As a member of the Tenants’ Rights program at Centro Legal, Micaela focuses on affirmative litigation and supervises the program’s weekly walk-in clinics. In her cases, she represents low-income tenants in lawsuits against their landlords for violations of state and local housing law. She has also represented low-income Oakland tenants at Rent Adjustment Program hearings. She joined Centro Legal as an Equal Justice Works fellow.
Throughout law school, Micaela worked as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Services Center’s Housing Clinic, where she discovered her passion for tenants’ rights. She helped staff the Attorney for the Day program at Boston Housing Court and secured reasonable accommodations for low-income tenants confronting eviction. She gained additional experience in indigent defense through internships at the Public Defender’s Service in Washington, D.C. and the Innocence Project in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was also a member of Harvard’s Prison Legal Assistance Project, representing inmates in prison disciplinary hearings.
Micaela graduated from Harvard Law School, with recognition for performing over 1000 hours of pro bono service. Before law school, she received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a member of the women’s soccer team.