Braz Shabrell

Directing Attorney

As an attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Program, Braz represents low-income tenants in the East Bay facing eviction and other forms of displacement. In addition to unlawful detainer defense, Braz also assists tenants through Centro’s drop-in clinics, where they counsel tenants on issues such as landlord harassment, illegal rent increases, and other housing-related issues. Braz comes to Centro with years of housing and unlawful detainer experience, having previously worked as a Staff Attorney and Clinical Supervisor at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) and a Staff Attorney at the Eviction Defense Collaborative in SF.

Prior to working in housing, Braz was a legal fellow at a prison abolitionist organization, Justice Now, where they advocated on behalf of women and trans/GNC folks in women’s prisons around issues related to medical neglect, police misconduct, solitary confinement, and other human rights violations. During law school, Braz interned with a variety of civil rights and social justice organizations, including the Equal Justice Society, Legal Aid at Work, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). They graduated from UCLA Law School with dual specializations in Critical Race Studies and Public Interest Law and Policy.

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