Office of Public Interest Programs

Supporting future public interest advocates and nurturing a public service ethic

UCLA School of Law, one of the nation’s premier public law schools, has a proud tradition of public service. Through our rich and innovative academic and pro bono programs, our vibrant public interest community of faculty, administrators, students and alumni, our intellectual and programmatic ties to one of the foremost universities in the country, and our location in one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world, we are committed to preparing the public interest lawyers and advocates of the future and nurturing in all of our students a public service ethic.

The Office of Public Interest Programs strives to enhance the UCLA Law’s commitment to public service by offering an array of services to School of Law students and alumni. The Office’s principal goal is to encourage students and alumni to embrace a career that incorporates an ongoing commitment to public service.

The Office:

  • Provides a variety of career and job search-related services to students and alumni interested in exploring and pursuing pro bono opportunities, public interest internships and/or postgraduate public interest employment.
  • Hosts and sponsors public interest career-related events and educational programs, including the Annual Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day.
  • Encourages and facilitates students' pro bono efforts.
  • Administers the Summer Public Service Fellowship Program.
  • Serves as the UCLA School of Law’s principal information center for public interest and community service activities.

Professional Staff

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    Cathy Mayorkas
    Executive Director, Office of Public Interest Programs
    H. Catherine Mayorkas is the Executive Director of the Office of Public Interest Programs (OPIP) at UCLA School of Law. In this capacity, she manages an array of career- and job-search related services for students and alumni interested in exploring and pursuing pro bono opportunities, public interest internships, and/or postgraduate public interest employment.
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    Silvana Naguib
    Public Interest Fellow, Office of Public Interest Programs
    Silvana Naguib has been with the Office of Public Interest Programs since August 2016, as the inaugural Public Interest Fellow. Prior to coming to UCLA, she was a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where her practice focused on a range of issues at the intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems. Before working at PDS, she completed an Equal Justice Works fellowship focused on prisoner civil rights. Silvana teaches Law 150, the workshop for first-year students enrolled in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and serves as a career advisor for students within the program, as well as other UCLA students interested in pursuing public interest careers. Silvana obtained her undergraduate degree from Texas State University-San Marcos and her JD from Northwestern University.
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    Brenda Kim
    Programs Coordinator, Office of Public Interest Programs
    Brenda has been with the Office of Public Interest Programs since September 2013. Prior to working with the Office of Public Interest Programs, Brenda was the Administrative Assistant of the Critical Race Studies Program as an undergraduate. Brenda provides administrative support for all initiatives of the Office of Public Interest Programs and David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, including the Annual Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day, UCLA School of Law’s Summer Public Service Fellowship Program, and various lunchtime information sessions and speaker programs. She is also the front-office contact and is available to help schedule appointments with the Office of Public Interest Programs’ Executive Director and Public Interest Fellow. Brenda received her B.A. in English and Art History from UCLA.