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Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2015

 
Author(s): Linda Tam, Brenda Star Adams
Practice Area: Family Law, Immigration, Pro Bono
Published: May 2015
ISBN: N/A
PLI Item #: 58037

Brenda Star Adams has been litigating cases on behalf of low income clients for over ten years. She began her career representing low income tenants in unlawful detainer jury trials with the Eviction Defense Center in Alameda County. After four years, she began representing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in family law and immigration cases with Bay Area Legal Aid. She is currently the Family Law Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Unit in Alameda County where she supervises the direct legal services provided to survivors of domestic violence and coordinates regional advocacy efforts.  The unit's work involves contested custody matters, restraining orders, paternity, legal separation, and dissolution cases, as well as U-Visas and VAWA petitions. Ms. Adams' specializes in complex and lengthy trials and enjoys training other legal professionals on trial practice. Ms. Adams is a native of San Francisco and when she is not working she enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her parents, husband, and daughter.


Linda Tam is a Clinical Instructor affiliated with Berkeley Law School and the Director of the Immigration Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center, a non-profit in Berkeley, California with the dual mission of providing legal services to the low-income community and training the next generation of lawyers.  The Immigration Clinic provides free immigration services to low-income immigrants, many of whom are HIV-positive or families of children with chronic health problems.  She represents and counsels clients on a wide variety of immigration issues: political asylum, U visas, deportation defense, DACA, VAWA, NACARA, SIJS, naturalization, immigration effects of criminal convictions, and benefits eligibility, including on behalf of detained clients.  She is a contributor on immigration law to “AIDS and the Law,” the leading treatise on HIV legal issues.  She has spoken at regional and national conferences, and was awarded the 2009 Legal Services Award by the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.  Ms. Tam is a graduate of Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall).