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Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2020


Speaker(s): Deep Kaur Jodhka, Katherine V. Fiester, Lauren Hansen, Linda Galbreth, Stephen Goldberg
Recorded on: Sep. 25, 2020
PLI Program #: 274958

After joining PILP as a fellow in 2012, Lauren is now a staff attorney in the public benefit unit. Prior to joining PILP, Lauren worked at Legal Services of Northern California for in its Ukiah office doing housing, public benefits, and health law. Lauren graduated from UCLA and went to law school at the University of Iowa College of Law.

At PILP, Lauren has worked on a variety of cases on issues including redevelopment, housing element, General Assistance/Relief, CalFresh (SNAP), and CalWORKs (TANF). She started and currently leads PILP’s Rural General Assistance Project (Rural GAP), a project dedicated to increasing access to General Assistance/Relief benefits in rural areas. She is admitted to practice in California and Washington D.C.


Deep Kaur Jodhka is a Supervising Attorney in Bay Area Legal Aid's Economic Justice unit in Oakland, California where she provides Social Security and SSI advocacy for low-income clients with disabilities, with a specific focus on assisting individuals who are currently or formerly incarcerated in county jail. Prior to working in the Economic Justice unit, Deep worked as a reentry attorney, providing wrap-around civil legal services to formerly incarcerated individuals and veterans in areas such as housing and public benefits. In her free time, Deep serves on the working board of Sikh Family Center, an organization devoted to providing meaningful access to resources for immigrant families in the United States. She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley School of Law and received B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Communication from University of California, Davis.


Linda Galbreth is a Senior Staff Attorney in Bay Area Legal Aid’s Housing Law unit in Oakland, California, where she represents low-income Alameda County tenants in unlawful detainers in private and subsidized housing and in Section 8 termination hearings. She also advocates for clients on a wide range of tenant rights issues, including habitability and fair housing. Linda formerly represented tenants in Bay Legal’s San Francisco office, where she also engaged in advocacy related to the transition of public housing to private ownership and management under the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Program. Prior to working at Bay Legal, Linda advanced tenant and housing rights as an attorney and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she worked on healthy housing policy; as a supervising attorney in the housing practice of the East Bay Community Law Center, where she implemented pilot-program for representation of low-income tenants before Oakland Rent Board; and as an attorney at a plaintiff-side firm representing tenants in large multi-plaintiff affirmative litigation. Linda also served as a public interest advisor in the career development office at Berkeley Law. Linda is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.


Prior to joining Hunter Pyle Law in 2019, Katie Fiester worked at Legal Aid at Work from 2014 to 2019 where she specialized in unemployment insurance matters. Katie advised and represented clients in unemployment insurance appeal hearings before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. In addition, Katie trained law students and community advocates on unemployment insurance law and oversaw representatives advocating for workers in administrative legal proceedings. Katie obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2014.


Stephen Goldberg is Regional Counsel for Public Benefits for Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC).  In his role as Regional Counsel, Stephen supervises the public benefits practice for LSNC which provides services in 23 Northern California counties.  Stephen is a 1994 graduate of McGeorge School of Law.  He worked at the Human Rights Fair Housing Commission from October 1994 to December 1995.  He returned to LSNC in 2001 as a staff attorney in the Woodland office and moved to the Sacramento office in 2007.  Stephen became Senior Attorney in 2013.  Stephen has also worked for Northern California Lawyers for Civil Justice, the Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations and the Legal Center for the Elderly and Disabled.  

In addition, Stephen has taught landlord/tenant law and administrative law in the paralegal program at American River College since 1998.  He also has taught legal writing at University of California Davis King Hall School of Law.