Virginia Villegas, Esq., Chair

Villegas/Carrera, LLP


Rosa Armendariz

Diablo Valley Community College

Christine Brigagliano, Esq., Vice-Chair

Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP

Ruben Chavez, JD

Golden Valley Health Centers


Manuel Magaña

Farm Worker (Retired)


Richard M. Pearl, Esq.

Law Offices of Richard M. Pearl

Jessica Stender, Esq.

Equal Rights Advocates

Peder J. V. Thoreen, Esq.

Altshuler Berzon, LLP

Rosario Vasquez, Treasurer

Community Organizer

Meredith A. Johnson, Esq.

Santa Clara County, Office of the County Counsel

Silvia Garcia, Esq.

In Memoriam (1968-2012)

"I started working with César Chavez in the 1970s. By the 1980s legal aid was under fire and we had to find another way to continue the important work. I am proud to have been on the forefront of creating CRLAF. We have worked really hard for the rights of the farm workers for many years and still there are many things that need to change."

Manuel Magaña

Board Member

I think that it’s difficult to pass strong protective legislation given the power and influence of big agribusinesses.That is why it is so important to have an organization like CRLAF advocating for needed changes.

Joseph Jaramillo, Esq.

Board Member

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