LAS-ELC Welcomes New Staff in Language Rights, Gender Equity, and Communications

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LAS-ELC Welcomes New Staff in Language Rights, Gender Equity, and Communications

The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center is very pleased to welcome three new staff members: Marsha Chien, Skadden Fellow in the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program; Kim Turner, the John and Terry Levin Fellow for the Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project; and Sara Feldman, Communications Manager.

We are delighted that Marsha, Kim, and Sara have chosen to bring their talents, skills and passion for justice to the LAS–ELC in service of the growing numbers of low wage clients in urgent need of assistance.

With the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program, Marsha Chien will represent, educate, and advise low-income, limited-English proficient (LEP) workers arbitrarily barred from equal employment opportunities.  Prior to starting her fellowship at LAS-ELC, she clerked for United States District Judge Marsha J. Pechman in the Western District of Washington.  Marsha received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and obtained her undergraduate degree in International Economics from Georgetown University.  Before law school, Marsha served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and an AmeriCorps member in Washington, D.C.

Kim Turner is the John and Terry Levin Fellow for the Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project.  Through litigation, education, and policy work, Kim will advocate for equality in athletic opportunities for female youth—particularly in low-income communities—based on Title IX and AB 2404.  Since graduating from Cardozo Law School in New York City in 2008, Kim has practiced a mixture of employment and housing law, most recently with Bay Area Legal Aid.  She received her B.A. from Brown University in 2002, double concentrating in Public Policy and Sociology.  At Brown, Kim also played for the varsity women’s volleyball team.

Sara Feldman, the new Communications Manager, will work with program and development staff to craft communications strategy and ensure that LAS-ELC’s work is highly visible and accessible to its various constituencies and the public.  Before joining LAS-ELC, Sara conducted research on gender-based violence and displacement with U.C. Berkeley’s Human Rights Center.  Prior to moving to the Bay Area, she advocated for the rights of refugees, immigrants, and human trafficking survivors in Washington, D.C and managed programs serving migrant children throughout the U.S.  Sara received her M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of Oregon.