Meet Judondi Bolden, the new Landlord-Tenant Supervising Attorney at the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC). Judondi brings 17 years of housing law experience to her role, overseeing both full-scope cases and limited-scope settlement conferences with the goal of keeping low-income people housed.
“Working with JDC,” Judondi says, “allows me to do truly meaningful work in the housing law arena, directly to and for the benefit of historically underserved and overlooked communities.” She is enjoying her new position at JDC tremendously, which “requires that [she] be both a teacher and a student, and no two workdays are ever alike.” She adds, “I’m still waiting for it to feel like an actual job!”
Judondi’s commitment to public service goes back to an externship with JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project during her 1L year at Golden Gate University School of Law. That experience left an indelible impression, speaking to her desire to work where she could best support underserved communities. After law school, Judondi began her career at a firm in Oakland that worked with Housing Authorities and nonprofit institutional landlords. She used this training to launch her own boutique practice for low-income/subsidized housing providers, through which she was able to keep tenants housed in the overwhelming majority of cases.
Judondi is a Bay Area native who grew up in Berkeley, earned undergraduate degrees in both Biology and Sociology from CSU Hayward, and now lives in Oakland. Her Californian roots reach back many generations, as her family was one of the first families documented in the second census ever taken in California.
Learn more about JDC’s eviction defense programs, visit www.sfbar.org/jdc