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Erica Zunkel : Education and Experience


University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
JD, May 2003 

  • 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
BA, summa cum laude in American studies with distinction in all subjects, May 1999

  • Dean’s List
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Associate managing editor, Cornell Daily Sun


The University of Chicago Law School, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic          
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, January 2016-present
Acting Associate Director, December 2014–January 2016
Clinical Instructor, July 2013–January 2016

  • 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

Fellow and Lecturer in Law, March 2012-July 2013

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.
Trial Attorney, October 2005-February 2012

Chambers of the Honorable Martha Vázquez, United States District Court Santa Fe, NM    
Judicial Clerk, September 2004-September 2005

Contra Costa County Public Defender Martinez, CA
Graduate Law Clerk, September 2003-June 2004

Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic Berkeley, CA
Clinical Student, January 2001-May 2003

Public Defender Service Washington, D.C.
Law Clerk, July 2002-August 2002

East Bay Community Law Center Berkeley, CA
Clinical Student, August 2001-December 2001

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children San Francisco, CA
Law Clerk, June 2001-August 2001

Public Defender Service Washington, D.C.
Intern-Investigator, September 1997-December 1997