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 “Josh” Sullivan

Supervising Attorney

Employment Law , Housing Law

Josh Sullivan has joined the legal team as Supervising Attorney.  Josh joined Legal Aid Marin in December of 2019.  Josh has an outstanding reputation for understanding his clients and obtaining excellent results on their behalf.  Josh has extensive experience in litigation. Josh is originally from New York and after attending Dartmouth College for his undergraduate degree, obtained his JD at Syracuse University College of Law.  Josh lives with his family in San Rafael and enjoys coaching basketball and hiking the many Marin county trails.


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Lucie Hollingsworth

Senior Staff Attorney

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

Lucie joined Legal Aid of Marin in early 2019.  Lucie holds a BA in English from UCSB and a JD from Loyola Law School.  Lucie spent many years in the Los Angeles area serving as the Director of Legal Services at a shelter-based domestic violence program.  She also represented the Los Angeles region as a Board of Directors and Policy Chair for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.  As the daughter of former Peace Corp Volunteers, Lucie strives to serve the most vulnerable in our community through combining direct services with policy advocacy.  Lucie lives in Marin with her husband, and together they are avid explorers of the wilderness of Northern California.


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Shelley Clark

Staff Attorney

Shelley Clark is a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of Marin where she focuses on housing law and policy. Before working at Legal Aid of Marin, Shelley was the Housing Policy Attorney at Legal Aid of Sonoma County. In that position, she advocated for tenant protections and other housing policies that help low-income people. She was also instrumental in the founding of the Sonoma County Tenants Union. Before working at Legal Aid of Sonoma County, Shelley worked as a Staff Attorney at Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California. In 2016, Shelley graduated from a joint degree program with Pace Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; during her studies, she focused on land use law and environmental justice. She currently serves as the President for the Board of Directors of Marin County Women Lawyers. Shelley lives with her family in Fairfax.


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Ellyn Moscowitz

Senior Employment Attorney

Ellyn Moscowitz leads the Employment law team at Legal Aid. Ellyn is an experienced litigator, mediator, author and former Law Professor. Ellyn managed her own firm representing unions and employees throughout the state of California for over a decade; Ellyn is also a skilled negotiator of labor and employment contracts, class action litigation, and has worked with workers on all kinds of issues and backgrounds. Ellyn taught at USF Law School for over 10 years in the fields of Legal Research and Writing, Litigation Skills and Appellate Advocacy. She is the author of two books and four law review articles in the field of Labor Relations.


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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.


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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Laura Huerta

Legal Assistant - Housing Law

Laura Huerta joined Legal Aid of Marin in April 2020 as a legal assistant specializing in housing law. Laura has an extensive amount of experience in research and technology.  Laura is an avid runner, enjoys traveling and exploring new countries.

Laura is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in International Relations. She also holds an MA in Geopolitics, Territory & Security from King’s College, London.


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Henry Bono

Legal Assistant - Employment Law

Henry Bono joined Legal Aid of Marin in March 2020 as a legal assistant specializing in employment law.  Henry has a long history as a legal assistant and criminal technologist.  Henry excels in database management and technological aspects of legal support, and his technical expertise is a great addition to the Legal Aid of Marin team as we develop new CRM systems and procedures.  Henry holds a BA in classical guitar performance from Shepherd University.  Henry is an accomplished musician, producer and writer and lives with his family in San Francisco


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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.