Samantha Buckingham

Clinical Professor of Law
Co-Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic (Center for Juvenile Law and Policy)

BA, University of Virginia
JD, Stanford Law School

Background

Samantha Buckingham is the co-director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. She teaches courses associated with the year-long clinic and supervises students who represent juvenile clients in delinquency courts in Los Angeles. In addition to her work in the clinic, Professor Buckingham teaches classes available to all students at Loyola Law School.

Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola Law School in 2008, Buckingham advocated on behalf of indigent clients for five years as a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. At PDS, she represented adults and children charged as adults in criminal court with serious felonies, including homicides. She also represented children facing delinquency adjudications in family court. As a law student, Buckingham clerked for Legal Services for Children and the Federal Public Defender, both located in San Francisco. Prior to that, she taught high school at the Maya Angelou School, a Washington D.C. charter high school for adjudicated and at-risk youth.

Buckingham serves as teaching faculty for the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School. Buckingham has also trained public defenders nationally through her work with the Gideon's Promise and the National Juvenile Defender Center. Additionally, Professor Buckingham is a member of the Training Committee of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center. 

Publications

Testimony to U.S. Congress

Training Materials

Presentations

  • Race, Class, and Adolescence, Public Defender Service in Academia Conference, Washington D.C., November 2014.
  • A Trauma-Focused Justice Response to Reduce Incarceration of Youthful Offenders, Clinical Writer’s Workshop, NYU Law School, September 2014.
  • Developmental Considerations in Representation of Clients in the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Orlando, Florida Public Defender, July 2014.
  • Adolescent Development, Orlando, Florida Public Defender, July 2014.
  • Client-Centered Representation: Building Rapport and Trust With Every Client, Louisiana State-Wide Juvenile Defender Training, May 2014.
  • Developing a Multi-Media Skills Training Program, American Association of Law Schools, Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Chicago, IL, May 2014.
  • Age Aware Advocacy at Disposition, Public Defender Retreat, April 2014.
  • Making the Most of Your Motions Practice, Gideon's Promise (formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center), July 2012 and August 2013.
  • Representing Youthful Offenders, Gideon's Promise (formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center), July 2012 and August 2013.
  • A Tale of Two Systems: How Schools and the Juvenile Justice System Are Failing Kids, Clinical Writer’s Workshop, NYU Law School, September, 2013.
  • Trayvon Martin’s Death and George Zimmerman’s Acquittal: A Framework for discussing implications for marginalized communities, Asians and Pacific Islanders for LGBT Equality and Latino Equality Alliance, August 2013.
  • Making the Most of Your Motions Practice, Gideon’s Promise, formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center, July 2012, August 2013, August 2014.
  • Representing Youthful Offenders, Gideon’s Promise, formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center, July 2012, August 2013, August 2014.
  • The School-To-Prison Pipeline, Beyond the Classroom: Education Rights and Identifying Weaknesses of the Public School System, Symposium for the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal, Loyola Law School, March 2013.
  • Developing Timelines to Enhance Litigation Strategy, National Juvenile Defender Center, October 2012.
  • Direct Examination, Harvard Law School, January, 2012.
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct, California Supreme Court Historical Society, April 2011.
  • Investigation for Sentencing, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, October 2010.
  • The Juvenile Delinquency System, South Bay Child Guidance Center, Fall 2010.
  • Using Adolescent Brain Development in Your Representation of Children and Young Adults, Annual Public Defender Retreat, March 2009.