Many of our alumni seek careers in the law or government.  Please submit your own nominations and submissions to the alumni office.

Sabrina Adler '98 - Public Health Attorney

After spending two and a half years founding a medical-legal partnership and providing direct legal services to patients at San Francisco General Hospital, Sabrina now works on public health policy. As a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, her focus is on policies to address unhealthy food marketing to children. After UHS, she attended Brown University and Stanford Law School.

Why she chose this profession: In public health law, the policies I work on are in the news daily. Though I miss working with individual clients, as I did in legal aid, my work now impacts larger groups and communities around the country. Seeing something you've worked on become the law--at the local, state or even federal level--is gratifying.

Lauren Silverman Bolfango '81 - Partner, Bolfango McKown

After Hastings, working with the Berkeley City Attorney's Office and a short stint in a Personal Injury firm, I landed a job with a Construction Litigation firm. What a surprise, I loved it! I have been doing Civil Litigation, primarily involving construction and real estate, ever since. I have had my own Civil Litigation firm for over 13 years now. Who knew all my arguing would pay off some day?

Talk to the Students: Helping people with difficult situations is very rewarding. The variety of issues and clients keep things interesting and challenging. Website

Brian Goldman '01 - Attorney

Brian argues civil cases at the appeals level in cases for business clients and individuals needing free legal services. He previously served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court, and Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the federal appeals court in Los Angeles. He received his law degree from Stanford and his B.A. from Yale. Website.

 

Nick Fram '02 - Lawyer

Nick earned a B.A. in Public Policy and an M.A. in International Policy from Stanford University. After working in finance in New York for two years, he returned to the Bay Area and completed a J.D. at U.C. Berkeley. He is now completing the second of two federal judicial clerkships, and will join the law firm of Munger, Tolles, & Olson as an associate in San Francisco this fall. 

Why I chose this profesion: Being a lawyer allows me to help people and solve problems everyday. It is practical and intellectually stimulating at the same time. 

Njema Frazier '88, Ph.D. - Physicist, National Nuclear Security Administration

Visiting professor at National Defense University as well as a physicist in the US Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration. Former Professional Staff Member, US House of Representatives, Committee on Science. CEO, Diversity Science, LLC. PhD Nuclear Physics from Michigan State; BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon.

Why she chose this profession: I chose Physics because I love math, and physics was the science with the most math in it! I enjoy understanding science and value I add to any program or project by having the ability to "think" and "solve" like a scientist. Website.

See also Academics & Education

Michael Gottlieb '96 - Associate White House Counsel

Special Assistant to the President; Capt, US Air Force, JAG Corps; Mike holds graduate degrees from Yale College, Law, and Graduate Schools, Johns Hopkins, and the University of London. He was one of the first openly gay officers to be commissioned after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. He has practiced law before the US Supreme Court and at the White House. He is married to NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro. See also: Military & Public Safety

Duncan Hosie '12 - Political activist, Princeton student

Duncan Hosie is a political activist and Princeton student. His political writings have appeared in a wide variety of publications, from the Los Angeles Times to the Huffington Post. He has appeared on MSNBC and recently won a Liman Summer Fellowship from Yale Law. At Princeton, he is majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board named Duncan to the 2012 “Nice” list, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,Pope Benedict XVI, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

Why he chose this profession: My political activism started at UHS, where I led the debate team and worked on political campaigns. UHS has an institutional commitment to public service and using education to create social change, which heavily influenced my path. Website.

Caroline Papas '82 - In House Counsel

I taught kids with learning disabilities for three years, but it did not feel like the right life career. I went to law school with no real idea what I wanted to do, went to a corporate law firm in SF, learned Trademarks, then during the tech boom of 1999 went in house where I learned the art of drafting and negotiating contracts. I've done this ever since and it's a blast.

Why I chose this profession: I stumbled into it. I loved law school because it was like learning a completely new language and it was particularly suitable for someone like me, who sees both sides of every argument. Negotiating suits my extroverted personality because I love bringing people together and diffusing tension to get to a good result for both sides. This could also be a good career for a meticulous introvert because attention to detail is very important, but you really have to be ok talking to new people frequently because that is a big part of the job. 

Stina Skewes-Cox Trainor '00 - Deputy Chief of Staff for Ambassador Power

After completing a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs at The George Washington University, Stina joined the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) in 2007. Over the years, she worked in both the San Francisco and Washington offices and served in a number of capacities, including Scheduler, Special Assistant, Outreach Manager, and Director of Advance. She left in 2013 to serve as District Director for Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), running his two District Offices in Brooklyn. In Spring of 2014, she joined the office of Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations as part of her senior staff. Last year, she was listed as one of New York City's "Forty under Forty Rising Stars" in City & State Magazine.
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