Salena Copeland, Executive Director
Salena Copeland is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Association of California and spends much of her time coordinating statewide legislative and administrative advocacy, while also supervising a small staff who work to support the entire IOLTA legal aid community through trainings, online coordination and resource-sharing, and member discounts. Her biggest recent successes are as a major organizer in the effort to increase the Equal Access Fund, a fund that supports nearly 100 California legal nonprofits. In 2016, the efforts resulted in a one-time $5 million increase in the funds at the same time LAAC and others successfully pushed for a repeal of a sunset on a separate $7-9 million/year fund. The following year, LAAC led a coalition to increase the funds with an additional $20 million ($10 million over two years) and an ongoing set-aside of millions of dollars of class action residual funds to increase legal services for low-income Californians.
Salena, a Texan by birth, but Californian by choice, is a 2007 graduate of Stanford Law School, the 2016 recipient of the Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award, a member of the State Bar of California Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, a co-chair of the California Commission on Access to Justice Rural Task Force, a member of the Amicus Committee of the Access Commission, an active member of the Bench Bar Coalition, and the 2010 recipient of the Bench Bar Coalition Legal Services Provider of the Year Award. She also serves on a number of statewide planning committees dedicated to improving access to justice for low and moderate-income Californians, including the Campaign for Justice. She lives in the East Bay with her partner, a fellow nonprofit attorney, and their children.
Please contact Salena at email@example.com at 510-893-3000 ext. 106.
Lorin Kline, Directing Attorney
Lorin joined LAAC in early 2014. Before joining LAAC, Lorin practiced civil litigation at large and small Bay Area law firms where she handled numerous pro bono matters.
Lorin is a 2010 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law. During her time at UC Davis, Lorin led a legal aid student volunteer organization, spearheaded pro bono efforts of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, and participated in the school’s Civil Rights Clinic. Lorin is currently co-chairs the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Pro Bono and Community Service Committee.
Please contact Lorin at LKline@laaconline.org or at 510-893-3000 ext. 105.
Harmony King, M.A., Membership and Administrative Associate
Harmony is passionate about women’s rights and birth justice, and has worked locally and abroad serving women and their families in Oakland, Indonesia and Haiti. She has degrees in International Relations and Cultural Anthropology, and is a certified Doula. She believes that access to justice is fundamental to a healthy democracy and is proud to serve legal aid champions everyday.
To contact Harmony, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (510) 890-3000 x 103.
David Latt, Program Associate
David is originally for Mandalay, Burma. David is passionate about increasing educational and legal access to low-income and immigrant families. David recently graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Sociology.
Please contact David at email@example.com or at 510-893-3000 ext. 102.
Jasmine Schwab-Doyle joined LAAC in March 2016 as LAAC’s Communications and Training Associate. In this position, she is responsible for coordinating all of LAAC’s online and in-person trainings, conferences, and communications outreach on behalf of California’s nonprofit legal services community. She is passionate about increasing access to justice through education and legal services for marginalized communities.
Jasmine graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in History. During her time at UC Berkeley, Jasmine volunteered with Girls Inc. as a group facilitator at a girls’ Juvenile Hall and with Teach In Prison as a tutor at San Quentin Prison. Since graduating college, Jasmine interned with KPFA as a field journalist, volunteered with Prison Radio, and continues to fight for racial justice and immigrants rights.
Please contact Jasmine at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 510-893-3000 ext 101.
Amanda Young, Advocacy Associate
Amanda is LAAC’s Advocacy Associate, coordinating and leading LAAC’s budget, legislative, and administrative advocacy. Prior to joining LAAC, Amanda graduated from Duke University in 2014 with a B.A. in Public Policy. After graduation, she worked in Washington, D.C. in Medicaid operations and then joined AmeriCorps as a women’s health social worker in rural Oregon.
She is excited to be back in the Bay Area to work on social justice issues in her home community. Amanda is especially passionate about women’s rights and believes that increasing access to justice is crucial to protecting marginalized communities.
Please contact Amanda at email@example.com or at 510-893-3000 ext 103.
Liliana Ibanez, Training & Advocacy Intern
Liliana joined the LAAC team on September 2017 as Training and Advocacy work-study intern.
Liliana is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley double majoring in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. She is the first in her family to go to college and is the second youngest of five children. Her parents migrated to Los Angeles from Puebla, Mexico in hopes of being able to provide their children an education and better future. Liliana was born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA.
Liliana’s interest in advocacy and social justice is rooted from growing up in East Los Angeles and coming from an immigrant family. Liliana has always been interested in policy as she feels one policy/law can benefit communities as some other policies/laws can negatively affect communities. She feels it is important to advocate and be an ally to her community and other communities of color and fight for their equality.
Please contact Liliana at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 510-893-3000 ext. 104.
Reann Pacheco, Communications Intern
Reann joined LAAC as the Program Intern in October of 2016. In this role, Reann works on a variety of projects, but mainly focuses on supporting LAAC’s on-going advocacy efforts on behalf of California’s nonprofit legal services community. Reann is a fourth year at UC Berkeley majoring in Legal Studies and Conservation and Resources. Outside of LAAC, Reann is an active member of Cal’s Habitat for Humanity organization. She is passionate about environmental justice especially injustices that effect marginalized communities. In the past, Reann has interned for AssemblyMember Rob Bonta where she directly assisted constituent’s cases and founded CSU East Bay’s Residence Hall’s Composting Program.
Please contact Reann at email@example.com or at 510-893-3000 ext. 104.