Maren I. Christensen is Monterey College of Law's Dean of Clinical Education and Executive Director of the Mandell Gisnet Center. Prior to joining the law school, Dean Christensen was a civil litigator practicing employment and consumer law in Oakland, California. She also practiced at a large international firm in New York, working
on wide ranging civil litigation, international arbitration, and government enforcement investigations, as well as pro bono immigration matters. Dean Christensen served
for three years as a law clerk for the Honorable Martha Vazquez on the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. Dean Christensen is a graduate of Berkeley Law and the University of Chicago. She also has a master’s degree in international law and conflict resolution from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She has completed extensive mediation certification at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute. She was born and raised in Salinas, California, and is bilingual in Spanish.