2022 PABA

OFFICERS

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Adrian Gidaya Roxas
President
Adrian Gidaya Roxas is a Partner at Roxas Law, APC, a boutique law firm in Torrance, California. Adrian is the firm’s lead Trial Attorney, handling all aspects of family-law related matters. Adrian has zealously litigated high-conflict family law disputes, mediated cases, and obtained or defended restraining orders. Prior to Roxas Law, APC, Adrian was a Prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office from 2007-2020, where he conducted jury trials to verdict and was member of the Sex Crimes Division and the Victim Impact Program. Adrian has successfully tried cases involving sexual assault, child molestation, child abuse, domestic violence, murders, and special circumstance murders. He has lectured on trial techniques and criminal investigations for the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the California District Attorneys Association, and the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center.

Adrian was born and raised in Carson, California. He earned his B.A. in English, Summa Cum Laude, from Cal Poly Pomona and his J.D., with Honors, from Southwestern Law School.

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Mercedes Cook
President-Elect
Mercedes Cook graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Forensics and Criminality. She attended UCLA Law School and graduated in 2012. Upon graduation, she worked as an associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton, LLP in their Business Trial Practice Group, representing large businesses in commercial litigation.

After 5 1/2 years of civil litigation, she switched practice areas. She is currently a Deputy Public Defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. She is on the Board of the Black Public Defenders Association and is a Board Member and Lifetime Member of the Philippine American Bar Association.

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Alexander Palaylay Manglinong
Secretary
Alexander Manglinong is an associate at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. Alexander’s practice focuses on business litigation. He has represented a diverse array of businesses and high net worth individuals in commercial and real estate disputes in federal and state court. Alexander earned his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Alexander previously worked as a law clerk for Mental Health Advocacy Services, where he assisted clients on issues relating to government benefits, Section 8 Housing, and specialized education programs. While attending the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, he served as Senior Copy Editor of the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.
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Josephine Ann Brosas
Treasurer
Josephine Ann Brosas is a Partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. She is a registered patent attorney and focuses her practice in the areas of intellectual property and technology matters, and in establishing, protecting, and defending intellectual property rights. She represents clients in a range of industries including food, nutritional supplements, apparel, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, magna cum laude. She is fluent in Tagalog.
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Abigail Tapang Zelenski
Immediate Past-President & Chair of the Board
Abigail Tapang Zelenski is the founding attorney at Zelenski Law, PC (www.zelenskilaw.com), a boutique employment law firm. For nearly twenty years, Abigail has focused extensively on labor and employment matters, successfully representing businesses and individuals in wage-and-hour, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful-termination matters. She also provides management-side advice and counsel on workplace policies and procedures. Throughout her career, she has worked to settle over forty class actions and mass actions, recovering millions on behalf of employees and consumers in a wide range of industries. For ten years in a row, from 2013 to 2022, Abigail has been honored as a Super Lawyer Rising Star and Super Lawyer.

Abigail currently sits as a Commissioner on the inaugural Los Angeles Civil and Human Rights Commission. The Commission is tasked with investigating complaints of discrimination in Los Angeles, and works in close partnership with the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department to hold businesses and individuals accountable for discriminatory practices that deny equal treatment to individuals. Abigail also serves on the Board of the non-profit community service group, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, in Historic Filipinotown. Abigail served on the Board of the Filipino American Library for seven years, including two as Vice President. Abigail earned her J.D. at the UCLA School of Law and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California, magna cum laude.

PABA BOARD OF

DIRECTORS

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Maridex E. Abraham
Loke Walsh Immigration Law
Maridex E. Abraham is an associate attorney at Loke Walsh Immigration Law, where she focuses on employment-based and family-based immigration law matters. Maridex primarily assists on H-1B and O-1 visa petitions, adjustment of status applications and naturalizations.

In 2015, Maridex moved from the Midwest to Los Angeles to fulfill her passion of serving immigrant communities. Since moving to Los Angeles, Maridex has represented clients in a wide variety of immigration law matters, including applications for conditional and permanent resident status, removal of conditions, naturalizations, asylum, U visa petitions, VAWA self-petitions, DACA applications, and relief before Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Maridex attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Certificate in Asian American Studies. She earned her JD from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During law school, Maridex served as 2L Class Representative and Secretary UST School of Law Student Government, as well as Secretary and Social Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.

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Marlon B. Baldomero
Law Offices of Marlon B. Baldomero
Marlon B. Baldomero obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law and his undergraduate Bachelor's degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. Upon migrating to the United States, he took up and earned a Master of Laws degree from Whittier Law School with a focus on the U.S. legal system for foreign-trained lawyers. Because of his background, Mr. Baldomero is very sensitive to the needs of southern California's immigrant communities, particularly in the area of Immigration law. He has helped countless of immigrants obtain legal permanent resident status and US citizenship. He has appeared before Immigration judges in behalf of clients in removal proceedings and has successfully argued to terminate their deportation cases. He currently practices as a solo attorney with offices in Glendale and Torrance, California.
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Tristan S. Bufete
Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise LLP
Tristan Bufete is an associate with Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise LLP. Tristan focuses his practice exclusively on probate litigation, with an emphasis on trusts and estates. Prior to joining Sacks Glazier, Tristan was an associate at the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he handled a variety of commercial litigation matters. Tristan received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science, summa cum laude, from California State University, Fresno. While in law school, Tristan participated in the UCLA Supreme Court Clinic and served as associate editor of the UCLA Law Review. Prior to law school, Tristan worked as a paralegal at Public Counsel Law Center, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm.
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Cherisse H. Cleofe
Kiesel Law LLP
Cherisse H. Cleofe is a senior associate at Kiesel Law LLP. She proudly represents plaintiffs in mass tort litigation, consumer class actions, catastrophic personal injury, and other complex litigation in federal and state courts. Her practice focuses on product liability mass tort litigation against pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Ms. Cleofe received a B.S. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego and earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Ms. Cleofe was a member of a trial team that won a record $417 million jury verdict for a woman who contracted ovarian cancer due to talcum powder use. She was also a member of a trial team that won a unanimous $11 million federal jury verdict in the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation involving Wright “metal-on-metal” hip replacement devices.

Ms. Cleofe is a proud PABA Lifetime Member. She is a member of the PABA Board of Directors, serving as PABA President in 2020. Ms. Cleofe also currently serves as Programs Co-Chair for the LACBA Litigation Section Executive Committee and is a member of the APABA Public Appointments & Judicial Endorsements Committee. She also previously served as a member of the USF School of Law Board of Governors.

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Jonathan Cruz
Los Angeles County Public Defender
Jonathan is a trial attorney for the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office where he represents indigent defendants in matters that range from public intoxication to homicide. He received his B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara and J.D. from Loyola Law School.
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Edward P. Dailo
LIBERTY MUTUAL GROUP FIELD LEGAL OFFICES Law Offices of Garber, Av, & Duncan
Edward P. Dailo is a trial attorney with the Liberty Mutual Group Field Legal Offices in Orange, California. He practices in all aspects of complex litigation, including the areas of trucking and automobile liability, premises liability, general liability, products liability and subrogation.

Attorney Dailo graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 2006. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of La Verne College of Law in 2011.

Before joining Liberty Mutual in 2021, Attorney Dailo practiced as an associate attorney for an insurance defense firm, where he was a member of the Medical Malpractice and Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice group. He also previously worked for an auto insurance company practicing in auto accident premises liability. He is currently on the board of governors for the Philippine American Bar Association.

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Jason Don A. de Jesus
King & Spalding
Jason Don A. de Jesus is an associate at the Los Angeles office of King & Spalding and a member of the firm’s Healthcare practice group. He represents hospitals and other healthcare providers in complex litigation matters involving managed care disputes. Jason has counseled and represented clients in commercial, employment, and healthcare litigation matters and internal investigations.

Jason earned his B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. He earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School, where he served as a Developments Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and judicial extern at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to the Honorable S. James Otero. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jason worked at UCLA Neuropathology, where he performed diagnostic studies on neuromuscular tissues and co-authored peer-reviewed journal publications examining the fields of neuro-oncology and Alzheimer’s disease.

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John Ryan De La Merced
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
John R. De La Merced is Senior Counsel at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, handling a broad range of complex business litigation matters on behalf of high-profile clients in commercial, intellectual property, and real estate disputes. John’s active practice services clients through all stages of the pre-litigation and litigation process, in matters in federal and state court, as well as in arbitration proceedings before JAMS and the American Arbitration Association.

John earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, from UC Riverside. An active member of the community, John is the current President of the UCLA Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. John is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine American Bar Association after having served as its President in 2019. Previously, John has served on the boards of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County. John also mentors current and future law students, as well as junior attorneys in Southern California.

Outside of the law, John enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, and their dog, Rupert, cooking, exploring restaurants, and cheering on their UCLA Bruins and Los Angeles Rams.

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Jessica Gillette
L.A. Care Health Plan
Jessica Gillette is in-house counsel for L.A. Care, which is the nation's largest publicly operated health plan. She provides advice on a wide range of subject matters including employment, public law, tax and licensing, and other legal matters for the organization and internal clients. Jessica manages and oversees investigations, pre-litigation matters, administrative proceedings and lawsuits.

Jessica was born and raised in the Philippines. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis, where she double majored in Sociology (Law & Society) and Rhetoric & Communication. She earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and was a Public Interest Law Scholar. She has been recognized as California's 2010, 2011 and 2012 ``Rising Star`` by Super Lawyers magazine.

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Benjamin J. Hofileña, Jr.
Netflix
Ben Hofileña is a Business and Legal Affairs executive at Netflix where he works in its Original Independent Film division. Prior to joining Netflix, Ben was at Twentieth Century Fox where he worked as a production attorney in feature films. For twelve years prior to joining Fox, Ben worked at the global law firms of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP and Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP where his practice focused on intellectual property matters. Ben served as President of the Philippine American Bar Association in 2007-2008 and is the Immediate Past President of the PABA Foundation. Throughout his career, Ben has been committed to his pro bono work on behalf of children and domestic violence victims primarily working with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), The Alliance for Children's Rights, and Public Counsel. Ben earned his B.S. in Physiological Science at UCLA and his J.D. from Loyola Law School. While in law school, Ben won the national championship for the Giles Sutherland Rich IP Moot Court Competition sponsored by the AIPLA and was a judicial extern to the Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ben loves all things UCLA, underwater photography and is a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor.
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Ria King
StepStone Group
Ria is a member of the legal and compliance team, where she focuses on venture capital and growth equity investments.

Prior to joining StepStone, Ria was a senior associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in their San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, where she advised founders, emerging growth companies, and venture capital funds on corporate and transactional matters.

Ria received her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and her B.A. from University of California, San Diego. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Philippine American Bar Association. Ria is licensed to practice law in California.

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Karen Maala
WEBTOON Entertainment Inc.
Karen Maala is a contract specialist with the Business and Legal Affairs team at WEBTOON Entertainment Inc. She manages contract operations and negotiates IP licensing agreements. Karen graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In May 2021, Karen received her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2021.

During law school, Karen served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and as an Advisory Board Member of the school’s Peer Mentor Program. Karen started as one of PABA’s student reps in her second year of law school and has been a PABA member ever since. In her spare time, Karen loves hanging out with friends, family, and her plants and going to the gym.

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Diana Martinez
Polsinelli LLP
Diana is a third year associate at Polsinelli LLP where she litigates and counsels clients on employment matters. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from McMaster University in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior with a specialization in Music Cognition. Diana received her J.D. from Loyola Law School. During law school, she served as an editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, and her note on data privacy and augmented reality was published. She has been a PABA member since her second year of law school.
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Philip L. Nulud
Buchalter
Philip is an attorney in Buchalter's Los Angeles office and a member of the Intellectual Property and Corporate Practice Groups. His practice focuses on counseling clients in the apparel and textile, and technology industries in developing, protecting and licensing their valuable ideas. He has extensive experience in international enforcement and prosecution and has assisted many companies in obtaining their trademarks overseas.

He earned his J.D. at Loyola Law School and his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Political Science (concentrating in Law and Public Policy) from the University of Southern California. Mr. Nulud also previously clerked for the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office: Consumer Protection Division.

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Ernie A. Ocampo
Reed Smith LLP
Ernie is a Partner in the Entertainment & Media Industry Group of Reed Smith LLP. Ernie advises entertainment clients in connection with investments, joint ventures and business launches, and advises real estate clients on acquisitions and development of renewable energy facilities and commercial properties.

Ernie serves on the Board of Directors of the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association and Filipinos in Institutional Real Estate. He also serves as pro bono counsel for Search to Involve Pilipino Americans. Each fall, Ernie co-hosts a welcome reception for first-year USC students from the Philippines.

Ernie earned his J.D. from Cal and his B.S. in Public Policy, with a minor in Business, from USC.

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Kimberly R. Paggabao
Dummit, Buchholz, & Trapp
Kimberly Paggabao is an associate at Dummit, Buchholz, & Trapp’s Los Angeles office. Her primary areas of practice involve defending hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare members in professional negligence, elder abuse, and general liability matters.

Kimberly graduated from Southwestern Law School, where she was the Co-Chair for the Asian Pacific American Law School Association and the Public Relations Chair for the Public Interest Law Committee. While in law school, Kimberly was also the student representative for the Philippine American Bar Association and interned at the Office of the Attorney General of California.

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Pamela A. Palpallatoc
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
As a member of the Labor Employment Immigration and Benefits section, Pamela advises and manages challenges of modern-day commerce for businesses globally, and delivers a full suite of employment litigation defense services for clients throughout California, including the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her experience includes commercial transactions for employers, contracts and handbooks, risk prevention advice and counseling, workplace training, analyzing privacy, investigations, and COVID-19 guidance. Before state and federal courts and employment-related agencies, she defends employers in all aspects of employment law, including single-plaintiff lawsuits and class actions involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour, and government charges and investigations. She began defending businesses and advising on contemporary employment and labor law topics such as community - police relations, automation, and independent contractor status, over 10 years ago.

Pamela provides a holistic defense, tapping into insight gained from the perspective of a client. She served multiple general counsels and in house. From pre-litigation through trial and post-litigation compliance, at all stages of client engagement, she strategically advises to prevent risk and preserve client resources and energy.

Pamela enjoys piano, tennis, weightlifting, and recently trained with a champion MMA fighter. She is grateful for three generations of her family who served in the U.S. Army.

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Zathrina Zasell G. Perez
Gibson Dunn
Zathrina Perez is a senior associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She currently practices in the firm’s Litigation Department.

Ms. Perez has extensive trial experience. She has served as lead trial associate on multiple trial teams, including in lengthy jury and bench trials. She also has served as a critical member of many other trial teams. She has argued complex motions, conducted cross and direct examinations of many witnesses, prepared and presented testimony from experts, and taken and defended depositions. She has substantial experience litigating in federal, state and territorial courts throughout the United States.

Ms. Perez also has extensive arbitration experience. She has represented clients, including plaintiffs and defendants, in connection with seven arbitrations and arbitration-related litigation. She has litigated all stages of arbitration proceedings, from demands for arbitration through arbitral hearings to arbitral awards and judicial review of arbitral awards. She has appeared as counsel before JAMS and AAA. In addition, she has conducted investigations as outside counsel for corporations.

Ms. Perez has represented one of the world’s most valuable apparel brands, a major travel retailer of luxury products, a technology start-up engaged in data services, a global financial institution, American sports icons and athletes, and major corporate sponsors of sporting events. She has developed significant skills as a litigation generalist with specific experience in investigations, government and governing body disputes, consumer and enterprise sales and marketing, data licensing and privacy, sports entertainment, and employment disputes.

Ms. Perez received her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude in 2009 from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at Georgetown, she interned for the Honorable Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Perez graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a major in International Economics and a minor in Political Science.

Ms. Perez is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

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Alex Sario
Law Offices of Alternate Public Defender
Alex is a felony trial attorney for the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender's Office. His current practice includes serious felonies and homicides at the Pomona Courthouse. He also practiced public criminal defense in Riverside County and business litigation in downtown Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and his J.D. from Loyola Law School.
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Stacey A. Villagomez
Allen Matkins
Stacey A. Villagomez is a litigation associate in Allen Matkins' Los Angeles office. She practices in all aspects of general business and real estate litigation in both state and federal courts. Stacey received her bachelor's degree in English, with a minor in Asian American Studies from UCLA. She received her J.D. from USC Gould School of Law where she served as Topic Editor for the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and Secretary for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. While in law school, Stacey also obtained a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Prior to entering law school, Stacey worked as a paralegal for five years at an Orange County law firm. She also clerked for boutique litigation and appellate firms in Los Angeles while completing her law degree. Stacey is currently Co-Chair of the General Real Property Subsection of LACBA and is an active member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
PABA STUDENT

REPRESENTATIVES

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Sandra Aguilar
Chapman University, Fowler School of Law
Sandra is a 1L at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Irvine where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. At Chapman, she is a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Chapman Women Lawyers Association, and International Law Society. She considers herself a Civil Procedure and Contracts geek who has an unencumbered passion for legal theories. Prior to law school, Sandra worked for a consumer protection firm where she managed and settled debt litigation matters. She also interned for the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. and participated in three research projects as an undergraduate at UC Irvine.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Sandra aims to provide a unique perspective in the legal field.

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Andrea Lazo Cadaing
Loyola Law School
Andrea is a 1L at LMU Loyola Law School. Before law school, Andrea graduated from the University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Legal Studies. At Berkeley, Andrea was President of the Berkeley Legal Studies Association and an editor of the California Legal Studies Journal. Andrea served as a JusticeCorps member at self-help centers of several Alameda County Superior Courts, where she assisted self-represented litigants with cases ranging from family law to small claims cases. In addition, Andrea translated for Filipino clients who did not speak English.
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Gervi Cadimas
University of San Diego, School of Law
Gervi is a 2L at the University of San Diego School of Law. She serves as the Secretary of the Client Advocacy Team and also competed for the negotiation competition. Last summer, Ms. Cadimas worked for Paul, Plevin, Sullivan and Connaughton, a labor and employment law firm in downtown San Diego. She also worked as a legal intern at the University of San Diego’s Legal Clinic under their Civil Litigation department where she was able to successfully dismiss a cross-complaint filed against one of her clients. Ms. Cadimas received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the California State University, Sacramento where she graduated with magna cum laude honors. This summer, she will be working at an insurance litigation firm in Temecula, California. In the fall, she will be externing for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California. She is fluent in Tagalog and Bisaya.
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Jolena Collás
Loyola Law School
Jolena is a 2L at Loyola Law School. She graduated cum laude from the University of California San Diego, where she double majored in Ethnic Studies and Sociology. Having started her own small business post-grad, Jolena is interested in making intellectual property rights more accessible to Filipino entrepreneurs, creatives, and artists. She is particularly invested in the debate around IP law's shortcomings in effectively preventing the misuse and appropriation of cultural expression. She finished her first year of law school in the top 10% of her class with a 3.8 GPA. Currently, she is the Activities Co-Chair of the Women in Entertainment Law Society and a staffer on the Entertainment Law Review. In her free time, she organizes informal networking events for women of color at Loyola and loves supporting local business owners. She also enjoys cooking, watching hockey (GO KINGS GO!), hiking, and singing at open mics such as Palms Up Academy.
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Marc Lim
University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
Marc is a 1L at the USC Gould School of Law. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he graduated with highest honors. Before law school, Marc worked at Verizon Media (now Yahoo!) as a financial analyst. At Verizon Media, he supported Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, and Yahoo Finance. This summer, Marc will be a 1L Diversity Scholar at Latham & Watkins. In his free time, he enjoys working out and watching basketball.
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Eanna Marie Mejia
University of San Francisco, School of Law
Eanna Mejia is a 1L at University San Francisco. Eanna graduated from University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Psychology. She was born and raised in Corona, California. Eanna currently serves on the board of USF School of Law’s Filipino-American Law Society as a 1L Student Representative. Prior to law school, Eanna gained legal experience at criminal and family law firms.
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Andrew Meily
Southwestern Law School
Andrew is a 2L at Southwestern Law School. He earned his B.A. in Political Science (concentrating in American politics) and a minor in Film, Television, and Media Studies from UCLA in 2017. Currently, Andrew is a staff editor for the Southwestern Journal of International Law, clinician for the Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic at Southwestern, and board member of Southwestern’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. He was also a summer law clerk at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to law school, Andrew worked as a legal department coordinator at Guess?, Inc.
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Bernadette Tuano
Pepperdine Law School
Bernadette is currently a 2L at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law in Malibu. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Management from the University of California, Irvine. Last summer, Bernadette worked as a Judicial Extern for Judge Jeannie Joseph at the Orange County Superior Court and is currently working for the Los Angeles District Attorney. She is interested in criminal law and aspires to be a Prosecutor. As a 1L Bernadette served as a Student Representative for Pepperdine’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association for which she now serves as the Vice President and Social Director. She is also a Junior Staffer for Pepperdine’s Dispute Resolution Law Journal and serves as a Competition Chair for the school's Moot Court Board.
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Chelsea Viola
Loyola Law School
Chelsea is 1L at Loyola Law School. She was chosen as one of the Public Interest Scholars for the 2021 entering class for her volunteer work with Fresh Lifelines for Youth, a Bay Area non-profit that empowers youth in the juvenile justice system. Before law school, Chelsea was a UCLA alumna and was the Founder & President of the Pilipinx Pre-Law Pipeline (3P), currently the only pre-law organization for Asian American Students at UCLA. She has a strong interest in representing clients of underserved communities and hopes to work for a government agency in the future.