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Be part of the Public Defender movement to transform criminal and juvenile justice systems in Los Angeles County! You can help change the lives of our post-bar law clerks and, in turn, our clients by making a tax-deductible donation today.

In honor of Women’s History Month, your donation today will help our Department support women who dream of a career of service in public defense.  Our female law clerks are part of a legacy, carrying the torch of justice-minded Clara Shortridge Foltz (1849-1934), the innovator behind what is now a national Public Defender system. The first woman admitted to legal practice in California, Foltz later successfully argued before the Supreme Court for the right of women, including herself, to be admitted to law schools. The Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, which houses our main office in downtown Los Angeles, honors Foltz for her contributions to reforms in criminal procedure and prison administration, and her far-reaching impact for all women in California and across our country.

Financial hardships often steer talented law students away from work opportunities that serve the public interest. Your contribution today will provide deserving recipients with the ability to carry on Ms. Foltz’s visions of female empowerment and high-quality defense for our indigent population.

The cost to fully fund this twelve-week life-changing training experience for one post-bar law clerk is $13K.  With your generous donation, our goal is to compensate sixty law clerks this year, and into the future.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Public Defender


Emily Wingett

Santa Clara University SoL
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Masters of Law Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine School of Law

Nicole Okung

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton Litigation Skills Adjunct Faculty Award Recipient
2018-19 Innovative Service in the Public Interest Award
2017-2018 HOPE Pro Bono Challenge Outstanding 1L Award

Maddie Seales

University of Miami SoL
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McGeorge Student Ambassador

Marcus Williams

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Robyn Loza

Trinity Law School
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Madelaine Ambrus

UC Irvine School of Law
LC_Ivan Gonzalez1

Public Service Award Recipient

Ivan Gonzalez

Loyola Law School, LA

2020 Nancy Stuart Public Interest Award Recipient

Jonathan Mendoza

UC Hastings Law
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George and Katrina Woolverton Public Service Award

Hannah Mandel

Southwestern Law School

Mariapaola Santacruz Castro

Southwestern Law School
LC_Stephanie Salceda1

2020 Outstanding Clinical Student Award
2020 Dean's Service Award
2019 & 2018 Mexican American Bar Foundation Scholar

Stephanie Salceda

Loyola Law School, LA

Crystal Ventura

Pepperdine Law School

Adam O. Cohen

UCLA School of Law
Make a tax-deductible donation today!

For more information or if you’d like to further collaborate in achieving our Vision & Mission, please contact our Director of Strategic Growth & Development, Natasha E. Khamashta (562) 715-3410

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Los Angeles County’s Federal Identification Number is 95-6000927, and its California Tax Identification Number is 800-9593.