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I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Clayton High School  I graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Chicago.  I next attended the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.  While attending law school I worked on police practices matters with the NAACP West Coast Regional Office in San Francisco, Oakland and later in Richmond, California.  


After law school, I was a legislative advocate for the America Civil Liberties Union Affilliates of Northern and Southern California in the Sacramento Legislative Office.  As an ACLU legislative advocate I worked on legislation to limit the ability of law enforcement agencies to strip search individuals who were detainees for non-violent misdeameanor offenses.  The bill was approved by the Legislature, then vetoed by Gov. Deukmejian who later signed a revised version of the bill into law.


I also worked on AIDS policy and medical privacy issues.


I next worked for 25 years as a staff attorney with Legal Services of Northern California primarily handling administrative law matters.  I handled a number of Social Security disability cases for residents of Placer County through a contract with LSNC and the Placer County welfare department.  Clients whose claims were approved were also approved for Medi-Cal.  I  sucessfully took a number of these cases to judicial review proceedings before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California where the SSA hearing decisions were vacated and the cases send back to SSA for rehearing.  In most of those cases, the disability claim was granted.





Practice areas

  1. Administrative Law: 65%
    32 years
  2. Unspecified: 18%
  3. Civil Rights: 10%
    32 years
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 5%
    32 years
  5. Other: 2%
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Law Office of Daphne L. Macklin

P.O. Box 661702
Sacramento, CA, 95866


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Daphne L. Macklin2012 - Present
Adjunct FacultyCalifornia State University, Sacramento1998 - 2003
Staff AttorneyLegal Services Of Northern California1987 - 2012
Legislative AdvocateAmerican Civil Liberties Union Of Northern California1983 - 1987
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Griggs v. AstrueSSA decision was reversed and the matter remanded for rehearing. At rehearing, claim was granted.
Cadaret v. WagnerCDSS settled the case and formally published the regulations.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of Chicago Law SchoolPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SSA Benefits Training for Placer County Welfare Department StaffSSA Disability Benefits2012
N.Cal. Public Benefits OverviewTraining Team Member2012