Andrea Matsuoka teaches Legal Research and Writing to first year students, including those specializing in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy. Before joining UCLA School of Law, she was a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) where she worked with clients and communities to solve housing, income, employment, health, and education problems. At LSNC, she co-authored an amicus curiae brief in Texas DHCA v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., in which she argued that the existence of implicit bias required the retention of the disparate impact standard in fair housing cases. Paraphrasing her argument, the Supreme Court for the first time recognized the existence of implicit bias and its effect on decision making. In addition, as part of LSNC's Race Equity Project, she trained legal services advocates and community allies to recognize the roles race, racialized structures, and bias play in clients' everyday lives and in advocacy efforts.
Matsuoka clerked for Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law (Order of the Coif) where she specialized in Public Interest Law & Policy and served as Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review and Writing Advisor for the Legal Research and Writing Program.
Before law school, Matsuoka worked in Washington D.C. in various avenues of social change. She served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, a Health Research Assistant for a U.S. Senator and a U.S. Representative, a Legislative Assistant for a U.S. Representative, and a community organizer helping foster youth improve the D.C. foster care system.