Carmen M. Chavez, Esq. is a California licensed attorney and the Executive Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center (CCLC). CCLC is a non-profit law firm, which provides pro bono representation to San Diego County’s indigent immigrant community in the area of Immigration Law, specifically working with victims of domestic violence, abuse, persecution and torture. She has both coordinated and supervised CCLC’s Asylum, Domestic Violence, Detained Unaccompanied Children and Integrated Social Services programs. Carmen was born and raised in San Diego and local schools.
She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. degree in Political Science. While in college she became very involved in community service, especially in the area of law. Following her desire to help her community and those in need of legal assistance, she continued her education and went to law school. After passing the California Bar Exam, she began working at Casa Cornelia Law Center in 2000. She was the recipient of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, which allowed her to continue her public interest work at Casa Cornelia. As part of her work, has represented children in immigration court who have been abused, abandoned and neglected by either a parent or legal guardian, immigrant victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes and asylum seekers.
Carmen is certified to represent clients in Federal District Court for the Southern and Central District of California and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA (2000). Other affiliations include the American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, La Raza Lawyers of San Diego, and San Diego County Bar Association. She is also a board member of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County.
Judy London, Esq. is the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. From 1996 to 2000, she was the Legal Director of the Central American Resource Center (“CARECEN”) in Los Angeles. While at CARECEN, Ms. London was instrumental in securing the enactment of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (“NACARA”). She also focused on advocacy for undocumented children, and in 2000, she succeeded in obtaining legislation granting permanent residency to Tony Lara, a twenty-year old Salvadoran national who had been raised in Los Angeles. But for inadequate immigration advice, Mr. Lara would have been eligible for special immigrant juvenile status (“SIJS”).
At Public Counsel, Ms. London has expanded the agency’s SIJS work, developed a detention project serving immigrant detainees in Santa Ana, California, and continued to increase pro bono representation for asylum-seekers and crime victims seeking relief under the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) and the Victims of Trafficking and Violent Crime Prevention Act (“VTVPA”).
She is an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of law where she teachers a clinical course on immigration law, focusing on the representation of asylum-seekers. She received her law degree from UCLA in 1990 and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1985.
Suzanne L. McCormick, Esq. is the Founder and Executive Director of Immigration Center for Women and Children.
Rachel Samuels is a Brand & Editorial Manager at Netflix. She has directed three feature films (most recently “Dark Streets,” a film noir musical released by Samuel Goldwyn Films), directed and produced television documentaries for MTV Networks, and edited social justice documentaries for nonprofits including the Clinton Global Initiative, ONE, and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. She writes a blog for KCET about fracking in California, called ‘The Well Next Door.’
Catherine Seitz, Esq. is the Legal Director at the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA). Before joining IIBA, Catherine worked at Legal Services for Children as their Legal Director and at Bay Area Legal Aid as their Regional Immigration Coordinator, where she focused on immigration relief for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is also the co-author of the 2nd and 3rd editions of the ILRC’s U Visa Manual.
Catherine has a J.D. from U.C. Hastings and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from U.C. Berkeley, and has taught as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University. She has been working in the field of immigration law since 1990 starting out as a legal assistant and then a BIA Accredited Representative before her admission to the California Bar in December of 2001. Before joining Bay Area Legal Aid in July of 2009, she worked at Canal Alliance, the International Institute of the East Bay, and the private immigration law firm of Simmons & Ungar. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Catherine is a true native of the Bay Area. She was born in San Francisco, grew up in Oakland, raised her kids in West Marin, and now lives in Richmond.
Warren J. Shulman, CPA, CA(SA) has over twenty five years of accounting, audit, tax and general business consulting experience. Before joining the Board of Directors, Warren was a member of ICWC’s Audit Committee.