Lenore Rae Shefman
Attorney at Law
Lenore is originally from Texas. She is the granddaughter of Benjamin Shefman, attorney at law, and Lillian Shefman. In 1987, Lenore joined the US Coast Guard
where she was a search and rescue seaman until her honorable discharge for "homosexual tendencies" in 1989. After performing search and rescue operations off the Gulf Coast of Texas with the
Coast Guard, Lenore attended Texas State University, formerly Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. In 1993, she graduated with a Bachelors in Social
Work. As the first school social worker hired directly by the Austin Independent School District, Lenore developed and implemented an alternative high
school-within-a-school, created social and educational programs for urban youth, their families and the local communities of Austin, Texas. She was the Co-Chair of
the National Association of Social Workers, Texas Committee for School Social Work, and she was a co-founder of the American Association of School Social Workers.
Lenore relocated to Northern California in 1997. She attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law from 1997-2000. She was admitted to the
California State Bar on December 4, 2000. Lenore was also admitted to the Northern District of California, Ninth Circuit, and in September 2006 was admitted to the
Texas State Bar.
During law school, Lenore clerked for the Office of the State Public Defender working to preserve the rights of inmates alive on San Quentin's death row. As a clerk
she contributed to several habeas corpus briefs and utilized her background in social work to develop a social history for a client at San Quentin. Whether as a
social worker or lawyer, Lenore's work is compelled by a passion for creating change. As a young activist and social worker she challenged the Texas Legislature on
social welfare reform laws that were having a disparate impact on teenage mothers attempting to remain in school. Lenore also fought back against discriminatory laws
aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and groups. Today, Lenore's politics are key to her practice. She fights for the rights of those who are
underrepresented in our society. Today Lenore works with plaintiffs who have been injured or harmed by other's negligence and those accused of committing criminal
acts. She also volunteers with Project Homeless Connect providing legal assistance to those who have been completely disenfranchised. Most of her practice is dedicated to bicycle
accidents, the construction defect of swimming pools, and DUI/DWI/Marijuana Defense. For over eight years Lenore has also been general counsel to medical cannabis dispensaries and
physician clinics that support patients who find relief through the use of medical marijuana.
Cases selected by passion, not by potential for wealth!
Lenore is a successful trial lawyer and has proven herself before several California juries. Lenore is an excellent public speaker -- confident and creative before a jury.
For fun, Lenore enjoys endurance bicycle riding, swimming, snow and wakeboarding and life outdoors.
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