Allyssa Villanueva

Allyssa Villanueva is the 2016-17 Public Interest Diversity Fellow for the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), sponsored by Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP. Ms. Villanueva was selected from over 25 applicants nationwide for this prestigious fellowship.  Ms. Villanueva is splitting her year-long fellowship between Legal Aid at Work (formerly the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center) and Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP.

Her experience includes working as a summer law clerk for Legal Aid at Work in 2015 and for the Law Offices of John L. Burris in 2014 bringing police misconduct and employment discrimination suits. While a student, she was a research assistant in the UC Hastings Community Justice Clinics, helping to successfully resolve a wage and hour case. She also held an externship in the Oakland City Attorney’s Office’s Labor and Employment division.

More recently, Allyssa was a legal extern to the Hon. Donna M. Ryu of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She also served as Symposium Editor of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and co-President of the UC Hastings Black Law Students Association, as well as a liaison to several Bay Area minority bar associations.

An Oakland native, Allyssa has maintained local community leadership and mentorship roles while she obtained her J.D. and now as an attorney.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies with honors and a minor in African American Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

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