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Associate Dean for Law Career Development
Adjunct Professor, Externship Program
Corey Farris (GGU JD 06) is the Associate Dean for Law Career Development and an Adjunct Professor in the Externship Program at Golden Gate University School of Law. Her primary responsibilities include counseling students and alumni pursuing public interest and government employment while facilitating many of the law school's public interest programs. She administers the law school's Bridge Fellowship Program, the Pro Bono Honors Society, the ABA-required Graduate Employment Survey and is the faculty mentor for those seeking the Public Interest Certificate Specialization. She also works with the law school's public interest and environmental law scholars. As an adjunct professor, Corey teaches skills-building courses aimed at helping students learn practical legal skills. Recent courses include the Advanced Legal Clinic and the Criminal Litigation Clinic, both within the externship program. When she's not at the law school, Corey volunteers with the OneJustice Bus acting as a supervising attorney during its expungement clinics. She also volunteers with Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach where she provides pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied minors requesting asylum status in the United States.
Prior to joining Golden Gate University, Corey worked with asbestos litigation boutique firm Kazan, McClain, Satterley, & Greenwood. In addition to her work on asbestos-related wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases, she worked as a pro bono attorney assisting women prisoners who were survivors of intimate partner battering. Corey then moved on to become a misdemeanor trial attorney with the Contra Costa Public Defenders Office before relocating to the San Francisco Public Defenders Office where she worked in both the misdemeanor and felony trial units. During her eight years as a public defender, Corey litigated dozens of trials on various criminal charges and has advocated for indigent clients during hundreds of motions and preliminary hearings. She has a long history of hiring GGU Law students as interns and has always admired the practical skills that they bring with them from GGU. As a practicing attorney, she provided mentorship and guidance to both current law students and alums and looks forward to continuing in that role here at GGU.
Director of Employer Outreach
Andrea Loh is the Director of Employer Outreach at Golden Gate University School of Law. Her primary responsibilities include conducting outreach with legal professionals in the greater Bay Area community to generate job opportunities, developing programs for students to facilitate their networking efforts, and promoting alumni involvement with the University. Andrea also advises students on issues related to engaging with Bay Area employers and serves as a liaison between Law Career Development and several GGU law student organizations.
Prior to joining Golden Gate University, Andrea practiced commercial litigation in the New York offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Beverly B. Martin in the Northern District of Georgia and the Honorable Frederic Block in the Eastern District of New York and previously served as an extern at the Los Angeles Superior Court, Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Andrea received her JD and BBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is licensed to practice law in California and New York.
Andrea is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco Trials Lawyers Association, the Asian American Bar Association, NALP, and BALRA. She also sits on the BALRA Diversity Committee and AABA Employment Committee. In her free time, Andrea enjoys being outdoors while cycling, running, and hiking.
Law Career Counselor
Elizabeth McGriff earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish from Mills College. Elizabeth served as the graduate commencement speaker at her graduation from Mills College, having one won the graduate commencement speaker competition. Thereafter, she taught underserved second-grade students at a K-8 school in Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco. Elizabeth then attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where she earned a Juris Doctor. As a law student, Elizabeth served as a law clerk at the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General in the Health, Education, and Welfare and Criminal divisions. She also worked as a law clerk at the Child Care Law Center.
Elizabeth has served as the Chief Legislative Aide to a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, a Staff Attorney at Legal Assistance for Seniors, a Trial Attorney for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and a Senior Associate at a Top 100 law firm where her practice focused on civil litigation. She has mediated hundreds of cases and she has advanced training in mediation and arbitration. Owing to her passion for working with students, Elizabeth also served as the Academic Resource Specialist and Academic Coaching and Enrichment Program Manager at College Track East Palo Alto.
Prior to joining Golden Gate University Elizabeth was the Director of Diversity Pipeline Programs at The Bar Association of San Francisco where she managed more than a dozen diversity educational programs, initiatives and large-scale charitable programs including Food From The Bar, the Head Start Holiday Gift Program and the annual Putting for the Pipeline Charitable Golf Tournament. Elizabeth has been a panelist for her expertise on diversity and she has also served as a panelist for a Mills College Alumnae Law Panel. She has moderated more than a dozen panels. Elizabeth has served as a volunteer English tutor for Civicorps Schools, the San Francisco-Marin County Food Bank, the Alameda County Food Bank and Redwood Day School.
Senior Program Coordinator
Usha Lama Manandhar is the Senior Program Coordinator for Law Career Development and Externship Programs. Her responsibilities include coordinating the administrative and logistical aspects of Law Career Development along with the Externship Programs, Bridge Fellowship Program, and Honors Lawyering Program.
Usha is originally from Nepal and she earned her MA in Education, Special Interest in Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University.
Law Career Counselor
Neva Tassan is a Law Career Counselor with Golden Gate University. Neva advises students and alumni of the JD, LLM and SJD programs, with a focus on recent graduates. She also manages the Open Doors 1L Job Shadow Program and is responsible for collecting employment information for ABA and NALP reporting.
Prior to joining Golden Gate University, Neva worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Orange County and went on to open a private practice as a solo criminal defense practitioner here in the Bay Area. Neva honed her trial skills at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming and worked in litigation for nearly a decade. During her practice, she provided training to law student interns and new attorney members of the California Bar.
Neva received her BA in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley and her JD from Golden Gate University in 2007.