Volunteer Attorneys & Legal Interns

Brian E. Washington, County Counsel

Index

2015

Diamante Rueda, Legal Intern

Diamante Rueda

Diamante began her legal internship with the Marin County Counsel's Office on February 4, 2015 and will student intern for one semester. She attends UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and graduates in May, 2015. She was an undergrad at Sonoma State University, where she graduated cum laude with a BS in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and a BA in Political Science, while working three jobs!

During the Fall of 2014, Diamante externed for Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton in San Francisco at the USDC, where she drafted memoranda and orders on complex civil and criminal issues. Also, as a legal intern at the General Counsel Office of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Diamante was involved with legal research on complex issues of federal law and policy.  Diamante has also worked at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto drafting memoranda on diverse issues, attending trials, depositions and negotiations.      

In addition to her work experiences, Diamante has also facilitated workshops for at-risk youth in East Palo Alto with the Street Law Program. She currently volunteers at Centro Legal de La Raza and at the Landlord-Tenant Clinic in San Francisco.

Diamante is fluent in Spanish and French. She is proud to serve the community of Marin County. 

Ivan Jimenez, Legal Intern

Ivan Jimenez

Ivan Jimenez, a 2016 UC Hastings graduate, will be interning with us this semester beginning on January 13th. At Hastings he is a member of the moot court team and has served as a research assistant for Professor Morris Ratner. He graduated from Stanford in 2010 with a B.A. in political science and history.

Ivan has experience working with attorneys in private practice focusing on personal injury and immigration matters. As a legal intern he assisted with litigation preparation including conducting bilingual interrogatories, drafting demand letters, and preparing exhibits. He also prepared immigration forms, affidavits of support, and corresponded with clients.

Ivan also volunteers with La Raza Centro Legal in the San Francisco Mission District where he interprets and drafts basic motions on behalf of clients.

2014

Attorney Jeanine Michaels

Tatiana Wallace

Tatiana is a volunteer attorney who joined the County Counsel’s Office after moving to Mill Valley.  Tatiana is a seasoned civil litigator who was admitted to the practice of law in California in 2004. She is admitted before all California Courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.  While in private practice, Tatiana was affiliated with several respected law firms in Southern California and the Bay Area, specializing in complex business litigation, corporate disputes, professional liability, and insurance coverage. Tatiana earned her BA degree from Lincoln Christian University and received her JD from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. 

Tatiana grew up in the former Soviet Union and is a native Russian speaker.  She is a former competitive dancer and a Master-rated figure skater who trained at the Soviet Figure Skating School of Olympic Reserve.  Between retiring from competitive skating and launching her legal career, Tatiana skated professionally and operated her own figure skating business.

Since moving to Marin County, Tatiana has gained a new love and appreciation for this area and looks forward to using her skills and experience to serve the County during her time with the Counsel’s Office.

2013

Valorie Boughey

Valorie R. Boughey

Valorie is a volunteer attorney who joined the County Counsel after spending the last three years working with a number of small law firms around the Bay Area. She graduated from the UC Davis School of Law in 2009, and received her California State Bar license the same year.

Valorie comes to us with over three years of civil litigation experience. She has autonomously handled a wide variety of both state and federal cases at several different stages of litigation. Valorie has always, however, been passionate about working in a position that serves the public in a substantial capacity. While in law school, she interned with a number of governmental agencies, including the Office of the Attorney General in Sacramento, the U.S. Attorney’s Office: District of Alaska, and the U.S. District Court: Northern District. Since passing the Bar, Valorie has volunteered dozens of hours every year with the Bar Association of San Francisco, where she provides pro bono representation to low income clients who require assistance with guardianship matters. She is very much looking forward to renewing her focus on public interest work during her time with the County Counsel.

Talia Oughourlian

Talia Oughourlian

Talia Oughourlian is a senior at Marin Catholic High School where she has consistently been on the Dean's List. At Marin Catholic, Talia is part of student government, the president of the Art Club, and the editor of the school newspaper. Talia has also participated in Mock Trial all four years of high school. Talia is a mathematics tutor for students from grades fifth through ninth. Not only does Talia volunteer at the Office of the Marin County Counsel, she is also a representative for a local organization called Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity. Talia has also volunteered as a mentor with Marin's Big Brother, Big Sister organization. Throughout high school, Talia has been awarded scholarships and won the 2012 Marin Catholic Fashion Show Logo Contest. After graduation, Talia plans to study biochemistry and eventually go to law school.

2012

Matt Friedman

Matt Friedman

Matt is a senior at UC Davis, where he has consistently been on the Dean’s List. His major is political science with an emphasis on pre-law. He works in the kitchen at the UC Davis Coffee House and is also a lifeguard for the Marinwood Community Services District. Matt was the president and founder of Terra Linda High School's Ski/Snowboard Club and also spent four years volunteering at Guide Dogs for the Blind, walking and training the dogs and organizing community projects to raise money for the kennels. Matt can be found working in our law library on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Tarisha Ball

Tarisha Bal

Tarisha is a first year law student at Santa Clara University. She is looking forward to graduating in June 2014. In June, 2011 she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration at Cal State University. Her key courses were California Land Use, Urban Problems, Economics, and Public Policy and Budgeting. She received her undergrad degree from UC Davis in June 2007 where she was also Vice Chair on the ASUCD Academic Affairs Commission, Amnesty International as Co-Chair and a member of Phi Alpha Delta.

Her work experience includes working in Sacramento as a legislative intern on the Planning and Conservation League, as well as the Office of the Mayor Kevin Johnson. Tarisha worked as a Paralegal with Parkinson Phinney in Sacramento from August 2007 to February 2011 which included case work and Westlaw research, drafting and filing motions with the court, ensuring compliance with court rules and procedures. In 2006, she was an aide with the Judiciary Committee in the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington D.C. reviewing proposed legislation. She will be in our office Wednesday – Friday for the balance of the summer.

Luis Marengo

Luis Maringo

Luis has completed his second year at Santa Clara University School of Law. He will be graduating in May, 2013. Luis completed his undergrad work at University of San Francisco where he majored in politics and minored in legal studies. He has worked at the Meridian Law Firm in San Francisco since 2008 for attorney Jaimie Mak where he progressed steadily. His experience includes drafting legal correspondence, pleadings, motions, and client intake. He speaks fluent Spanish. He also worked at Breakthrough San Francisco at SF Day School, assisting non-English speaking parents with Spanish translation services. His work there also included database maintenance and correspondence between the after-school program and parents.

Graham Lambert

Graham has completed his first year at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and plans to obtain his law degree in May 2014. His GPA is 3.67 and he won a merit scholarship at Loyola. He is a member of the Loyola International Law Society; the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; and the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Bar Associations.

He completed his undergrad work at Emory College of Arts & Sciences where he graduated magna cum laude in May 2010 as a History and International Studies major. He demonstrated his leadership skills while serving there on the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Executive Board. In 2008 he studied abroad at Oxford University. Last summer, Graham worked at Private Wealth Partners, LLC in Larkspur as an intern, reporting directly to the CFO/Chief Compliance Officer.

His interests include tennis, hockey and skiing. He has worked as the Varsity Assistant Coach at Redwood High School. While he attended Emory College, he was on the club tennis executive board where he consecutively served as Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. He worked for 4 years with the San Dominico Summer Sports Camp as a counselor/tennis instructor.

2011

Sarah Anker

Sarah just completed her first year of law school at UC Davis and anticipates receiving her Juris Doctorate in May 2013. In June, 2009, she received her BA from UC Berkeley. Presently, she is a Web Archives Editor for the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy and serves as a Know Your Rights Advocate with the National Lawyers Guild. Sarah has worked for a year at the Family Violence Law Center in Oakland where she became a senior legal intake worker. Additionally, she has experience working for the late Charles McGlashan, both on his campaign and in his office, where she co-created a promotional video for Marin Clean Energy which was shown at the Sausalito Film Festival. She was instrumental in the creation of Charles’ online presence which included spearheading various projects and events centered on the rollout of Marin Clean Energy. Her internship with our office will be full time through the end of the summer.

Chris Skelton

Chris began his internship with the County Counsel’s Office in May. Chris just completed is second year at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor with a concentration in Environmental Law and a Capitol Certificate in Public Law and Policy. He is expected to graduate in May 2012. Chris qualifies as a certified law student, so he may appear in Court. Chris hopes to practice environmental law, as demonstrated through his course selection, including International Environmental Law, Water Law, and Federal Public Land and Resources Law. Chris is a graduate of Duke University, where he received his BA in History and Japanese language. In his spare time, Chris is an accomplished Ironman triathlete.

Sharyn Mitchell

Sharyn is attending Empire College-School of Law in Santa Rosa and is a candidate for Juris Doctor in May, 2014. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Dominican University in December 2000. She is an undergrad of UC Berkeley, with a BA in Architecture. For the past 3-1/2 years Sharyn has worked at Jaret & Jaret in San Rafael as a Legal Assistant. She is proficient in all aspects of arbitration, assisted in preparation of briefs, motions and responses, and she has an extensive legal research background. Previously Sharyn worked for 10 years as an Engineer II, Project Manager of Public Sector Capital Improvement Projects, for the City of Novato.

Moe Jamil

Joe completed his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley and graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law in May of 2005. Most recently, he has been volunteering for the County Counsel’s Office in Santa Clara. Prior to that, he worked as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Attorney General's Office in San Francisco. In addition, he has experience in the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office as well as the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office. Moe will be coming into the office three days a week, gaining hands-on experience with dependency, probate, mental health and other matters as needed.

2010

Abigail Bridgman

Abigail Bridgman

Abigain holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law which she earned while working full time as a paralegal in a small civil litigation firm in Kampala Uganda. Presently, Abigail is completing a no-degree accelerated course at Empire College School of Law in Santa Rosa required for foreign law students before they can apply and sit for the California Bar. Her main interest is civil litigation. Recently, she has volunteered at a non-profit organization with a bias towards women and children’s rights. Apart from English, she speaks basic French and Swahili and is also fluent in Runyankore, Rutooro, and Luganda, all native dialects of Uganda. She says she is adventurous and loves hiking, camping, and gardening. She also enjoys photography, cooking, traveling and meeting new people.

Victoria Snyder

Victoria Snyder

Victoria is a recently admitted member of the California Bar, assisting with juvenile dependency issues part-time. She earned her JD at City University of New York School of Law (2009), a law school dedicated to “law in the service of human needs.” Victoria is a Bay Area native and graduate of Tamalpais High School and UC Berkeley with a BA in History and minor in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. She has recently published in the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Victoria has worked as a volunteer law clerk with the Dependency Division of the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender, Disability Rights California, the Defender’s Clinic at Main Street Legal Services and is currently a Volunteer Attorney with the San Francisco VLSP Family Law Project. Prior to law school she worked as a mental health assistant at a non-public day treatment school, a CASA volunteer, a volunteer tutor at San Quentin Prison and a carpentry instructor at a summer day camp. Victoria enjoys rock climbing and new challenges.

Alexandra and Bruce

Alexandra "Lexi" Louderback

Alexandra just completed her third year as a Business Administration student with a minor in law at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority – Delta Theta Chapter, where she serves as the financial vice president in charge of managing their budget. She is also a graduate of Marin Catholic High School (2007) where she maintained a 4.2 GPA and was on the Dean’s List all 4 years.

Brice Lynch

Having completed his first year at George Washington Law School in Washington. D.C., Brice worked for us from May 17 – August 3, 2010, logging in a staggering 359.10 hours. He expects to earn his J.D. in May 2012, and is a Thurgood Marshall Scholar with a GPA of 3.444.

Brice is an undergrad of UC San Diego where he received his BS in Chemical Engineering. He has four years of experience working at the Ares Corporation in Oakland and has passed the Chemical Engineering/California Engineer-In-Training exam.

Brice is also very active in basketball and served as a referee in San Diego for all levels of teams from youth to adult leagues.

2009

Katherine Mindel

Katherine Mindel

Starting June 1, 2009. Katherine was a law clerk at the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office until the end of May, 2009. She will be with us for two days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Katherine is a practicing lawyer, having graduated from Hastings in 2008. She completed her undergraduate work at Duke University in North Carolina, and has previously worked for the Sierra Club, US Department of Justice, the California Coastal Commission, the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan, and for Congresswoman Pelosi. She speaks French and enjoys fly-fishing, downhill skiing, basketball, and running. Katherine will also be working with Jack Liebster in the Planning Department on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Andrea Pierotti

Andrea Pierotti

Starting on May 25, 2009. Andrea will be with us Monday – Friday, from 8:00 – 4:00. She will graduate with her JD this December from Santa Clara University School of Law, and earned her B.A. at Mills College. She is a published author, having co-authored an article on wills with Charles Riffle, Esq. which will be published in the Calif. Trust & Estates Quarterly this winter. She has been working for Mr. Riffle’s firm since 2004. Last summer, she was a law clerk at the Santa Clara County Counsel’s office. The summer before that, she was a judicial intern for the Hons. Eugene Hyman and Mary Ann Grilli in the Santa Clara County Probate Court. She also has strong experience as an editor, writer, and proofreader.

Rana Ansari

Rana Ansari

Rana is a newly-admitted member of the California Bar who received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law (2008) and a BA, with honors in International Relations, French and Psychology, from UC Davis (2004). Prior to volunteering at the Marin County Counsel’s Office, Rana was a judicial extern at the Marin County Superior Court, and a law clerk at the Mill Valley office of Nielsen Merksamer. During law school, Rana did a semester-long legislative externship in the Office of California State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto); she also worked, on several elections, for the San Francisco Department of Elections. Rana speaks French fluently and Farsi, her native tongue, proficiently. Rana has lived, studied, worked and traveled abroad extensively. In 2004, Rana was a political-section and Ambassador’s-Office intern at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. She was also a teaching assistant, and taught conversational English to French junior-high students in low-income schools. Rana’s hobbies include long-distance running, working out, eating, reading interesting magazine/newspaper articles, watching movies, traveling and learning new languages and interacting with people from different cultures, and spending time with family and friends.

2008

Jasmine Davaloo

Jasmine Davaloo

Jasmine grew up in Marin County and attended Redwood High School. She graduated cum laude and with College Honors from University of California, Los Angeles in 2006, where she majored in Political Science with concentration in International Relations and Law. She is currently a second-year student at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. This is Ms. Davaloo's first summer at the County Counsel's Office as she begins her legal experience as a law student. During this time, she has received great exposure to a variety of legal areas, including employment law, constitutional rights, probate, and tort - liability, to name a few. She has composed complaints, motions, and legal memoranda, and has attended state and federal court hearings, depositions, and ADR meetings. Her experience at the County Counsel's Office has heightened her interest in employment law and labor relations. She hopes to pursue this area of law further and return to our office next summer.

Erin Barni

Erin Barni

Erin is a long-time resident of Marin County. She is a Marin Catholic High School alum and subsequently graduated from the University of Southern California cum laude in 2006. She is currently in her third year at Santa Clara University School of Law. This is Ms. Barni's second summer working as a legal intern for the County Counsel's Office. Between the summers of 2007 and 2008, she has acquired a healthy scope of legal experience, including drafting trial briefs, motions, and resolutions, as well as honing her legal researching skills. She has had the opportunity to work on projects involving countering inverse condemnation liability, striking false judgment liens, and barring the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, to name a few. As a result of her experience with the County Counsel's Office, Ms. Barni has concentrated her studies in the public interest sector. She is looking forward to one day practicing as a criminal prosecutor.