Maura Prendiville appointed Legal Aid of Marin Interim Executive Director

Prendiville a longtime LAM senior staff attorney with deep roots in Marin County. Paul Cohen assumes leadership of Eviction Defense Collaborative of San Francisco.
Interim Executive Director Maura Prendiville (at center) was instrumental in establishing the award-winning Marin Community Court.

The Legal Aid of Marin Board of Directors is proud to announce that Maura Prendiville has been appointed as Interim Executive Director.

Prendiville joined LAM in 2008 and has spent the past several years in the leadership role of Senior Staff Attorney advising staff on cases ranging from employment to housing and debt collection. Prendiville has been instrumental in establishing the award-winning Marin Community Court, which is approaching its fifth year and has received national recognition and acclaim for its innovative methods of serving the homeless community. Prendiville, who earned her law degree from UC Berkeley, was also the lead attorney in a 2014 class-action settlement that improved rent collection practices for more than 500 Marin public housing tenants.

“As a native of Marin County, I welcome this new opportunity to continue serving the community where I was raised,” said Prendiville, who will be building on the successful tenure of Paul Cohen.

After nine years of dedication to Legal Aid of Marin’s mission of increasing access to justice, Paul Cohen announced his decision today to dedicate his time exclusively to protecting and preserving housing for the residents of San Francisco as he assumes leadership of the Eviction Defense Collaborative of San Francisco.

As Legal Aid of Marin’s Executive Director, Paul oversaw the provision of free legal services to nearly 20,000 Marin households.

“I have had the great privilege of working with the Marin community and especially the Board and Staff of Legal Aid of Marin,” said Cohen. “I will remain connected to Marin through all of the friends, colleagues and connections that I have developed at and through LAM.”

During his tenure as Executive Director, Paul created several programs and clinics to reach more Marin County residents in need of LAM services including the Marin Mandatory Settlement Conference calendar for Residential Evictions, the Marin Medical-Legal Partnership, the Marin Opportunity Centers and the Marin Lawyer Referral Service. Most recently, Paul was very proud of his assistance to residents of Parnow House and the workers at the Drake’s Bay Oyster Company.

Legal Aid of Marin’s staff and Board of Directors wish to express gratitude to Paul for his many years of dedicated service to the agency and wish him well in his next endeavor.

Prendiville will guide LAM through a leadership transition while continuing the agency’s mission to provide free legal services to the most vulnerable members of the Marin community. The Legal Aid of Marin Board of Directors plans to announce a permanent executive director by the end of this year.

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