Support Our Mission & Vision

Make a tax-deductible donation today!

During this holiday season, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our law clerk program. Financial hardships often steer talented law students away from work opportunities that serve the public interest. As we approach the New Year, we want to ensure that we are able to attract passionate, soon-to-be public defenders and offer them the opportunity to provide high-quality, holistic defense working alongside our attorneys, social workers, and paralegals to help improve the lives of our clients.

Here are some examples of how your contribution can impact both our clients’ lives and that of our post-bar law clerks:

“By far the most rewarding experience during my post-bar clerkship with the PD’s office was the client interaction. It was a daily reminder of the reason I went to law school – to be a voice for those whose voices are muffled by the systemic oppression in our society. I am so thankful for these experiences and the opportunity to gain valuable insight and training from talented Public Defenders. I am looking forward to joining the fight as a Deputy Public Defender in the near future.”

“I was able to advocate for indigent defendants by drafting motions to ensure that their rights were not violated. Growing up in a low-income neighborhood, I understand the struggles that many of these defendants’ face.”

“I am a first-generation Latina who recently passed the bar. While with the Public Defender’s Office, I shadowed an attorney in court, met with clients, prepared cross examinations, conducted legal research and writing, drafted motions to dismiss and motions to suppress evidence. My favorite work with the office was writing a very challenging motion to dismiss a homicide case for a 16-year pre-accusation delay.”

Happy Holidays and 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
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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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