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. 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 Austin City Council Member Delia Garza.

Nida Din. Staff Attorney.

Nida has a BBA in Consulting and Change Management from the University of Texas and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center. Nida is the first Deaf, Pakistani-American, female attorney in the country. Nida is also one of the few attorneys in Texas that is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). She is very excited to join ACLC and practice family law, wills, and probate. She looks forward to providing legal services to the Deaf community through direct ASL. 

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Oriane Leake. Staff Attorney.

Oriane was born in France and grew up in Katy, TX. She has a BA from McGill University and a JD from The University of Texas School of Law. Prior to law school, Oriane worked in Appalachia organizing free healthcare services. Throughout law school, Oriane worked in immigration, criminal defense, and mental health law. She is delighted to join ACLC to put her varied experience into practice to serve clients here in Austin.

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Demoine Jones. Staff Attorney.

Demoine Jones is a native Houstonian. He has a BA in Mass Communications from Texas Southern University and a JD from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  Prior to law school, Demoine created a nonprofit, Sum1 Understands Me, which focused on providing civil services and community outreach in the greater Houston Area.  He is a mentor, volunteer, leader, and an advocate for social justice. Demoine continues to provide avenues of service by utilizing his knowledge, education, skills, and resources to offer legal services for under privileged communities.  He is excited to join ACLC and provide avid representation to ACLC clients.

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Amelia Lefevre. Bookkeeper.

 

Amelia has a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Rhetoric. She lives and works in Syracuse, NY. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and supports many local social justice campaigns.

Amelia is excited to support ACLC’s mission while balancing life as a parent, independent writer, and activist.

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Desiree Veca. Law Clerk.

 

Desiree is a 2L at the University of North Texas- Dallas College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Desiree worked in domestic violence shelters in North Texas as a victim advocate where she managed a pilot program between the Texas Council on Family Violence and the Texas Office of the Attorney General's Child Support Program. Desiree is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. 

 

In law school, Desiree is an editor for the UNT-Dallas Law Review, a member of the Board of Advocates, and an Academic Success Fellow. She has interned for a family violence shelter's legal department and volunteered as a pro bono mediator for family law cases which had strengthened her desire to assist the community with similar disputes. Desiree is excited to join the ACLC team and use her advocacy skills for the ACLC clients! 

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Malia Bow. Law Clerk.

 

Malia is a 2L at the University of Texas School of Law. Although born and raised in San Francisco, Malia was a corporate immigration paralegal in Boston prior to attending law school. She is a graduate of Northeastern University where she majored in Sociology and minored in Chinese and International Affairs.

 

During her time as a law student, Malia has completed summer internships for the Honorable Vanessa Gilmore for the Southern District of Texas and ACLC before officially joining ACLC as a law clerk.

 

Malia has been passionate about grass-roots organizing and community building efforts since high school. She enjoys using legal advocacy skills to support people, especially those who often unheard, marginalized, or lack the resources to seek restorative justice on their own. Malia is delighted to work for ACLC and appreciates ACLC’s humanistic and compassionate mission and goals. 

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Nina Hernandez. Paralegal.

Nina Hernandez was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Journalism, and spent six years working for The Austin Chronicle, where she wrote about music, film, and local politics. In 2019, she left journalism to pursue a career in politics. When she's not working, she is mangling songs at karaoke, sharing horror stories at Greetings from Queer Mountain, and wrangling her two rambunctious pups.

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Mark McKim. Social Service Coordinator.

Mark grew up in Garland, Texas, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a major in Geography. He has over eight years of experience working as an educator in a variety of roles, and is currently completing his last year of the MSSW program at the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Last year he worked as a Social Service Coordinator Intern with Family Eldercare at an affordable housing property for seniors and adults with disabilities. Mark cares deeply about social, racial, economic, and environmental justice and looks forward to helping connect people to the resources they need to thrive.

Jordan Reyes. Paralegal and Renter Advocate

Jordan grew up in El Paso, Texas, and graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Jordan is dedicated to advocating for renters' rights to safe, affordable, and fair housing. He has worked as a community organizer on a number of different housing justice campaigns in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He is looking forward to gaining experience with ACLC to further help renters in need.

Kyle Stephens. Legal Assistant.

Kyle has an AA from Austin Community College and will graduate with a BA in Languages and Cultures: American Sign Language/English Interpretation Concentration from Texas Tech University in December 2021. Kyle is Deaf and a native user of American Sign Language. Kyle started the journey at Austin Community Law Center (ACLC) as an intern to work with the Deaf/DeafBlind clients. Kyle fell in love with working for ACLC and upon completion of Kyle's internship, Kyle accepted a job as a Legal Assistant to continue working with the community. As a current resident of Austin, Texas, Kyle loves biking at different trails. Kyle loves having the cat sitting on Kyle’s laps during work hours to keep Kyle entertained.    

 

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Aaron Johnson, Board President, has been a staff attorney with the Equal Justice Center since 2008. He specializes in employment law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Tracey Whitley, Board Vice President, has been a staff attorney with Texas Riogrande Legal Aid (TRLA) since 1999. She is the coordinator of TRLA’s Economic & Social Justice Groups; Team Manager for TRLA’s Consumer Law Team and Elder Law Team; and Deputy Branch Manager of TRLA’s Austin office.

 

Nikhita Ved, Board Secretary, has been the Legal Services Manager at the nonprofit SafePlace since 2014. She oversees the legal department and provides legal representation and assistance to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Previously, she was a consulting staff attorney with the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and worked at the Texas Council on Family Violence.