Jordyn Ashley Bishop
Jordyn Ashley Bishop is an Associate in the Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group. She currently serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Cotati, City of El Cerrito, City of Larkspur and Acting Assistant City Attorney for the City of Dublin, as well as Assistant General Counsel of the Tamalpais Community Services District.
Her wide range of legal experience includes administrative, civil rights, climate change, constitutional, corporations, employment, energy, environmental, government, land use and municipal law. She has assisted with litigation, regulatory, counseling and urban planning matters for public agencies, non-profits, tribes and community groups.
In addition to serving as an Associate Attorney and Law Clerk at two law firms in the Bay Area, Jordyn’s experience in the legal profession includes working in the Office of Criminal Enforcement in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of the Attorney General for the Environmental and Land Use Section of the California Department of Justice, the Greenlining Institute, the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, and the Lakota People’s Law Project.
Jordyn drafts and responds to petitions, declarations, motions, opposition and briefs in state and federal court; reviews discovery responses and documents; drafts and responds to records requests and meet and confer letters; performs state and federal legal research and analysis; and prepares lead attorneys for and assists them during trial, court hearings and court conferences.
Her broad based environmental law background has provided her with valuable experience attending public hearings, community meetings and workshops, and participating in advisory committees consisting of legislative offices, state agencies, environmental justice community leaders, policy advocates, and local and regional governments. In these roles, Jordyn has drafted public comment letters on state program development and implementation, and provided comment at public meetings and workshops. She has also co-led an interdisciplinary technical advisory committee on climate change and supported an interagency coordinating committee in the development of a project plan and budget for program development purposes. Her work at the Lakota People’s Law Project included researching federal and state law and policy impacting Native Americans and researching, analyzing and presenting on pending Indian Child Welfare Act cases in the federal circuits.
During law school, Jordyn held numerous leadership positions, including Founder and President of the Native American Law Student Association, Staff Editor and Senior Notes Editor of the Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal, Committee Chair and 3L Advisor to the Women of Color Initiative, Teaching Assistant for the Legal Writing & Research Department, and Treasurer of Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation.
Prior to law school, Jordyn worked as a Quality Assurance Supervisor, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Coordinator, and Microbiology Technician for the National Food Laboratory in Livermore, California.
Honors and Awards
- Community Public Interest Award, UC Hastings
- CALI Award for Highest Grade in Social Justice, UC Hastings
- Fellowship, American Indian Graduate Center
- Diversity Scholarship, ChangeLawyers
- 1066 Foundation Scholarship, UC Hastings
- Public Interest law Foundation Summer Grant, UC Hastings
- Oshima Family Scholarship, UC Hastings
- Equal Justice Works Fellowship Grant
- Equal Justice America Legal Service Grant
- Nancy Stuart Public Interest Award, UC Hastings
Presentations and Publications
- Author, Help Save the Seeds: A Call to Action for Local Governments to Introduce Legislation to Protect Community Seed Sharing, Libraries, and Exchanges,9 HASTINGS SCI. & TECH. L. J. 113, Winter 2017
- University of California, Hastings College of the LawJD, Social Justice Lawyering Concentration, 2017
- American Indian Law CenterPre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives, 2013
- California State University, East BayHuman Development, 2010