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Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2014

Author(s): Sharon Djemal, Brenda Star Adams
Practice Area: Family Law, Immigration, Pro Bono
Published: May 2014
PLI Item #: 50224
CHB Spine #: 24

Brenda Star Adams is the Family Law Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Unit of the Alameda County Regional office of Bay Area Legal Aid, where she supervises the representation of survivors of domestic violence in Family Law and Immigration cases.  Ms. Adams' work involves contested custody matters, restraining orders, paternity, legal separation, and dissolution cases.  The unit also represents undocumented clients in U-Visas or VAWA petitions.  Prior to joining BayLegal in 2011, Brenda spent four years as a Litigation Attorney at the Eviction Defense Center in Oakland, representing low income tenants in eviction jury trials. This will be Brenda's fifth year as a panelist and fourth year as a co-chair of this event.

Sharon Djemal is the Director of the Consumer Justice Practice where she oversees attorneys and law students as the Clinic defends, enforces, and advances the rights of low-income consumers. Through this work she engages in a full range of litigation, policy advocacy, and community education. Sharon has been an attorney at EBCLC since the year 2000. From 2000 to 2014, Sharon was a supervising attorney in the Housing Practice, where she represented tenants in housing litigation, including unlawful detainers, affirmative lawsuits, and administrative proceedings. Prior to her work at EBCLC, Sharon was a Soros Fellow at the Urban Justice Center’s Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project, where she represented public housing tenants being evicted from their homes based on criminal allegations.