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Attorneys | Sonya Ziaja

Sonya Ziaja, Partner

Sonya is a California-licensed attorney with a background in water law, policy, and science. She directs the firm in environmental law matters and in its dispute resolution practice. As a researcher, her work straddles the intersection of law and science as each relates to the environment and human health. In addition to a law degree, she holds a scientific graduate degree from the University of Oxford. She is currently continuing her work on water security at the University of Arizona, where she is an affiliated researcher at the Institute of the Environment.


2009-2010 | University of California, Hastings Law
Graduate Research Fellow

Spring 2009 | Center for Biological Diversity
Law Clerk

Fall 2008 | United States District Court, ND Cal, Hon Marilyn Hall Patel
Judicial Extern

Summer 2008 | The Asia Foundation, Mongolia
Law and Policy Associate

Spring 2008 | Sierra Club Environmental Law Program
Law Clerk

Summer 2007 | United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Cir, Hon Michael Daly Hawkins
Judicial Extern


PhD (exp) | University of Arizona
Geography and Development

MSc 2012 | University of Oxford
Water Science, Policy and Management

JD 2009 | University of California, Hastings Law
Managing Editor, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly

BA 2004 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Medieval and Early Modern Studies


“Muddy Waters: Congressional Consent & the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact,” 36 Hastings Const. L.Q. 717 (2009).

“Homewrecker 2.0: An Exploration of Liability for Heart Balm Torts Involving AI Humanoid Consorts”, 7072 Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 114-124 (2011).

Numerous writings and interviews in mass-media outlets such as Forbes and The Huffington Post, as well as talks at academic and industry conferences internationally.