Hannah Matsunaga was born and raised in Honolulu. She is a proud alumna of Vassar College, Stanford Law School, and the Jesus G. Bernal chambers.
While at Vassar, Hannah earned a B.A. in Political Science and co-authored the college’s first Title IX campus climate survey, which anonymously and sensitively gathered previously unknown data about sexual violence on campus. Using these data, Hannah worked with the Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Office to conduct mandatory bystander intervention trainings for first-year students and student athletes.
At Stanford, Hannah focused on appellate litigation and workers’ rights. Hannah was a member of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, which litigates public interest cases at the United States Supreme Court. One of her cases, Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, expanded the Age Discrimination in Employment Act to protect employees of small governmental subdivisions. Hannah also led the Workers’ Rights Pro Bono Project, which provides legal information and representation to low-income Californians with employment law questions.
In her first year practicing law, Hannah worked as an antidiscrimination lawyer in San Francisco. Her clients included whistleblowers coming forward about unsafe working environments and women experiencing discrimination and sexual harassment at work. Following that, Hannah served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jesus G. Bernal of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In September, she will begin a second clerkship with the Honorable Mark J. Bennett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
At Davis Levin Livingston, Hannah focuses on corporate negligence, medical malpractice, sexual abuse, and civil rights violations. She loves LGBT history, farmers’ markets, and walkable cities.
- Hawai‘i State and Federal Courts, 2021
- California (inactive), 2019