Maya Rodriguez Sorensen
Throughout Maya's education and career, her focus has been obtaining justice for people. As an undergraduate, Maya worked as an intern in both the Public Defender and District Attorney's offices in Santa Barbara, preferring to represent and assist clients rather than prosecuting them. After graduating with honors from UC Santa Barbara, Maya moved to San Francisco to attend law school at UC Hastings, where she also volunteered at the General Assistance Advocacy Program helping Tenderloin residents obtain public benefits.
In Maya's last year of law school, she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to study international human rights law at the University of Copenhagen. After graduating law school, she began her work as a researcher for Amnesty International Denmark. There, she interviewed Afghan refugees seeking asylum in Denmark, drafting recommendations in partnership with the UNHCR to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. After more than a year of living and working in Denmark, Maya moved back to California and began working at the California Appellate Project, where she worked with California's Death Row population. Later that year, she began working as a staff attorney at Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, where she represented children and parents in the child welfare system for two years.
Wanting to move back to the Bay Area, Maya accepted a position as a staff attorney at Dependency Advocacy Center, where she worked for six years, earning her certification as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. In Los Angeles and San Jose, Maya conducted more than 100 trials, cross-examined scores of expert witnesses, and filed numerous motions and briefs. After working with children and families for eight years, Maya transitioned to civil litigation, where she represented police violence survivors and people who had endured employment discrimination, both in federal and state courts, for five years. During this time, Maya deposed dozens of witnesses, defendants, and experts; drafted and argued motions; propounded and responded to discovery; and prepared for jury trials. Her work during this time resulted in multi-million dollar settlements for her clients, as well as one jury verdict for $1.1 million dollars in damages.
Maya lives with her husband and daughter in San Francisco. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, and astronomy. She stays active by running 10ks and half marathons, playing tennis, cycling, and swimming. Her personal heroes are Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Cesar Chavez, and Michael Faraday.
UC Santa Barbara, BA Law and Society, Minor English
UC Hastings, Juris Doctor
State Bar of California, Northern District of California, Eastern District of
California, Central District of California, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals