Salvatore U. Bonaccorso is an associate in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office.
Before joining MoFo, Mr. Bonaccorso served as a law clerk for the Honorable Goodwin Liu at the California Supreme Court and for the Honorable Gary Feinerman in the Northern District of Illinois.
Mr. Bonaccorso is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was a member editor of the Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He was also elected academic chair of the Stanford Law Association. In addition to his numerous involvements, Mr. Bonaccorso maintained a stellar academic record and was honored with the Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award for Outstanding Performance in Federal Litigation, the John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance in Advanced Legal Research, and two Gerald Gunther Prizes for Outstanding Performance in Contracts and in Legal Research and Writing. Mr. Bonaccorso was also recognized for his superior writing skills and awarded with the Irving H. Hellman, Jr. Award for Outstanding Law Review Note as well as winning Best Brief at the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition.
While in law school, Mr. Bonaccorso was a certified law student for the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. He also worked as a Ford Foundation Law Fellow for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C., where he drafted research memoranda advocating for reform of West Virginia’s birth certificate gender marker regulations and of Maryland’s nondiscrimination ordinances. He also lobbied Congress on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and comprehensive immigration reform.
Mr. Bonaccorso also holds an M.A. in Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University and a B.S. and M.S. with distinction in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. Prior to practicing law, he was a high school biology teacher in New York.
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