Justin Lam

Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow
Portrait photograph of Justin Lam

Justin Lam is a Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow on the Legal Advocacy team. He works on litigation and advocacy across areas including education and juvenile justice.

Lam completed his J.D. and Master of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. There, he was an Educational Rights Holder through the Foster Education Project; represented youth and developed training materials through the Education Defense and Justice for Youth Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center; and worked to repeal administrative fees imposed on youth in the juvenile justice system through the Policy Advocacy Clinic. He  interned at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor; Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and the National Center for Youth Law, where he was an Education Civil Rights Alliance summer law clerk.

Lam’s passion for educational and racial justice began when he was a New York City fifth-grade teacher and developed at Educators for Excellence, an education advocacy organization. Over nearly six years, his digital, data, and marketing work contributed to the organization’s growth to six states and 25,000 teacher members.

Lam graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in political science.