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Staff

    • Tonia Allison
      Member Services Coordinator

      Tonia Allison joined the Foundation staff as Development Processing Assistant in September 2010 and currently serves as the organization's Member Services Coordinator. Before coming to Public Justice, Tonia had three years of gift processing experience with the United States Naval Academy Foundatio Read More...
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    • Paula Athey
      Legal Assistant

      Paula Athey assists Managing Attorney Adele Kimmel, Environmental Enforcement Director Jim Hecker, Power-Cotchett Attorney Richard Webster, Food Safety & Health Attorney David Muraskin, and Thornton-Robb Attorney Gabriel Hopkins. She joined Public Justice in 1995 as the Receptionist and was pro Read More...
    • Leslie Bailey
      Director, Debtors' Prison Project & Senior Attorney

      Leslie A. Bailey is a senior attorney in Public Justice’s Oakland, California office, and Director of the organization's Debtors' Prison Project. Leslie litigates complex public interest cases and appeals involving civil rights and liberties, consumer protection, and court secrecy. She has briefed Read More...
    • Jennifer Bennett
      Staff Attorney

      Jennifer Bennett is a Staff Attorney at Public Justice, where she focuses on appellate and Supreme Court litigation. Jennifer litigates precedent-setting appeals on a wide range of issues, including civil rights, workers’ rights, consumer protection, and government transparency. Her recent work in Read More...
    • F. Paul Bland, Jr.
      Executive Director

      F. Paul Bland, Jr., Executive Director, manages and leads Public Justice's legal and foundation staff, guiding the organization’s litigation docket and other advocacy. Paul has argued and won more than 40 cases that led to reported decisions for consumers, employees or whistleblowers, including Read More...
    • Leslie A. Brueckner
      Senior Attorney

      Leslie A. Brueckner is a Senior Attorney at Public Justice, where she specializes in cutting-edge appellate litigation in the state and federal courts.  A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and summa cum laude graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Leslie’s current areas of practice include clas Read More...
    • Arthur H. Bryant
      Chairman Emeritus

      Arthur H. Bryant, Chairman Emeritus of Public Justice, has won major victories and established new precedents in several areas of the law, including constitutional law, toxic torts, civil rights, consumer protection, and mass torts. The National Law Journal has twice named him one of the 100 Most  Read More...
    • Jessica Culpepper
      Food Project Director

      Jessica Culpepper is Director of Public Justice's Food Project.  Before joining Public Justice, Jessica was a Barker Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Humane Society of the United States in the Farm Animal Welfare Division. There  she worked primarily on fighting pollution from Concentrated Ani Read More...
    • Karla Gilbride
      Cartwright-Baron Senior Attorney

      Karla Gilbride joined Public Justice in October 2014 as our Cartwright-Baron senior attorney. Her work focuses on fighting mandatory arbitration provisions imposed on consumers and workers to prevent them from holding corporations accountable for their wrongdoing in court. She has testified befor Read More...
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    • Stevie Glaberson
      Staff Attorney

      Stevie Glaberson is a staff attorney in Public Justice’s Washington, D.C. office, focusing on access to justice issues. Before joining Public Justice, Stevie was a staff attorney and clinical teaching fellow with Georgetown University Law Center’s Civil Litigation Clinic. At Georgetown, Stevi Read More...
    • Susan Gombert
      Senior Meetings & Events Manager

      Susan Gombert, CMP is Senior Meetings & Events Manager at the Public Justice Foundation. She is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation's meetings and special events, and is a staff liaison to the Foundation's Gala Committee. Prior to joining Public Justice, Susan was the Membership Dir Read More...
    • Brian Hardingham
      Debtors' Prison Project Attorney

      Brian Hardingham is based in the Oakland, California office of Public Justice. Before joining Public Justice, Brian clerked for Judge Jane Stranch on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Cormac Carney in the Central District of California. Brian also spent a year and a half doing pretrial a Read More...
    • Jim Hecker
      Director, Environmental Enforcement Project

      Jim Hecker, Environmental Enforcement Project Director at Public Justice, received an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Illinois, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Jim received his J.D., magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. He earned distinctions  Read More...
    • Adele P. Kimmel
      Senior Attorney

      Adele P. Kimmel, Senior Attorney, is based in the DC Headquarters of Public Justice. Since joining the law firm in 1994, Adele has worked on wide range of civil rights cases, representing prisoners and immigrant detainees who were beaten, sexually assaulted, denied adequate medical care, and killed; Read More...
    • Megan Kyte
      Membership Manager

      Megan Kyte joined Public Justice in June 2019 and currently serves as the organization’s Membership Manager. Prior to joining Public Justice, Megan was the Senior Development Associate at The Arc of the United States, an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of people Read More...
    • Neil Levine
      Senior Attorney, Environmental Enforcement Project

      Neil Levine is a senior attorney on Public Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Project. He joined Public Justice in December 2017 after spending 25 years representing national organizations and community groups throughout the country on a wide range of environmental issues. Neil previously serv Read More...
    • Lexi McMenamin
      Communications Associate

      Lexi McMenamin, Communications Associate, assists the Communications team with the organization’s growing portfolio of media, outreach and organizing work. Lexi’s role particularly focuses on Public Justice’s digital communications, as well as supporting Public Justice’s outreach and coaliti Read More...
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    • Kathleen Morris
      Legal Assistant/Operations Coordinator

      Kathleen Morris joined Public Justice in January 2012 and currently serves as Legal Assistant/Operations Coordinator, based in our West Coast office. Prior to coming to Public Justice, Kathy worked as a paralegal for a small civil litigation practice which represented clients in a wide variety of  Read More...
    • David Muraskin
      Food Project Senior Attorney

      David S. Muraskin is a Food Project Senior Attorney with Public Justice in Washington, D.C. He focuses on impact litigation to promote sustainable alternatives to the industrial animal agriculture system. His docket consists of constitutional, consumer, worker, and environmental cases. Of part Read More...
    • Brent Newell
      Food Project Senior Attorney

      Brent Newell is a Food Project Senior Attorney with Public Justice in Oakland, California, where he works with the Food Project team to reform the industrial animal agriculture system, support impacted communities, and promote sustainable alternatives. Prior to joining Public Justice in 2018, Bre Read More...
    • Victoria W. Ni
      Director of Finance & Administration

      Victoria W. Ni, Director of Finance & Administration, is based in the Oakland, Calif., office of Public Justice. Prior to her current role with the organization, Vicky litigated a wide range of cases focused on protecting and ensuring the rights of consumers, workers, victims, and individuals  Read More...
    • Leah M. Nicholls
      Senior Attorney

      Leah M. Nicholls is a Senior Attorney in Public Justice’s Washington, DC headquarters. Leah litigates high-impact civil public interest cases at the trial and appellate levels, including cases involving access to courts, court secrecy, consumer protection, and Public Justice’s Food Project. She  Read More...
    • Aidan O’Shea
      Director of Communications

      Aidan O’Shea, Public Justice's Director of Communications, is responsible for expanding the reach of the organization's work and oversees Public Justice's messaging strategy, press outreach and other communications efforts, including website content, social media, and video production. He joined P Read More...
    • Rodolfo Padilla
      Legal Fellow

      Rodolfo Padilla is a legal fellow based in the DC office. Rodolfo graduated with a dual B.A. in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida, and obtained his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, Rodolfo interned at the Immigrant and Employee Read More...
    • Steve Ralls
      Director of External Affairs

      Steve Ralls, Director of External Affairs, first joined Public Justice in April 2015 as the organization's Director of Communications. In his current role, Steve oversees Public Justice's communications and development teams, which are responsible for the organization's media, marketing, outreach &a Read More...
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    • Lisa Reed
      Food Project Paralegal

      Lisa Reed joined Public Justice in 2019 as the Food Project paralegal, supporting the Food Project in all aspects of their work. Before joining Public Justice, Lisa worked as a litigation and government contracts paralegal. She received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College. Read More...
    • Ameesha Sampat
      Food Project Outreach Manager

      Ameesha Sampat, Food Project Outreach Manager, is responsible for creating opportunities for Public Justice’s supporters and allies to mobilize around key issues through the development of grassroots and community engagement strategies. She joined Public Justice’s Washington, D.C. office in Octo Read More...
    • Norma Sapp
      Office and Human Resources Manager

      Norma Sapp is the Office and Human Resources Manager, located in Public Justice's DC headquarters.  Norma has spent much of her career managing office operations for both non-profit organizations and for-profit companies in the Washington, D.C. area. Read More...
    • Stephanie Shannon
      Executive Assistant to the Chairman

      Stephanie Shannon joined Public Justice’s West Coast Office in June 2018 as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman. Prior to coming to Public Justice, Stephanie completed her Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization at the European Inter-University Center in Venice, Italy, where she  Read More...
    • Kelly Simon
      Development Director

      Kelly Simon joined the Public Justice staff as Director of Development in October 2017. Prior to beginning this role, Kelly served as the Director of Development for the Pro Bono Institute, a legal organization dedicated to enhancing and strengthening pro bono programs of large law firms and legal d Read More...
    • Kellan Smith
      Food Project Associate Attorney

      Kellan Smith is a Food Project Associate Attorney with Public Justice in Washington, D.C. where he supports the efforts of the Project to thwart corporate oppression inherent in the industrial animal agriculture system. Prior to joining Public Justice in 2019, Kellan was a Staff Attorney at the C Read More...
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    • Adrienne Spiegel
      Seneca Falls Fellow

      Adrienne Spiegel is Public Justice’s Seneca Falls Fellow, based in the Oakland office. She focuses on enabling access to justice for victims of state violence, in part by seeking to dismantle qualified immunity. Before law school, Adrienne worked as a paralegal for the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Pro Read More...
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    • Yvonne Stewart
      Legal Assistant

      Yvonne Stewart joined Public Justice in 2011 as a Legal Assistant. She assists Executive Director Paul Bland, Senior Attorney Leah Nicholls, Cartwright-Baron Senior Attorney Karla Gilbride, and Access to Justice Attorney Stevie Glaberson on their many public-interest cases. Yvonne has over 25 yea Read More...
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    • Tammy W. Sun
      Managing Attorney

      Tammy Sun is the Managing Attorney at Public Justice, based in the Washington, DC office.  Tammy has worked as a civil rights attorney litigating prison conditions cases in the South and served as a public defender in Washington, DC and Oregon.  Prior to joining Public Justice, Tammy managed and d Read More...
    • Matt Wasserman
      Debtors’ Prison Project Fellow

      Matt Wasserman is a fellow with the Debtors’ Prison Project. Prior to joining Public Justice, Matt represented poor people convicted of felonies as a staff attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City. He also served as a law clerk for Judge Jane B. Stranch of the U.S. Cour Read More...
    • Tommy Wrenn
      Deputy Director of Development

      Tommy Wrenn joined Public Justice in August 2016 and currently serves as the organization's Deputy Director of Development. Before coming to Public Justice, Tommy was Program Assistant at The Nexus Fund, a grant making organization dedicated to the prevention of mass atrocities. A graduate of Appala Read More...