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Elizabeth Kim

Education Policy Analyst, California Department of Insurance
Year Graduated: 2015

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate: UC Davis
Major: Communications/history minor


Elizabeth Kim planned for a career in education. But when she started teaching preschool at 18, she met foster youth and her focus changed. She learned about how little legal representation the children have. She saw a connection between the foster system and some of society's most pressing problems, including homelessness and drug addiction, and she wanted to do something.

In 2006, she started volunteering with Sacramento Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a nonprofit that benefits foster youth. Without proper advocacy, Kim learned, the children's needs are often overlooked. She also took her interest in social issues to the state Capitol, where she interned for then-Assemblyman Dave Jones.

Since then, the McGeorge evening student has worked for other legislators and gained experience in public policy. In 2011, she began working as newly elected Insurance Commissioner Jones' executive assistant. She now is a senior investigative analyst with the state Department of Insurance.

Through her legislative work, Kim found she loved talking to constituents, but without a legal education, her ability to help them was limited. Since enrolling in law school, she has earned a certificate in mediation, received conflict resolution training in Jerusalem and is working toward the capital certificate in public law and policy.

She has served as a board member for three campus organizations, is a law review staff writer and (during the 2014-2015 school year,) will be an assistant moot court coach.

After graduation, she plans to keep working for state government while representing foster youth and other underprivileged groups. "It's a hard job with very little pay, but the children really depend on that representation," she says.

For fun, she scales the state's highest peaks, runs marathons and completes 100-mile bike rides.

"Getting outdoors keeps me healthy," she says. "I like to challenge myself physically to balance out the rigors of law school."    

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