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Elizabeth Barros
Supervisory Attorney – Trial Team Leader
UCLA School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, Concentration in Critical Race Studies
University of California, San Diego, B.A., cum laude, Department Honors in Political Science with High Distinction

Ms. Barros joined Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. in 2003 as a Trial Attorney. She was initially drawn to the office because of her passion to defend immigrants and the criminally accused. The high number of criminal immigration matters handled by Federal Defenders allows her to pursue her interests in both areas of the law.


Since arriving at Federal Defenders Ms. Barros has been a resource for other attorneys in the office and the legal community, assisting them to navigate the intricacies of immigration law. She is excited to develop and litigate novel legal issues, including an equal protection challenge to our nation's citizenship laws which she identified and raised in Flores-Villar v. United States, and which she helped present to the United States Supreme Court. In 2010, she was recognized by the Daily Transcript through a peer-nomination process as one of the best young attorneys in San Diego County.


Ms. Barros was promoted to Supervisory Attorney/ Trial Team Leader in 2012. She oversees a team of seven trial attorneys, assisting them in all aspects of their practice. She also maintains an active trial and appellate caseload, and has handled cases ranging from criminal immigration matters, drug and firearms-related offenses, racketeering, bank robbery, fraud, rape, child pornography, assault to international extradition.


Ms. Barros teaches regularly within the office, has lectured to San Diego's federal CJA panel, and has taught at California Western's Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy Spanish-language Trial Skills Academy training lawyers from Latin American countries in oral trial advocacy skills. She is also Adjunct Faculty at California Western School of Law, where she teaches the Federal Defender Training course for LLM students.


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