We’re thrilled to have Legal Director Allison Elgart back in the office after her maternity leave. Allison and Tony had a healthy baby girl, Charley Ava. Welcome back, Allison!
Eva and all of us at EJS express our deepest appreciation to Zabrina Aleguire for serving as Acting Legal Director during Allison’s leave. Zabrina did a wonderful job advancing our legal initiatives along with Chris Bridges, who also took on some extra duties. Thank you, Zabrina, and good luck on your next endeavor!
EJS also welcomes Jasleen Singh and Ali Stack to our team this summer.
Jasleen Singh is EJS’s Summer Law Clerk. A rising third-year at Berkeley Law and the Director of the Sikh Monologues Project, she is an Articles Editor for the California Law Review, has worked for the East Bay Community Law Center’s Immigration Clinic, and has served on the boards of the Women of Color Collective, the Coalition for Diversity, and the Asian American Law Journal.
Prior to law school, Jasleen founded the Sikh Monologues Project, for which she interviewed Sikh Americans across the country, wrote short narratives based on those interviews, and then directed stage performances. She continues to produce the show, which most recently premiered in New York.
Jasleen is incredibly excited to be joining Equal Justice Society as a law clerk this summer. She hopes to better understand the consequences of implicit bias in our nation’s classrooms and to learn how EJS has been a leader in using implicit bias data to effect more holistic, radical Equal Protection litigation. Jasleen is also passionately invested in projects that create safe spaces for women and minorities, and is devoted to coffee shops, traveling, and the concept of storytelling.
Ali Stack is a Legal & Development Intern at EJS this summer. This fall, Ali will be a senior at Stanford University in the American Studies department. Ali serves as a director of Stanford’s Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE), a student group that fosters supportive, empowering relationships between Stanford students and middle school girls in East Palo Alto. For the past two years, Ali has worked closely on a faculty research project analyzing immigration narratives in American high school history textbooks from the 1930s to the present.
She is currently working on her honors thesis, “Detroit Techno: Race and Resistance, Yesterday and Today,” that will examine techno music in Detroit, Michigan, as a genre deeply rooted in notions of racial justice. Ali is thrilled to be working with EJS this summer and looks forward to learning from its dynamic team. She is particularly excited by EJS’s unique approach to specific questions of justice – one that combines legal and social science research.
Ali plans to pursue social justice work after graduation before applying to doctoral programs. Her past experience in social justice nonprofit work includes case management with the New York Abortion Access Fund in New York City and critical pedagogy through arts education with the Mural Music & Arts Project in East Palo Alto.