Theresa Zhen joined Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, LLP in July 2019. Ms. Zhen represents plaintiffs in civil rights, employment, and international human rights proceedings.
Prior to joining Hadsell Stormer, Ms. Zhen was a Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer at the East Bay Community Law Center, a community-based teaching clinic of University of California Berkeley Law School. There, she co-directed a poverty law clinic that achieved historic wins in the fight to stem the criminalization of poverty, including the repeal and discharge of nearly $44 million in administrative fees charged to individuals who have contact with the criminal justice system in Alameda County, California. Before that, Ms. Zhen was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work as a staff attorney at A New Way of Life Reentry Project, where she successfully executed a project to end driver license suspensions for nonpayment of court ordered fines and fees.
Ms. Zhen's writing has been published in the California Law Review, the N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change, and in numerous policy reports that have galvanized statewide economic justice reform. Ms. Zhen's legal victories have been mentioned in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, and other notable media outlets.
Ms. Zhen graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2014 with a specialization in the David J. Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy program and the Critical Race Studies program. While in law school, Ms. Zhen co-founded the Criminal Justice Society and chaired the Reentry Legal Clinic, where she represented formerly incarcerated and convicted people in proceedings to mitigate the effects of a conviction record on employment prospects. Ms. Zhen was also an editor of the UCLA Law Review and the Asian Pacific American Law Journal.
Ms. Zhen received her B.A. with departmental honors in Sociology from Stanford University in 2009.