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Lynnette Baclig, Insurance Attorney

Eric Bull, Office Manager

Katharine Butler, Paralegal

Julie Doherty, Interim Dir. Of Development

Jeff Dulgar, Supervising Housing Attorney

Brian Elliott, Staff Attorney

Emily Heinzen, Staff Attorney 

Bill Hirsh, Executive Director

Danica Hobza, Volunteer Coordinator

Yi Li, Paralegal

Nancy Martin, Social Worker

Ana Montano, Immigration Attorney

Allison Pruitt, Staff Attorney

Carmen Ramirez, Immigration Attorney

Jaime Rush, Managing Attorney

Kai, Shintani, Staff Attorney

Patti Shnell, Staff Attorney

Stephen Spano, HCAP Attorney

Katie Torpey, Staff Attorney 

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

 

Katharine Butler
Paralegal
Katharine grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Katharine became active in advocating for human rights at an early age, and began volunteering with organizations such as the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the ANSWER Coalition while in high school. Katharine received her B.A. in Cinema with a focus on screenwriting from San Francisco State University in 2012. Katharine learned about ALRP while she was a student at San Francisco State University’s Paralegal Program, and began volunteering at ALRP in the fall of 2019. Katharine returned as a law clerk in the spring of 2020 and became ALRP’s first paralegal in the fall of 2020. Katharine enjoys playing guitar and bass, listening to records, crafting, embroidering, reading, hiking, and watching movies in her free time.Email Katharine

 

Jeff Dulgar

Jeff Dulgar
Supervising 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

 

Brian Elliott
Staff Attorney
Brian received a B.A. in Sociology from U.C. Santa Barbara, an M.S.W. from Columbia University, and earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco.  Brian has previously practiced federal and state law litigation for multiple law firms in the Bay Area.  He initially joined ALRP as a Social Work Intern, but has since transitioned to the Eviction Defense Team. Brian was born and raised in San Francisco, and continues living in the city with his wife and two children. Email Brian

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

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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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

 

Katie Torpey
Staff Attorney
Katie started working with ALRP in her second year of law school as a clerk. After graduation, she joined our organization full-time as a staff attorney on the housing team and focuses on eviction defense. She graduated from Golden Gate University – School of Law in 2021 after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications with a minor in political science from West Virginia University in 2016. Originally from Philadelphia, Katie was happy to establish roots here in San Francisco and remains committed to advancing the rights of the underrepresented in our community.Email Katie 

 

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