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I am now retired and no longer practicing law.

I was an extern for Justice Mathew Tobriner of the California Supreme Court in 1979. I graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law with a J.D., magna cum laude, in 1980. 

I did transactional law and litigation in the fields of real property, employment, condemnation, and other civil areas for 24 years with a mid-sized private law firm in Palo Alto, Calfiornia from 1980-2004.

After 2004 I spent one year representing battered women at the Pro Bono Project in San Jose, California and eight years doing pro bono legal work for Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.


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Palo Alto, CA


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesThe State Bar of California2009
2008 LAAC Award of MeritLegal Aid Association of California2008
Magna Cum Laude J.D.Santa Clara University Law School1980
American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and TortsAmerican Jurisprudence1978
Dean's ListSanta Clara University Law School1978
NIMH TraineeshipNat'l Instit. Mental Health1970
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCommunity Legal Services in East Palo Alto2004 - Present
AttorneyProBonoProject of Silicon Valley2004 - 2006
AttorneyGermino Runte MacKay et al. Law Firm1980 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. 9th Cir, 9th Cir Ct of Ap, US Dist. Ct, East Dist CAAdmitted1980 - Present
CA State Bar, Women Lawyers, Real Property SectionMember1980 - 2003
Publication nameTitleDate
Arch Gen PsychiatryConsenus Statement on Use of Placebos2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of PennsylvaniaEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Shaking the FoundationsCivil Rights2006
Guest LecturerJuvenile Mental Health Courts and Civil Rights2006