People

  • Veronica Mendoza

    CBL Scholar Class of 2026

    Veronica Louise Mendoza is a 1L at UC Law San Francisco. Veronica is a proud alumna of UCLA, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication Studies in 2018. Prior to graduate school, Veronica worked in the media and entertainment industry, building celebrity client brands through start-ups and licensing deals at United Talent Agency.
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  • Malik Jefferson

    CBL Scholar Class of 2026

    Malik Jefferson is a 1L student at UC Law San Francisco. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, and attended the University of California Berkely where he received a bachelor’s degree in legal studies with an emphasis in economics and monetary policy. Prior to law school, Malik worked as a substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District,
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  • Joanna Chen

    CBL Scholar Class of 2026

    Joanna Chen is a 1L at UC Law San Francisco. Joanna was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where she double majored in Political Science and Media Studies. Prior to law school, Joanna worked in investment banking, primarily in debt capital markets and technology M&A. She has also worked with startups and startup founders in a variety of capacities–finance,
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  • Nathan Lessa

    Student Fellow Class of 2025

    Previous Experience:
    Adjutant, United States Marine Corps
    Manpower Officer, United States Marine Corps
    Data Analyst, LinkedIn
    Product Specialist, Apple Inc.
    Previous Education:
    B.A. International Relations, University of California, Davis
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  • Heidi Walas

    Class of 2007. Partner, Gunderson Dettmer.

    Heidi counsels emerging growth companies and investors on a broad range of transactional matters, from venture capital financings to mergers and acquisitions, technology transfers and general business matters. In her role as corporate lawyer, she acts as outside general counsel for startups, providing legal, business and strategic advice throughout their lifecycle, including startup structure formation,
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  • Sai Sumana Kaluvai

    CBL Scholar Class of 2025

    Sumana Kaluvai (Hometown: Roseville, CA) is a 2L at UC Law SF. She studied Bioengineering at UCLA and worked in pharmaceutical consulting at IQVIA prior to coming to law school. Concurrently, she helped found and served as executive director of The Hidden Dream, a non-profit for children on dependent visas. Her experience as an immigrant inspired her to come to law school.
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  • Ricardo Parada

    CBL Scholar Class of 2025

    Ricardo Parada is a 2L at UC Law San Francisco. Ricardo graduated from Occidental College with a bachelor’s degree in Politics and a minor in Latino/Latin American Studies. Prior to law school, Ricardo worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco as a legal secretary in the Emerging Companies + Venture Capital (ECVC) practice group.
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  • Dilani Logan

    CBL Scholar Class of 2025

    Dilani Logan is a 2L student at UC Law SF. She studied Medical Science and Spanish at the University of Western Ontario and then received a master’s degree in Global Health from Duke University. Prior to law school, Dilani worked as a health and human services researcher at the American Institutes for Research.
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  • Sharareh Zerang

    CBL Scholar Class of 2024

    Sheila Zerang is a 1L student at UC Hastings. She graduated cum laude from UCLA with a degree in Sociology. Prior to law school, she worked as a corporate paralegal at a business litigation law firm where she was exposed to the role of venture capital in the formation of technological ecosystems and found that highly intriguing.
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  • Candace Kelly

    Class of 1997. General Counsel, Stellar Development Foundation.

    Candace Kelly is the Chief Legal Officer of the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), a non-profit organization that supports the development and growth of Stellar, an open-source blockchain network that connects the world’s financial infrastructure. In addition to being responsible for all of SDF’s legal affairs, she also leads the policy team that focuses on bridging the gap between the public and private sectors,
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