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Reentry in California – Overcoming Legal Barriers to Community Reintegration 2018

Author(s): Maureen Kildee, Danica Rodarmel, Theresa Zhen
Practice Area: Litigation, Pro Bono
Published: Aug 2018
PLI Item #: 221654
CHB Spine #: 124

Maureen Kildee is a staff attorney and clinical supervisor at the East Bay Community Law Center.  Maureen received her B.A. from the University of Delaware, her A.A. from Cabrillo College, and her J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Maureen joined the East Bay Community Law Center’s Clean Slate Practice in 2017, where she focuses on removing barriers to employment and civic engagement for people with criminal records.  She is currently coordinating with EBCLC’s immigration unit to start an advanced crim/imm clinic that would provide specialized post-conviction relief to non-citizen immigrants.  Prior to working at EBCLC, Maureen spent ten years in private practice in Alameda County where she represented hundreds of indigent adults and children accused of serious crimes.  She started her law career at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office.

Danica Rodarmel is a 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Fenwick & West. She began her two-year fellowship at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights CCR in September 2017. Her fellowship project centers on providing direct consumer legal services to clients with issues stemming from the commercial bail bond industry.

Theresa joined EBCLC’s Clean Slate Practice in 2016. Prior to joining EBCLC, Theresa was a Skadden Fellow at A New Way of Life Reentry Project in South Central Los Angeles, where she directed a Fines and Fees Project focused on traffic court debt and driver’s license suspensions. Theresa is a graduate of UCLA Law School’s David J. Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy Program and the Critical Race Studies Program. While in law school, she interned for the Federal Defenders of the Central District of California, the Bronx Defenders, and the Southern Center for Human Rights. Prior to law school, she worked at a civil rights law firm representing individuals who had been wrongfully convicted of crimes that they did not commit. She is committed to pursuing economic justice for people leaving prisons and jails and creating opportunities for people who are rebuilding their lives after involvement with the criminal justice system.