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Lisa J. Cisneros

California Rural Legal Assistance

Watsonville, CA, USA


Lisa Cisneros directs the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) LGBT Program, a program dedicated to legal advocacy on behalf of rural, low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in California.  Lisa  received her J.D. from the University of CA, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2007.  After graduation, Lisa led the launch of CRLA’s LGBT program when it began as a fellowship project with assistance from the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Pride Law Fund.  Lisa worked tirelessly to provide in-house trainings and assist CRLA attorneys and staff in increasing the provision of legal services and advocacy on behalf of LGBT people and their families.  In 2010, Lisa transitioned to a position as a judicial law clerk in the Northern District of California, and later became an associate at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP.  Lisa returned to CRLA in September 2014.

Lisa’s past accomplishments include representing employees and injured consumers in large scale class actions and mass tort litigation, and representing civil and constitutional law professors as part of an amicus brief filed in connection with Hollingsworth v. Perry, (the Proposition 8 case), as it was appealed before the Supreme Court. In 2010, Lisa published "Recognizing and Responding to the Needs of Low-Income Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients," in the Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy. She has also received the Chicana Latina Foundation's Emerging Leader award in recognition of her advocacy efforts. Lisa has presented at numerous conferences on the topic of legal services and civil rights for low-income LGBT people.
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