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7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 210
Oakland, California 94621
(510) 496-5200
Fax: (510) 496-5250

EAST BAY CHILDREN'S LAW OFFICES

EBLCO Team Photo 2017

Executive Team

Executive Director Kristin Mateer: Kristin Mateer co-founded EBCLO in 2009 and served as one of its Managing Attorneys from 2009 until 2018 when she became the Executive Director. She is a Child Welfare Law Specialist and has practiced in Alameda County representing both parents and children in the juvenile dependency system since 1998, first for the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office and now for EBCLO. Prior to becoming an attorney for children, Kristin began her work with the juvenile dependency system as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) through San Francisco CASA where she mentored the same child from the time he was 11 years old through his emancipation from the foster care system at age 18. Kristin then sat on the Advisory Board of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Alameda County. for nine years, and was the Chair of the Advisory Board for seven years. Kristin is a graduate of UCLA and holds a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, and she is also the mother of two girls.

Managing Attorney Roxanne Romell: Roxanne brings a wealth of child welfare law experience and a great sense of humor to EBCLO as of 2015. She has previously represented both parents, as part of Juvenile Dependency Counselors, and the Alameda County Social Services Agency through the Office of the County Counsel, and she is thrilled to now be representing the children in Alameda County’s dependency system. Outside of her child welfare experience, Roxanne’s areas of expertise include tenant law, commercial real estate, and residential real estate law. Her litigation experience outside juvenile court includes representation of 39 low-income, immigrant families in a habitability case against a slumlord who owns 18 properties in Oakland, and representation of four Chinese-American families in a suit against a multi-millionaire developer. She is a member of the Women Lawyers of Alameda County, National Legal Aid & Defenders Association, East Bay Tenant's Bar Association, ACORN and local bar associations in the East Bay, and she is the past-president of the Board of Directors of the HERA (Housing & Economic Rights Advocates).