I have some law-school era
of me, but if you're not visually oriented, maybe you just
want to stay here and read the narrative that follows.
I didn't really even consider law school until somewhere in the middle of my
undergraduate career, and I didn't give it serious consideration until around
a year prior to starting law school. If you're interested in learning more
about my pre-law days, you might want to visit my rather informal
I graduated from Boalt Hall in 1998
. Although I'm
glad to be done with law school, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. I found
most of my classes interesting (and some of them absolutely fascinating). The
academic environment was, for the most part, wonderful—my classmates were
incredibly sharp, and also quite supportive of one another.
First year, I was told, they scare you to death. While some things were
a bit intimidating at first, my professors and classmates generally
kept things from getting too frightening for me. I took all the
typical first year courses, and joined the Berkeley Technology Law
(BTLJ) (second semester, I joined the Berkeley Women's Law
(BWLJ), too). I also volunteered as a counselor for the
Workers' Rights Clinic,
something I continued to do off-and-on
throughout law school.
That summer, I worked for the Regional
Center of the East Bay on issues affecting immigrants with disabilities
who wished to become U.S. citizens. I spent about half of my time
counseling RCEB clients and social workers about various aspects of
immigration law, and the other half doing legal research and writing
for a class action against the INS
seeking to expedite the
naturalization process for RCEB clients and other immigrants with
certain types of disabilities.
Second year, they said, they work you to death. And at times it did
seem hectic, especially in the fall when I was clerking for the East
Bay Community Law Center's housing unit,
serving as BTLJ's Web Editor
and BWLJ's Production Editor, interviewing with various employers—oh,
and taking a few classes, too. Second semester, I entered in my
school's upperclass moot court competition. Unlike many other law
schools, Boalt's competition is an individual competition—every
participant writes her or his own brief, and everyone argues alone. I
enjoyed the experience immensely (far more so than first-year moot
court), and ended up making it to the semifinals.
That summer, I worked for
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & True
Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff), a San Francisco firm that represents
workers in employment disputes. Among the many interesting assignments
I had was working on an amicus brief in a Ninth Circuit case about
mandatory, pre-dispute agreements to arbitrate, as applied to employee
statutory protections such as Title VII.
Third year, I was promised, they bore you to death. While I'm no big
fan of boredom, at times I longed for it. In addition to the usual
classes, I was one of BWLJ's two Executive Editors, which meant I
managed the editing of half of the Journal's full articles.
I was also interviewing with firms again in the fall,
and then with judges in the spring. Furthermore, I worked in the fall
as Professor David Feller's research assistant, editing his course
reader for his course on mandatory arbitration in the workplace, and in
the spring for Boxer, Elkind & Gerson, in Oakland, researching
various issues for several employment discrimination cases. Finally, in
the spring I entered my school's upperclass
moot court competition
again, and this time I won.
I argued as Respondent before Judges Patricia Wald
(D.C. Cir.), Charles Fried (Mass.), and D. Lowell Jensen (N.D.
After the bar exam, I joined Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs,
Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, in Los Angeles, as a litigation associate.
A year later, I left Christensen, Miller to clerk for
the Honorable Claudia Wilken, of the United States District Court for
the Northern District of California, for a year.
From October 2000 to mid-January 2004, I was a litigation associate at
Keker & Van Nest, L.L.P., in San Francisco. From mid-January 2004
through June 2008, I was Litigation Counsel and then Senior Litigation
Counsel and then Managing Counsel, Litigation, at Google. In June 2008,
I started at EFF as a Senior Staff Attorney. In February 2009, I returned to Keker & Van Nest, where I am now of counsel.