Co-President Rachel Pyle (She/her/Hers). Rachel spent the 5 years prior to law school doing affordable housing work in Sacramento. As a result, she worked in affirmative housing defense for her 1L summer at the SF legal aid firm Open Door Legal. As a graduate of UC Davis she loves biking around and park picnics.
Delphine Burns (she/her/hers), Vice President of HPILF. Delphine is a 2L who is deeply passionate about ensuring that marginalized communities have access to effective legal representation. Delphine is specifically passionate about serving survivors of sexual violence and gender-based discrimination. Prior to pursuing a legal education, Delphine worked as an advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. This past summer, Delphine worked at a small civil rights law firm specializing in fighting gender discrimination in the workplace and in schools. Delphine also serves on the CARE advisory board and is on the Hastings Moot Court team. In her spare time, Delphine enjoys singing and playing guitar, and spoiling her cat Shady.
Kenna Fung (she/her), our Gala Co-chair. Kenna is from San Francisco, California, and graduated from the University of California, Irvine, majoring in Political Science. She is a 2L who is interested in environmental law. Kenna is involved with Hastings Environmental Law Journal and is a public interest mentor. In her spare time, she enjoys going on hikes, playing video games, and exploring new restaurants around the Bay Area.
Our Director of Communications is Grant Schwall (He/Him/His). Grant from Sebastopol CA, and is a 2L interested in indigent defense. He attended Gonzaga University for undergrad, majoring in Spanish and Political Science. He worked last summer at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and will return there this summer. Outside of school, Grant is a basketball referee for local high schools.
Nick Dias is the HPILF Director of Development. He is a 2L interested in criminal defense. Born and raised in San Francisco, he went to UCSB where he double majored in history and political science. Last summer he interned at prisoner legal services, acting as an advocate for incarcerated individuals. Next summer he will continue this advocacy with the San Francisco Public Defenders office. An avid runner, Nick enjoys to spend his free time watching the raiders lose every weekend, and watching the warriors fail to cultivate their young core.