| MARIA E. HALL, is a civil rights lawyer and activist who is dedicated to fighting for the fair and just treatment of all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation.
Ms. Hall currently represents clients experiencing discrimination in the contexts of housing and employment. Her pro bono work has included the representation of a Marine Corps reservist throughout the “conscientious objector” process, including attending his hearing at the Marine Corps Reserves headquarters in New Orleans, as well as assisting a young woman to separate from the Marine Corps because she found it profoundly painful to keep her sexual identity secret.
Ms. Hall received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2003 from the University of Southern California Law School. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her civil rights advocacy including the USC Miller-Johnson Equal Justice Prize; scholarships from the Foundation of the State Bar of California, the State Bar Environmental Law Section, the Mexican-American Bar Foundation, the USC Mexican American Alumni Association, and the USC Public Interest Law Foundation; and post-graduate fellowships including the USC/Irmas Fellowship and the Earthjustice Sutherland Fellowship.
Ms. Hall is employed by the Beverly Hills law firm, Sherman & Nathanson, and serves on the executive board of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that awards scholarships to law students.