Adjunct Professor Emi Gusukuma graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1993, and received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1997. She is a member of the California State Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Emi's practice at Haas & Najarian, LLP- a boutique law firm in the heart of Union Square - includes employment and general commercial litigation. In addition, she counsel clients on a variety of employment issues arising in the workplace, including discipline and termination, complaints of harassment and discrimination, employee classification, and obligations under wage and hour and leave of absence laws.
Professor Gusukuma is actively engaged in civil society, having been appointed to the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission and the Ethics Commission by the Board of Supervisors and the Assessor-Recorder, respectively. In February 2005, she was elected Chair of the Ethics Commission-the youngest member to serve in that position-and served two years as Chair, followed by two years as Vice-Chair. Emi has served as an adjunct professor at Hastings College of the Law, a guest lecturer at Chabot College, and has been a regular guest lecturer at the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic. Emi also serves as the Treasurer for the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, one of the oldest and largest minority bar associations in the country. In addition, she also volunteers as a panelist with the Destination Law School program of BASF, and is a long-time volunteer supervising attorney with the Workers' Rights Clinic-Employment Law Center.