Andrew Ziaja is a former Attorney-Advisor for the United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges who has worked to advance a range of causes from death penalty abolition to workers’ rights in California and elsewhere.
Andrew graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2008. At Hastings, he served as Managing Editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and spearheaded year-long negotiations resulting in a major reform of school grading policy. Andrew additionally earned an MPA (magna cum laude) from Sciences Po Paris in 2012 and a BA (with honors and distinction) in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2003. He holds the further distinction of having dropped out of a PhD program at the University of California, Berkeley in order to switch to law after interning as a researcher at the Berkeley Labor Center.
Andrew first worked at Leonard Carder while in law school. Also in law school, Andrew interned at the ACLU of Northern California, contributing to a study of death penalty trial costs for the proceedings of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice. He furthermore externed twice in United States District Court, in both the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of Michigan.
Since 2013, Andrew has served as an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at the University of Arizona, School of Government and Public Policy, teaching courses on constitutional federalism, judicial process, and global administrative law. He is a contributing author to Global Administrative Law: The Casebook (3d ed., 2012)—a joint project of the New York University School of Law and the Instituto di Ricerche Sulla Pubblica Amministrazione in Rome. Andrew has also published law review articles on a variety of legal topics, in particular on the intersection between workers’ rights and international law.
Outside of work, Andrew enjoys hiking with his wife, Sonya, to archaeological sites in the Southwest, learning to rock climb, feeling guilty about not playing the violin as much as he probably should, and rooting generally for Detroit, where he is from.