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Adjunct Faculty, Study Abroad Faculty

Roxanna Alavi

Adjunct Professor of Law

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Roxanna Alavi is a Lead and Senior Attorney with Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, a program of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. Ms. Alavi specializes in juvenile dependency law, leading a team that provides representation to youth in foster care in Santa Clara County. Currently, her court’s specialization is in Dependency Wellness Court, that specializes in helping parents through the drug rehabilitation and parenting process. Her practice previously included representation of parents in juvenile dependency court and special education advocacy. Ms. Alavi received her J.D. from Whittier College School of Law, where she was a Center for Children’s Rights Fellow and completed her undergraduate work at University of California at Santa Barbara.

Alvi completed her undergraduate work at University of California at Santa Barbara. She received her J.D. from Whittier College School of Law, where she was a Center for Children’s Rights Fellow, Outstanding Fellow in 2007 and was awarded the Dean’s citation for outstanding leadership and service to the Whittier Law School Community. Advocating for children’s rights is the primary reason why Ms. Alavi applied to law school, and specifically Whittier Law School, with the CCR program. Throughout law school, Ms. Alavi actively participated in legal clerkships and clubs that would promote family and children’s rights. Upon graduating law school, Ms. Alavi began employment in Los Angeles County, as a legal clerk and upon being licensed, as an attorney. For almost two years, she represented parents in Juvenile Dependency Actions zealously advocating for parent’s due process, reunification and parental rights. She even argued a writ she co-wrote in front of the court of appeal. Since 2009, Ms. Alavi has been representing children as a Lead and Senior Attorney with Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY), a program of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. Ms. Alavi specializes in juvenile dependency law, leading a team that provides advocacy and counsel to youth in foster care in Santa Clara County. In her role as a child’s attorney she strives to make sure that every child’s voice is heard, needs are met and rights are protected. She worked extensively in the middle school education court and currently in the dependency wellness drug rehabilitation court. While at LACY, she created and put on workshops to teach foster youth about their legal rights while in foster care. Ms. Alavi and her co-workers have presented at the National Association for Counsel for Children conference in 2011 and 2012. She is also anticipated to present at in January 2017 at the Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education with other Whittier Alumni on “Educational Considerations and Strategies for Foster Youth.” In 2013, she earned her specialization and certification as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. In her spare time, Ms. Alavi coaches a high school mock trial team in Santa Clara County and Santa Clara Law School’s Moot Court team and serves on different committees through the bar association.