Erica Zunkel is a Clinical Instructor in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic. Prior to joining the Law School, 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. Zunkel graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University, where she received her BA in American studies. She received her JD from the University of California-Berkeley School of Law. At Berkeley, she participated in the East Bay Community Law Center Clinic and the Death Penalty Clinic. After law school, Zunkel clerked for Federal District Judge Martha Vázquez in Santa Fe, New Mexico.