staff

Lynnette Baclig, Insurance Attorney

Eric Bull, Office Manager

Claire Clayton, Administrative Assistant

Julie Doherty, Director of Development

Jeff Dulgar, Director of Housing Litigation

Devin Fathi, Staff Attorney 

Emily Heinzen, Staff Attorney 

Bill Hirsh, Executive Director

Danica Hobza, Volunteer Coordinator

Yi Li, Paralegal

Anna Lovelace, Staff Attorney 

Nancy Martin, Social Worker

Ana Montano, Immigration Attorney

Allison Pruitt, Sr. Supervising Attorney

Jaime Rush, Managing Attorney

Kai Shintani, Staff Attorney

Patti Shnell, Supervising Attorney

Stephen Spano, HCAP Attorney

Bryanna Terry, Paralegal

Kaitlyn Willison, Staff Attorney

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

 

 

Claire Clayton
Administrative Assistant

Claire attended Barnard College where she graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Psychology, and Latin American Studies. Before joining ALRP, Claire worked as a paralegal with the New York Legal Assistance Group in their Immigrant Protection Unit. She also served as a Legal Program Associate at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies here in San Francisco. At ALRP, she provides administrative support to the Executive Team, the Development Team, and the Volunteer Coordinator. She is proficient in Spanish. Email Claire

 

 

Julie Doherty
Director of Development

Julie is a career fundraiser who is passionate about public health and civic engagement. Prior to joining the ALRP staff in 2023, she raised significant funds and awareness for affordable housing at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation for 12 years, and was a staff fundraiser for Project Inform, a national HIV/AIDS treatment advocacy organization. She proudly serves as an Advisor for the SF Urban Film Fest. For her, fostering effective partnerships among staff, volunteers and a wide array of stakeholders is both a privilege and a joy. Email Julie

 

 

Jeff Dulgar
Director of Housing Litigation

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

 

 

Devin Fathi
Staff Attorney

Devin graduated from the University of North Texas in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and earned his J.D. from Golden Gate University in 2019. Devin is licensed to practice law in California and Texas. During law school, Devin worked with various housing rights organizations and externed for the Honorable Maria-Elena James (Ret.). Before coming to ALRP, Devin worked as an attorney at Open Door Legal, where he defended tenants against evictions, fought to maintain government benefits, and pursued affirmative actions against unsavory landlords. Devin has always sought to give a voice to those who need it most. Email Devin

 

 

Bill Hirsh
Executive Director

Bill has more than 30 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 with the Ruth Brinker Visionary Leadership Award.  Email Bill

 

 

Danica Hobza
Volunteer Coordinator

Danica is passionate about social justice and health equity. She spent the first part of her career in healthcare consulting, supporting patient access to life changing medical treatments. While fulfilling, she always wanted to work in the community to support underserved or marginalized populations. As the ALRP Volunteer Coordinator she is proud to support health and access to justice for those living with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area. An advocate of harm reduction, she has volunteered with the SF AIDS Foundation Syringe Access Services and FentCheck. She also enjoys following the work of researchers with J-PAL at MIT to evaluate social programs in developing countries. Email Danica

 

 

Yi Li
Paralegal

Yi Li received her bachelor’s degree in law in China and earned her L.L.M. from University of California, Berkeley. Yi became interested in public interest law in the summer of 2021 when she was a volunteer in a Pro Bono organization focusing gender equity and a research assistant for minority rights. Email Yi

 

 

Anna Lovelace Owen
Housing Attorney

Originally from Spain, Anna graduated from the University of California, Merced with their B.A. in Political Science and Spanish in 2016 and from the University of California, Hastings with their J.D. in 2021. During law school they participated in numerous clinics, representing individuals in various direct representation proceedings including administrative hearings, criminal cases, and a deportation defense appeal before the Ninth Circuit. Prior to ALRP, Anna was a public defender in San Francisco, representing clients in misdemeanor cases. Anna likes to spend time cooking and sharing meals with loved ones, seeing live music, and taking long walks to enjoy the City’s scenery. Email Anna

 

 

Nancy Martin
Social Worker

Nancy attended the School of Social Work at San Jose State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree In Social Work. Nancy also earned her associate degree in Sociology at The College of San Mateo. Nancy was also a social work intern at Community Solution in the School Linked Services Program where she worked with children and youth dealing with mental health conditions and or behavioral challenges. Nancy also interned for Friends for Youth where she worked with children and youth at risk. Nancy also took on the role of an officer for the Undergraduate Social Work Association (USWA) at SJSU from 2020 through 2021. Nancy enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves to travel. Email Nancy

 

 

Ana Montano
Immigration Attorney

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

 

 

Allison Pruitt
Senior Housing 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

 

 

Jaime Rush
Managing 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

 

 

Patti Shnell
Staff Attorney

Patti Shnell graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Development Studies and a minor in Education. She earned her J.D. from New York University (NYU) School of Law. After law school Patti had a fellowship with Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, South Africa where she worked to achieve legal status for stateless individuals. She also represented LGBTQI+ individuals pursuing asylum claims. Prior to coming to ALRP, Patti was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA). At CAIR-LA she gained a large range of experience defending civil rights and combatting religious discrimination, including through federal litigation. In addition to defending the rights of others, Patti is passionate about running, reading, and yoga, and is very active. Email Patti

 

 

Stephen Spano
HCAP Attorney

Stephen’s sordid past includes pool hustling, houselessness, a music degree from Berklee College of Music, and a career in the entertainment industry. While achieving his JD from Golden Gate University, Stephen externed for KQED, Judge Maria-Elena James in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, Justice Carlos Moreno in the Supreme Court of California, and of course: ALRP. Indeed, Stephen’s connections to ALRP run deep. Having been a volunteer, law clerk, donor, fundraiser, panel attorney as well as a client, Stephen’s role as the HCAP Staff Attorney provides him the opportunity to support Consumers of HIV services as well as Service Providers using alternative dispute resolution techniques. Email Stephen

 

 

Bryanna Terry
Paralegal

Bryanna is passionate about helping people any way she can. She joined ALRP in 2023 with the intention to help people stay housed. She believes that legal representation is a right that should not be decided by your economic status. Bryanna graduates from Bryant & Stratton College in October 2023 with an AA in Paralegal Studies. Her passion is in law, but her drive is from family. In 2021 and 2022, she was a volunteer soccer coach for kids with disabilities. She enjoys playing games, creating AI artwork, and spending time with family.Email Bryanna

 

 

Kaitlyn Willison
Staff Attorney

Kaitlyn graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University in 2012 with a B.A. in Peace/Justice/Conflict Studies and Political Science and earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law. Prior to law school, Kaitlyn worked at the Law Offices of Ken Flaxman assisting with prisoners’ rights and police misconduct case in Chicago. Before joining ALRP, she worked at public defender offices in Iowa and California and volunteered with re-entry organizations such as Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) and Root & Rebound. Email Kaitlyn