For more than two decades, the Law Center has worked to reduce the toll that gun violence has on the United States. In that time, our dedicated, dynamic staff has become the nation’s premier resource on firearms policy, educating legislators and the public on the smart gun laws that save lives.
Robyn oversees the development of the Law Center’s policy priorities and frequently testifies as an expert witness on gun laws. An attorney herself, Robyn supervises the legal team’s tracking and analysis of Second Amendment litigation nationwide. Additionally, she manages the Law Center’s partnerships with other organizations, authors op-eds, and serves as a media spokesperson for the organization.
Prior to her work with the Law Center, Robyn served as the executive director of the Tikkun Community and Tikkun Magazine. Before entering the nonprofit space, Robyn practiced law at Lord Bissell & Brook and Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman in New York. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Miami School of Law.
Allison previously defended low-income individuals sued by debt collectors and represented plaintiffs in employment discrimination actions. A graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, Allison also brings experience working for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the Northern District Court and Judge Gail Brewster Bereola of the Superior Court of Alameda County.
Previously Laura served as the legal services manager for Contra Costa County’s primary social and legal services provider for domestic abuse, STAND! Against Domestic Violence. She is admitted to the bar in both California and Illinois, and earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Prior to working at the Law Center, Natalie assisted with event management at United Way and with client services at the YWCA. A graduate of the University of Utah, she has a background in consumer and social welfare policy. She moved from Salt Lake City to San Francisco in 2014.
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Prior to joining the Law Center, Ari was an AMVETS Veterans’ Advocacy Legal Fellow, where he focused on litigation and policy work surrounding military mental health and suicide policy. Ari earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his JD from Stanford Law School.
Director of Finance & Operations
Previously, Ellen provided financial services in both a staffing and consulting capacity to nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sacramento, and the East Bay. She has also served as a national fiscal reviewer for Head Start. Ellen serves on several San Francisco nonprofit boards and holds a masters degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco.
Lauren Greenberg joined the Law Center in 2016 as the organization’s Development Assistant. Lauren supports fundraising and gift management, coordinates the Anniversary Dinner, and manages the Law Center’s data systems.
Prior to joining the Law Center, Lauren assisted the marketing and development teams at Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay. She previously spent nearly a decade as an educator and mentor, developing programs and generating resources for public high school students. Lauren graduated from UC Santa Cruz cum laude with a BA in community studies, where she focused on the intersection of public health with drug policy, the criminalization of youth of color, and the prison industrial complex.
Director of Marketing & Communications
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Before working at the Law Center, Marie was a journalist at the Center for Investigative Reporting and previously worked in textbook publishing. She moved from Boston to San Francisco in 2009.
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Prior to joining the Law Center, Mike was an associate at Jones Day, working on civil litigation matters in criminal law, immigration law, insurance coverage, and antitrust. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley,and the University of Virginia School of Law, Mike also has experience volunteering at the Berkeley Police Review Commission.
Prior to joining the Law Center, Lindsay was an associate at Severson & Werson, APC, in San Francisco, representing financial institutions, employers, and mortgage lenders in litigation, including class actions. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, a masters in arts from UCLA, and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Before joining the Law Center in 2016, Brittany worked as an administrative and marketing assistant at Sandstrom & Associates. An advocate for underserved communities, Brittany has a background in social justice and grassroots activism. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Politics.
Sejal H. Patel
Sejal began her career in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program. She also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and an associate at Pillsbury in San Francisco. She has since run a solo public interest law practice, first in Boston and now in San Francisco, focusing on indigent criminal defense, Title IX adjudication, and dispute resolution. Her cases have been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and other outlets, and she has written and spoken about her work extensively. She earned her BA from Trinity University, her JD at Northwestern Law School, and her MTS at Harvard Divinity School. She also volunteers at 826 Valencia, is on the board of the Take 5 Foundation, and is a member of the Harvard Divinity School Alumni/Alumnae Council.
Previously, Shoshana was a graphic designer with Kalamazoo College’s development department from 2010 to 2013. Before joining the Law Center and ARS, she worked in nonprofit design and communications after moving to the Bay Area from Michigan in 2014.
Hannah also brings experience clerking for Judge Paul J. Watford of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Hannah is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School, where she volunteered for the Stanford Justice Advocacy Project (formerly the Three Strikes Project).
Adam previously served as senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, where he worked on issues related to money in politics, judicial independence, and voting rights. He was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City and a law clerk to Judge Stanley Marcus of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Chief Judge Edward Korman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Adam’s political commentary has been published in the National Law Journal, the New Republic, Politico, the Atlantic, ACSBlog, and the New York Times, among other publications, and he has been widely quoted by media from the Wall Street Journal and Fox News to the New York Times and MSNBC. Adam graduated summa cum laude with a JD from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Brooklyn Law Review. He received an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and holds a BA, awarded with distinction, from Swarthmore College.
Christine is a former prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer from New York City. She worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as both a trial and appellate lawyer, then opened her own practice, representing criminal defendants who could not afford their own attorney.
After relocating to Singapore, Christine worked with the Law Society of Singapore’s Pro Bono Services, coordinating the compilation of a criminal law manual for civil law attorneys offering pro bono assistance to indigent defendants. She also taught Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law. Christine earned her BA at Smith College and her JD at Fordham University School of Law.