Ms. Villalpando Mestanza graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2018, with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. During law school, she participated in the Workers’ Rights Clinic at UCLA, was a research assistant to Dean Emerita and Professor at UCLA School of Law, Rachel Moran, and was a student author for the American Bar Association’s 2018 FMLA Mid-Winter Report. She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Dolly M. Gee, of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Los Angeles, was a law clerk for a plaintiffs-side employment law firm, and was a summer associate at Bush Gottlieb.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, Ms. Villalpando Mestanza worked at Inner City Law Center, a non-profit legal services organization that strives to end homelessness. She worked in their organizing and litigation departments, assisting hundreds of Los Angeles residents living in substandard housing conditions.