Steve assisted low-wage immigrant workers with wage claims by expanding KIWAs Worker Empowerment Clinic.
Steve assisted workers at Koreatown supermarkets and raised concerns of unlawful and inequitable workplace conditions to the larger Los Angles community. His work resulted in a seven-figure settlement and changes in workplace conditions across various supermarkets in Koreatown.
Following his Fellowship, Steve worked at a prominent private public interest law firm where he continued representing low-wage immigrant workers in wage and hour class actions. Steve also served as a supervising attorney in the housing unit of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, where Steve supervised a housing rights clinic and engaged in unlawful eviction defense and slum litigation. Since 2012, Steve has served California workers at the California Labor Commissioner’s Office where he continues to represent low-wage immigrant workers with wage and hour claims.
Challenge the collateral consequences of school expulsions in Berkeley and Oakland through holistic individual advocacy and local policy reform.
Each year, hundreds of black and Latino students in Alameda County are referred for expulsion. Even if they are not ultimately expelled, a mere expulsion referral ignites a number of consequences that set youth on a dangerous trajectory. Through direct representation and local policy advocacy, this project works to protect the education and due process rights of students facing expulsion.
Claire established, piloted, and launched education legal clinics in community-based organizations and a juvenile detention center to provide free legal services to students with special education needs.
Of the students committed to D.C.’s juvenile justice agency, 80% have special education needs. With 2000 youth involved in D.C.’s juvenile court system at any given time, access to education plays a critical role for hundreds of students each day. Advocating for special education rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act often requires access to lawyers and for low-income students, successfully fighting for the educational rights to which they are entitled can be difficult.
In the past two years, Claire has:
- Claire piloted, launched, and ran education legal clinics that provided free legal advice and brief services.
- Claire trained attorneys and created a special education manual to aid their ability to take pro bono special education cases.
- Located countless credits for students, including 19.5 credits for one client, which enabled him to graduate from high school.
- Represented 27 clients in their education matters.
Claire will be joining the ACLU of Ohio as Advocacy Counsel, focusing on bail reform.