Baxter Fellowship in Litigation

Honorable Judge Lee D. Baxter


Each year one or two outstanding students in Litigation are selected to be the Judge Lee D. Baxter Graduate Fellows in Litigation in a post-graduate fellowship position. The Baxter Fellows serve as valuable members of the GGU Litigation Center, working with the Director of the Litigation Center and other litigation professors to ensure the students at GGU receive the best litigation education they can. The Baxter Fellows assist in teaching the trial advocacy, advanced trial advocacy and mock trial courses, coaching the mock trial competition teams, and are available to students for one-on-one help as they go through litigation courses at GGU. The fellowship was made possible by a generous gift to the law school by retired San Francisco Superior Court Judge Lee D. Baxter. Judge Lee Baxter is an alumna of GGU and served as a Court Commissioner, then as a Municipal Court Judge, and finally as a Judge of the Superior Court of San Francisco. Now retired, Judge Baxter is a member of the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University.


Applications are available each spring semester and are typically due mid-April. For more information email and join our Litigation Center TWEN page.

Welcome the 2020-21 Baxter Fellow in Litigation

Clodagh Mauchline

Clodagh Mauchline, a recent alum of Golden Gate University, joins the GGU Litigation Center this August as the newest Baxter Fellow in Litigation. Clodagh was the first person in her family to receive a college degree, and to go on to law school. While a student at GGU, Clodagh interned at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, GGU’s Pro Bono Tax Clinic, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. During her time at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Clodagh conducted preliminary hearings, drafted and filed motions, and helped negotiate offers for clients at pre-trial conferences.

When she wasn’t working in the clinic, Clodagh was putting in work as co-captain of the GGU National Mock Trial Team. She competed in four national competitions during her time at GGU. She competed at the MLK Civil Rights Trial Competition, the Capitol City Challenge in Washington D.C., the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Competition, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association Competition. Clodagh was also an active member of multiple student organizations at GGU, including being the treasurer for both the Society of Litigators and the Youth and Family Law Society. She has served as a Teaching Assistant in Trial Advocacy, Evidence, and the 1st STEP program for two years. Clodagh was the 2020 recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Most Outstanding Litigator.

As a graduate of the 2018 1st STEP class, Clodagh is looking forward to being a part of the Litigation Center team and providing opportunities to law students to teach them trial skills, confidence in the courtroom, and public speaking abilities. Clodagh will use her experiences to help organize the National Trial Team and the upcoming In Vino Veritas competition, as well as assist with the Center’s Seminar Series, 1st STEP, and the Litigation Lunchtime Lecture Series.

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
Sir Isaac Newton

Past Baxter Fellows


1995-Kleigh Hathaway

1996-Brian Soriano

1997-Sal Gallardo

2001-Kristine Ward

2002-Lizel Cerezo

2003-Julie Beil

2004-Aicha Mievis

2005-Brian Williamson

2006-Bryna Holland
Kimberly Cazinha

2007-Paula Rasmussen

2008-Emily Fowler
Catherine Wollard

2009-Caroline McCormick

2010-Samuel Luzadas
Erik Knuppel

2011-Brandon Schantz
Christopher T. Erickson

2012-Julia Levitskaia
Dan Dressman

2013-Blair Pickus
Katya Salganick

2014-Jaclyn Merkis
Brent Kling

2015-Erik Faussner
Lori Mullins

2016-Salayha Ghoury

2017-Dustin Cameron
Erica Chu

2018-Zach Porter
Ashley Lotti

Naila khan

2020-Clodaugh mauchline
alexis pettis

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Points of Contact


Director of the Litigation Program

  • 415-369-5216


Litigation Center Baxter Fellow

  • 415-369-5213