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Our Team

The Austin Community Law Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our mission is to make legal representation radically more affordable, invest in a stronger community, and fight for justice.

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Brian McGiverin (he/him). 

Executive Director

 

Brian McGiverin is a long-time civil rights attorney with both nonprofit and private sector firms. He has extensive experience with complex litigation, and also with helping families handle their more routine legal needs in civil, criminal, and probate matters.

 

His past experience includes years being a partner with the Dietz, Lawrence & McGiverin Law Center; a staff attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project; and as a policy aide for former Austin City Council Member Delia Garza.

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Millie Thompson

Staff Attorney.

Millie Thompson is a fourth generation Austinite. She graduated from Austin’s J. H. Reagan High School, then studied Anthropology and Sociology at Texas A&M University. Millie continues to use the qualitative research methods and discourse analysis she learned in the social sciences, now as a lawyer during jury selection.

 

Millie received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston and has over 13 years experience as a trial attorney, with broad experience in criminal and civil litigation. She has had the honor and privilege of representing clients charged with every level of criminal offense, from jaywalking tickets to Murder, across the State of Texas. Millie’s hobbies include catering to and flattering her orange tabby cat and reading books about sorcerers and dragons.

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Madelyn "Maddy" Finucane (she/her).

Staff Attorney.

Maddy came to ACLC after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and a staff attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. She is devoted to providing excellent legal service to ACLC clients and to developing institutional relationships that build power and support community organizing. 

 

Maddy got her bachelors and law degrees from Harvard University and is a proud alumna of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Before training as a lawyer, she worked as a Chinese-English translator and a civil rights paralegal.

Daniel O'Leary (he/him).

Staff Attorney.

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Claudia Diaz (she/her).

Paralegal.

 

Claudia Diaz is a certified paralegal, having obtained her associates degree as a paralegal in Austin. She also holds a law degree from Mexico.

 

Claudia is fluent in Spanish and has worked as a translator and Spanish instructor at the Berlitz language center. She later worked at an Austin based immigration firm, then spent many years at an Austin-based legal aid organization in the estate planning division. Her current position at the Austin Community Law Center focuses on  family law services.

Christi Stevens (she/her). Paralegal.

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Karina Valenzuela (she/her). Paralegal.

Karina came to ACLC after six years with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. She is a certified paralegal and member of the State Bar of Texas' Paralegal Division, and has volunteered as a Dallas CASA advocate since 2017.

Karina is fluent in English and Spanish and served as an interpreter in Dallas County Family Court for a short time. Having been raised in an immigrant family, her first passion in the legal field was immigration law, until discovered her current passion for working with clients on family law matters

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Nina Hernandez. Communications.

Nina Hernandez is an Austin-based writer, copy editor, and communications consultant.

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