Jennifer Sta.Ana is an associate attorney at Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, where she brings to bear her passion for social justice by advocating for the rights of workers. Jennifer graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the USF Law Review and obtained a Public Interest Certificate, with honors. Jennifer was also an oral advocate on the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Team and was selected as a finalist in the school-wide Advocate of the Year Competition.
In 2015, Jennifer worked as a judicial extern to Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the Supreme Court of California. After being admitted to the California Bar, Jennifer worked as a Bay Area Legal Incubator Attorney at the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (WERC), helping low-wage Filipino workers with their labor trafficking and wage theft claims. Jennifer’s past legal experience also include clerking for the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Asian Law Alliance, and the Ateneo Human Rights Center in the Philippines.
Subsequent to receiving her B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at UCLA, Jennifer worked at the intersection of science and policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. Disillusioned by the unidirectional production of ideas for “progress” emanating from Washington, she completed a Master’s from Georgetown University and pursued a Ph.D. at Northwestern University (which she did not complete), studying the neo-colonial effects of international development standards onto the Philippines. Jennifer crafted her graduate work through the interdisciplinary lens of post-colonial theory, ethnic studies, gender studies, and religious studies. However, she left academia and pursued law to directly help migrants workers disenfranchised by a political economy that caters to the developed world.
Jennifer serves on the board of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC). She is also a member of the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), an alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice. When time permits, Jennifer volunteers at the Workers’ Rights Clinic at the Asian Law Caucus.