California’s protection & advocacy system
For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA
or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.
Margaret Oppel, Clients' Rights Advocate (CRA)
Maricruz Magdaleno – Bilingual Assistant CRA
567 W. Shaw Avenue, Suite C-3
Fresno, CA 93704
Phone: (559) 271-6736/Fax: (559) 271-6606
Supervised by Kathy Mottarella
Margaret Oppel = I graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1979 with a combined JD/MBA degree. I first practiced corporate law but when my children went to school I saw how children could obtain transformative special education and mental health programs with effective legal assistance. 20 years later I am still excited to advise and represent people with disabilities in special education and many other legal areas. I was delighted to join the CVRC OCRA team at DRC 4 years ago. I love working with the wonderful families and clients on legal issues that will enable them to live the lives they want and participate fully in the daily life of our communities.