As the Managing Attorney of Bay Area Legal Aid’s Alameda County regional office, Ariella supervises roughly 45 attorneys and various volunteer attorneys, law student interns and social workers, providing services to low income clients in domestic violence (family law and immigration), housing, economic justice, health access, youth justice and reentry legal services. Ariella serves on BayLegal’s senior management team, oversees the program’s involvement in legislative advocacy, and founded BayLegal’s Impact Advocacy Team. Ariella originally joined Bay Area Legal Aid as an attorney in BayLegal’s San Francisco office (formerly San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation). She practiced in the areas of family law and public benefits, and was co-founder of our Legal Barriers to Employment Project. Ariella has engaged in cutting-edge domestic violence advocacy at the local, state and national levels for over 20 years. She has educated numerous professionals and achieved policy reforms in domestic violence and its intersections with various areas of poverty law. Her articles have been published in Clearinghouse Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association, Western Journal of Medicine, Fordham Urban Law Journal, and Western Center of Law & Poverty’s CalWORKs Manual.
B.A., Brown University
J.D., Harvard Law School