Erin Emily Pritchard Liem

Deputy County Counsel

Erin Emily Pritchard Liem joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2017 and is a member the the Child Dependency Unit. Erin advises the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) in juvenile dependency matters, including representing DFCS in court proceedings. Before joining the Child Dependency Team, Erin practiced in the Office's General Government section, advising a range of County departments and agencies, including the Department of Tax and Collections and the Child Abuse Prevention Council. ​

Erin’s professional expertise includes:

  • Children's welfare
  • Government contracting and procurement
  • Taxation
  • Open government law, including the Brown Act and the California Public Records Act
  • Land use and planning, including affordable housing, environmental law, and sustainability
  • Intellectual property
  • Complex civil litigation


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2013
    • REACH Scholar, Federal Circuit Scholar
    • Technical Editor, Harvard Environmental Law Review
    • Digest Writer, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology
  • University of California at Irvine, B.S. Environmental Engineering, B.A. Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, 2009
    • Founder and President, Engineers Without Borders at UCI
    • Treasurer, Society of Women Engineers

Prior Experience

  • Deputy County Counsel at San Benito County (2017)
  • Associate at Cooley LLP (2013-2017)



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