Marisa Hernández-Stern is a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice’s Worker Rights & Fair Labor Bureau, Civil Rights Enforcement Section. She graduated from Brown University and the UCLA School of Law with concentrations in Critical Race Studies and Public Interest Law and Policy. Ms. Hernández-Stern currently serves as the chair of the Mexican American Bar Association's Federal Judicial Externship & Scholarship Program. She also serves as the Association's President-Elect.
After working at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, Ms. Hernández-Stern clerked for the Hon. Harry Pregerson, United States Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She also previously worked at the Traber & Voorhees, Hadsell Stormer & Renick, and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. Ms. Hernández-Stern is a board member of the Brown University Alumni Association Board of Governors; co-chair of the Brown University Latino Alumni Council-Los Angeles chapter; and a member of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association and the Pacific Council on International Policy. In 2014 and 2015, she acted as an NGO legal observer representative for the Pacific Council to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to view pre-trial proceedings of detainee Abd al Rahim al Nashiri.