Curriculum Vitae

LEGAL CAREER HISTORY

LAW OFFICES OF VANESSA CANDELARIA, P.C. 2014 to present

Founder of Law Offices of Vanessa Candelaria, P.C. a full-service family law firm that handles all aspects of family law.

FOX & BANK LLP, 2012 to 2014
Walnut Creek, CA

Associate Attorney of Fox & Bank LLP specializing in all aspects of family law, including divorce, domestic partnership dissolution, pre- and post-marital agreements, child custody, child support and spousal support, and property issues.

VIOLA LAW FIRM, P.C., 2011- July 2012
San Mateo, CA

Associate Attorney in a firm with a focus in family law and civil litigation. Experience included drafting motions and agreements, preparing for and appearing at hearings, legal research and analysis of complex family law issues and assisting with discovery matters.

DI MARIA & CONE, 2009- March 2011
Palo Alto, CA

Associate Attorney for a sole proprietor who practiced exclusively family law. Experience included second chairing an international move-away trial, drafting motions, letters and agreements and conducting legal research and analysis for family law issues.

WOMEN’S EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS CLINIC
Golden Gate University School of Law, Spring 2009
San Francisco, CA

Graduate Law Fellow for a legal clinic that represented low-income clients with employment-related problems, including unpaid wages, discrimination and harassment, pregnancy disability, family and medical leave and unemployment benefits. Experience included drafting letters and research memoranda, conducting legal research regarding relevant employment laws, performing intakes and evaluating individual cases for staff attorneys.

SAN FRANCISCO SUPERIOR COURT, Spring 2008
San Francisco, CA

Judicial Extern for the (ret.) Honorable Marjorie Slabach of the Unified Family Court. Experience included reviewing individual case files and drafting bench memos, preparing court orders for self-represented litigants, and assisting Commissioner Slabach and the court clerk during the readiness calendar, law and motion calendar and domestic violence hearings.

TENDERLOIN HOUSING CLINIC, Summer 2006
San Francisco, CA

Intern for a legal clinic that represented low-income clients in unlawful eviction actions. Experience included conducting intakes and subsequent counseling sessions, researching legal issues and drafting demand letters and legal memoranda, and assisting counsel with pre-trial litigation matters, such as depositions.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

California State Bar Association
Member, Family Law Section

Contra Costa County Bar Association
Member, Family Law Section

Alameda County Bar Association
Member, Family Law Section

Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
Internal Vice President/President-Elect, 2014-2015
External Vice President, 2013-2014
Secretary, 2012
Co-Historian, 2009-2011

American Bar Association
District Representative, 2014-2016

EDUCATION

Licensed to Practice Law, California, 2008

Juris Doctor, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2008

*Honors and Activities:
Dean’s List
Merit Scholarship
Linda Caputo Endowed Law Scholarship
Street Law, Student Instructor
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Member 2005; Board Member 2006-2008
Latino/a Law Student Association, Member 2005; Board Member 2006- 2008
Asian American Bar Association, Student Council Representative, 2006- 2008

University of California – Irvine, 2003
Bachelor of Arts, English
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Social Behavior
Minor, Political Science

*Honors and Activities:
Dean’s List
Law Forum Certificate from the School of Social Sciences
Pre-Law Society, Member

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Women’s Employment Rights Clinic, Alumni Lunch, September 18, 2014, Alumni Speaker
Golden Gate University School of Law, CONNECT Program, August 7, 2014, Alumni Panelist
Berkeley Law School, Pilipino American Law Students (PALS), March 6, 2014, Panelist