Editor in Chief
Sonja is a 3L at UC Hastings and received a B.A. in Economics and Politics from UC Santa Cruz. Additionally, Sonja studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, focusing on Sino-U.S. economic relations. Sonja was born in Germany and came to the United States when she was seven years old. Prior to attending law school, Sonja worked for Congress for three years as an aide on military and veteran affairs issues. Sonja is a criminal concentration focus and has clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Officer of International Affairs and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. Locally, Sonja has worked for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and currently works for the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office. Sonja is passionate about helping her community, and is committed to harboring racial, social, and gender equality through criminal justice reform. In her free time, Sonja likes to foster animals from her local animal shelter, explore new lands and communities, and volunteers internationally.
Jillian is a 3L law student at UC Hastings from Westchester, New York. She graduated in 2015 from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics. At UC Hastings, Jillian is a board member on Hastings’ Moot Court Team and Executive Editor of Women’s Law Journal. Jillian’s primary focus in law school is employment law and the fight for workplace justice. Jillian worked her 1L summer at KNDS Law, where she assisted on a variety of civil law suits. During her 2L summer, Jillian was the law clerk for Dolan Law Firm’s Employment Law team, where she spent much of her time working on employment discrimination cases. Outside of law school, Jillian enjoys taking in the sites, food and wine of beautiful San Francisco with family and friends!
Eyman is a 3L at UC Hastings from Anaheim, California. She was born in Saudi Arabia and raised by two hard working Sudanese parents who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of seven. She achieved her Bachelor of Arts in political science with an emphasis on international affairs. She spent her 1L summer at the Human Rights Commission of San Francisco and spent Fall, Spring, and Summer working as a law clerk at the Law Office of Nikolaus W. Reed. Eyman is predomiantley interested in litigation work, employment law, and international law. In addition to her work on the journal, Eyman has served as treasurer of the Black Law Student Association and a law school liaison for Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California. In her spare time from class, Eyman enjoys reading, learning about new cultures, being adventurous, and spending time with her loved ones.
Executive Noted Editor
Nick is a 3L here at UC Hastings. Nick grew up in the Central Valley in CA (around Modesto), before moving into the tower to attend Hastings. Nick studied Political Science and Communication at University of the Pacific. During his1L Summer, he worked at the Public Defender’s Office in Alameda County. Nick worked with civil commitment cases of Mentally Disabled Offenders (MDO’s), Sexually Violent Predators (SVP’s), and individuals adjudged Not Guilty by reason of Insanity (NGI’s). During his 2L year, Nick was a part of the Moot Court team, and participated in the Mediation clinic, both excellent experiences which helped him think on his feet and more effectively negotiate. During his 2L Summer, Nick worked in a small firm in Oakland, where he practiced civil litigation.
Executive Articles Editor
Margot is a 3L at UC Hastings. She received her B.A. from Stanford, where she majored in the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities Honors Program, studied Arabic, and competed on the Women’s Swimming Team. Margot is a passionate feminist and is curious about all things gender-related. In the past, she has worked with Code Pink, a Bay Area women’s anti-war movement; About-Face, which provides media awareness and body image education for girls; and the Family Violence Law Center, a domestic violence aid organization in Oakland. Currently, she is working as a law clerk with the Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project. Margot’s area of interest is sexual violence, with a particular focus on historical and philosophical accounts of consent. She plans to pursue a career doing research and policy work in this area. In her spare time, Margot enjoys analog photography, combing beaches for animal bones, and repurposing things she won’t throw away.
Senior Notes Editor
Katie is a 3L at UC Hastings. Katie spent last summer advocating for women's rights in the workplace. The summer before, Katie worked on elder abuse cases. Katie is interested in all types of public-interest work. Currently Katie is externing for a judge. In her free time, Katie enjoys taking long walks with her dog, Snowball.
Executive Symposium Editor
Xochilt is a 3L at UC Hastings and is from Los Angeles, California. Xochilt received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the California State University in Long Beach. Xochilt spent her 1L summer at Margolin & Lawrence, a small criminal defense law firm in Los Angeles. Her main interests include criminal defense, and white-collar and business litigation. In addition to being part of the Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Xochilt served as a co-chair for the Women of Color Initiative and as secretary for the La Raza Law Students Association. During her spare time, she enjoys dancing, attending sporting events, hiking, and watching her favorite shows on Netflix.
Executive Submissions Editor
Amanda is a 3L at UC Hastings and originally from Huntington Beach. She graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Political Science and Legal Studies. She spent last semester working for the California State Legislature in the Office of Legislative Counsel. She is currently working at the Center for Biological Diversity, a non-profit focused on protecting the environment. She is in the Oceans program and is currently working on litigation against the federal government to stop fracking off of the California coast. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys attending baseball games, watching cheesy movies, and eating lots of delicious food.
Executive Communications Editor
Gabbi Gallego is a 3L at UC Hastings and originally from Pasadena, but raised in Louisiana. She graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and Environmental Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is also on the Moot Court Board, a member of the Hastings Appellate Project, and New Member Chair for the American Constitutional Society. She spent her 1L summer interning for the 1st District Court of Appeal and her 2L summer working in the commercial litigation group for Perkins Coie. In her spare time, she likes to read books, workout, and try fancy cockails.
Staff Editors (2Ls)
Keegan is from Maine and moved to Orange County to attend Chapman University. After receiving a degree in Peace Studies, Keegan took the year off to be a legal assistant at the Hartnett Law Group in Fullerton, CA. Keegan then moved to SF to attend Hastings School of Law. Keegan is the Director of Community Affairs for ASUCH, Chair of Community Outreach for Outlaw, an intern at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, in addition to working at Crossroads on Irving.
Candace is from Anaheim, CA, and graduated from Simmons College in Boston, MA with a B.A. in Political Science in 2014. During her 1L summer, Candace interned at Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal in San Francisco assisting with Consumer Law cases. Before entering law school, Candace volunteered with similar community-oriented legal nonprofits in Compton and Pomona, CA. Candace is passionate about providing increased access to legal services in marginalized communities. In her free time, Candace enjoys riding her bicycle and sharing good food with friends.
Sarah is from Orange County, California. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, where she majored in criminology and psychology and minored in Spanish. Sarah spent her 1L summer at OneJustice, working on connecting immigration rapid response networks as a part of deportation defense. In addition to her position at the Hastings Women’s Law Journal, she serves on the board of the Vietnamese American Law Society, the General Assistance Advocacy Project, and If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice.
Ryan is born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied Political Science and French at Santa Clara University prior to coming to law school. For his senior thesis, he wrote about Justice Scalia’s flawed originalist interpretation of the Constitution regarding abortion and gun rights. Particularly, he discussed in depth how using Scalia’s own approach, the right to an abortion is in fact included in the Constitution, within the Thirteenth Amendment. Ryan is fascinated by Constitutional Law and is looking forward to writing more about women’s rights and the rights of the LGBTQ community. Ryan is also a current Commissioner of Immigrant Rights at San Francisco City Hall and will be a legal intern for the new Immigration Defense Unit in the Public Defender’s Office for the coming school year.
Stephanie is originally from Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with a B.A. in Sociology and Law, Societies & Justice. Prior to attending law school, Stephanie was a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps where she had the opportunity to work with the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco, CA. Combatting gentrification and wrongful evictions in the Bay Area inspired her to attend law school and pursue a legal career in Public Interest Law. For her 1L summer, Stephanie worked in Bay Area Legal Aid’s San Francisco Housing Unit to continue supporting low-income individuals and families facing housing law issues. At UC Hastings, Stephanie is also a board member on Ms. JD as well as the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation. Outside of law school, Stephanie enjoys exploring the Bay Area with friends and is passionate about health, fitness, and nutrition.
Megan is from the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated in 2015 from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.A. in Politics and a minor in Philosophy. After undergrad, she worked for a year as a legal assistant at Phillips & Cohen LLP. Megan spent her 1L summer working for the California Department of Insurance in the Fraud Liaison Bureau. In addition to the Women’s Law Journal, she is on the board of Hastings Prisoner Outreach and a member of Ms. JD and the Hastings Food & Wine Law Society. In her free time, you will find her at a concert, sporting event, or at home with her family and friends.