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Public Defender's Interns

 

 Meet the Judges

 

  Public Defender and District Attorney Interns Meet The Judges.

The Yolo County Public Defender’s Office offers internship opportunities for high school students, college students, law students and volunteer attorneys. Additionally, the social work program offers internship opportunities to work under the supervision of our LCSW’s and MSW’s in handling complex social histories, release plans, and connecting clients to needed mental health or substance abuse services. Our legal interns receive essential training in representing indigent clients and ultimately given experience to complete jury trials, suppression hearings, and participate in courtroom arguments while students in law school. Our goal is to develop our interns into zealous practicing advocates by the time they pass the state bar exam. The office offers internships beginning in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

 

MEET THE INTERNS

 

Valerie Nuding

Valerie was born and raised in Manteca, California. She received her B.S. in Business from Menlo College as a first generation college graduate. At Menlo she was an active member of the community through her positions with the Student Union. Valerie is a rising 2L at McGeorge School of Law where she is involved with the National Lawyers Guild and Criminal Law Society. On her free time, Valerie enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

 

 
Nichelle Walker

 Nichelle Walker

Nichelle Walker, is a rising 2L at UC Davis School of Law. She received her BA in Political Science from Howard University in 2016. After completing her JD she intends to become a public defender. She is originally from Houston, TX where she spent 9 years in band, experience which was later transferred to various former jobs as a music teacher for children between the ages 5-13 during the summers of her high school and undergraduate career. 

   
 

 Farhad Omidwar

Farhad is a student at UC Davis School of Law. He received his BA from UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science. Prior to attending law school, Farhad held the position of chief editor for Best Jobs Magazine and later, director at the National Employment Council. He has two children (8 and 5). He loves challenging them to a vigorous game of tag or chess, though he graciously accepts defeat every time. His philosophy towards surviving law school is: “Twenty years from now I will not remember the outcome of every exam, or worry about the content of my transcript. But I will remember the little acts of kindness, the moments of laughter, the people I admired, and most importantly, I will remember the difference they made in my life and hopefully the ones I made in theirs.”

   
 

Jack McCormack

Jack McCormack graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy, with an emphasis in Law. While at San Francisco State University, Jack was a member of the San Francisco State University Policy Debate Team. Additionally, Jack was a volunteer at the San Francisco State University Legal Resource Center. These experiences are consistent with Jack’s goal of advocating for people in the criminal justice system because he was able to develop debate and counseling skills while navigating a variety of legal issues. Specifically, while working in the San Francisco State University Legal Resource Center, Jack was able to help his fellow students with important legal issues that had a direct impact on their lives. Jack’s experience of helping people resolve their legal issues was powerful and has inspired him to continue helping people to the best of his ability. Jack is currently a third year law student at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and plans to graduate in the spring of 2019. Upon graduation, Jack is interested in public service as either a Marine Corps Judge Advocate or a Public Defender in California.  

   
 Megan Yanez

 Megan Yanez

Megan was born and raised in Fontana, California. She received her bachelors degree in political science and history at UC Berkeley. While there, she participated in programs such as Coaching Corps, Build Literacy, and was the director of alumni relations for Latino Pre-Law Society. She completed her first year at UC Davis School of Law. Since beginning law school, she has become a member of La Raza Law Students Association, worked with Cruz Reynoso on his NCHO Woodland Reading Program, and joined the King Hall Football Club. In addition to these activities, she has gained legal experience working with the Legal Services of Northern California housing clinic and participating in an immigration clinic with the Immigration Law Association.

   
 Christopher Stansell

 Christopher Stansell

Chris grew up in Woodland. After graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, he worked and played music around the Santa Barbara area. He is now a student at UC Davis School of Law, where he is involved with the King Hall Legal Foundation and the Journal of International Law and Policy. For fun, Chris plays drums with a local funk band.

   
 

 Rachel Schiff

Rachel Schiff is a rising 2L at UC Davis School of Law. She received her B.A. in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Yale University in 2010. After graduating college, she worked for three years as a death penalty defense investigator for the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco. In 2013, she pivoted careers and worked in the technology industry selling all types of software. She decided to return to her dream of becoming a lawyer in 2017 and merge her passions for social justice, disruptive tech, and radical movement building. At King Hall, Rachel launched the Name and Gender Change project to serve the transgender and gender non-conforming community. She is also looking forward to participating in the Immigration Rights Clinic in the fall. She is thrilled to be interning with Yolo County Public Defender and learning from a great team with a holistic defense mindset. On the weekends you can find her exploring the great wild wilderness of Northern California with her partner and her pitbull.

   
 Kim Angulo

 Kim Angulo

Kim Angulo is a second year law student at UC Davis School of Law. During her first year of law school she worked as a student counselor in the Workers’ Rights Clinic providing legal assistance to people experiencing employment problems. Prior to law school, Kim worked as a Legislative Aide in the California State Legislature for three years focusing on public policy related to criminal justice, civil rights, health, and social services. For the past two years Kim has served as a Board Member of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento. Kim has a BA in Feminist Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She lives in Davis with her partner, dog, and cat.

   
 Alicia Escobedo

 Alicia Escobedo

Alicia Escobedo was the first in her family to graduate from high school and attend a four-year university. As an undergraduate, she interned at Community Against Sexual Harm, volunteered at the Sacramento Children’s Home, and took on many positions within a multicultural sorority called Sigma Lambda Gamma while working full time. Alicia graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2014. Upon entering law school at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law she became a member of the Latino Law Student Association, Public Legal Services Society and Criminal Law Society.  In addition to participating in on campus associations, she also participated in the McGeorge Annual Immigration Fair and One Justice Bus Tour. During both of these experiences she was able to use her Spanish speaking skills to provide legal assistance to indigent individuals.  During her free time she like to go on hikes with her two dogs, participate in community service and spend time with her family.

   
 Tim  Keaton

 Tim Keaton

Tim Keaton was born in 1970 in Buffalo, NY, but he was raised in Los Angeles, CA from the age of six.  He attended undergrad at CSULA, earning a BS in Criminal Justice in 1997.  Concurrently he completed Reserve Officer Training Corp at the University of Southern California, and he was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.  While on active duty, he held the positions of Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Battalion S-1 (personnel officer).  Tim earned his basic Airborne Wings, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Ranger Tab.  In 2002, Tim left active duty, and returned to LA to support his wife in her dream to become a nurse practitioner.  To support this dream, he took a job with Target Corporation, holding the positions of District Assets Protection Manager and Store Manager.  After ten years, Tim left Target to fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer, studying at McGeorge School of Law.  Tim continues to serve in the Army Reserve and the CA Army National Guard as a Major.  He has been married to the former Ms. Evelyn Rabe Legaspi for 16 years, and has two boys, Nathaniel and Sebastian.