Dustin Helmer is an eviction defense litigation staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. Dustin began his legal career as a JusticeCorp intern assisting pro per litigants with their housing and family law issues. During law school, Dustin focused his time on pro bono opportunities and court advocacy including participating in the William’s Institute Moot Court competition and placing 3rd nationally in the ABA Labor & Employment Mock Trial Competition. After graduating from law school, Dustin worked for several boutique firms practicing housing and criminal defense law until transitioning to the AIDS Legal Referral Panel where he worked as an eviction defense attorney for three years. Dustin served in several capacities on the BALIF Board including Law Student Representative, New Lawyers Chair and Judiciary Chair. Dustin received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University and his J.D. at Golden Gate University School of Law with an emphasis on Pro Bono, Litigation and Criminal Law. He also is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy.