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These are actual references from past clients, students, and colleagues.  Copies are on file with Attorney Rao.  To maintain confidentiality of cases, identifying details may be withheld.  No guarantee of future performance is expressed or implied.

References from Past Students, Colleagues, and Legal Clients

"Great, fun, understanding teacher." - Anonymous student review of UC Davis School of Law, 2010 KHOP Summer Course

"Her personal interest in her students was sincere and real."  - Anonymous student review of UC Davis School of Law, 2010 KHOP Summer Course

"Thank you very much for your wonderful letter of recommendation.  I'm sure that it will greatly improve my chances of being hired.  I recently submitted my application for some federal paralegal and legal assistant positions...  Thanks again."  - Former paralegal intern who had faced barriers to employment and who was soon able to re-enter the workforce successfully
  
"Thank you for being open, supportive and patient with me."  - Former AmeriCorps VISTA responding to supervision provided by Attorney Rao

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Avantika and I participated in more than a dozen daylong meetings with various federal officials including the FBI, ICE and the U.S. Attorney's Office...  Avantika also maintained the utmost discretion with the media (both English language and Spanish language media) and assisted with all aspects of my legal representation.  Despite these numerous demands on her time, she was always personable."

-Zoraida Pena Canal, Letter from Former Client (T Visa Granted)

Below: Trafficking Survivor Zoraida Pena Canal with Attorney Rao photographed at San Francisco Bay for a report on human trafficking (Photo by Monica Jensen / San Francisco Public Press).



"I want to thank you for helping me with my case...  You have already helped me just by coming to see me [in immigration detention].  I thank you for the letter you mailed me.  I look forward to seeing soon, discussing my case.  Thank you very much for your time and effort."

-Letter from Former Client (Asylum & Greencard Granted for Asian Client who was forcibly prostituted in Asian brothel)

"I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you've done for me.  Thank you for always giving your all when helping us.  We miss you and we thank you.  We will always keep you in our prayer and hope that god bless you.  Thank you.  Love --- & family"

-Letter from Sister of Former Client (Asylum Granted--Husband & Wife from Haiti)

"Thanks God I can meet you and you give me and [wife's name] help a lot.  Thank you very much."
-Letter from Former Client (Asylum & Spousal Petition Granted, Asylee from China and Spouse from Taiwan)

"I was delighted on November 2nd when we met.  You were great."
-Letter from Former Client (Partial Reversal at Ninth Circuit, Asylum Seeker from Cameroon)


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