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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.



Nichelle Walker

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.


Shana Vegvary

Shana Vegvary graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, May 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies and American Sign Language from CSU, Sacramento in 2013. She enjoys studying languages and as an undergraduate studied Russian in Kazan, Russia, through ASU’s Critical Languages Institute. During law school, Shana interned at the Maricopa County and Sacramento County Public Defender’s Offices, as well as with the Arizona Justice Project. A native of Northern California, she has chosen to return to her home state to pursue a career in criminal defense.

 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

Veronika Morrison 

Veronika grew up in Orange County and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz.  During her time at UCSC, she volunteered for the grassroots environmental justice movement to protect the local Beach Flats Community Garden from development.  She also interned at both the Public Defender’s Office and Alternate Defender’s Office in Orange County during her summers.  Veronika is currently a 2L at UC Davis School of Law, where she is involved with the Environmental Law Society and the UC Davis Law Review.  She is excited to intern with the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office and continue to pursue public interest legal work.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking and practicing yoga.


 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.

 Kara Baichtal

 Kara Baichtal

Kara Baichtal is currently attending the University of Denver, earning her BA in the study of Economics. She graduated from Saint Francis High School, class of 2017. Kara was raised in the Sacramento area her whole life, becoming quite involved in Mock Trial and Student Government. In her free time, Kara enjoys reading, hiking, skateboarding and being around friends and family.

 Angela Stevens

  Angela Stevens

Angela Stevens is a rising third year evening student at McGeorge School of Law.  She is also the proud parent of a 3 year old daughter and a 7 year old son.  She grew up, and currently resides, in Sacramento.  She attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for her undergrad and worked in the hospitality industry upon graduation.  She moved back to California in 2010, became a paralegal, and went to work for the State of California in legal office support.  She became inspired to attend law school and restructure her career path in order to ensure that time spent at work served a worthy purpose.  She sits on the board of the Criminal Law Society at McGeorge. Angela has been an intern at the Yolo PD since April 2018 and loves the work and being able help the underserved in court.

 Michael Hamming

  Michael Hamming

 Michael is currently attending UC Davis, seeking a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish. Originally from San Clemente, California, Michael loves spending time at the beach and swimming in the ocean. Graduating San Clemente High School in 2015, Michael was an avid water polo player and swimmer. After graduating UC Davis in Spring 2019, Michael hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in Immigration Law.

 Willa Moffatt

  WIlla Moffatt

Willa Moffatt is a rising sophomore at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She has lived in Davis for 16 years and graduated from Davis Senior High School in 2017. Though undeclared, she plans on double majoring in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies and American Studies. She is involved in several clubs on her college campus, including the women’s club soccer team and Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood.  For fun, she enjoys reading, running, watching movies, and backpacking.

 Juilet Vaughn

  Juliet Vaughn

Juliet is currently attending UC Davis and will be graduating with a degree in Environmental Policy in June 2019. Originally from Modesto, California, she was an avid member of her high school’s cheerleading team and volunteered at the local hospital. She enjoys spending her free time hiking, reading and painting. Juliet currently works as a student assistant for CalRecycle at the California EPA, and has interned for the Yolo County PD office since January. After graduation, Juliet plans on attending law school, and is currently in the process of writing her applications.