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Public Safety and Justice Team

Attorneys

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Kavita Narayan

Chief Assistant County Counsel

Kavita Narayan oversees the Office’s Public Safety and Justice Team and Social Justice and Impact Litigation Team. As the Chief Assistant County Counsel, she partners with the County Counsel to oversee the Office of the County Counsel.

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Mona Williams

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Mona Williams is the Lead of the Public Safety and Justice Team and advises the Probation Department. She also advises certain local school districts on various legal issues.

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Mark Bernal

Deputy County Counsel

Mark Bernal advises the Assessor’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Alternate Defenders Office, Independent Defense Counsel Office, Office of the County Hearing Officer, and Development Review Board.

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Tara Fonseca

Deputy County Counsel

Tara Fonseca advises County departments on criminal justice data sharing, data privacy and security, and technology transactions.

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Shana Heller

Deputy County Counsel

Shana Heller advises the Office of Diversion and Reentry Services and the Office of the District Attorney. She also advises the Santa Clara County Office of Education and certain local school districts on various legal issues.

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Stephanie Jackson

Deputy County Counsel

Stephanie Jackson is a member of the Public Safety and Justice Team and the Finance, Government Operations, and Technology Team.

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Hilary Kerrigan

Deputy County Counsel

Hilary Kerrigan is a member of the Health and Hospitals Team and Public Safety and Justice Team.

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Melissa Kiniyalocts

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Melissa Kiniyalocts is the Lead of the Jail Reform and Custody Operations Team, and advises the Custody Health Services Department, the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office, and the Santa Clara County Library District.

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Sterling Larnerd

Deputy County Counsel

Sterling Larnerd advises the Office of the Sheriff. She also advises the County on jail reform and custody operations.

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Sohayl Vafai

Deputy County Counsel

Sohayl Vafai is a member of the Finance, Government Operations, and Technology Team and the Public Safety and Justice Team.

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