Madeline Starbranch

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Madeline joined the Legal Aid Justice Center in 2019 after years of volunteering with the Immigrant Advocacy and Economic Justice Programs. Prior to working at LAJC, Madeline worked as a public defender, handling more than 1000 criminal cases in general district, juvenile/domestic relations, and circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. She represented clients facing consequences ranging from 6 months in jail to life in prison. She’s a member of the Gideon’s Promise Core 101 Program, where she was trained in zealous, client-centered courtroom advocacy. Madeline received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2015, where she won the Pro Bono Award for her graduating class. During her time at the University of Virginia she was a member of the Innocence Project Clinic, the Migrant Farmworker Project, and held numerous internships with the Legal Aid Justice Center and public defender offices. As a volunteer, Madeline has worked with immigrants seeking deferred action, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum. She studied human rights in Buenos Aires and worked with a non-profit dedicated to indigenous access to ancestral lands. She’s a graduate of Mount Holyoke College where she received the Student Leadership and Service Award



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