Erica Zunkel is a Fellow in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Ms. Zunkel was a Trial Attorney at the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. for over six years. At Federal Defenders, she represented indigent defendants accused of federal felony offenses from arraignment through appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Zunkel graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University, where she received her B.A. in American Studies. She received her J.D. in 2003 from the University of California-Berkeley. At Berkeley, she participated in the East Bay Community Law Center Clinic and the Death Penalty Clinic. After law school, Ms. Zunkel clerked for Chief Federal District Judge Martha Vázquez in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Additionally, she was a graduate law clerk at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office.