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Representing Tenants in Unlawful Detainer Actions in San Francisco 2017


Speaker(s): Carolyn Gold, Cathy Mosbrucker, Professor Ora Prochovnick, Thomas E. Drohan
Recorded on: Jan. 27, 2017
PLI Program #: 201265

Cathy Mosbrucker graduated from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 1984.  During law school, she began volunteering at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic beginning her specialization in landlord-tenant law.   After law school Cathy did litigation in the area of employment discrimination and wrongful termination before returning to the Tenderloin Housing Clinic.  She has been in a private practice specializing in tenant’s rights since 1996.

Cathy conducts trainings for other attorneys and provides expert advice for the Homeless Advocacy Project, the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the San Francisco Bar Association and the Aids Legal Referral Panel.  She has written training manuals for a number of nonprofit groups on the area of landlord-tenant law.  Cathy serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court and as a Homeless Shelter Arbitrator for the San Francisco Department of Human Services.   She was appointed as a San Francisco Residential Rent Board Commissioner in 2003.  She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the General Assistance Advocacy Project since 1985.


Ora Prochovnick is the Director of Clinical and Public Interest Law Programs at John F. Kennedy University College of Law. She teaches in the fields of Real Property, Gender and Sexual Orientation and the Law, and Tenant Rights as supervising attorney for JFKU’s innovative Housing Advocacy Clinic, operated in collaboration with Bay Area Legal Aid. She has received many awards from the State Bar and local bar associations in recognition of her expertise and legal assistance, particularly to the low income community. Ora has been a frequent presenter at workshops and seminars, for both legal professionals and the general public.


Thomas E. Drohan is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1992. He has worked as the housing attorney at Legal Assistance to the Elderly (LAE) in San Francisco for over twenty three years and now supervises three unlawful detainer defense attorneys there. Mr. Drohan specializes in defending seniors who are facing eviction from their homes. He has represented hundreds of tenants in unlawful detainer actions as well as at the San Francisco Rent Board and formerly sat as a settlement judge at San Francisco Superior Court. He has participated as a member of the planning committee of the San Francisco Mental Health Association’s annual conference on hoarding and cluttering and is a frequent presenter at conferences and trainings given by SFMHA, PLI and the San Francisco Bar Association. For the past year, Mr. Drohan has also been the Litigation Supervising Attorney at San Francisco’s Eviction Defense Collaborative advising on EDC’s full scope cases.


Cary has been the Supervising Attorney of the Justice and Diversity Center of the The Bar Association of San Francisco’s downtown office’s Landlord/Tenant and Tort projects since 2006.  Cary has more than 25 years of litigation experience and was in private practice handling landlord/tenant and real estate cases before coming to JDC.  A trained mediator, Cary serves as Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court.  Before entering the legal field Cary was a public school teacher.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and she earned her J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.