Who We Are
Erin is the co-founder and Executive Director/CEO of Family Violence Appellate Project. Erin has spent more than 15 years working on behalf of domestic violence survivors. From 2006-2012, she acted as lead counsel in a case representing an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence before the parole board and in a challenge to her criminal conviction with a habeas corpus petition, successfully securing the client’s release from prison after more than 27 years. Read Full Bio
Nancy has been a leading authority on domestic violence for more than 30 years, pioneered its study in law schools and is the author of Domestic Violence Law, the premiere textbook on the subject. Nancy has been teaching the Domestic Violence Seminar at UC Berkeley Law – the first law school class of its kind – since 1988, and also directs the Domestic Violence Practicum. Read Full Bio
Jennafer Dorfman Wagner
Director of Programs
Jennafer has been a legal services attorney since 1997, including 12 years in a supervisory or managerial role. She has practiced in diverse geographic regions and in multiple subject areas in previous positions at Mental Health Advocacy Project (a project of Law Foundation of Silicon Valley) in San Jose, California; Legal Action of Wisconsin; Washington (DC) Legal Clinic for the Homeless; and Nevada Legal Services. Read Full Bio
Shuray has been practicing litigation at the trial and appellate level since January, 2010. Before joining FVAP, she managed the Legal Services department at a domestic violence shelter in San Francisco, La Casa De Las Madres, where her practice focused on domestic violence law, family law, immigration law, and victims’ rights in criminal matters. She joined FVAP in 2014 to help guide and empower survivors in defending their rights in civil appeals. Read Full Bio
Anya has 10 years of appellate experience, specializing in domestic violence and juvenile dependency law in both New York and California. She comes to FVAP from the First District Appellate Project, where she represented parents and children in juvenile dependency appeals in the First District Court of Appeal. Read Full Bio
Employment & Housing Justice Attorney
Before joining FVAP, Jason worked as an international human rights lawyer, a legal aid family court litigator, and a public defender. He co-created and directed the Re-Entry for Monroe County Legal Assistance Center and the Rochester office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, and taught at Syracuse University College of Law Office of Clinical Educational Programs, where he served as Practitioner-In-Residents of the Criminal Defence Clinic. Read full bio.
Cassandra has been advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 2008. Before joining FVAP, Cassandra was a trial attorney at Family Violence Law Center in Oakland, where she assisted survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through all stages of the civil restraining order process. During this time, Cassandra also represented survivors of campus assault at Title IX proceedings, with a focus on appeals. A graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, Cassandra has held a number of internship positions at government and non-profit agencies, including the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, and Amnesty International USA. During law school, Cassandra also participated in USF’s Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic, which gave her the opportunity to lobby on issues of food security and gender-based violence at both the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women and the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Prior to joining FVAP in 2016, Renee worked as an investigator for the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, a California state agency that prepares habeas corpus appeals in capital cases. Renee holds a B.A in Urban Planning and Community Development from the University of Kansas City, Missouri, and in 2015 she received an ABA-Approved paralegal certificate from West Los Angeles College.
Before joining FVAP in 2017, Meg was the Office Manager at La Selva Residential, a nonprofit Residential Mental Health Facility. Prior to that, she served as Volunteer Case Manager and Co-Head of the Fundraising Committee at Friends Outside, an organization providing support and resources to incarcerated individuals and their families. Meg holds a B.A. in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.