Bob Capistrano is an attorney with the Contra Costa County office of Bay Area Legal Aid, and was for many years the program's Director of Advocacy and Training.  Bob has been in legal services since graduating from Hastings College of the Law, and focuses on public benefits, health access, and public and subsidized housing.  Bob authored the sections of the Federal Practice Manual on litigating using 42 USC § 1983 and has also been on the faculty of the Affirmative Litigation Training sponsored by the National Center on Poverty Law.