CREEC is looking to hire a Development Director!

Help us create our development program!  Play with the office dogs! The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) is seeking an accomplished fundraising professional to be our Development Director.  This is an exciting opportunity to build a fundraising program from the ground up alongside an enthusiastic and successful team of civil rights lawyers and advocates. Join our team and help promote CREEC’s mission to ensure that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination. CREEC pursues our mission through education and individual and class action lawsuits. We represent individuals on a range of civil rights issues, but focus on the rights of people with disabilities and on the rights of people detained in immigration detention centers and prisons. Our cases in these areas include a class action against ICE challenging its decision to confine immigration detainees in a federal prison, multiple class actions challenging conditions of confinement in prisons, and individual and class actions on behalf of deaf persons. CREEC and its attorneys have been recognized with numerous awards for our work. More information on the organization and our cases can be found on our website, www.creeclaw.org.   CREEC was founded in 2013 and has engaged in rudimentary fundraising efforts, primarily consisting of an annual event and an end-of-year email pitch. We are seeking someone to help us build and expand on these efforts. We believe that the clients we represent, our mission, our work, and our accomplishments provide a compelling narrative for development efforts. We are excellent attorneys and advocates, but novices when it comes to development. This is where you come...

Welcome Marième!

CREEC welcomes our winter extern Marième Diop to our Denver office! Marième is a junior at Swarthmore College — Amy’s alma mater — and is originally from Senegal!  She grew up in Dakar, and moved to the US in 2012.  She is interested in social justice, traveling, and languages.  At Swarthmore, she is double-majoring in psychology and Spanish and Latin American literature. Marième will be with us for a month, before taking off for a semester in Uruguay.  She’ll be attending client and counsel meetings, educational presentations, and court hearings, and generally getting to see our practice up close. We’re very excited to have her at CREEC.  Stop by and say hello!...

Welcome, Jean!

CREEC is very excited to introduce our new paralegal, Jean Peterson! Jean graduated from the American University with a B.A. in International Studies. Following her legal interests instead of her degree, Jean began working for the U.S. Department of Justice in D.C. in their Securities and Financial Fraud Unit. In her time with the Department, she worked on both large financial and government procurement fraud cases. Through her time there, she became interested in the aspects of discrimination on everyday life for individuals across the country and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a group focused on that. Jean can be caught riding her horse, hiking, or exploring farmers markets on the weekends. We’re very glad Jean has joined us and very proud of Team...

Site Surveys!

One of my favorite things to do is to get out of the office and do site surveys.  This week, I got to check out curb ramps with our terrific co-counsel, Maya Abela from the Arizona Center for Disability Law (who definitely had the cooler sunglasses)               and brilliant expert Eric McSwain from Access Compliance Consultants, Inc.                     We had a hot, sunny, successful survey day.  Looking forward to working with this team!...

Your chance to office (in Oakland) with some of the Coolest Lawyers Ever!

Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho has office space available for sublease:  Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Drive, 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.  Located in the heart of Oakland’s Lake Merritt business district Class A Office Space (1) large, lake view office approximately 18’ x 14’ 4” (259.2 square feet) Large, lake view open work area will accommodate 2 work stations, includes built-in desks with drawers approximately 17.2 x 14.6 (251.12 square feet) (4) cubicles each approximately 8’ x 10’ Would consider subleasing individually Access to lobby/waiting area; conference rooms; kitchen; in suite restrooms East access to freeways and BART Professional lobby with 24/7 building security For more information please contact:  Susan Forst @ Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho sforst@gbdhlegal.com Main:  510.763.9800 Direct: ...

CREEC and allies file amicus brief on mootness question in SSA overpayment case

“Oiling the squeaky wheel should never erase the responsibility of our government to treat all of us fairly.” –Lindsay Nako, Impact Fund On June 24, 2016, CREEC, Impact Fund, and Justice in Aging, joined by a coalition of twelve other nonprofit allies, filed an amicus brief in the Fourth Circuit in a case against the Social Security Administration. The court will review SSA’s attempt to unilaterally moot the claims of potential class representatives challenging SSA’s practices for recouping alleged benefit overpayments that happened many years ago. The brief emphasizes the economic vulnerability of those affected by SSA’s ongoing policies and practices, and the importance of preserving access to class actions as a way to address these issues in a systemic fashion. To learn more about the case and the brief, check out Impact Fund’s blog...