Buckingham, Samantha

Samantha Buckingham

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

Samantha Buckingham, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic (Center for Juvenile Law and Policy)

Courses Taught

  • Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Advanced Criminal Litigation Skills
  • Race, Class and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Juvenile Delinquency Law and Procedure 


  • BA, University of Virginia
  • JD, Stanford Law School


Samantha Buckingham is the 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


  • Ethical Duties of Lawyers Representing Youth in Delinquency Court, Los Angeles Delinquency Conference, Los Angeles, CA, June 2016.
  • Comprehensive Juvenile Defender Training, AB 703 and CA Rule of Court 5.664, Pacific Juvenile Defender Cent4er, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, June 2016.
  • Trauma-Imformed Advocacy for Juvenile Defenders, Juvenile Delinquency Law Training Seminar, Los Angeles Public Defender, Los Angeles, CA, March 2016; Children and the Law Section, American Association of Law Schools, New York, NY, January 2016; Orleans Public Defender and Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, October 2015; Clinical Writer's Workship, NYU Law School, September 2014.
  • Representing Youthful Offenders, Gideon's Promise, formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center, July 2012, August 2013, August 2014, January 2016; San Bernardino Public Defender Office, June 2015; Orlando, Florida Public Defender, July 2014; Public Defender Retreat, Las Vegas, NV, April 2014; Public Defender Retreat, March 2009.
  • Closing Argument, Federal Public Defender of Los Angeles, July 2015, July 2016.
  • Making the Most of Your Motions Practice, Gideon's Promise, formerly the Southern Pacific Defender Training Center, July 2012, August 2013, August 2014.
  • A Trauma-Focused Justice Response to Reduce Incarceration of Youthful Offenders, Clinical Writer’s Workshop, NYU Law School, September 2014.
  • Direct Examination, Harvard Law School, January, 2012, January 2015.
  • Race, Class, and Adolescence, Public Defender Service in Academia Conference, Washington D.C., November 2014.
  • Developmental Considerations in Representation of Clients in the School-to-Prison Pipeline, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.