Emily Olivencia-Audet joined as a fellow in September 2021, having recently graduated from the UCLA School of Law. Emily is passionate about economic justice, and as part of her two-year fellowship will work on a variety of civil rights-related litigation focused on dismantling the carceral state at all levels.
Prior to joining the Social Justice Legal Foundation, Emily was a law clerk at Waters, Kraus, and Paul LLP, where she assisted with litigation related to ongoing asbestos exposure and sexual harassment.
While in law school, Emily was a Civil Rights Graduate Fellow in the Legal Division of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. During that summer, Emily investigated employment discrimination complaints under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and assisted with ongoing gender pay equity litigation against Snap Inc., ABC Inc., and local landlords regarding the rights of Section 8 stipend recipients. Emily was also a legal unit clerk with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she focused on employment discrimination under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Emily served as a research assistant for Professor Asli Bâli, conducting research into issues of the U.N.’s prohibition on the use of force in the Middle East, and for Professor Richard Sander, conducting systematic review of thousands of Los Angeles Superior Court cases.
Emily was a member of the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and the recipient of the Law Achievement Fellow, UCLA Law, a full scholarship award granted for academic excellence and overcoming of obstacles.
Emily enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing cello, and exploring the great outdoors.