Margaret Laffan

In-Prison Program Attorney

Oakland, California

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Over the past 11 years, Margaret has worked for and volunteered with multiple organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that support and collaborate with people in prison and in reentry around direct service needs, legislative advocacy, and organizing.  

Most recently, Margaret spent nearly four years as a staff attorney with Homeless Action Center in Oakland, providing Social Security Disability representation and other public benefits advocacy to unhoused people in Alameda County. 

Margaret received a JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 2016, with a focus on Poverty Law and Economic Justice, and a BA from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Feminist Studies and Literature. 

Outside of work, Margaret enjoys trail runs and backpacking trips, cooking, reading speculative fiction, and trying to learn new skills that use the more hands-on, tactile parts of the brain that the law does not. 

 

Margaret Laffan

In-Prison Program Attorney

Oakland, California

Email Margaret

Over the past 11 years, Margaret has worked for and volunteered with multiple organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that support and collaborate with people in prison and in reentry around direct service needs, legislative advocacy, and organizing.  

Most recently, Margaret spent nearly four years as a staff attorney with Homeless Action Center in Oakland, providing Social Security Disability representation and other public benefits advocacy to unhoused people in Alameda County. 

Margaret received a JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 2016, with a focus on Poverty Law and Economic Justice, and a BA from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Feminist Studies and Literature. 

Outside of work, Margaret enjoys trail runs and backpacking trips, cooking, reading speculative fiction, and trying to learn new skills that use the more hands-on, tactile parts of the brain that the law does not. 

 

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

I come to work at Root & Rebound everyday because I believe that we need to be working toward a world that does not rely on a harmful, racist system of incarceration and punishment, but instead focuses on models of justice that center on healing and transformation. My role as Root & Rebound’s In-Prison Program Attorney means getting to share knowledge and resources so that people coming home from prison can more easily navigate the overwhelming obstacles that the current system puts in their way, which I see as one small way of pushing back on the systemic violence of mass incarceration.

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