Stanford Law School Criminal Defense Fellowship

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“The Stanford Criminal Defense Fellowship made it possible for me to step out of law school and into the work about which I am most passionate – fighting to defend the rights of the indigent. Because of this Fellowship, I was able to begin working in the courtroom right away, beginning my trial practice within months of graduation and learning more during that year than I thought possible. The experience I gained during that time is invaluable. I will forever be grateful to Stanford for helping me begin my practice – which I’ve continued to this day, working now at the Bronx Defenders.”

Emily Galvin, JD ’10, Inaugural recipient of the SLS Criminal Defense Fellowship

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“The Criminal Defense Fellowship funded my dream job providing legal services to prisoners. Frighteningly few fellowships fund this type of work. Without Stanford’s Criminal Defense Fellowship, I doubt I would be where I am today — working as a full time staff attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services and doing the precise work I went to law school to pursue.”

-Maggie Filler, JD ’12, staff attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts


Stanford Law School is pleased to offer this Criminal Defense Fellowship to support a JD alumnus/a working full-time for a year in a law-related endeavor designed to further the cause of criminal defense. The recipient must be sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization or governmental entity (including a Public Defender or similar office) that provides legal services relating to criminal defense in the United States. Eligible organizations may engage in direct legal services, impact litigation, or policy advocacy.

The 2015-2016 Criminal Defense Fellow, Jessica Spencer, JD ’12, will join the New Jersey State Office of the Public Defender, where she will represent clients with felony cases.

In 2014, Maggie Filler, JD ’12, joined Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, where she advocated for fair and decent treatment of prisoners through direct representation and impact litigation, with a special focus on prisoners with disabilities, and physical disabilities in particular.

In 2013, Daniel Brown, JD ’13, worked with Stanford Law School’s Three Strikes Project.  He represented individuals imprisoned under California’s Three Strikes sentencing law and worked, on behalf of its clients in collaboration with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Inc., to reform the harshest aspects of the Three Strikes law, including the recent enactment of the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (Proposition 36).

In 2012, Jaime Dorenbaum, JD ’12 worked at the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender. He focused on assisting the office implement an Immigration Services Plan to serve clients’ immigration needs. Jaime also assisted the Public Defender’s expungement program as well as the county’s efforts to re-sentence non-violent third strike offenders serving life sentences.

In 2011, Rachel Marshall, JD ’10 worked at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where she represented clients charged with misdemeanor offenses, worked to rebuild the Office’s relationship with the Community Justice Court, and created innovative ways to provide services to clients to prevent recidivism.

In 2010, the first year’s recipient, Emily Galvin, JD ’10, worked at the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender as a Deputy Public Defender on the misdemeanor team, handling misdemeanor trials and pretrial proceedings. In addition to her misdemeanor cases, she is handled the Office’s expungement cases in the Fresh Start Record Clearance Program, appearing on all motions for record clearance and developing resource materials for both attorneys and clients in Santa Clara County.

The application for the 2016-2017 fellowship year will be due by 12 noon PST on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Please address all questions regarding the fellowship to Holly Parrish.

2016 SLS Fellowship Application