Biography

Dafna Gozani is a staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice Project providing holistic civil legal services for youth ages 12-25. Dafna advocates for clients in the areas of public benefits, education, and foster care, housing, and focusing on youth with disabilities and involvement with the juvenile court system. Dafna has over a decade of experience working with system-involved youth as an educator, volunteer, and attorney. Before joining Bay Area Legal Aid, Dafna was Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CDJC) Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. Through that fellowship, Dafna piloted a direct representation project providing post-dispositional legal assistance to individuals with a barrier to success due to involvement in the juvenile justice system. Prior to her work at CJDC, Dafna was a Bridge to Practice Fellow for Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network in their Children's Program. Dafna has a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School at Los Angeles and a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During law school, Dafna was involved in numerous public interest projects, including co-chairing Loyola’s Public Interest Law Foundation, participating in Loyola’s Human Rights Clinic, and serving as a Senior Articles Editor for the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal. Before attending law school, Dafna taught at an alternative high school for system-involved youth inside the Boulder County Juvenile Justice Center for six years.