I write, teach, and advocate for racial and social justice. 

I am associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where I direct the Criminal & Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics.  Before that, I worked as a deputy federal public defender and the director of a Los Angeles-based innocence project.  Along the way, I got married, had two children, divorced, and struggled to create a different kind of family.  

Advocating for criminal defendants and writing about systemic breakdowns in courtrooms and in families has always felt interrelated and important.  So often, we stay within our silos, unaware of the rich possibilities for collaboration, support, and mutual understanding.  My writing seeks to break down those barriers and ask that my readers open their minds to unexpected—even unlikely—ways of thinking about problems that may not be so intractable after all.

I'd love to hear from you. 

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