Rachel Johnson-Farias


Founder & Executive Director

 Rachel Johnson-Farias has dedicated her legal career to making the law more accessible to  low-income people and communities of color. Rachel graduated with honors from Occidental College and obtained a B.A. in Critical Theory and Social Justice. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from U.C. Berkeley, School of Law. During law school, Rachel received the Francine Diaz Memorial Award for her commitment to social justice through legal services and advocacy. After completing her legal education, Rachel was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to implement the Starting Over Strong (SOS) program at the East Bay Community Law Center; a juvenile reentry program for young people seeking to seal their juvenile records. Rachel’s prior experience in working with low-income clients and dedication to empowering youth led her to create Esq. Apprentice; a non-profit that provides legal training to nontraditional law students of color. Esq. Apprentice seeks to change legal education in California and, eventually, the nation.