Staff


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"We are obligated as a society to provide a means for insuring that justice is open for all, not just those of wealth.”

Stephanie Haffner

Executive Director
Bilingual English/Spanish

Strategic planning, non-profit management, growth of the association, development of the Board and staff.

Stephanie Haffner drew inspiration to attend law school from her undergraduate studies in Government and Afro-American studies, followed by what’s been affectionately dubbed a “masters” in community-based legal practice with the Concerned Citizens of Tillery, North Carolina. There, she frequently communicated with lawyers supporting environmental justice and land preservation work, including legal protections to secure historically Black land ownership.  A graduate of UC Berkeley Law School, Stephanie began her formal legal career at California Rural Legal Assistance in Stockton, where she chaired its statewide public benefits task force and served as lead counsel in Price v. City of Stockton, a housing and redevelopment case that secured replacement housing and relocation benefits for hundreds of residents of downtown Stockton hotels.  Stephanie supervised the Housing/Consumer Advocacy Group at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, then joined Western Center on Law & Poverty as a Senior Litigator, helped reopen its Bay Area office, and eventually served as a Director of Litigation. Stephanie is a life-long student of Spanish, having been raised in New Mexico, and worked with clients bilingually throughout her career.


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George Sullivan

Supervising Attorney

Employment Law , Housing Law


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Laurie Joyce

Pro Bono Director

Housing Law
Family Law
Employment Law
Immigration Law

 

Laurie Joyce joined Legal Aid of Marin on May 1, 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Law and King’s College.

She brings extensive experience from previous positions at Morrison & Foerster and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Prior to being hired at Legal Aid of Marin, Laurie volunteered as an intake interviewer and assisted on employment, consumer, housing and family law cases.

Laurie helps Legal Aid of Marin connect with private attorneys to assist our clients. She coordinates both the Pro Bono attorney and non-attorney volunteer programs.


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"The best part of my job is knowing that I am making a difference for my community."

Vivian Alatorre

Office Manager
Bilingual English/Spanish

Vivian Alatorre joined Legal Aid of Marin as a receptionist in 2017, and now serves as office manager.  Vivian is responsible for making sure all of our office systems are running to support our services, including our client database, donor database, computer systems, and more.


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Angelina Alas

Legal Assistant
Bilingual English/Spanish

Angelina Alas is a Legal Assistant on LAM’s employment team. She assists victims of crime in the workplace, working most closely with employees trying recover unpaid wages through California Labor Commissioner. Prior to joining LAM in January 2019, Angelina completed her bachelor’s degree at Sonoma State University where she majored in Political Science and History.


Tomas Avina

Community Court/Pro Bono Coordinator
Bilingual English/Spanish

San Rafael native Tomas Avina organizes and coordinates the Marin Community Court, now in its eighth successful year, helping over 200 people each year get needed relief from burdensome fines.  Tomas assists Laurie Joyce in coordinating the Marin Pro Bono Network.


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Yareli Banda

Receptionist
Bilingual English/Spanish

Yareli Banda manages the front desk reception for LAM, assisting staff and pro bono attorneys in coordinating appointments for upwards of 1,000 client households each year.


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Elizabeth Berg

Senior Attorney

Focus on Employment Law

Elizabeth Berg manages the Victim’s Assistance Grant Program, which supports direct services to victims of crime. She also represents plaintiffs who are victims of crime in the workplace. She brings extensive litigation experience from previous positions with the Marin County and San Joaquin County offices of the Public Defender. Elizabeth is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law and holds undergraduate degrees in Social Welfare, and Sociology from UC Berkeley. 


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Lucie Hollingsworth

Senior Attorney

Focus on homelessness, elimination of fines & fees, and housing law


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Gabriel Spellberg

Legal Assistant
Bilingual English/Spanish

Marin native Gabriel Spellberg joined Legal Aid of Marin as a legal assistant in February 2019, assisting the attorneys in both housing and employment law. Prior to working at Legal Aid of Marin, Gabriel received a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in the Dominican Republic. He previously worked as a legal assistant for an immigration law firm in Chicago. Gabriel is a graduate of Brown University.


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Asya Sorokurs

Staff Attorney

Focus on housing law, employment law, and public benefits

Asya Sorokurs represents clients in unlawful detainer cases and advises tenants on their rights. She also advocates for affordable housing county-wide. Prior to joining Legal Aid of Marin, she worked at Central California Legal Services on eviction defense and housing element law issues. Asya is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law. She holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley where she majored in political science.