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Lynnette Baclig, Insurance Attorney
Eric Bull, Office Manager
Hannah Center, Volunteer Coordinator
Jeff Dulgar, Housing Attorney
Dustin Helmer, Housing Attorney
Zeenat Hassan, Housing Attorney
Kai Haswell, Housing Attorney
Bill Hirsh, Executive Director
Jim McBride, Development Director
Ana Montano, Immigration Attorney
Alynia Phillips, Outreach Attorney
Allison Pruitt, Staff Attorney
Carmen Ramirez, Immigration Attorney
Jaime Rush, Managing Attorney
Jeremy Tsuchitani-Watson, HCAP Advocate

Lynnette Baclig
Insurance Attorney
Lynnette is a staff attorney with ALRP’s HIV/AIDS Insurance Protection Project.  Lynnette received her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2016.  She earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Sacramento in Philosophy and Women’s Studies.  Before joining ALRP, Lynnette worked as an associate attorney for a boutique employment law firm, but she also has vast experiences helping clients and public interest organizations in domestic violence, criminal justice, and workers’ rights issues.  During her free time, Lynnette enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and mindfulness, which she incorporates into her law practice to better serve our clients. Email Lynnette

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. Email Eric

Hannah Center
Volunteer Coordinator
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 hasJeff Dulgar always been active in supporting HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives. Email Hannah

Jeff Dulgar
Housing Attorney
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. Email 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 also an active member of BALIF and enjoys comics, movies, and working as a freelance sketch artist. Email Dustin

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. Email Bill

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 services 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 are 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 supporting 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.” Email Ana

Alynia Phillips 
Outreach Attorney
Alynia is a proud double-Bear who obtained both a B.A. in History and a J.D. with a certificate in Public Interest Law from U.C. Berkeley. Alynia has worked for a long list of legal organizations on policy advocacy, litigation, and direct services. Some of Alynia’s favorite experiences during law school were working on issues of education, employment, human trafficking and consumer justice at Equal Justice Society, Legal Aid at Work, and East Bay Community Law Center. Upon graduation from Berkeley Law, Alynia was awarded the Francine Marie Diaz Memorial Award and the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service for her commitment to using the law to support communities in need. Prior to joining ALRP, Alynia worked as an associate for a plaintiff-side San Francisco law firm, litigating complex, large-scale consumer protection and antitrust class actions. In her spare time, Alynia enjoys playing electric bass, listening to podcasts, and planning ambitious cross-country road trips and international excursions. On a nice day, you can find her soaking up the sun on the banks of Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Email Alynia

Allison Pruitt 
Staff Attorney
Allison graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science, and earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2016, with a focus on human rights and public international law.  During law school, Allison worked as a student attorney in the International Human Rights Clinic and completed two internships with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, first in Costa Rica and then in Switzerland.  Prior to joining ALRP, Allison volunteered with the Center for Justice and Accountability, the Eviction Defense Collaborative, and Face to Face the Sonoma County AIDS Network.  Allison has always had a desire to find a job working in a capacity where she can directly assist those most vulnerable to abuse.  She’s lived in five different countries, travelled to twenty more on four different continents, and enjoys music, movies and museums. Email Allison

Carmen Ramirez
Immigration Attorney
Carmen earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she began her legal career defending undocumented immigrants in removal proceedings while working as a law clerk for LAIP (Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons). After graduating from law school in 1998, she moved to New York City and continued her immigration work by helping individuals from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala obtain their Legal Permanent Residency based on asylum under NACARA. She also pursued her passion for the arts by working at different art museums in the city, including El Museo del Barrio which focuses on Puerto Rican and Latin American art.  Then, she moved back to her native home island (Puerto Rico) where she practiced law for the last 17 years.  After a 10 year corporate legal career, including serving as General Counsel in a telecommunications call center, she decided to open her own immigration and employment practice in 2009. In 2013, she became Legal Advisor on immigration matters for the Mexican Consulate in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and is eager to use her experience to serve the local community of immigrants living with HIV and AIDS. Email Carmen

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Housing Attorney
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. Email Jaime

Jeremy Tsuchitani-Watson
HCAP Advocate
Jeremy joined ALRP in August 2017 as the HCAP Advocate. Jeremy graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2012 with his B.A. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. Jeremy earned his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2016 and his LL.M. in International Legal Studies in 2017. Jeremy was a law clerk for ALRP in the summer of 2015. While in law school, Jeremy also worked for the GGU Women’s Employment Rights Clinic, Eviction Defense Collaborative, and Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal. Jeremy was an extern at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James. He was also a member of the GGU Pro Bono Honor’s Society from 2014 – 2016, where he volunteered over 840 hours in the community. Jeremy returned to ALRP in December 2016 as the Interim HCAP Consumer Advocate until June 2017. Email Jeremy