Maureen Pacheco

Maureen Pacheco is the Trainer for the Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles Alternate Public Defenders Office. Maureen has spent the majority of her 36-year defender career representing youth. She has handled cases at the trial level, as a writ/appellate attorney, and in post-conviction proceedings. From 2010-2013, Maureen was the Assistant Director at the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, where she supervised the Juvenile Justice and Youth Education clinics and cofounded the Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic with Christopher Hawthorne. Maureen serves on the Executive Board for the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (“PJDC”). With PJDC, she has co-chaired the Amicus Committee, the Training Committee, and the Legislative Committee. She has also previously served on the California Public Defenders Association Board and chaired the Juvenile Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Maureen has authored, led and co-led major juvenile reform bills, on behalf of PJDC and CPDA, including the first automatic sealing of records statute in the country.