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California Law Academy Support (CLAS) Summer Institute

June 23 – 24, 2023

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
3200 5th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817

CLAS Speakers

Rizal Verder Aliga

Rizal “Riz” Verder Aliga is the youngest of 3 sons of immigrant parents. Rizal was part of the first founding and graduating Law Academy class at Jesse Bethel High School Class of 2016. As a full-time student working ten part-time jobs at UC Santa Cruz, Riz earned his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and an Education minor in three years. Soon after (2019-2022) he taught Multimedia and History (U.S. + World) for his high school alma mater, Jesse M. Bethel HS Law Academy (Vallejo, CA). In 2021, he earned a Masters in Management, Innovation, Sustainability, and Technology (MIST) from UC Merced.

Since 2022, Riz has been employed by the only maritime academy on the west coast, California State University Maritime Academy ( as the Coordinator for the Energy & Sustainability program. Riz currently serves as a Board of Director (2021-2025 District 1) for the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD) and this year as Board Secretary. He became the first Filipino and youngest ever to become a GVRD board of director.