Dianne Blakely, Administrative Director
Dianne began at the Law Center in the spring 2001 as the Administrative Director. Her current responsibilities include office management, finance, grant reporting and monitoring. She supervises the receptionist and volunteer undergraduates. Dianne has an extensive background in Human Resources having worked at a law office, retail establishment and high tech businesses.
Reuben Castillo, Paralegal
Reuben grew up in east San José, and is familiar with the problems many of our clients encounter in their daily lives. He worked as a delivery person until an industrial injury sent him for retraining as a paralegal. While studying at Santa Clara University’s Paralegal Institute, Reuben volunteered at the Community Law Center. Upon graduating in 1995, Reuben began work as a full time paralegal at the Community Law Center. He interviews clients, works as an interpreter (he speaks fluent Spanish), supervises the consumer and debtor clinics, does community outreach, supervises entry of statistics into the Center’s database, generates data required for reports to grantor and handles administrative tasks as needed.
Margarita P. Sandoval, Legal Assistant
Margarita is the legal assistant and clinic coordinator for the immigration practice area. Margarita joined the law center in summer of 2002. Since then she has been passionate about helping immigrants navigate and understand the criminal justice system in this country.
Margarita is particularly interested in helping women and children victims of domestic violence and other traumatic events. She has extensive experience working with victims of crimes, human trafficking and asylum seekers.
Margarita is not only a proud mom, but continues to pursue a degree in criminal justice. She also enjoys reading, traveling and spending as much time as possible at her favorite place, Yosemite.
In addition to its staff, the Community Law Center is fortunate to have the support of hundreds of volunteers every year. Their contributions are as diverse as they are significant. The KGACLC volunteers serve as:
- attorneys volunteering their time at advice clinics
- attorneys providing consultations and lectures to students handling cases
- Santa Clara Law students counseling at advice clinics
- Santa Clara Law students handling cases
- SCU undergraduates interpreting
- SCU undergraduates helping to develop brochures, newsletters, fliers
- community volunteers helping to interpret
- others sharing their expertise in photography, graphic design, tax issues, statistics, computer programming, writing, and whatever skills the Community Law Center happens to need