Ethan Silverstein is a paralegal with Greenfire Law. After graduating from film school, Ethan
moved to the Bay Area in 2013 and worked as Pedicab Driver in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s
Warf. During this time Ethan also worked as a legal secretary at Greenfirre Law and the law
offices of Yolanda Huang. In 2017 Ethan was admitted to UC Hastings, where he graduated
Magna Cum Laude in 2020.During his time in law school, Ethan gained hands-on experience at numerous jobs, internships,
and clinical placements focusing on tenants’ rights, workers’ rights, and criminal defense. Ethan
participated in both the UC Hastings Individual Representation Clinic and the UC Hastings
Criminal Practice Clinic. In the Individual Representation Clinic, Ethan and a student partner
litigated a complex wage and hour case. In the Criminal Practice Clinic, Ethan was partnered
with a team of two attorneys at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. During these clinical
placements, Ethan was able to make numerous substantive court appearances as a court-certified
law student. He received the “outstanding performance” award in both clinics.
In addition to his clinical recognition, Ethan also received awards for his classroom performance
in Torts, Evidence, Income Tax, and Critical Race Theory. Ethan worked as a Senior Staff Editor
of the UC Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and continues to volunteer as a legal observer
with the National Lawyers Guild.
Ethan also published a fifty-six-page research paper on a little-known Oakland Ordinance that
allows the City of Oakland to compel evictions of “nuisance tenants.” Through filing numerous
public records act requests and analyzing 1,700 pages of eviction orders and police reports,
Ethan made several startling findings regarding Oakland’s use of its eviction powers.
Ethan is currently studying for the California Bar Exam.