Darcy Meals, assistant director of the Center for Access to Justice, is responsible for developing and overseeing the center’s programs and publications. Beginning in fall 2017, she will also teach courses through the center’s access to justice curriculum.
Meals comes to the center with an A.B. in public policy from Brown University and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif. Before law school, Meals was the education coordinator at the Williams Institute, a think tank dedicated to sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy, where she oversaw the institute’s volunteers, edited reports and planned speaker series and fundraisers for lawyers, law students and the public.
At UCLA, Meals served as the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review and was a member of the David J. Epstein Public Interest Law Program. She then clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland before joining O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex civil litigation. Meals also maintained an active pro bono practice, representing clients in deportation proceedings and a group of federal inmates seeking accommodation under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
She has written articles on immigration law and co-wrote an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that was cited twice in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s concurring opinion.