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Reentry in California - Overcoming Legal Barriers to Community Reintegration 2015

Author(s): Eliza Hersh, Dana Isaac
Practice Area: Employment, Litigation, Pro Bono
Published: Aug 2015
PLI Item #: 57268
CHB Spine #: 47

Eliza is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Berkeley Law School's Center for the Study of Law & Society. From 2006 to 2016, Eliza was a clinical instructor and directed the Clean Slate Reentry Legal Services Practice at the East Bay Community Law Center, which is a teaching clinic of Berkeley Law School. The Clean Slate Practice developed innovative strategies in criminal, consumer rights, and administrative law, as well as policy advocacy and impact litigation that empowered people to overcome barriers to employment, education, housing, and civic engagement following contact with law enforcement.

Dana Isaac is the Thurgood Marshall Fellow with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Her work focuses on advancing racial equity in the criminal justice system through the Second Chance Legal Clinic, which provides free legal services to people with past arrests and convictions to help them overcome the barriers to successful community reintegration. Dana’s civil rights work also includes leading Lawyers’ Committee’s election protection campaign, and advocating for educational equity for schoolchildren of color. Dana is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, and prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee she worked on appealing juvenile life without parole sentences under grants from the US Human Rights Fund and the Ford Foundation.