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Veteran Federal Public Defender Elana Fogel Takes Helm of New Criminal Defense Clinic

Elana Fogel, a veteran public defender who has practiced at both the state and federal levels, is joining the Duke Law faculty as a clinical professor of law and inaugural director of its new Criminal Defense Clinic.

As a trial attorney at Federal Defenders of San Diego since 2017, Fogel represented indigent persons accused of criminal offenses in federal court. She earlier served as a public defender in Boston and as a fellow in the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School. A California native, Fogel is a graduate of New York University and NYU School of Law.

“Elana Fogel’s career trajectory has demonstrated her firm commitment to actualizing justice for clients and teaching law students through their experiences as advocates and counselors,” says Clinical Professor Ryke Longest, director of clinical and experiential programs. “Her leadership will create wonderful opportunities for Duke Law students, and strategic support to put science-based criminal defense to work in our community.”