Allison Aranda | Senior Staff Counsel

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Allison Aranda graduated from Biola University in 1997 with a B.A. in Social Science and a minor in Sociology.  She went on to earn a Law degree from Pepperdine University in 2001. Ms. Aranda worked as a prosecutor in Orange and Riverside Counties and was honored as Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year in 2004.

In 2006, Ms. Aranda went to work for a public interest law firm in San Diego where her work as a pro-life litigator began.  In 2008, Ms. Aranda accepted the Life Legal Defense Foundation’s invitation to join their staff where she now dedicates her time to defending the liberties of pro-life advocates.

Recently Ms. Aranda was co-counsel in People v. Hoye and Turn the Hearts v. City of Birmingham. In People v. Hoye, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted Pastor Walter Hoye claiming that he violated the City of Oakland’s bubble ordinance.  After a successful appeal, all charges against Pastor Hoye were dismissed.  Turn the Hearts v. City of Birmingham was filed after nine pro-life advocates were arrested while standing on the public sidewalk in Birmingham.  All criminal charges against the pro-life activists were dropped, the Birmingham permit ordinance dating back to the civil rights era of the 1960’s was struck down, and the city paid an undisclosed amount of money to the pro-lifers who were wrongfully arrested.

Ms. Aranda’s primary focus is defending the free speech rights of pro-life activists in both state and federal court.  Additionally, Ms. Aranda has taught several legal seminars for pro-life activists to educate them about their free speech rights.  Ms. Aranda resides in Temecula, where she grew up. She and her husband Miguel are foster parents and the proud parents of four of their own kids.