About Us

Our Mission

Legal Assistance to the Elderly’s mission is to provide free legal services to elders and adults with disabilities who are at risk of losing their housing, healthcare or income, or are victims of physical or financial abuse. This work helps to keep San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents safe, financially stable and housed.

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

Ana Denmark

Staff Attorney

Annika McClure

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

Hannah Kim

Supervising Attorney

Jason Law

Accounting

Jessica Juarez

Eviction Defense Fellow

Jim Faye

Paralegal

Jose Lara Cruz

Paralegal

Judy L. Hitchcock

Senior Staff Attorney

Kim Kruse, LCSW

Social Worker

Kitania Folk

Grants and Communications Coordinator

LaShonda Sessoms

Paralegal

Laura Slade Chiera

Executive Director & Managing Attorney

Margaret DeMatteo

Senior Supervising 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 Mandell

President
Law offices of Nancy Conway

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Donna Seid

Vice President
Retired

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Ed Ilumin

Secretary
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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Tim Redmond

Editor, 48 Hills

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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.