Friday, July 31, 2015

Our Team

Salena Copeland
Executive Director

As LAAC's Executive Director, Salena oversees all of LAAC programs. This includes everything from supporting the board of directors through their bylaws revision process to visiting California state legislators as a member of the Bench Bar Coalition to helping to plan Pathways to Justice, one of the largest statewide conferences for legal services attorneys. Salena sees her role at LAAC as helping to make sure that the community connects with each other, even when they may not see a connection.
Before coming to LAAC, Salena ran the Justice Bus Project as a OneJustice Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. Salena is a 2007 graduate of Stanford Law School. While there, she was a clinical student at the Stanford Community Law Clinic and interned at two Bay Area Public Defenders' offices. Prior to law school, she was an AmeriCorps volunteer literacy specialist at an elementary school in Austin, Texas, and a preschool coordinator at a family shelter in Menlo Park.
Please contact Salena at or at 510-893-3000 ext. 106.

Lorin Kline
Program Attorney

Lorin joined LAAC in early 2014. Before joining LAAC, Lorin practiced civil litigation at large and small Bay Area law firms where she handled numerous pro bono matters. Lorin is a 2010 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law. During her time at UC Davis, Lorin led a legal aid student volunteer organization, spearheaded pro bono efforts of the American Bar Association's Law Student Division, and participated in the school's Civil Rights Clinic. Lorin is currently co-chairs the Bar Association of San Francisco's Barristers Pro Bono and Community Service Committee.  
Please contact Lorin at or at 510-893-3000 ext. 105.

Denise Watt
Senior Program Coordinator

Denise joined LAAC in October 2009. As program coordinator, she works on a variety of LAAC projects, but her main focus is working on Model Approaches, a grant partnership to improve coordination among senior legal services providers. She enjoys working with member programs to ensure that they have access to LAAC membership benefits, such as discounts on Westlaw and Ethnic Bridge, a language line service.
Prior to LAAC, Denise worked at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco. She is originally from South Dakota, where she graduated with degrees in Spanish and journalism.

Please contact Denise at or at 510-893-3000 ext. 103.
Tim Ng
Program Associate
Tim Ng joined LAAC in August 2014 as LAAC's Program Associate. In this position, he is in charge of updating and maintaining Tim is committed to broadening the availability of legal resources and making those tools more accessible to diverse audiences. He is interested in building a coalition between the legal aid community and other service-oriented organizations.
Previously, Tim was an AmeriCorps VISTA with the San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative in Fresno. In his position there, he organized a summit on the region's affordable housing landscape. Tim graduated from Oberlin College in 2012 with a B.A. in Politics and Law & Society. 
Please contact Tim at or at 510-893-3000 ext 102.