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Emberly C. Cross, J.D., MSW

Emberly C. Cross, JD, MSW has been the Coordinating Attorney at the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic in San Francisco, CA since 1996, helping domestic violence victims obtain restraining orders and child custody and support orders. She obtained her law degree and her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Prior to working at CROC, she was in private practice in family law in San Francisco.

Before practicing law, she was on staff at the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center in Ann Arbor, where she directed the sexual assault and dating violence crisis line and the sexual assault emergency response team on campus. She has served on the Board of Directors of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in San Francisco, which provides a 24-hour crisis line and non-shelter based counseling to victims of domestic violence. She has volunteered with domestic violence and sexual assault crisis lines and emergency response teams in San Francisco and in Michigan. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of San Francisco SafeStart, a federal initiative to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on young children ages 0-6 and a member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence’s Public Policy and Research Committee. She has been a co-chair of the Children Witnessing Domestic Violence subcommittee of the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence’s public policy committee, and a co-chair of San Francisco’s Domestic Violence Consortium. She conducts trainings on restraining orders and legislative updates in the Bay Area and throughout California