lawvolunteersJames Wood
Jim is leaving private practice after 35 years as a trial lawyer with Crosby Heafey and Reed Smith representing manufacturers of prescription products. His true passion has always been to give voice to those who have none and for many years has represented pro bono clients with HIV/AIDS, incarcerated individuals and California school children. One of his cases, Cooper v. FAA, was heard in the United States Supreme Court on the issue of whether the illegal disclosure of a pilot’s HIV status was actionable. He currently serves as Co-chair of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in San Francisco and Chair of the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation for the Alameda County Bar Association.

Jennifer Orthwein
Jennifer is transitioning from a career as a forensic psychologist working in the California correctional and state hospital systems to focus on legal and policy issues related to transgender individuals, particularly those impacted by the criminal justice system. She is licensed to practice law and psychology in California.
Jennifer received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and holds a B.A. from Bucknell University, an M.A. in Applied Psychology from Golden Gate University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University.

Kristen Verrastro
Kristen joined TLC in December 2012 as a Post-Graduate Law Clerk. She was graduated from Boston University School of Law and is admitted to the State Bar of California. Kristen has an interest in civil rights, policy work, impact litigation, and non-profit management. Kristen enjoys working at TLC because she finds it both important and fulfilling to contribute to TLC’s mission: “Making Authentic Lives Possible.”