AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Criminal Fines & Fees, Family Law & Juvenile Dependency, Record Clearance, Legislative Advocacy, Litigation and Administrative Advocacy, Economic Justice, Reproductive Justice, Reentry, Criminal Law, Prisons & Jails, Voting Rights, Collateral Consequences.
As a Staff Attorney, Brittany supports LSPC’s policy reform and legal advocacy goals in a range of ways, including by lobbying for state and local legislative reforms, serving as counsel in impact litigation, and coordinating public education campaigns. Leading LSPC’s economic justice work, Brittany advocates and organizes for statewide reforms to the court-ordered debt that traps millions of Californians in poverty. Representing LSPC in the Back on the Road Coalition – a group of civil rights and legal services organizations from across the state – Brittany helped make California the first state in the nation to stop suspending the licenses of drivers who miss a payment in traffic court.
A member of LSPC’s Family Unity Project team, Brittany co-teaches the Lifelines Family Law Class, which empowers incarcerated parents to advocate for their rights and support their peers as jailhouse lawyers. She works with other legal staff and with directly-impacted organizers to train advocates in issues facing parents and caregivers with convictions, to enforce reproductive justice rights for incarcerated women, and to fight for reforms to California’s dependency court system. Brittany also provides legal information and advice to formerly incarcerated and convicted individuals in reentry legal issues such as record clearance remedies and in civil rights issues such as voting and jury service. In addition to her legal and policy work, Brittany also supervises LSPC’s internship and volunteer program.
Brittany joined the LSPC staff in March 2014. Before starting her current position, Brittany worked with LSPC as a law student intern and later as a post-graduate legal fellow. Originally from Hawaii, Brittany received her J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, where she specialized in civil rights and international human rights law, and her Bachelor’s from the Evergreen State College, where she concentrated in race, class, and gender studies.
Conquering Court Debt: Arguing “Ability to Pay” in Traffic Court – LAAC Training
East Bay Express – Alameda County Superior Court Reverses License Suspensions for Nearly 54,000 Drivers Who Couldn’t Afford to Pay Traffic Fines
Back on the Road – Stopped, Fined, Arrested: Racial Bias in Policing and Traffic Courts in California
ACLU NorCal – CA Legal Orgs Bring First-of-its-kind Lawsuit Challenging Harmful Driver’s License Suspension Policies
San Francisco Bay View – Proposition 47: The clock is ticking to apply for relief
California Correctional Crisis – Litigating Solitary Confinement: Class Certification in Ashker v. Brown
Fighting for Our Rights: A Toolbox for Family Advocates of California Prisoners