Frank Fernández, Esq.
Pictured here in October 2019 at the LRCL offices, are Frank Fernández, Esq. and his wife, Carmen. Frank is one of our agency founders and remains a core supporter of our office today. Mr. Fernandez, together with fellow law student Al Borvice, Esq. and other Chicanx law students from the San Francisco Bay Area, founded La Raza Centro Legal in 1973.
Amanda Alvarado Ford, Esq.
Amanda is pictured here with her son James, in Immigration Court in April 2019, after completing a merits hearing on behalf of a female Salvadoran client who was fleeing gender-based persecution. The client’s asylum case was granted in May, 2019.
Stephen Rosenbaum, Esq., MPP, JD
Pro Bono Counsel
Stephen Rosenbaum, Esq., is a veteran social justice advocate and litigator whose experience includes federal and state litigation, policy advocacy, mediation and individual administrative claims on behalf of immigrants, students, workers, persons with disabilities and a host of other clients. He joined plaintiffs’ litigation team on behalf of La Raza Centro Legal in 2019, monitoring enforcement of the Flores v. Barr national class action settlement that provides protections for unaccompanied minors. Steve’s practice has been devoted to civil and human rights—with California Rural Legal Assistance and Centro Legal Campesino/Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma, as a senior attorney with two major disability rights public interest firms and with the Child Care Law Center and as an anti-discrimination lawyer with a small plaintiff-side San Francisco firm. He has also consulted on rule of law, access to justice and legal education in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Iran, Qatar and Togo.
Steve is the Frank C. Newman Lecturer at Berkeley Law and Visiting Researcher Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute. He has also taught courses in disability rights and justice, mental health policy and professional skills at Stanford, USF and Golden Gate. He co-piloted an international human rights and business clinic and taught a human rights advocacy seminar while a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Washington. He has contributed know-your-rights and other lay information to numerous bilingual manuals, handouts and websites. His scholarship includes articles and contributions to books on clinical legal education, lay advocacy, community legal education, disability, special education, immigration and international human rights.