Stephanie graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Literature. During college, she was a student advocate for her college council and a UC Student Representative lobbying for better access to higher education at the state capitol. Following her undergraduate career, Stephanie worked at a civil litigation firm focused on personal injury cases. Thereafter, Stephanie attended California Western School of Law where she served as the Public Coordinator of Amnesty International and competed in many moot court trial competitions. During this time she also worked in various legal settings helping clients with a myriad of issues relating to: unlawful detainers at the Legal Aid Society, family law at YWCA, immigration law at the City Heights Community Law Project, and criminal law at the Office of the Public Defender.
Stephanie was also selected to participate in the ABA Judicial Clerkship Program in Chicago, Illinois. Resulting from that experience, she was able to work closely with Colonel Linda Strite Murnane who serves as the Chief, Court Management Services Section for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Leidschendam, The Netherlands.
Prior, during, and after law school, Stephanie remained employed with Social Advocates for Youth San Diego (SAY), one of San Diego’s successful non-profit organizations. While at SAY, she worked for the Communities Services for Families Program where she helped parents reunify with their children; the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program where she worked closely with probationers and therapists; and Teen Court where she mentored high school students considering a career in law.
Stephanie’s interests largely include student and youth advocacy, human and civil rights, and spicy foods.