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Maren I. Christensen

Maren I. Christensen is an Associate at Bryan Schwartz Law, focusing on employment discrimination, disability accommodation, whistleblower retaliation, and wage and hour claims. Previously, Ms. Christensen was a Litigation & Arbitration Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York.  She also served three years as a law clerk to the Honorable Martha Vazquez, United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

As a law student, Ms. Christensen was Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Journal of International Law, a student advocate in the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and a research and teaching assistant. She also held a summer law clerk position at the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of California, Civil Division, in San Jose. Before law school, Ms. Christensen was an Accredited Representative at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago and earned a masters degree in international law and conflict resolution.

Ms. Christensen hails from Salinas, California, and is bilingual in Spanish. 

ADMISSIONS
State Bar of California
State Bar of New York
United States District Court for the Central District of California (pending)

EDUCATION
J.D.  2013, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law 
M.A.L.D. 2010, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
B.A. 2006, The University of Chicago 

PUBLICATIONS
"Judicial Reform in Afghanistan: Towards a Holistic Understanding of Legitimacy in Post Conflict Societies" 4 Berkeley J. Middle E. & Islamic L. 111 (2011)

AWARDS
Berkeley Law Pro Bono Pledge Award, 2013