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Reina Canale

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
Managing Attorney (VOCA)
Oakland Office
Ms. Canale possesses over twenty years of progressive experience working with disenfranchised and marginalized communities. After graduating first in her law class, she dedicated her 15-year legal career to providing access to justice and helping to foster systematic and community change.

She led CRLA's statewide 2020 Census Project, which targeted outreach to hard-to-count communities of low-wage and agricultural workers as well as LGBTQ+, rural, low-broadband, elderly, and Indigenous communities. The 2020 Census Project was recognized by staff members statewide as CRLA's Outreach Project of the year.

Currently, she is the Managing Attorney for the Victims of Crime Act Project (VOCA) at CRLA. The project has three focus areas: victims of school crimes, victims of work crimes, and LGBTQ+ and Indigenous victims of hate crimes and discrimination.

She has handled cases from intake through settlement and judicial bench trial in the areas of Labor & Employment, Education, and Family law. Specifically in regards to Education Law, she has worked with schools to develop IEPs, 504 plans, behavioral intervention plans, and school safety plans. She has filed of UCP complaints for denial of special education academic services, Title VI national origin/language access, and Title IX gender discrimination. She collaborates with PAI attorneys in due process hearings and civil litigation.