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Non Profit Management. 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, in addition to positions with Bozell Worldwide, Breene Kerr Productions, and Design Media. Jim’s non-profit experience includes stints with the UCSF AIDS Health Project and Shanti Project. Jim 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. Other board service include Rainbow World Fund, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Job Forum, and Vibrant Souls. Jim recently served on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and presents at conferences and seminars for AFP and Development Executives Roundtable. Email Jim

Ana Montano
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Ana received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. 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. Ana was an extern for Judge Joseph Grodin at the California Court of Appeals 1st District and active in the 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.” E-mail Ana

Jaime RushRushJaime
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Jaime received her B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University and earned 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. E-mail Jaime

Kim Shindel
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Kim received her B.A. in Asian Languages & Cultures from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in New York. While in law school, Kim served on the Intellectual Property Media and Entertainment Law Journal and was active in several social justice-oriented student groups. All of her internships in law school focused on serving low-income and vulnerable populations, but she was especially interested in working with people living with HIV/AIDS. She interned at both the Center for HIV Law and Policy and the HIV Law Project in New York before moving to California. After a year of working as a law clerk and volunteer attorney for ALRP, Kim was hired as a full-time staff attorney who will focus on providing legal assistance in the area of housing.
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