Meet the Staff

Bill Wise

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Bill is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the ELDR Center.


Bill Wise began working at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) over 30 years ago. Prior to joining ELDR Center in January 2017, Bill was a supervising attorney for LASOC's Senior Citizen Legal Advocacy Program. 

Bill earned his bachelor's degree and law degree from Santa Clara University. 

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Brooke Weitzman

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While working toward increased access to legal services Brooke is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through her work locally and nationally.


Before founding the ELDR Center, Brooke provided legal services to veterans as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. She worked to ensure access to justice; prevent homelessness; increase employment; and more to protect the rights of our veterans. 


A member of only the third class at UCI Law, Brooke had the opportunity to make significant contributions to the school as a student leader. She received awards from her peers, actively engaged the community, and completed over 430 hours of pro bono work. She also planned symposia including “Opposing the Criminalization of Homelessness: Building a Human Rights Framework” and “Prisoner’s Access to Justice: Exploring Legal, Medical, Mental Health, and Education Rights.”  

Jacob Berezin

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Jacob is a UCI Law Public Service Fellow. Prior his fellowship at the ELDR Center, Jacob worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, working with Orange County and Los Angeles’s homeless populations. During his time in law school, Jacob served as co-chair of UCI’s chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, participated in moot court, and was an extern at the ELDR Center, where he worked on the Santa Ana Riverbed litigation.

Jacob is a recent graduate of UCI Law. 

Sarah Dawley

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Sarah is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Sarah was an active member of the community as a student. She volunteered at the Supplemental Security Income Clinic to help clients whose disability benefits had been reduced or cancelled attempt to re-obtain them. She also worked as a domestic violence interviewer, and participated in the Saturday Academy of Law program helping teach children about the legal system. 


Sarah served on the Moot Court Board as Co-Vice President of Brief Writing.

As a student in the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic, Sarah began assisting with Federal litigation at the ELDR Center. Sarah is thrilled to join the team as a law fellow.

Jessica Arbgast

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Bio coming soon.

Thank you to our 2018 Summer Team

Law Clerks

Spencer Shure - University of California Irvine School of Law Class of 2020

Nora Steinhagen - University of Minnesota Class of 2019

Athena Nguyen - Western State University Class of 2018

Jess Jin - Chapman Law Class of 2019


Ally Myers joined our team for the summer and is now a student at University of California Irvine School of Law in the Class of 2021. 


 Alissa Anderson joined us as a volunteer. She is a student at Hofstra. 


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Our Bronze Sponsors

Gregory Clarkson

Stacey Becker