- Lecturer in Law
Celeste H.G. Boyd has been a class-action litigator, policy advocate, freelance attorney, t-shirt designer, and singer-songwriter, among other things. After graduating from Yale Law School, Celeste began her legal career as a Staff Attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty, working to improve the lives of low-income families in her home state. After leaving NMCLP, Celeste launched a freelance practice, taking on a variety of project-based legal work—from appellate briefs, to legislative analysis, to a large-scale review of music licensing contracts—from a wide variety of practicing attorneys.
Eventually she whittled down her practice to just one client, and spent the next decade serving as Of Counsel to Paynter Law, a boutique plaintiff-side litigation firm where she worked on a wide variety of matters involving consumer protection, antitrust, intellectual property, and personal injury.
After her spouse, an airborne infantry officer, retired from the military after over 30 years of service, Celeste and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. There, she started Boyd Esq., where she works with attorneys, policy advocates, government agencies, and others looking to transform complex concepts or amorphous ideas into compelling stories and messages—whether in the form of narrative complaints, legal briefs, policy statements, or even custom graphics for trial or other presentations.
Celeste earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, which she attended as a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar, and her B.A. in Government & Politics (minor in Spanish) from the University of Maryland, College Park—where she transferred after first attending the University of New Mexico.
She is admitted to practice in California, New Mexico, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia, and is or has been a member of the American Bar Association, the Military Spouse JD Network, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Clutch—an online community dedicated to practical philosophy in the form of feminist mindset coaching.