Noah Philipps

My name is Noah Phillips.  I completed a Masters in English at CSUB (at the Lancaster campus), and graduated in Summer of 2012.  In the Fall of 2012 I started law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  I studied employment law and international law, and was an editor for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Journal.  Through that journal I published an article titled, "Mercosur: Venezuela's New Vehicle of Resistance to American Hegemony in Latin America." I also studied international law abroad during law school, at one of the oldest law schools in the world, the University of Leiden, in The Netherlands. 

 I graduated UC Hastings in May 2015, and passed the bar, on my first try, that same year.  Then I began a fellowship at a non profit law firm representing low-wage workers who experienced employment discrimination based on religion, race and national origin.  After that year-long fellowship, I started my own law firm, The Law Offices of Noah Phillips, with help of the Bay Area Legal Incubator.  Presently, I practice law in the areas of employment, personal injury and contract litigation.  My office is located in Oakland, California.

 The most inspiring professor I've had along the way, and a good friend, is the one and only Dr. Charles McQuarrie, a professor in the CSUB's English department, and which I hope you mention in my profile. As my masters thesis advisor he was instrumental in teaching me how to write and think about literature.  The masters thesis we worked on eventually inspired the article I later wrote and published through my law school journal, mentioned above.

 A little about my background: I was born in Arequipa, Peru, and lived there until I was 12 years old.  When I moved to Los Angeles I did not write or read English.  One of the hardest times in my life was then, because I could not communicate my ideas, much less my feelings, to others, nor could I understand what others had to say to me.  The isolation and loneliness that comes from starting over in a foreign country, against your will, is what humbled me and taught me to appreciate tolerance, friendship and kindness.

 If there is something to which I attribute success, or that I would recommend to young students, is to develop your intellect, to be critical of everything sacred, stereotypical, traditional, pretentious, dogmatic, and to find the truth yourself, instead of lazily accepting the truth according to others, whether it is something as dramatic as questioning if God exists, or whether your political leaders have sold out to the highest bidder. And also, to open the doors of your perception, because there is much to see under the surface--behind the veil.