Martina Cucullu Lim
Tenants’ Rights Program Director
Martina graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, during which time she interned at the Bronx Defenders, focusing on the effects of criminal convictions on immigration status. After law school, Martina worked in New York City defending clients in death-penalty-eligible cases as well as assisting clients in immigration-related matters and at a general civil litigation defense firm prior to coming to Centro Legal de la Raza. Prior to entering law school, she worked as a paralegal at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, during which time she assisted in a political asylum application and provided assistance to abused women, enabling them to obtain divorces from their spouses. With over ten years’ experience as an attorney, since joining Centro Legal de la Raza, Martina has prioritized increasing the quality and quantity of legal services to low-income tenants. As the Tenants Rights Program Director, she has developed collaborations with partner organizations, trained numerous attorneys and law students, and conducted dozens of Know Your Rights Training. Furthermore, she has provided and/or supervised the provision of services to over 1,000 low-income tenants in the Bay Area and represented and/or supervised the representation of over 250 low-income tenants battling evictions, habitability violations, and/or unlawful rent increases.