Michelle Hernandez is an associate at the Matian Firm. At the University of California, Los Angeles, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2015, and at Southwestern Law School in 2019, she received a Juris Doctor with a concentration in public interest law. As the first generation daughter of Mexican immigrants, she grew up witnessing all the disadvantages faced by the immigrant community and decided to pursue a career that would allow her to defend her rights.
While studying at UCLA, she took an independent study course to research the effects of DACA for undocumented youth at the time. In law school, Ella Michelle was a paralegal at the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic and the Southwest Immigration Clinic, where she helped prepare humanitarian immigration cases.
In December 2018, Michelle Hernandez began her career at private law firms, where she assisted in humanitarian, waiver, and detained/non-detained cases before immigration court. Prior to law school, Michelle was a member of JusticeCorps and assisted self-represented litigants in dissolution, paternity, and wrongful retainer cases.