Lydia Sinkus

Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow
Why I work at OneJustice:

I was drawn to OneJustice’s vision of access to justice for all and of a legal system where lawyers help break down barriers to justice and inclusion. I appreciate the organization’s willingness to tackle hard problems with a focus on innovation, human centered design, and community network building. As a team member at OneJustice I am excited to help expand access to legal resources and to provide lawyers and non-lawyers the opportunity to engage in meaningful pro bono work.

I am passionate about increasing access to justice, information, and resources for under-served communities. As a student at Berkeley Law, I focused on international human rights, and I bring this lens to my current domestic work at the cross-section of immigration and criminal justice.

Professional Background:

I received by JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law and clerked for the District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. Prior to taking the plunge into law school, I worked as a paralegal for the Department of Justice, where I enjoyed engaging in diverse types of pro bono work, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, where I worked on development and delivery of health education and sanitation infrastructure in schools and community network building.  I have interned at the Center for Justice and Accountability and the RFK Center for Human Rights, which litigate domestic and international human rights cases. During law school, I also engaged in immigration work with the East Bay Community Law Center’s Immigration Practice and the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, primarily assisting clients with domestic violence-based asylum claims.

I really love:

I grew up in North Central Florida, so in California I miss thunderstorms and hot nights. I’m a twin. I like to sail other people’s boats, and I have a life goal of learning to balance a bike on my chin.