Christina Yang is Pro Bono Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA. She cultivates and leads volunteer involvement programs to support Advancing Justice-LA’s work, including developing opportunities for pro bono attorneys to expand the reach of the organization’s work. Yang also focuses on strengthening relationships between Advancing Justice-LA and key pro bono stakeholders like private attorneys, law firms, corporations, bar associations, and law schools. Finally, she is also responsible for the day-to-day oversight of both legal and non-legal volunteer operations.
Yang rejoined Advancing Justice-LA as Pro Bono Director after previously completing a one-year fellowship with its impact litigation unit, generously funded by the Mayer Brown Public Interest Fellowship Program. She also devoted a summer to impact litigation at Advancing Justice-LA during law school. She worked on matters involving consumer fraud, civil rights, and workers’ rights.
Prior to rejoining Advancing Justice, Yang was Staff Attorney with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a global nonprofit HIV/AIDS advocacy group, where she represented the organization in both plaintiff’s- and defense-side litigation. At AHF, her cases concerned alleged violations of federal and state anti-kickback laws by healthcare-related entities, violations of First Amendment and other constitutional rights, and landlord-tenant issues, among others. Before joining AHF, Christina was an associate in the litigation and dispute resolution group with Mayer Brown LLP in Los Angeles, focusing primarily on commercial litigation.
Yang is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, and is currently serving as Co-Chair of its Public Appointments and Judicial Endorsements committee, as well as Secretary on the Executive Committee. She is also a member of the California State Bar's Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (SCDLS).
She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. During law school, she was a Publishing Editor for the California Law Review and a Senior Articles Editor for the Asian American Law Journal. In 2009, the Asian American Law Journal published her article addressing issues surrounding Korean adoptee identity, grassroots internet communities, and international law governing intercountry adoption, for which she received the Akiyu Hatano Student Writing Award.
She speaks Mandarin Chinese.