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Sharon A. Meadows

Professor and Director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic

Professor Sharon A. Meadows is the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice Clinics. She was appointed by Chief Judge Robert Peckham of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as the compliance monitor for a Title VII Consent Decree in the construction industry. In 1994, she assisted in the establishment of a Criminal/Juvenile Law Clinic at the University of the West Cape in South Africa, and returned to South Africa in 1998 and 2002 to assist in the establishment of a pilot public defender system.

  • BA, Cornell University
  • MA, Cornell University
  • JD, University of Michigan
Prior Experience
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender, Northern District of California
  • Chief Counsel, Bayview-Hunters Point Community Defender
  • Trial Attorney, San Francisco Public Defender
  • Staff Attorney, Romines, Tooby, Eichner & Sorenson
    "Behind the closed doors of the juvenile system"San Francisco Chronicle08/30/08
    "Murder case raises issues of recanting"The Recorder07/14/08
      Law Review and Journal Articles
      • "Implementing the Right to Counsel in Post-Apartheid South Africa," 29 George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics 453 (1995). SSRN
      Book Contributions
        Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
          Other Publications
              Court Citation of Research
                • Presenter, National Conference of Women's Bar Associations Leader Summit "Transforming Law, Transforming Lives," San Francisco (August 2010).
                • Presenter, "Representing Delinquency Clients in a Repressive Climate," Juvenile Justice Summit, Houtson
                • Presenter, "The Criminalization of Poverty," Society of American Law Teachers Conference, "Vulnerable Populations and Economic Realities," San Francisco, Calif. (March 2010).
                • Presenter, "The State of Juvenile Justice," National Defender Summit, (2002).
                • Presenter, "The State of Juvenile Justice in 2002," Suffolk Law School Juvenile Justice Forum, Boston, Mass. (2002).
                Testimony and Hearings
                  Written Testimony and Commentary
                    Advisor or Consultant
                        Symposia Organization
                          Professional Membership
                          • President, First District Appellate Project (2009 to present)
                          • Member, Pacific Juvenile Defender Center
                          • Member, S.F. Bar Association Criminal Justice Advisory Council
                            Other Service
                            • Liaison, University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Youth Commission
                            • Invited Participant, Open Society Institute's National Crack the Disparity Lobby Day, Washington, D.C. (Member of ACLU Drug Law Reform Project delegation lobbying members of Congress about federal sentencing disparities, April 2009)