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Public Defender's Interns


 Meet the Judeges 2018 2


  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.




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.



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Ian Dougherty 

Ian is a third year law student at UC Davis School of Law.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Santa Clara University in 2012, where he was involved in activism pushing for immigration reform and a fair contract for unionized campus workers.  Ian grew interested in law after college by working for the Farm Worker Movement for three years, supporting Cesar Chavez’ historic United Farm Workers’ (UFW) union with political campaigns and the UFW Foundation with access to affordable immigration legal services in the Central Valley.  In law school, Ian has been involved in the Immigration Law clinic, the National Lawyers’ Guild chapter at Davis, the Lambda law students’ association, the workers’ rights clinic, and the inaugural Gender and Name Change clinic.  He grew up in Yolo County, and looks forward to continuing to work in the area supporting the community and fighting for justice.  In his spare time, Ian likes to play sports and make art, explore the outdoors, and spend time with his family.


 Carolyn Davis

Carolyn is a 3L at UC Davis School of Law. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Scripps College and her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduate school, she moved to New York City and practiced social work with disabled children and adult clients under Assisted Outpatient Treatment orders. Since returning to law school, Carolyn has served as the co-chair of Davis’ National Lawyers Guild chapter and its Disability Rights Law Association. She also represents UC Davis as a board member of the Sacramento chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Carolyn is passionate about pursuing a career in public defense and has also completed internships with the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender and the Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California. For fun, Carolyn enjoys travelling, writing, and exploring nature.

 Cory Stevenson

Cory Stevenson

Cory Stevenson is a 3L at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from UC San Diego and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from UC Riverside. After graduate school, he moved to Arizona to serve a year in AmeriCorps to help renovate low income housing and later working for a shelter for undocumented minors. Since returning law school, Cory has worked in the Civil Litigation Clinic at Case Western, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio. Cory is a native of Northern California and has returned to pursue a career in criminal defense.

 Luis Serrano

Luis Serrano

Luis A. Serrano is a 3L at UC Davis School of Law. He received his B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from Ciudad Victoria, Durango, México, he has spent the last three years residing in Northern California. His passion for public interest work prompted his departure from private civil litigation, and he now hopes to positively impact and contribute to public defense. He has volunteered with the EBSC Immigration Legal Clinic, and the Berkeley Student Legal Clinic. Luis is an avid music fan with his tastes ranging from Metal to Mariachi music. He loves film, and has recently taken to cats.  

 Brittani Archer Brittani Archer
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 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.

 Kendra Clark

 Kendra Clark

Kendra Clark is a current 3L at the University of California, Davis School of Law. She earned her B.A. in Writing from the University of Nevada Reno. Kendra has sought to use her career in law to help others since entering law school, and participates in a variety of student organizations, including If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice where she served as President for the 2017-2018 term, the King Hall Legal Foundation, Students United for Reform in Justice, and the King Hall Women’s Law Association. Kendra is devoted to a career in public defense, and has completed internships at several public defender’s offices, including Stanislaus County, Sacramento County, and Alameda County. Kendra also focuses on the scholarship and theory surrounding criminal justice reform, working for Professor Irene Joe as a Research Assistant and even earning publication of her own work titled, “Specters of California’s Homophobic Past: A Look at California’s Sex Offender Registration Requirements for Perpetrators of Statutory Rape” in the UC Davis Law Review. In her free time, or what little of it she has, Kendra enjoys binge-watching Netflix and spending time with her partner, her cat, and her dog.

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