Business Address:
275 Fifth Street, Suite 414 
San Francisco, CA 94103-4120 USA

Telephone: (+00-1) 415-348-6336 
Mobile: (+00-1) 415-407-5386 
Skype: lucyquacinella
E-mail: lucyqmas@gmail.com
Website: www.quacinella.com

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EDUCATION

University of California, Davis, King Hall, School of Law, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 1981
University of California, Santa Barbara, (B.A.) (Italian), 1974

LEGAL, POLICY ADVOCACY AND LAW TRAINING EXPERIENCE

Admitted to the practice of law, California State Bar Association (1981) and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California 

Multiforum Advocacy Solutions (MAS). December 2000 to present

Founder and Principal of successful small law firm providing policy analysis, technical assistance and training, legislative and administrative advocacy and litigation at the federal, state and local levels on health, public benefits, and related issues affecting low-income families and medically indigent adults. 

• Advise and represent clients on major federal and California health care legislation and engaging in legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of low-income consumers.
• Act as lead counsel in statewide actions to enforce health care rights.
•Provide training and technical assistance to community-based organizations on health care rights and consumer advocacy for major policy and systems changes.
• Develop funding opportunities for non-profits, assist with grant-writing.

Major clients have included:

• Alameda Health Consortium
• California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Directors
• California Dental Health Foundation
• The California Healthcare Foundation
• The California Partnership
• California Primary Care Association
• California School Health Centers Association
• California Women, Infants and Children Association
• Children's Advocacy Institute and Public Interest Law Center at the University of San Diego
• The Hemophilia Council of Northern California
• The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
• Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
• L.A. Health Action
• Maternal and Child Health Access
• Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Directors Action
• Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
• UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Fulbright Senior Specialist, Kigali, Rwanda. 2006 to 2010

Legal Consultant. Working with Rwandan Law Schools and Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx), designed and integrated community legal education and advocacy programs into WE- ACTx's health clinics, whose mission is to deliver health care and other community programs to HIV- positive women survivors of the 1994 Rwanda genocide and rape. Provide ongoing technical assistance to the Legal Project Director in Kigali. Yearly site visits to Rwanda..

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, San Francisco, CA. 2001 to 2003

Special Projects (part time). Health care, mental health, and welfare benefits for incarcerated parents and their families and economic independence for formerly incarcerated parents.

National Center for Youth Law, Oakland, CA. February 1998 to November 2000

Staff attorney. Successfully sponsored major health care legislation and provided support to Legal Services and other non-profit organizations on federal and state health issues affecting low-income children, youth and families. 

Western Center on Law and Poverty, Sacramento, CA. March 1995 to January 1998

Staff attorney. Advocated on all aspects of the California legislative and administrative process affecting health care for low-income families with children and medically indigent adults. Successfully sponsored major health care legislation. Lead counsel in statewide class action that preserved Medi-Cal pregnancy-related benefits for undocumented women after welfare reform. 

University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia. January to December 1994

Fulbright lecturer and researcher, Human Rights and Documentation Centre (HRDC) of the Law Faculty and assistant to the HRDC Director. Within a coordinated national effort, worked to establish the HRDC at the University of Namibia, repeal apartheid-era legislation, and draft comprehensive new child welfare laws. With the HRDC and Namibian NGOs, designed and taught law seminars for educators, rural villages, other communities, and prison and police personnelrural villagers, other marginalized communities, and prison and police personnel. Grant-writing and other technical and administrative assistance to HRDC. 

Legal Services of Northern California, Butte Regional Office. 1983 to 1993

Senior Attorney. In the areas of health, welfare, housing and immigrants' and migrants' rights, conducted litigation in state and federal court, conducted research, provided community legal education and training. Coordinated community efforts to identify root causes of rural poverty and implemented strategies for combating them. Supervised paralegals and student interns; mentored new attorneys. 

California State University, Chico, CA. 1986 to 1989 Academic Years

Lecturer. Courses taught: The Law of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Law and the Disadvantaged

Other Advocacy Experience

Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth, S.F. (2012); S.F. 10-Year Plan Implementation Council to End Chronic Homelessness (2007-08); Pro bono political asylum cases, Central America (1997), (Africa 2001) 

AWARDS

Public Interest Law Award, UC Davis, King Hall, School of Law, 2002; California State Assembly Resolution No. 3096, October 2001, by Assemblymember Keith Richman, M.D. (Republican) and Senator Liz Figueroa (Democrat) for "exemplary record of service. . . and extraordinary amount of policy and strategic support" in health care. 

LANGUAGES

Fluent in Italian; read French, basic Spanish; read French well, some spoken French

Law Reform Litigation Summary