California ChangeLawyers legal fellow
Zena grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, where she attended Merced College and obtained a degree in social and behavioral sciences. While pursuing her undergraduate education, she worked for Merced County Child Support as a child support manager. Throughout her employment with Merced County, Zena participated in volunteer work servicing the recently released inmates in the San Joaquin Valley. Additionally, she was a volunteer in the Atwater Federal Prison and assisted with conducting mock job interviews to aid inmates who are soon to be released with their employment search.
Zena recently completed her third year of law school at San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California. She was awarded "Best Oral Advocate" in the annual George A. Hopper Moot Court Competition and also participated in the annual Traynor Moot Court Competition as a representative of San Joaquin College of Law. During her second year of law school she was chosen to receive a Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial Scholarship and a Clovis Soroptimist scholarship in honor of her volunteer work and dedication to assisting minorities and women in the Central Valley area.
In her free time Zena enjoys spending time playing sports, board games and music/artistic endeavors with her husband and their two daughters, and of course, binge watching the latest Netflix show.