Xiaoduo Chen

Xiaoduo Chen

Senior Legal Assistant

Xiaoduo Chen is a Senior Legal Assistant in the Palo Alto and San Francisco Offices of Sanford Heisler Sharp, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. from Amherst College, where she double majored in Political Science and Asian Languages and Civilization (with a concentration in Chinese).

At Amherst, Xiaoduo explored her interest within law and became co-captain of the fully student-run Mock Trial team.  She also worked at the college library’s Research and Instruction department, where she helped create the Peer Research Assistant program to offer more accessible peer-to-peer research support on campus.  Academically, Xiaoduo researched and presented a departmental capstone presentation on China’s “leftover women” and the one-child policy that explored the social and political consequences of the campaign.

She previously interned at the New York State Office of the Attorney General under the Public Integrity Bureau in New York City and Foraging Opportunities for Refugees in America (FORA), an educational non-profit serving young refugees in Chicago.  As a first-generation college student herself, she is particularly interested in educational equity.

In her free time, she enjoys reading for pleasure, listening to podcasts, and learning how to cook.

Fueled by her interest in social justice and public interest, Xiaoduo hopes to attend law school in the future.


  • B.A., Amherst College