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News Posted on December 10, 2018

Angela Yahaira Breining '19 awarded prestigious Skadden Fellowship

The Skadden Foundation has selected UC Davis School of Law student Angela Yahaira Breining ’19 as a 2019 Skadden Fellow. The Skadden Fellowships provide two years of funding to help launch the careers of public interest lawyers.

Breining is the second-ever UC Davis Law student to receive this highly competitive fellowship – the first was in 1989 – and is one of 28 graduating law students and judicial clerks from across the country to receive it this year.

Breining will work with Centro Legal de la Raza to create mobile clinics that provide legal services and community education to low-wage immigrant workers in Yuba, Sutter, Butte and Colusa counties. Breining will focus on assisting workers with employment issues spanning from wage and hour claims to discrimination and retaliation to workplace safety.

At UC Davis Law, Breining has demonstrated excellence academically and as a student leader serving as former co-chair of the UC Davis La Raza Law Students Association. She also helped build the Workers’ Rights Clinic, a student organization that provides legal assistance to low-wage workers in the area.

UC Davis Law Professor Leticia Saucedo has been a teacher, mentor and supervisor to Breining. Saucedo is an expert in migrant labor law issues and said that Breining always was interested in how she could use the law to help others.

“She critically evaluated the immigration and labor policies we discussed with an eye toward their effects on the most vulnerable members of society, especially immigrant workers,” Saucedo said. “I am not surprised that she has created a project that meets the legal needs of the immigrant worker population in Northern California, as it fulfills her purpose for coming to law school.” 

Saucedo said Breining has had many achievements while at King Hall, but the one Saucedo found especially impressive involved Breining's key role in developing a comprehensive and substantive support program for first-generation students.

In addition to her work in the community, Breining has immersed herself in legal studies. She worked as a research assistant for Professor Saucedo, helping produce several chapters of an employment law casebook. UC Davis Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson also has  been a mentor to Breining, who was a research assistant for the dean. 

UC Davis Law Professor Courtney Joslin also assisted Breining. She said the Skadden Fellowship is one of the most sought-after and competitive post-graduate public interest fellowship programs. By being chosen as a Skadden Fellow, Joslin said, Breining will join a community of highly skilled and dedicated public interest advocates. And she said Breining is poised to make a difference.

“Angela is the complete package,” Joslin said. “She has the skills, the knowledge, and the commitment to make this extremely important project a success.”