About Us

Our Mission

Legal Assistance to the Elderly’s mission is to protect and advance the right of San Francisco’s seniors and adults with disabilities to be housed, healthy, financially stable, and safe.

San Francisco’s astronomical rise in evictions is hitting our city’s senior and disabled residents especially hard. LAE provides free full-scope representation to elderly and disabled residents, many on limited incomes, who urgently need our help.

LAE is often the last chance for our clients to save a home, stop financial or physical elder abuse, or retain vital benefits. More than ever, there is an increasing need for our services.

Our Team

Abel Mouton

Staff Attorney

Ana Denmark

Staff Attorney

Barbara Lam

Staff Attorney

Betty Pinckney

Office Manager/Program Assistant

Carol Bettencourt

Staff Attorney

Chelsea Blocklin

Staff Attorney

Darren Orr

Staff Attorney

Elinor Roberts

Staff Attorney

Jason Law

Accounting

Jessica Juarez

Eviction Defense Fellow

Jim Faye

Paralegal

Jose Lara Cruz

Paralegal

Judy L. Hitchcock

Senior Staff Attorney

Julie Lemmer

Staff Attorney

Kelly Barnett

Staff Attorney

Kim Kruse, LCSW

Social Worker

Kitania Folk

Grants and Communications Coordinator

LaShonda Sessoms

Paralegal

Laura Slade Chiera

Executive Director/Managing Attorney

Lucia Childs-Walker

Staff Attorney

Monica Castillo

Staff Attorney

Robert Schoen

Staff Attorney

Shelby Nacino

Staff Attorney

Thomas E. Drohan

Director of Litigation

Yue Hui (Amy) Li

Paralegal

Board of Directors

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Mischelle Mandel

President
Law offices of Nancy Conway

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Donna Seid

Vice President
Retired

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Keith Rockmael

Treasurer
Zephyr Real Estate

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Matthew Brinegar

The Brinegar Law Firm

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Isaac Safier

Attorney

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Jennifer Johnson

Attorney

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Roger B. Levin

Retired

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Courtney Burris

Attorney

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Vanessa Peña-Hallinan

Attorney

LAE is growing. Come join us!

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Board roles

Please contact Laura Chiera.