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Estela Barajas

Associate

Overview

Estela Barajas is committed to achieving justice for plaintiffs in consumer protection, antitrust, and other complex class actions. A 2019 summer associate at Girard Sharp, Estela returned to the firm as an associate after earning her J.D. from U.C. Davis School of Law.

During law school, Estela served on the Moot Court Honors Board, co-chaired the La Raza Law Students Association, was a student member of the Schwartz-Levi Inn of Court, and helped support Latinx and first-generation law students like herself as a First-Generation Advocates Student Board member and peer mentor. In addition, she gained hands-on experience in counseling and advocacy as a volunteer at U.C. Davis’ workers’ rights and water justice clinics, serving low-income communities. Estela is fluent in Spanish, and in her last year of law school, she attended a study abroad program focused on International and European Business Law at Comillas Pontifical University ICADE in Madrid, Spain. 

Estela previously worked for over a decade in the nonprofit sector, advocating for individuals facing child custody and other non-violent criminal charges stemming from addiction, mental health conditions, and other challenges. As manager of the Drug Court and Collaborative Court programs in Inglewood and Long Beach, Estela spearheaded efforts to reduce recidivism rates of historically disadvantaged populations through rehabilitation rather than incarceration.

Education

J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law

  • Moot Court Honors Board Member
  • Co-Chair, La Raza Law Students Association
  • MLK Public Service Award Committee Member

B.A., Applied Developmental Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Languages

  • Spanish
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