McGeorge School of Law

Profile: Colleen Flannery

Colleen Flannery
Colleen Flannery

Class of 2013

Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice
Area of Practice: Capital Lawyering

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Major: BA in English

Colleen Flannery has more than ten years of experience as a professional writer and editor focusing on the legal trade, specifically environmental policy. She is currently Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, where she represents the State of California in natural resources matters. Colleen has served as the Associate Director of the California Central Valley Flood Control Association and Assistant Manager of the North Delta Water Agency. Prior to her current appointment, she was an Attorney at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

Colleen served as a Staff Writer for the Daily Journal, and as an Outreach Coordinator for Sierra Club California. Since 2009, Colleen has been active in legislative affairs for the State of California, analyzing legislative issues ranging from green chemistry to sexually violent predators to complex state financing and administrative issues. Additionally, she has made recommendations regarding sensitive and complex state and federal legislation. Colleen acted as spokeswoman on complex, nuanced environmental issues relative to California's Proposition 65 and public health issues. She was the co-author of "Navigating Proposition 65: A Primer for In-House Counsel" published in the International In-House Counsel Journal. While attending law school, she served as a Certified Legal Intern for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

Colleen earned a BA in English from University of California, Davis in 2001 and a JD from McGeorge School of Law in 2013.