California for Equal Justice

In 2014, Equal Justice America launched its California for Equal Justice campaign to increase legal services to the poor by creating additional Law Student Fellowships in the state, putting more law students to work with California legal aid organizations.

Funding for EJA Fellowships for California Western, Chapman University, Golden Gate University, Pepperdine University, Santa Clara University, Thomas Jefferson, University of California Davis (King Hall), University of California Irvine, University of La Verne, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California Gould, University of the Pacific McGeorge, Western State University and Whittier Law School law students derive from our California for Equal Justice campaign. (To be eligible for an EJA Fellowship, students from these schools must find placements with legal aid organizations in California.)

The following law students have received Equal Justice America Fellowships since our launch of California for Equal Justice. Your support will help us expand our program to put more law students to work in California on behalf of the poor.

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(Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation unaffiliated with any law school.)

Please click the links below to read more about the students’ EJA Fellowships.

Curtis Davis

“My summer internship is crucial for my transition towards a career in public interest legal work. The internship was, however, more important to the clients I served [at California Rural Legal Assistance]. The stories and challenges of these clients demonstrate the high demand of legal services regarding our impoverished California agricultural workers. Equal Justice America addresses the demand through its law student fellowships. I am proud of my summer work and proud to have represented EJA by serving the civil legal needs of low-income working clients. I will continue to represent the EJA vision in my service as an aspiring public interest lawyer.” –Curtis Davis, University of San Diego, EJA Summer Fellow 2017

Summer 2018
  • Elizabeth Alva-Rajakumar (Loyola Los Angeles), Dylan Crary (UC Berkeley), Hetali Lodaya (University of Michigan), Frank Medina (UCLA), Michelle Park (Southwestern), Monica Ramsy (UC Berkeley), Marina Rizk (Loyola Los Angeles) and Aerica Siegel (Southwestern) worked at Public Counsel in Los Angeles.
  • Cynthia Anaya (Santa Clara University) worked at Legal Advocates for Children and Youth in San Jose.
  • Alicia Arman (Cornell University), Isela Banuelos (Columbia University), Ramon Becerra-Alcantar (UC Hastings), Chelsea Blocklin (UC Hastings), Olivia Gee (UC Berkeley), Harjyot Gill (UC Berkeley), Yesol Han (UC Berkeley), Brian Lewinstein (UC Berkeley), Priscilla Parada (University of La Verne), Matt Richardson (UC Hastings) and Michaela Ross (Stanford) worked at East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) in Berkeley.
  • Christina Avalos (UCLA) worked at the ACLU of Southern California in Los Angeles.
  • Elizabeth “Rosie” Brown (UCLA) worked at The Wage Justice Center in Los Angeles.
  • Daniel Bujan (University of Miami), Rachel Chazin-Gray (UC Hastings), Connie Cho (Harvard) and Jacob Kovalsky (Notre Dame) worked at Bay Area Legal Aid.
  • Laura Diaz (UC Hastings) worked at California Rural Legal Assistance in Oakland.
  • Matthew Erle (UCLA) worked in the Employment Rights Project at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles.
  • Taylor Feher (Santa Clara University) worked at Community Legal Services in Norwalk.
  • Zalondria Graham (UCLA) worked at the Immigration Defenders Law Center in Los Angeles.
  • Caroline Hirst (Stanford) worked at the Youth Law Center in San Francisco.
  • Hannah Lazarz (UCLA) worked at the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles.
  • Thania Lopez (Santa Clara University) worked at the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco.
  • Maritza Ponce (Santa Clara University) worked at the Western Center on Law & Poverty in Sacramento.
  • Juan Ramirez Rodriguez (Rutgers University) worked in the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project at Catholic Charities of Los Angeles.
  • Leslie Ruiz (UC Hastings) worked at Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco.
  • Aerica Siegel (Southwestern) worked in the Community Development Project at Public Counsel.
  • Ines Sosa (Santa Clara University) worked at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco.
  • Ashlee Walcott (University of San Diego) worked at the Children’s Law Center of California.
Fall 2017
  • Orlando Villa (Santa Clara) worked at the Bay Area Legal Aid in San Jose.
Summer 2017
  • Viviana Arcia worked in the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the ACLU of Southern California in Los Angeles.
  • Jessica Atwood worked at Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, Inc. in Monterey Park.
  • Kristine Avena worked at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco.
  • Betzy Bras-Gonzalez worked at the Immigration Center for Women and Children in San Francisco.
  • Joy Chang worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
  • Raymond Chavez worked at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking in Los Angeles.
  • Jeremy Chen and Emily Friedman worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • James Cheney and Jacqueline Studley worked at Bay Area Legal Aid in San Francisco.
  • Myjahnee Crenshaw worked at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland.
  • Jay Cumberland, Sarah Ingles, Joshua Jamieson, Ian Jong, Montana Martinez, Molly Nevius, Leslie Ruiz, Courtney Wilkes and Wenqi Xu worked at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) in Berkeley.
  • Sammy Daboussi, Chelsea Helena, Katrina Yang and Scott Yousey worked at the Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles.
  • Curtis Davis worked at California Rural Legal Assistance in Vista.
  • Brianna Franco worked at the Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center in Los Angeles.
  • Kyuhee Christina Han worked at the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles.
  • Sara Hundt worked at Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco.
  • Maya Iyyani worked at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley.
  • Jioselin Juarez worked at Catholic Charities of Los Angeles.
  • Hana Kommel worked in the Education Equity Project at the ACLU of Southern California in San Bernardino.
  • Joshua Metayer worked at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates in Oakland.
  • Paul Monge-Rodriguez worked at the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco.
  • Yesenia Piste worked at Kids in Need of Defense in Los Angeles.
  • David Sandoval worked at the Legal Services of Northern California in Sacramento.
  • Travis Smith worked at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco.
  • Amanda Sorvig worked at the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic in Los Angeles.
  • Cynthia Suarez worked at the Veterans Legal Institute in Santa Ana.
  • Kelsey Waldron worked at Public Advocates in San Francisco.
Summer 2016
  • Piper Akol (UC Hastings) worked in the Legal Immigration Program at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in San Francisco.
  • Hana Al-Henaid (Harvard) worked at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.
  • Viviana Arcia (UCLA) worked in the Immigration Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley.
  • Erica Ascencio (Loyola Los Angeles) worked at the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles.
  • Kaleigh Aucoin (UC Hastings) worked at the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco.
  • Jordyn Bishop (UC Hastings) worked at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment in Oakland.
  • Hannah Brown (Loyola Los Angeles) worked at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice.
  • Marco Castanos (Harvard) worked in the Worker’s Rights Program at Centro Legal De la Raza in Oakland.
  • Trisha Cobb (Santa Clara University) worked at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in San Jose.
  • Rachel Chung (Yale), David Gomez (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Minjoo Kim (Harvard), Rithika Kulathila (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Claire Oxford (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Richard Sims (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall) and Kelsey Waldron (Georgetown University) worked at the East Bay Community Law Center.
  • Curtis Davis (University of San Diego) worked in the Economic Justice Unit at the Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland.
  • Mellissa Fox (Santa Clara University), Maya Iyyani (University of Virginia), Brian Olfato (Santa Clara University) and Hae Yeon Hailey Yoon (Harvard) worked at Bay Area Legal Aid in San Francisco.      
  • Lauren Gleason (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall) worked at East Bay Children’s Law Offices in Oakland.
  • Lorriane Hall (Loyola Los Angeles) worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Los Angeles.
  • Kyuhee Christina Han (Chapman University) and Grace Wright (UC Hastings) worked at the Children’s Law Center of California.                    
  • Morgan Hecht (UCLA) worked at Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center in Los Angeles.
  • Ana Henderson-Arjona (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall) worked at Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco.
  • Cory Hernandez (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall) worked at the Family Violence Appellate Project in Oakland.
  • Chris Homandberg (UCLA), Shafinaaz Kamrul (UCLA), Cole Lewis (UCLA), Alexandria Sadler (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Krista Thayer (Southwestern), Chidozie Uche Jr. (UCLA) and Ashleigh Washington (UCLA) worked at the Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles.
  • Jonathan Kom (Southwestern) worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ Asian and Pacific Islander Community Outreach Special Project.
  • Rebecca Lamden (UCLA) worked at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles.
  • Louisa Lau (Loyola Los Angeles) worked at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles.
  • James Mulgannon (Santa Clara University) worked at the Justice and Diversity Center in San Francisco.
  • Oluwadamilola "Dami" Obaro (NYU) worked at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates in Oakland.
  • Whalen Peete (UC Hastings) worked at the African Advocacy Network in San Francisco.
  • Hector Ruiz (UC Hastings) worked in the Unaccompanied Children’s Program at CARECEN in Los Angeles.
  • Sharona Safaradi (UCLA) worked in the Eviction Defense Workgroup at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
  • Shane Seppinni (Stanford) worked at The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center in San Francisco.
  • Megan Venanzi (Loyola Los Angeles) worked at the Immigration Center for Women and Children in Los Angeles.
Spring 2016
  • Ani Sirunyants (Pepperdine University) worked at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles.
Fall 2015
  • Ryan Wessels (Stanford) worked at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.

“Seeing how heavily people relied on non-profit organizations like BayLegal helped me realize just how important providing legal aid and serving the public interest was. My time at BayLegal was challenging, productive, and fun. I will never forget the sense of community and camaraderie so inherent in their office culture. They provided a safe space for me to learn and ask questions. It was a strong reminder of why I went to law school in the first place. The funding and support I received from Equal Justice America allowed me to have this great summer experience. I learned a great deal about the legal profession and found a greater appreciation for public interest work. As a result, I am now more confident and better prepared to continue my legal career at Santa Clara University and give back to my community.” -Brian Olfato, Santa Clara University School of Law, EJA Summer 2016

Summer 2015
  • Piper Akol (UC Hastings) worked at Fair Housing of Marin in San Rafael.
  • Nnennaya Amuchie (Santa Clara University) worked at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Erica Ascencio (Loyola Los Angeles), Avneet Chattha (Loyola Los Angeles), Seth Fowler (Loyola Los Angeles) and Carla Jacobo (Whittier Law) worked at the Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles.
  • Ryan Blackney (University of San Francisco) worked at Catholic Charities of the East Bay in Oakland.
  • Jehmima Carril (UC Hastings) worked at the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco.
  • Grecia Ceja (UC Hastings), Sydney Hargrove (UCLA) and Srbui Karapetyan (Loyola Los Angeles) worked at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles.
  • Jane Cho (Stanford) and Eliana Corona (UC Hastings) worked at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.
  • Joys Choi (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Rebecca Chraim (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Cory Hernandez (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Katherine Jayne (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Ahmed Lavalais (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Andrew Le (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Aaron Murphy (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall), Dustin Hovda Perez (UC Hastings) and Julie Singer (University of Michigan) worked at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley.
  • Gustavo Cubias II (Loyola Los Angeles) worked at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.
  • Raul Galan (Brooklyn Law) worked at the Children’s Law Center of California in Monterey Park.
  • Liliana Garcia (UC Hastings) worked with the Immigration and Citizenship Program at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey.
  • Robin Gray (UC Irvine) worked at Bet Tzedek Legal Services.
  • Yuridia Guerrero (Santa Clara University) worked with the Mental Health Advocacy Project at Health Legal Services in San Jose.
  • Stephanie Jones (NYU) worked at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment in Oakland.
  • Heather Paik (George Washington University) worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
  • Whalen Peete (UC Hastings) worked at the African Advocacy Network in San Francisco.
  • Jesse Peters (Stanford), John Stiff Jr. (UC Davis) and Yuko Tanaka (Harvard) worked at Bay Area Legal Aid in San Francisco.
  • Monica Porter (George Washington University) and Margo Watson (Stanford) worked at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center in San Francisco.
  • Harsh Ronvelia (UC Hastings) worked at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children in San Francisco.
  • Kristina Rosales (UC Hastings) worked with the Homeless Advocacy Project at the Justice and Diversity Center in San Francisco.
  • Nubyaan Scott (Univeristy of San Francisco) worked at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund in Berkeley.
  • Kiran Sidhu (UC Hastings) worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
Spring 2015
  • Tiffany Yang (Stanford) and Christine Yoon (Stanford) worked at
    Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.
  • Han Lu (UCLA) worked at A New Way of Life Reentry Project in Los Angeles.
Summer 2014
  • Conor Ahern (Harvard) worked at The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center in San Francisco.
  • Azin Ahmadi (UCLA), Hannah Courtney (Loyola Los Angeles), Benjamin Gordon (UCLA), Sonia Gutierrez (UCLA), Elizabeth Hadaway (Harvard), Lee Kaplan (UCLA), Nicholas Krebs (Loyola Los Angeles), Caitlin Foley Lynch (UCLA), Salima Popat (Loyola Los Angeles) and Sandra Ruiz (Loyola Los Angeles) worked at the Public Counsel Law Center.
  • Margee Burch (UC Hastings), Derek Cash (Harvard), Quynh-Anh Nguyen (UC Hastings), Monica Porter (George Washington University) and Luca Winer (University of Michigan) worked at Bay Area Legal Aid in San Francisco.
  • Lauren Coleman (UC Hastings) worked at Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley.
  • Raul Galan (Brooklyn), Charlotte Tsui (American University) and Michelle Ghafar (UCLA) worked at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley.
  • Justin Globerson (UC Hastings) and Olivia Linn (UCLA) worked at the Immigration Center for Women and Children in Los Angeles.
  • Leah Glowacki (University of Texas) worked at Mental Health Advocacy Services in Los Angeles.
  • Krista Granen (UC Hastings) worked at the National Senior Citizens Law Center in Oakland.
  • Keri Gross (Santa Clara) worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
  • Nicolas Kabat (University of Michigan) worked at the National Housing Law Project in San Francisco.
  • Evelina Nava (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall) worked at Public Advocates in San Francisco.
  • Joseph Nave (Santa Clara) worked at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.
  • Stephanie Ponek (UC Hastings) worked at the Lanterman Regional Center in Los Angeles.
  • Zarah Rahman (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall) worked at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates in Oakland.
  • Amanda Reynoso-Palley (Cornell) worked at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley.
  • Ignacio Riesco (UC Hastings) and Sara Salas (Santa Clara) worked at Catholic Charities of the East Bay in Oakland.