Leadership Team


President and Executive Director: Cheryl Hicks
Vice President and Associate Director: Cheryl Smith

FOUNDERS, Board of Directors, & Officers:

Board of Director & Chair: Carol Federighi, Esq.
Ms. Federighi has practiced Juvenile Dependency law since 1995, and was a former chair of Alameda County's Civil Court Appointed Attorneys' Program. A Lafayette City Council member since 1999 , Carol is currently Lafayette's Mayor. She is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Hastings College of the Law.

Board of Director & Vice Chair: Erlinda Castro, Esq.
Ms. Castro began her law practice in 1985. She practices juvenile dependency and family law as minor's counsel. She has served on the board of directors of Centro Legal de la Raza, East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association and Alameda County Bar Association ("ACBA"). She was also a former Chair of the ACBA Civil Court Appointed Attorneys' Program. She currently volunteers with Lawyers in the Library, a volunteer program with the Alameda County Bar Association.

Board of Director & Co-Treasure: Cheryl Hicks, Esq.
Ms. Hicks is a solo practitioner who began her legal practice in 1983. She is currently Vice President of the California State Bar, Board of Governors. She has practiced Juvenile dependency for over 23 years. Her strong leadership is demonstrated by her role as a former Alameda County Bar Association President and chair of its Civil Court Appointed Attorneys' Program. She is an alumnus of UC Davis and Boalt Hall.

Board of Director & Co-Treasure: Cheryl Smith, Esq.
Ms. Smith has been practicing dependency law since 2005. However, her involvement in the foster care system is extensive. She is a former youth counselor and foster parent. Her practice is comprised of representation of parents and children in the dependency system and children in the family law court.

Board of Director & Secretary: J. Del Catancio, Esq.
Ms. Catancio enjoys litigating on behalf of her clients. She is a past member of Flexcom, Bar Committee. She has been a dependency law guest speaker, including two television appearances. She graduated from USF School of Law. Her thesis on family abuse is on reserve at her alma mater University of California.

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