I’m a Sociology, African-American Studies, Chicano/a Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Criminal Law Scholar.

Just a public school kid (kindergarten-J.D.)

Former public defender.

Current criminal defense attorney at a private crimlaw only firm. Court-appointed appellate attorney on the side.

You may recognize my writing from such journals and magazines as the Criminal Law Bulletin and California Defender.

Words I live by:

“I do it for the joy it brings, because I’m a joyful girl, because the world owes me nothing, and we owe each other the world.”

Why I started JJC:

My PD buddy suggested it. And I was pissing off too many nonPD buddies on fb with my rants.

What and who JJC is inspired by:

public defenders I have worked for, with, and next to. my clients who have battled things no one should and are still here. innocence and guilt and everything in between. My coworkers, who fight just as hard as the PDs I love, for many of the same reasons. My husband who was once voted “most Christ like” (every Jewish girl’s dream). My Corgi who loves everyone. The constitution. Tabloids. My mom, for giving me a voice. My dad, for teaching me what to say. My brother, for teaching me how *I should* say it.

Favorite Constitutional Right:

Sixth. Fourth. Fifth. First. Eight. Not necessarily in that order.


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