Sunday, January 7, 2018

Welcome Attorney Cheri Hatanaka

We are happy to announce that Cheri Hatanaka has joined our firm as a Contract Attorney as of January 2018. She has been licensed in California since 2009, but previously practiced in Arizona starting in 2005. As of 2014 she has acted as an Advisory Board Member for the Family Resource Network of Alameda County. Further, she has negotiated disability services with governmental agencies, including school districts, Medi-Cal, regional centers, California Children’s Services, and Alameda Social Services (IHSS).  Between 2005-2008, she worked as a Prosecutor for the Cochise County District Attorney's Office, prosecuting cases related to domestic violence and sexual abuse. She attended The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and received a BA in Economics from UC Santa Cruz. She is proficient in American Sign Language. Joint us in welcoming Cheri to our team. 

Welcome Attorney Meera Parikh to Our Firm

Meera Parikh has started with All for the Family Legal Clinic as a contract attorney as of January 2018. Meera attended Santa Clara University School of Law and was admitted to practice in California in 2001. Her practice has focused mostly on business and commercial litigation, while also working in the areas of real estate, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights and receiverships. She has also represented Silicon Valley technology companies in patent prosecution, licensing, trademark and other intellectual property matters. Prior to law school, Meera graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Cell/Molecular Biology. We are thrilled to welcome someone with Meera's complex discovery and civil litigation background to our team. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

We were named Best of the Best

All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc. has received the Gold Award for Best of the Best Legal Services East Bay from Bay Area Parent's Magazine.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thinking about consulting an attorney?

Most people do need an attorney to represent them in court; however the bulk of people cannot afford one. That is why we, and many law firms, offer limited scope services. This allows you to hire an attorney for one issue or one hearing, and continue to represent yourself on other issues. The most common is for someone to hire us in limited scope for the initial hearing on child/spousal support and custody/visitation, which are very often all included in the same motion (or Request for Order). Once those issues have an initial ruling, in many cases low/moderate income parties can come to agreements on property and finalize the divorce or parentage case.

When you are looking for an attorney to represent you in a divorce case, it is important that you feel comfortable with the attorney handling your case, the lead attorney for the firm, and that you understand the divorce process. Many times you will share intimate details with your attorney so it is imperative that there be a good and comfortable working relationship. In order to establish this, it is also important that you are direct with your attorney during the initial consultation to let them know what type of representation you are looking for and what type of personality you have. Are you the type of person that wants to know every little detail that occurs on your case or do you us only to make you aware of the highlights? Do you expect most communication to be by email or phone, or do you prefer in person meetings every time? Do you have a disability or have you suffered trauma that we should be aware of? Does the other side have an issue or personality type we would be aware of? These are all things that help us assign the right attorney for your case and help you choose if you should work with our office.

In advance of your consultation I suggest that you have bullet points of important topics and questions that you hope to cover; that you have a list of what your long term goals are for your case (do you want the house, sole legal custody, etc). We have applications that provides most of the information we will need to draft the initial documents associated with your case and give you guidance as to what information we need for the consultation on our website

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 Rising Star Selection

Our Lead Attorney, Pamela Ross, has been selected to the 2017 California Rising Stars list.  This is her second year on the list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters (associated with Westlaw) business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. 

Super Lawyers maintain strict separation between research and advertising. The names of all attorneys selected by Super Lawyers are published in our print publications and at at no charge whether they advertise or not. Advertising sales do not begin until after the selection process is completed and Attorneys are not required to participate in advertising. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Welcoming a New Attorney...

Join us in welcoming Katherine Lo as a new Staff Attorney for All for the Family Legal Clinic.
Katherine attended UC Davis for law school and received a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She has volunteered countless hours in the area of Immigration Law with the Asian Law Alliance in San Jose and worked with the Yolo County Self Help Center assisting pro per litigants in areas of Family Law, Restraining Orders, and Unlawful Detainers. Katherine also speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese. We are excited to add her to the team.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

We're Hiring!


All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit legal clinic dedicated to serving low income and middle income families in the Bay Area. There is an opportunity for either a 1099 contractor position or a full time employee position depending on desired candidate’s experience and availability.

Attorney will handle family law cases, mostly related to divorce, custody, and restraining orders. Most cases will be in Alameda County; however we do also practice in Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco counties.

  • Active California Bar Membership required
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in Family Law (internships may be considered toward experience)
  • Self-starter, as you will have the ability to work from home
  • Ability to complete tasks without much guidance and training
  • Ability to come into the office in Castro Valley at least 3 days per week for meetings with clients, to check mail, and to discuss cases as needed
  • Detail oriented as filings and briefs require extensive attention to detail
  • Ability to do own legal research and writing as needed; Familiarity with family law forms
  • Must be able to get to court hearings as required
  • After attorney builds up a full case load, they should expect to bill between 20-30 hours per week (or 1200+ hours per year)

We are a nonprofit focused on providing the best legal representation to clients. We serve members of various cultural and socio-economic groups. We are dedicated to community service and we are looking for a like minded individual. You will be one of four attorneys.  

Send resume and writing sample to Pamela Ross at