Jacque Wilson

Jacque Wilson

Adjunct Professor


For the past 15 years, Jacque has worked with or mentored USF law students in the Criminal and Racial Justice Clinics. A senior trial lawyer at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, he serves as the growth and development training director, working with new attorneys, running the intern program, coordinating office training, and handling post-conviction cases.

As a trial attorney, Jacque helped reform California’s felony murder rule though the passage of SB 1437. SB 1437 significantly narrowed the felony murder rule and has helped many unjustly sentenced individuals gain their freedom. He also mentors hundreds of high school, college and law students through the San Francisco Public Defender’s Court Watch program, and is co-founder of Advocates For Justice, a non-profit organization that fights for social, economic and criminal justice.


  • Felony Murder
  • Covid 19 in Jails
  • Criminal Discovery Litigation

Research Areas

  • Felony Murder
  • Bail
  • Covid 19 in Jails and Prisons
  • Racial Justice
  • Criminal Discovery


  • Golden Gate University School Of Law, JD, 2000
  • California State University Stanislaus, BA in Criminal Justice, 1997

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Criminal Practice Clinic
  • Growth and Training Director, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • Managing Attorney Paralegal Unit, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • Managing Attorney Intern and Fellow Program, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • Senior Trial Attorney, San Francisco Public Defender's Office

Awards & Distinctions

  • Julian Bond Community Service Award, N.A.A.C.P., 2019
  • Living the Dream Award, Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights, 2018
  • Champions of Educational Justice Award, C.R.L.A., 2018
  • Martin Luther King Legacy Award, M.J.C., 2018
  • Crystal Clear Community Service Award, Staff of Life Ministries, 2018