Assistant Director of Public Interest Counseling
- B.A. Drake University
- J.D. UCLA School of Law
Brenda Suttonwills is the Assistant Director of Public Interest Counseling at UCLA School of Law. Prior to joining UCLA School of Law, Brenda served as Staff Counsel with the California Teachers Association; practiced Labor and Employment Law, at Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers and worked as a Civil Rights Fellow at Litt & Márquez. Her previous community engagements include serving as a volunteer Supervising Attorney for the Public Counsel Cold and Wet Weather program, providing legal advice at night clinics in South Los Angeles homeless shelters; and assisting the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in preparing the motion for preliminary injunction in Thomas v County of Los Angeles. Brenda was the 2011-2012 Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section and Chair of the Los Angeles Hotel Diversity Taskforce. In 2011 Brenda received a Women in Action honor from the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI), awarded to note significant and profound community impact and mentoring. She has also served as LAAAWPII faculty. Currently, Brenda serves as a member of the California Medical Board and a Co-Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee. Brenda received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, and Minor in Business Management from Drake University; and JD from UCLA School of Law, where she received the Nancy Mintie award for public service.