Laura Schaefer joined the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project as a Staff Attorney in September 2016. Prior to joining the Project, she served as counsel for the ABA’s Capital Clemency Resource Initiative, a novel endeavor between ABA entities to improve and provide resources for capital clemency representation nationwide. Laura received her B.A. in philosophy and sociology from New York University and her M.Sc. in Human Rights from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She has been particularly passionate about criminal justice advocacy since she undertook a clinical internship with the national Innocence Project.
After graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013, Laura served as a volunteer attorney with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York, before accepting a position as a post-conviction fellow with the Office of Capital Writs in Austin, Texas. While in Texas, she represented indigent death-row prisoners in their post-conviction appeals. With Professor Ellen Yaroshefsky, she is coauthor of the book chapter, “Defense Lawyering and Wrongful Convictions,” published by Albany University Press in the volume Examining Wrongful Convictions: Stepping Back, Moving Forward.