Jen Giddings, '97

Jen Giddings, ’97, earned her bachelor’s degree in international politics from New York University and her J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of Law. After law school, she clerked for the appeals chamber at the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the trial chamber at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and then volunteered for the defense of Bruno Stojic at the Yugoslavia tribunal while earning her Advanced L.L.M. in international criminal law from Leiden University. She then returned to the United States where she spent a year representing farmworkers and community organizers fighting the placement of high polluting industry in California's San Joaquin Valley. Jen returned to Tucson in 2009, where for five years she worked as a program attorney for the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program (MCLAP), a program established by the Mexican Foreign Ministry to retain qualified attorneys to represent and consult with Mexican nationals sentenced to death or facing death sentences throughout the U.S. In January, Jen moved to Austin, where she continues her work on behalf of death-sentenced Mexican nationals around the country, and also works on contract with the United States Courts, consulting, training and providing related services to attorneys who have been appointed to represent death-sentenced individuals in their federal habeas corpus appeals in Texas.

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