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VLSP Welcomes New Faces


BASF’s Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) recently welcomed three new people to its Family Law Project team: Karen Buitrago, Cristina Pena, and Jocelyn Whiteley. They will be based at the San Francisco Superior Court, providing assistance in family law proceedings.

Jocelyn Whiteley, Legal Projects Coordinator

Jocelyn Whiteley has been with VLSP since October 2011 after completing her undergraduate studies at Boise State University. As the Legal Projects Coordinator, Whiteley facilitates the Family Project as well as the Federal Pro Bono Project. She previously assisted District 17 of the Idaho Legislature and helped secure employment for refugees within the Idaho Office for Refugees.

Karen Buitrago, Supervising Attorney, FLASH

Karen Buitrago is the Supervising Attorney for the Family Law Assisted Self-Help (FLASH) program assisting low-income self-represented family law litigants at the San Francisco Superior Court. Buitrago is fluent in Spanish and has been involved in the area of Family Law since 2007 working at Bay Area Legal Aid. Buitrago received her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from San Jose State University and J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Cristina Pena, Staff Attorney

Cristina Pena is a staff attorney for VLSP, where she assists low-income self-represented litigants with child custody and visitation matters at the San Francisco Superior Court. She volunteered with VLSP’s Interpreter Project as an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley and is fluent in Spanish. Pena served as a judicial extern to Justice Carlos Moreno at the California Supreme Court and received her J.D. from USC Gould School of Law in 2011.

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