BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Becky Levine is a Supervising Attorney with the California Western Community Law Project. She supervises law students in a free legal clinic focused on serving refugee communities in the Mid-City area of San Diego. Becky has over sixteen years experience as a public interest attorney in a variety of legal service organizations. She began her career as a staff attorney at the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center in Denver. There she advocated for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. Ms. Levine then spent five years providing consulting services to legal aid organizations across the country on the use of technology to improve service delivery. In San Diego, Ms. Levine has been a dedicated pro bono volunteer with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and a volunteer Small Claims Court mediator with the National Conflict Resolution Center. Ms. Levine graduated from Westmont College with a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish and earned her law degree at the University of Denver College of Law where she was a Chancellor's Public Interest Scholar. Ms. Levine holds a license to practice law in California and Colorado.
Camille L. Gustafson
Camille Gustafson is an associate attorney at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton. She represents private and public employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation and counsels employers on day-to-day employment matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gustafson served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, and for the Honorable Anthony Battaglia, United States District Court. She also worked as a law clerk for the Employee Rights Center and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. In addition, Ms. Gustafson has nearly 20 years of professional experience in marketing, communication, and development. She has extensive experience with non-profit organizations and the hospitality industry.
Heather comes to CLSSD with an extensive background working with and for non-profit organizations serving the under-served-
including working with adults and youth experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, and providing pro bono legal services
to youth seeking asylum, individuals seeking expungement of criminal records, and unlawful detainer eviction defense. Prior to starting 501c Success, a nonprofit consulting company, Heather ran two different nonprofit agencies as Executive Director. She is a licensed California attorney and certified mediator. Her passion for providing aid to those in need are what led her to the Board of CLSSD.
Ryan Cohen has devoted his legal career to juvenile and indigent advocacy. Ryan began working in juvenile court in law school, interning for both San Diego County Counsel, Juvenile Dependency Division and San Diego Public Defender's Office, Minor's Counsel Division representing foster youth in Juvenile Dependency Court. After graduating from California Western School of Law and being admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2008, Ryan returned to work as a County Counsel, representing social workers in Juvenile Dependency Court, and worked for several years representing parents in Juvenile Dependency Court with the Dependency Legal Group of San Diego, Primary Parent Office. In 2014, Ryan joined the Zalkin Law Firm, P.C., a civil litigation firm that specializes in representing victims in high profile childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault cases. Ryan has represented multiple sexual abuse victims in personal injury cases against various youth serving organizations and in Title IX cases regarding campus sexual assault.
Dr. Morgan Shaw
Morgan Shaw, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist. She currently serves as the Director of Professional Services at the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma. Dr. Shaw provides trauma-informed therapeutic services to a variety of adolescent and adult clients, and specializes in working with individuals who have a history of child abuse. She also conducts comprehensive forensic evaluations and provides expert witness testimony in criminal, family, and civil cases involving a broad range of forensic issues. Dr. Shaw provides trainings nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics including the effects of trauma, trauma-informed practices, child maltreatment, and sexual assault, and also serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse; Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma; and the Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody, and Child Development.
Matthew Storey is a special education and civil rights attorney, and owner of the Law Office of Matthew Storey, APC. His practice focuses on representing children with disabilities and their access to education. He has represented clients in administrative hearings, the United States District Court, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. After serving in the United States Air Force, he received a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California at San Diego and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Bhashini Weerasinghe is an estate planning and business law attorney with her own practice, the Law Office of Bhashini Weerasinghe. She has extensive background working with non-profit organizations. Bhashini has worked with Dependency Legal Group of San Diego’s Conflicts Counsel Office representing children and parents in juvenile dependency court proceedings. She has also been a staff attorney for the HIV/AIDS Legal Services Project at San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. At SDVLP, she represented clients in a wide variety of civil matters such as debt relief, landlord tenant, public housing, estate planning, health insurance matters, tax, employment law, and governmental benefits appeals. Bhashini has handled asylum matters for Casa Cornelia Law Center and currently volunteers with the Community Law Project at California Western School of Law. Bhashini also has experience serving on nonprofit boards such as Lawyers Club of San Diego, Women of Color in Law, and Law Start. Bhashini has also served on the San Diego County HIV Health Services Planning Council and Priority Settings Committee. Bhashini received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley and she earned her Juris Doctorate at New England Law | Boston.