Michelle Ghafar is an associate attorney with Earthjustice’s California regional office in San Francisco.
Prior to joining Earthjustice, Michelle was a public service fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) in San Francisco and staffed LCCR’s Second Chance Reentry Legal Clinic.
She is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, where she completed both the Epstein Public Interest Law & Policy Program as well as the Critical Race Studies Specialization. Originally from the Bay Area, she worked as a communications coordinator for the National Council on Crime & Delinquency in Oakland prior to law school.
At UCLA Law, she was a senior editor for the UCLA Law Review and spent her summers with the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley and the ACLU in Washington, D.C. She also completed a service trip in New Orleans with the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, and externed with Justice Judith Ashmann-Gerst at the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles. Her student Comment, “Exiting Solitary Confinement: A Survey of State Correctional Policies” was recently published in the UCLA Law Review.
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