OneJustice Blog

Bring life-changing legal help to Californians in need.

Q: Where can you find both crock-pot chefs and avid road cyclists?

A: At OneJustice!

Please extend a warm welcome to our new team members: Fred & Megan

We’re excited to introduce you to the newest members of the OneJustice team! Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Fred Sahakian, Operations Manager, and Megan Kent, our new Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow, who is part of the national Veterans Legal Corps. We would have loved to take pictures of them in their Halloween costumes – but we’ll have to wait until our Halloween party to discover their alternate identities!

We asked them some questions to get to know them better, and we figured you’d like to meet them, too.

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So Fred, tell us what drew you to work of OneJustice?

Fred Sahakian

Fred Sahakian, Crock-Pot Cooking Specialist (and our new Operations Manager)

I was very excited about the opportunity to work at OneJustice.  The programs we offer make significant positive impacts in the lives of Californians, and the results can be seen quickly.  I was also interested in being part of an entrepreneurial organization that finds new and improved ways of addressing the challenges of equal justice.

What is your job portfolio at OneJustice?

I will be responsible for our operations management, which includes: our finances, human resources, facilities, and information technology. I have worked in both direct and indirect client services, so I know how important it is to have operations and support working smoothly. I am passionate about policy and administration and hope to help even more Californians in need.

What did you do before coming to OneJustice?

Before coming to OneJustice, most of my career was spent within the New York State Courts.  I began my public service as a paralegal with the Legal Aid Society and worked with law guardians who represented neglected and abused children.  At the same time, I was a union representative, which ignited my passion for public policy and administration.  I decided to pursue a career in government and non-profit management and accepted a position with the New York State Office of Court Administration.  Over the course of 13 years, I worked my way up from an administrative assistant to developing and managing a new innovative department dedicated to improving statewide agency operations.

And not to pry, but tell us something a little quirky about yourself!

I recently discovered crock-pot cooking and am having fun trying new recipes, especially baby back ribs.

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And Megan, what led you to the OneJustice Fellowship?

I was drawn to OneJustice because of our commitment to the “Access to Justice” movement. It is critical that our society find innovative ways to address systemic issues that affect low-income and under served populations. All of OneJustice’s programs do just that–both by developing programs to meet unmet legal needs in rural areas and by supporting other non-profit legal services organizations that form part of the “Access to Justice” movement. I am very excited to join such a great organization!

Megan, our new Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Veterans Corp

Megan, Serious Cyclist & Bike Owner (and our new Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow, Veterans Legal Corps)

Tell us about your position at OneJustice; what will you be working on?

As an Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellow, I’ll be responsible for the Justice Bus Project in Southern California, including a strong focus on bringing  life-changing legal help to veterans in rural areas. I hope to build on the excellent work of my predecessors by continuing to expand the SoCal program while at the same time providing high quality legal services to isolated communities throughout the area.

What was your career path that led to OneJustice?

I graduated from Lewis & Clark law school in May. While in law school, I focused on public interest legal advocacy and impact litigation. I advocated on behalf of farmworkers, worked extensively on impact litigation issues within the field of immigration law, and worked with civil rights attorneys to uphold state and federal civil rights laws. Prior to law school, I served as a social worker and educator to address a myriad of social justice issues. For example, I worked with families at an abuse and neglect prevention and intervention non-profit, and then later advocated on behalf of survivors of human trafficking. I’m thrilled to join the OneJustice team in order to continue to address social justice issues within the legal system!

And tell us something about that you is not work-related!

I am an avid road cyclist, MTN biker, and bike commuter. I own 5 bikes (though I’m a little embarrassed to admit that!). Shoot me an email if you want to go for a ride sometime!

Thanks so much, Fred and Megan – we’re so happy to welcome you to the OneJustice team!

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