Clinical Program Staff


Jeanette Ching, Office Manager

After graduating from Mills College in 2000 with a B.A. in child development and early childhood education, Jeanette Ching enrolled at National Holistic Institute to become a massage therapist and health educator. She then worked as a massage therapist at a wellness center with an acupuncturist and chiropractor, and also at various corporations. Jeanette returned to the institute in 2003 as an instructor, combining her massage and anatomy interests with her passion for education. She taught evening classes, which allowed her to be home during the day with her two children. After 10 years of teaching, Jeanette transitioned to the campus manager position, focusing on creating and maintaining a healthy, safe, and efficient environment for the faculty.


Clinical Program_Olivia Layug BalbarinOlivia Layug Balbarin, Legal Case Manager

As the Clinical Program’s Legal Case Manager, Olivia provides research and case support to clinical faculty and the clinical program in the areas of international human rights, technology law and policy, death penalty, policy advocacy, and environmental law.  She earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Field Studies at UC Berkeley and her law degree from Santa Clara University. Olivia has volunteered at immigration community clinics and received the East Bay Community Law Center’s Community Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013.


Clinical Program_Amy UtsteinAmy Utstein, Director of Administration

As Director of Administration of the Clinical Program, Amy created the inaugural Fellowship Program, spearheaded the Clinic’s move into its new space, and is very proud of winning the 2016 Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service and of co-chairing the Berkeley Law Staff-Faculty Climate Committee.  Before joining the Clinical Program, Amy worked as the admissions director at Tehiyah Day School, and previously as the undergraduate student affairs officer at the Comparative Literature Department at Cal.  Amy has a background in the arts and worked as the dramaturg and literary manager at the Berkeley Rep, and holds a BA and MFA in Theatre.


Sarah Weld, Communications and Development Officer

Sarah is an experienced editor, writer and reporter and has spent the last five years working in higher education. Most recently, she worked as the communications manager for enrollment services at Cal State East Bay. Before that, she was the lead editor and writer on the communications team at Saint Mary’s College. Prior to joining Saint Mary’s, Sarah worked for many years as a journalist. She spent six years as editor and co-editor of the East Bay Monthly, and has worked as a daily newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer, frequently focusing on stories about education.

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