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


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. 


Testimony to U.S. Congress

Training Materials


  • 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.
  • Direct Examination, Harvard Law School, January, 2012.
  • Developing Timelines to Enhance Litigation Strategy, National Juvenile Defender Center, October 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.