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Natalie Brocklebank, '04, Featured in Harvard Law Publication

Friday, May 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Screenshot of web publication Mosaics of Lawyer IdentitiesUDC Law alumna Natalie Brocklebank, '04 is one of three lawyers featured in a fascinating article, "Mosaics of Lawyer Identities," in Harvard Law journal The Practice.

Read the article on The Practice website.

In the article, Natalie explains her experiences and motivations in a number of lengthy comments. 

Here is how she is introduced: 

"Natalie Brocklebank. Before she applied to law school, Natalie Brocklebank was a staff investigator at a boutique criminal defense law firm after serving as an intern investigator at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. And in many ways, law school was a continuation of the work she was already doing. “When I started at the University of the District of Columbia, I had already started to shape my professional identity and felt grounded in who I was and what I wanted to do once I graduated. I wanted to be a public defender,” Brocklebank says without equivocation. “I knew where my loyalties were—I wanted to represent indigent clients—and I used law school to move closer to that goal. Law school was a mechanism for me to get to the point of being able to actually practice.”

For Brocklebank, the law school experience did not much alter her conception of professional identity. “I don’t think my perception of my professional identity at the end of law school was drastically different from what it looked like at the beginning,” she says. “I was working for former public defenders before, and I sought out a law school that aligned with the public-interest career path I envisioned.”

After earning her law degree from the University of the District of Columbia in 2004, Brocklebank built her career primarily in public interest—a journey that included public defender positions in Washington, D.C.; New Orleans; and New York. She is currently an attorney at the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services working to implement a statewide effort to support indigent legal defense."

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