Catalina Rodas received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School, where she was a recipient of the Schumacher Scholarship and a Dean’s Scholar. She graduated in May 2011 in the top 20% of her class.
Catalina was an active member of Southwestern’s Moot Court Honors Program. She won Second Place in Southwestern’s Intramural Moot Court Competition in 2009, and went on to represent Southwestern in two National Moot Court competitions: Gibbons in Newark, New Jersey, where her team finished as octa-finalists; and Wechsler in Washington, D.C., where her team finished as quarter-finalists and won third place all around brief.
In her final year at Southwestern, Catalina served as a law clerk for the Honorable Amy M.Pellman of the Los Angeles Superior Court, assisting with her transition to the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court. She also completed a Biederman Institute Practicum in the area of Copyright and Entertainment Law.
Catalina received her B.S. from the University of Florida (UF), where she attended as a Bright Futures Scholar. While at UF, she served as a Minority Ambassador and a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of Florida, and received the Outstanding Senior Award and Presidential Award of Excellence for her work with the Women’s Leadership Council and the Office of Community Service. She holds an International Baccalaureate diploma from Ft. Myers High School.
Catalina is a passionate advocate of social justice and client empowerment. In 2009, the Women Lawyer’s Association awarded her the Student Leader Award for her work with victims of domestic violence and social injustice. She is the president and co-founder of Hugs From Hollywood, a company dedicated to non-profit development within the entertainment industry. Additionally, she is a volunteer attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles, and is proud to sit on the Resource Board for OPCC’s Sojourn project.
She is currently an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the National Lawyers’ Guild, the Latina Lawyers Association, the Women Lawyer’s Association, and Women in Film. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California and the Federal District Courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.