Ruth Silver Taube

After graduating from law school, Ruth Silver Taube clerked for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte, District Court Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose. She has previously worked for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the San Francisco District Office as a Federal Mediator where she mediated employment law disputes and conducted technical assistance trainings.  She was also a roster mediator for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division for Americans with Disabilities Act cases.  She was formerly an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Cotchett, Illston & Pitre. She is currently a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Silver & Taube, Special Counsel to Legal Aid at Work, and Of Counsel to Step Forward Foundation.

Prior to law school, Ruth Silver Taube taught English at Njala University College in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She was also a journeyman machinist, President of Machinists Local 547, and Field Representative for Service Employees International Union Local 535.

Ruth Silver Taube was an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law where she co-taught a clinical class on Mediation of Employment Law Disputes. She has guest lectured on human trafficking, equal pay, employment law, ERISA, and mediation at Stanford University School of Law, Hastings College of Law, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Santa Cruz County Women Lawyers Association, the San Francisco County Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Association of Unemployment Insurance Appellate Boards, and various public agencies and community organizations.

Ruth Silver Taube is currently the Legal Services Chair of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, a delegate to the Santa Clara County’s Human Trafficking Commission, an Advisory Member of the County’s Hate Crimes Taskforce, Coordinator of the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition, a founding member of the Bay Area Equal Pay Collaborative, and Supervising Attorney of the Santa Clara County Office of Labor Standard’s Enforcement Legal Advice Line. Ruth has partnered with community organizations, the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California and the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California to hold legal clinics in the community, has provided Know Your Rights training to community groups, and trained county staff and transit operators in Santa Clara and San Francisco County to identify human trafficking.

Awards and Recognition

Trailblazer Award, Filipino Bar Association of North America, 2021

Modern Day Abolitionist Award, San Francisco Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, 2021

Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award, (with Lynette Parker), Freedom Network, USA, 2020

Freedom Fighter of the Year Award, Silicon Valley/San Jose, NAACP, 2020

Promoting Justice Award, CAIR, 2018

Wonder Woman of the Year Award, Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, 2017

Pro Bono Recognition Award, Santa Clara County Bar, 2016

Keynote Speaker, Vietnamese American Bar Association Dinner, 2013

Unsung Hero Award, Santa Clara County Victim Support Network, 2013

Pro Bono Service Award, California State Bar, 2007


J.D., summa cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law

M.A., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan