Sohayl Vafai clerked for the Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Honorable Claudia A. Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and the Honorable Hilda G. Tagle of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Sohayl also externed for the Honorable Jacqueline S. Corley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and served as a paralegal specialist and, later, extern in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of the Chief Counsel.

Sohayl received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He was a notes editor of the California Law Review and has published articles on legal topics in journals such as the peer-reviewed Law, Culture and the Humanities.