$4.5M for Scott Olsen

In March, 2014, Rachel Lederman and co-counsel Jim Chanin and Julie Houk obtained a $4.5 million settlement for Scott Olsen, a 24 year old Marines veteran. He was peacefully protesting as part of Occupy Oakland, when he was shot in the head with a lead-filled “beanbag” by an Oakland Police Officer, shattering his skull and causing serious permanent brain injury.

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BART arrest

Challenging Police Racial Profiling

We are suing BART for racial profiling. This commuter was violently assaulted and arrested by BART police for nothing but "riding BART while Black."

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Water is Life

Stopping Militarized Police Repression at Standing Rock

On November 20, 2016, law enforcement attacked Water Protectors engaged in peaceful prayer and protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline with water cannons and explosive grenades, injuring hundreds. We are litigating to put a stop to the indiscriminate use of these dangerous weapons.

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Upholding Housing Rights

Alexsis Beach and Rachel Lederman are litigating for better housing conditions for low income tenants in the Santee neighborhood of San Jose.

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Fighting Sexual Harassment on Campus

We represent UC Berkeley students and alumni who were serially sexually harassed by a professor. After a two year struggle, the professor has finally been terminated by the university, but work remains to be done to change the culture of sexist discrimination and harassment at Berkeley.

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Changing How OPD Polices Demonstrations

Highlights of Rachel’s ongoing work to bring OPD into compliance with the strict restrictions on use of force, weapons, arrests, and jailing mandated by the federal court settlements in our crowd control cases.

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Rachel Lederman and Alexsis C. Beach have been providing high quality, affordable legal services for 30 years. Our mission is to advance social justice by advocating for, and working collaboratively with, those who are disempowered in the legal system.

POLICE MISCONDUCT
TENANTS’ RIGHTS
FAMILY LAW
PERSONAL INJURY

We now have a downtown Oakland office as well as our main office in San Francisco's Mission District, close to public transportation.