McGeorge School of Law

Federal Defender Clinic

In the Federal Defender Clinic, students have a rare opportunity to represent indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors in federal court. The students work on cases under the supervision of a team of Assistant Federal Defenders. Clinic students draft legal memoranda, argue motions, handle jury and bench trials, and develop a working knowledge of criminal and sentencing statutes. Clinic students have represented clients in more than 100 cases in U.S. District Court since the Clinic opened in 2009, and they have won some impressive victories. Federal judges and members of the bench regularly comment on the written and oral advocacy skills of our clinic students.

"Not only did the Clinic shape and solidify my conviction to work in public interest, but it also honed real-life lawyering skills. I was able to share these professional skills with public defenders in Santiago, Chile in a two-week summer training program. With those two unique and challenging experiences made possible by McGeorge, I now look forward to a third one, working as a trial attorney."

— Matt Fleming '11,Trial attorney at the Federal Defender's office in San Diego

Instructors

Legal practitioners Rachelle Barbour, Linda Allison and Tim Zindel teach the weekly seminar. Rachelle Barbour and Tim Zindel are currently serving as an assistant federal defenders. Senior Litigator in the Office of the Federal Defender Linda Allison has principal responsibility for supervising the daily clinical work of students at the Federal Defender's Office. 

Questions?

Contact Melissa Brown, Director of Clinics
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