Ellie Dehghan, Senior Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Clinics & Immigration Response – Northern California OneJustice
Ellie Dehghan is an advocate for social justice who challenges systems of inequity as a lawyer, and (sometimes) writer. The daughter of Mexican and Iranian immigrants, she has called the Bay Area home since her family fled the Iran-Iraq war in the 80s. The weight of the privilege of her story, and its consequential opportunities, drive her continued dedication to creating a more equitable community and world. Ellie is compelled to act by the urgency of today and its direct call on both her personal and professional backgrounds.
Ellie currently serves as the Senior Staff Attorney for Northern California Pro Bono Clinics and Immigration Response at OneJustice, where she focuses on harnessing the power and privilege of the private sector to help bridge the access to justice gap in rural and isolated communities.
Prior to joining OneJustice, she expanded Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice project to San Mateo County, serving youth at risk of homelessness as their holistic civil legal aid attorney. While at BayLegal, Ellie helped launch its Racial Justice Committee, spearheading equity and inclusion efforts not only in external client advocacy, but in internal organizational practices as well. She also served the community of South LA through the Medical Legal Community Partnership of Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles. Before joining legal aid, Ellie spent two years as a litigation associate at Bryan Cave LLP. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from UC Berkeley, and her JD from Stanford Law School. In her free time, Ellie enjoys exploring California’s outdoors and writing creative nonfiction.