Sharon A Meadows

Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy

Faculty Emeritus

(415) 422-6202


Professor Sharon A. Meadows was 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
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
Access to Justice
Clinical Education
Criminal Procedure
Indigent Defense
Juvenile Law
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
Presenter, “Grand Jury Practice and Community Prosecution,” Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal Symposium , Hastings School of Law, San Francisco, CA (November, 2015)
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)
"Pressure persists to sanction Stanford rape judge", SFBay News, 08/24/2016
"Behind the closed doors of the juvenile system", San Francisco Chronicle, 08/30/2008
"Murder case raises issues of recanting", The Recorder, 07/14/2008
President, First District Appellate Project (2009 to present) (2012)
Member, Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (2012)
Member, S.F. Bar Association Criminal Justice Advisory Council (2012)
Liaison, University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Youth Commission (2012)
Invited Participant, Open Society Institute's National Crack the Disparity Lobby Day, Washington, D.C. (2010)