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Erica Zunkel : Curriculum Vitae


University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
J.D., May 2003 (Admitted to the California Bar)
Berkeley Law Foundation Grant Recipient, Pride Law Fund Grant Recipient; 2003 National Association of Women Lawyers Honoree; Prosser Prizes – Community Law Practice; Death Penalty Seminar


  • Projects Editor, California Law Review
  • Co-Projects Editor, Berkeley Women’s Law Journal
  • Co-Director, East Bay Community Law Center HIV/Homeless Clinical Outreach Program
  • Student Board Member, East Bay Community Law Center

Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences, Ithaca, NY
B.A., summa cum laude with distinction in all subjects, American Studies, May 1999

Thesis: Silence in the Face of “Shocking Barbarism”: Bennie W. Brooks and the Prisoners’ Movement
: Dean’s List, Golden Key National Honor Society


  • Associate Managing Editor, Cornell Daily Sun


The University of Chicago Law School, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic          
Fellow (2012-13) and Clinical Instructor (2013 – present)

  • Supervise second and third-year law students in all aspects of representing indigent criminal defendants in district court and the Seventh Circuit.
  • Draft, review, and edit legal briefs and motions.
  • Teach intensive seminar on federal criminal law and federal criminal practice.
  • Conduct trainings and seminars for federal criminal defense community.

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., San Diego, CA
Trial Attorney, Oct. 2005 – Feb. 2012

Chambers of the Honorable Martha Vázquez, United States District Court, Santa Fe, NM    
Judicial Clerk, Sept. 2004 – Sept. 2005

Contra Costa County Public Defender, Martinez, CA
Graduate Law Clerk, Sept. 2003 – Jun. 2004

Boalt Death Penalty Clinic, Berkeley, CA
Legal Intern, Jan. 2001 – May 2003

Public Defender Service, Washington, DC
Law Clerk, July 2002 – Aug. 2002

East Bay Community Law Center, Berkeley, CA
Legal Intern, Aug. 2001 – Dec. 2001

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, San Francisco, CA
Law Clerk, Jun. 2001 – Aug. 2001

Public Defender Service, Washington, DC
Intern-Investigator, Sept. 1997 – Dec. 1997