After law school, Alvarez worked for Community Services Organization, providing consumer services to low-income clients in East Los Angeles. She then returned to Pomona College as an admissions officer responsible for developing outreach activities to Latino students. A presentation before the assembly subcommittee on post-secondary education led to a position with then Assemblyman John Vasconcellos as his legislative assistant.
In 1983, Alvarez moved to Santa Clara County and joined a small law firm engaged in employment law. After several years with that firm, she joined the Litigation Division of the Santa Clara County Counsel’s office, continuing her work in employment law. In 1991, she opened her own practice in the field of workers’ compensation. She joined the Law Center faculty in 2005.
J.D., Hastings College of the Law, University of California
B.A., Pomona College