Elaheh Dehghan


Senior Staff Attorney
Why I work at OneJustice:

As the daughter of Mexican and Iranian immigrants, OneJustice’s mission is urgent, pivotal, and deeply personal. With the help of a legal aid attorney in 1970s rural West Texas, my mother gained access to the quality education to which she was entitled. She went on to become the first in her family to graduate from college, paving the way for me to later become the first attorney in my family. Access to legal services produces generational impact, to which my story is a testament.

I was drawn to my role in particular I believe how and why attorneys engage in pro bono work is as critical as the number of hours they spend engaged in that work. How we show up and respond to the call of the urgency of today matters immensely.  In leading the NorCal Pro Bono Clinics and Immigration Response team at OneJustice, I work to address and enrich the how and why portions of the equation, and to ensure the legal sector remains innovative in our approach to meeting community needs.

Professional Background:

I am thrilled to apply my background in both legal services and the private sector to advance the work here at OneJustice. Most recently, I 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. I also helped launch BayLegal’s inaugural Racial Justice Committee, spearheading racial justice and inclusion efforts not only in client advocacy, but within the organization as well. Before that, I spent a year working with the community in South LA through Neighborhood Legal Services LA’s Medical Legal Community Partnership. Prior to legal aid, I was a litigation associate at Bryan Cave LLP.

Additionally, I am a 2018 New Leaders Council San Francisco Fellow. I also serve on the board of the NorCal chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association. I received my JD from Stanford Law School, where I co-led the Stanford Latino Law Association, and my B.A. in political science and education from UC Berkeley.

I really love:

All things Bay Area, hiking, writing creative nonfiction, and spending time with my nephew.