Community Legal Services

About Us

Community Legal Services (CommLegal) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of low-income, minority, and other underserved consumers before government agencies. We specialize in intervening on behalf of marginalized customers before the California Public Utilities Commission.

Our goal is to ensure safe, reliable, affordable, and equitable public utility services for all consumers.

Our work has contributed to billions of dollars in customer savings, program designs that meet the needs of vulnerable communities, and policy reforms that hold utilities accountable to legislative, equity, and environmental mandates.

Community Legal Services

Staff

Tad Gondai

Tad Gondai

CEO/General Counsel

Tad is an accomplished public interest attorney. He has worked with notable human rights organizations including International Justice Mission, training and supporting local officials in the fight against human trafficking, and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, helping to secure over $800 million for debt relief and earthquake recovery. He previously served with the National Diversity Coalition, leading their intervention on behalf of minority communities as Director of Legal Advocacy.

He began his legal career helping families in the juvenile dependency and foster care system. He worked directly with children and parents at the Dependency Advocacy Center, gained experience developing public policy at the Judicial Council of California, and worked to implement policy and programs at the San Mateo County Counsel’s Office.

Tad double majored in English Literature and Film Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco, and was awarded the Public Interest Law Certificate.

Brycie Loepp

Staff Attorney

Brycie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors from the University of Phoenix and graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

She was a law review staff editor, and her case comment, Jones v. Flowers: “What Is Required When the Noticer Knows the Noticee Has No Notice?“, 32 Okla. City U. L. Rev. 505 (2007), was chosen for publication.

During law school, she was an extern for Justice Tom Colbert of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. After law school, she was an associate at Miller Dollarhide, a civil litigation firm in Oklahoma City, for several years. She took a break from the practice of law to homeschool her children and to earn a certificate in Sacred Scripture from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.

As she and her husband have adopted four children from China and one child from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she is excited to be working with organizations that serve and advocate on behalf of minorities and other underserved individuals.

Jim Loepp

Staff Attorney

Jim has been a litigator throughout his practice, specializing in oil and gas law, family law, criminal defense, and juvenile delinquency. He spent several years at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oil and Gas Division before entering private practice.

For 15 years, he was a contract attorney for the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, representing indigent defendants in felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile delinquency cases.

Jim served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Law Association for many years. In a class action lawsuit in Oklahoma, he was one of the trial team attorneys for Kaiser Francis Oil Company.

His most recent accomplishment involved the reversal of a trial court judge in a case of first impression before the Oklahoma Supreme Court concerning the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. (See Rader v. Rader, 2020 OK 106, 478 P.3d 43.)

He and his wife and family moved to California to continue their spiritual growth in the Melkite Catholic Church.

Jim majored in Speech with a minor in Psychology at Oklahoma State University, receiving a B.A. in 1968, and earned his J.D. in 1971 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He was recently honored by the Oklahoma Bar Association as an active member for 50 years.

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Community Legal Services is a registered 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

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Community Legal Services is a registered 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

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