Employee Highlight: Petra Alexander

July 17, 2017

CLC Attorney Petra Alexander was honored by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles on April 7, 2017 for her incredible dedication to her work and her clients (CASA volunteers work with CLC attorneys on particularly complex cases in which CASAs are able to spend a great deal of time assisting our clients). An attorney with CLC since 2005, Petra is known by colleagues as a zealous advocate for her clients; those who work closely with her say that in working with Petra, you “have to bring your ‘A’ game” because of how diligently she knows the facts, the law, and every detail of her young client’s case. Indeed, one CASA present stated that Petra “makes us strive to be the best CASAs we can be.”

In addition to majoring in criminal justice with a minor in sociology in college, Petra has an MSW from UCLA and earned her law degree at Yale. She worked as a children’s social worker prior to entering law school. After law school she clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson, a federal Ninth Circuit judge whom Petra says is known for his compassion; he became her mentor, taking her and other law clerks on ‘field trips’ to places like the Bell Shelter and the Bessy Pregerson Salvation Army transitional living center. Her time with Judge Pregerson made a great impression on Petra and her daily work demonstrates her commitment to his ideals regarding social justice. As he said, "I can't think of anything more important than to try to help as many people as you can. That is a big motivator for me. Sometimes the law is not very compassionate." These words motivate and inspire Petra in her advocacy every day.

CLC is proud of Petra’s accomplishments and this well-deserved recognition. Congratulations, Petra!