Ji Seon Song’s scholarship focuses on criminal and juvenile law. Her research explores the intersection of the criminal and juvenile justice systems and different institutions and areas of law. Her current project examines policing in hospitals. She teaches Federal Litigation in a Global Context and Legal Research and Writing.
Ji Seon has been active in local, regional, and national juvenile justice reform. She also trains practicing juvenile defenders throughout the country. Before joining Stanford, Ji Seon was a public defender in California where she represented youth and adults in delinquency and criminal proceedings. During her time at the public defender’s office, she expanded the Juvenile Unit to include education and post-disposition representation, and worked with local stakeholders on improving conditions of confinement and reentry for youth. Previously, Ji Seon worked as a senior policy advocate at the National Juvenile Defender Center and as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Juvenile Justice Clinic. Ji Seon clerked for the Hon. Deborah A. Batts of the Southern District of New York.
Ji Seon received her JD from Columbia Law School and an LLM in Trial Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. Ji Seon holds a BA in East Asian Language and Cultures with a Minor in Music from Columbia College, Columbia University. Ji Seon was a founding member of the Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association and the Bay Area Public Defenders for Racial Justice. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center.