Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Former PILI Fellow Returns for Round Two!

After graduating from law school, Natasha Serafin worked for CVLS as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow before starting at Chapman and Cutler LLP. Tasha enjoyed her experience so much that she came back as a volunteer!

Tasha and her colleagues at Chapman were staffing the Community Law Clinic at Legal Prep Charter Academy when they first met Irma. Irma had come to the clinic looking for representation to obtain legal guardianship of her adult son with down syndrome. As a Spanish-speaking single mother, she had limited understanding of the legal process and needed an attorney.

After meeting with Irma, Tasha decided to take on the case personally. She represented Irma throughout the guardianship process, assisting her with all of the required paperwork and speaking with her son’s medical professionals. The Court appointed a Guardian ad Litem who recommended guardianship. At a final hearing, the Court agreed with the GAL’s recommendation and appointed Irma as legal guardian!

To commemorate their success, Irma and Tasha agreed to take a photo together. The lawyer and satisfied client are pictured below along with Sara Ghadiri, Chapman’s pro bono counsel.

When we asked Tasha about her work on the case, she explained, “Adult GAL pro bono work is very important to me as I was able to cultivate these skills during my PILI Fellowship with CVLS, and I am glad to be able to continue this important pro bono work at Chapman and Cutler.”