Oakland City Attorney Adds Two Attorneys To Civil Rights Unit
By Erin Lee — The Oakland City Attorney has hired two civil rights attorneys to its Community Lawyering and Civil Rights Unit, in partnership with the Public Rights Project. The division is focused on high-impact, community-focused litigation is among few in the state.
The attorneys, Amanda Mangaser Savage and Callie Wilson, are part of the Public Rights Project’s inaugural cohort of fellows. Working closely with the unit’s four-attorney team, they will serve two-year and one-year fellowships respectively.
“Our priorities are focused on the community level, Wilson said.”
Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker formed the Community Lawyering and Civil Rights Unit in spring 2016, to focus on social, economic and environmental justice issues, such as wage theft, affordable housing, consumer protection and constitutional rights according to a press release. The unit has recently brought lawsuits over minimum wage, tenant protection and fair housing violations.
“We’re really trying to use this moment of crisis at the federal level as an opportunity to build long-term infrastructure,” Habig said […] It’s a new way to think about we can increase city and state’s ability to do this work,” she said.
Read the full article via LA Daily Journal. Originally published on September 11, 2018.