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

Amanda Janks

Paralegal

Ana Denmark

Staff Attorney
Arianna Cook-Thajudeen

Barbara Lam

Supervising Attorney

Braxton Haake

Staff Attorney

C. Sage Dames

Paralegal

Carol Bettencourt

Staff Attorney

Cathy Mosbrucker

Managing Attorney, Housing

Richard Hurlburt

Supervising Attorney

Chelsea Blocklin

Staff Attorney

Elinor Roberts

Staff Attorney

Fares Alharazy

Social Service Advocate (CARE Court)

Gene Garrote

Front Office Coordinator

Jason Law

Accounting

Jessica Juarez

Eviction Defense Fellow

John Balza

Staff Attorney

Judy L. Hitchcock

Senior Staff Attorney

Kaitlyn Willison

Staff Attorney

Kelly Barnett

Staff Attorney

Kim Kruse, LCSW

Social Worker

Kitania Folk

Grants Manager

Laura Slade Chiera

Executive Director/Managing Attorney

Lucia Childs-Walker

Staff Attorney

Marjorie Blen

Human Resources and Operations Coordinator

Mitzy Lopez

Social Service Advocate

Mujghan Ahmad

Staff Attorney

Robert Schoen

Staff Attorney

Samantha Chu

Paralegal

Sarah Abelow

Staff Attorney

Sydney Gartmond

Community Outreach Lead & Client Advocate

Thomas E. Drohan

Director of Litigation

Valeria Romo

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 Artist

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Keith Rockmael

Treasurer
8 Avenue Real Estate

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Matthew Brinegar

The Brinegar Law Firm

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Isaac Safier

Attorney

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Nicole C. Kelly, Esq

The Kelly Law Firm

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Roger B. Levin

Retired

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Deena K. Zacharin

Stebner, Gertler, Guadagni & Kawamoto

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Vanessa Peña-Hallinan

Attorney

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Hannah Kim

Attorney

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Vanessa C. Deniston

Dolan Law Firm

LAE is growing. Come join us!

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Board roles

Please contact Laura Chiera.