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2012-05-31 02:13:13 PM
Brian Blalock, 36, staff attorney
Bay Area Legal Aid
Very few people come to youth public interest law with Blalock's depth of experience. Blalock founded BayLegal's Youth Justice Project immediately after graduating from Stanford Law School in 2007 with an already stunning resume. An English/philosophy undergrad from George Mason University, Blalock went after two master's degrees one from Harvard Divinity School and the other from Columbia University, both in religious and cultural studies separated by a two-year stint teaching middle-school English and social studies in the Bronx. Before heading to Stanford in 2004, Blalock developed a training program for health care workers at Cambridge, Mass.-based Brigham and Women's Hospital for dealing with at-risk youth that continues today. At YJP, Blalock provides wrap-around legal services for public benefits, health access, housing and education services in collaboration with courts, probation, school districts, health and county social services in Alameda County. In February, Bingham McCutchen awarded Blalock a three-year fellowship to continue his work at YJP.
Word that best describes you?
Most interesting place you've traveled, and why?
Brazil. What made it interesting: The capoeira (Brazilian martial art) master who was named after the rat in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And the kids with grenades.
Most unusual hobby?
Biking through the desert.
"Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it." Cornel West
A lawyer you admire?
Best advice you ever got?
"Ours is the trying. The rest is not our business."