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Bryan Schwartz Law Hires DeCarol Davis as Summer Associate at the Oakland-Based Civil Rights, Employment Law Firm

May 31, 2016 Oakland – Bryan Schwartz Law welcomes the return of DeCarol Davis (who worked for the firm in 2014 as a legal assistant).  After two years of law school, Davis rejoins the firm as a Summer Associate.  Davis, a student at the University of California Berkeley, School of Law, is a recipient of the Employee Justice Fellowship of 2016, from the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion & Resources (FAIR).

“I came to law school to be a civil rights employment attorney,” Davis says, and her drive shows. She volunteers at the Berkeley Law Wage Claim Clinic as well as the Workers’ Rights Clinic, where she served as one of this year’s co-Directors. Davis has also clerked for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, representing low-income workers in hearings and helping clients negotiate employment law violations.

During law school, Davis has won two national titles on the mock trial team. During her 1L year, Ms. Davis’ team won the 2014-2015 National and Regional ABA Labor & Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition, and won the prestigious 2015 National Civil Trial Competition in Los Angeles. Ms. Davis has also excelled academically, earning Best Oral Advocate in her Written and Oral Advocacy class and the American Jurisprudence Award (best in class) for her work in Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, where she researched how impunity for homicide in Oakland impacts family survivors.

Prior to her legal studies, Davis was in the U.S. Coast Guard and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2008 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Davis, the only African-American woman in her class, became the first African-American to graduate as valedictorian from a military service academy. She was also the Academy’s first-ever Truman Scholar. Excelling in and out of the classroom, Davis was captain of the basketball team and selected as the 2007 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year.

While in the Coast Guard, she served as the Waterways Safety Branch Chief for Sector San Francisco and worked as a marine inspector in New York City.  During her service, she was awarded the Judge Advocate General Field Regulations Award, Meritorious Team Commendation, and Department of Defense STEM Role Model Award. In 2014, Davis left her active duty career to pursue law fulltime.

Attorney Bryan Schwartz has been a mentor and role model for DeCarol Davis.  Since 2009, Bryan Schwartz Law has dedicated itself to continuing the struggle for civil rights and equality of employment opportunity, and helping Americans from every background to achieve their highest career potential. The firm focuses on individual, class, and collective actions involving discrimination and retaliation, harassment, denied disability accommodations, whistleblower reprisal, wage and hour violations, federal employees' rights, and severance negotiations.

 

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