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Staff Profile
Former Director

Lisa Foster 

Lisa Foster was the Director of the Office for Access to Justice. Before joining the Department, she served for ten years as a California Superior Court Judge in San Diego where she presided over criminal, civil and family law departments. After serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Marianna R. Pfaelzer of the Central District of California, Foster began her legal career as a Staff Attorney at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles and later joined the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. She also served as the Executive Director of California Common Cause and was Of Counsel to the law firm of Phillips & Cohen, representing whistleblowers under the federal and California False Claims Acts. Foster also taught courses on sex discrimination, federal courts and election law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. Foster received a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University and J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Updated November 29, 2023