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. For more information email​

Welcome the 2019-20 Baxter Fellow in Litigation

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Roxana Araujo, a recent alum of Golden Gate University, joins the GGU Litigation Center this August as the newest Baxter Fellow in Litigation. While a student at GGU, Roxana worked as a student clinician for the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic on campus. There, she conducted extensive research and composed memoranda regarding water pollution, toxic air emissions, and other environmental concerns for local Bay Area minority communities. After spending a semester there, Roxana continued to support the clinic by acting as the teaching assistant for the clinic over the next year, where she conducted orientations and trainings for student clinicians and stayed active on cases within the clinic.

When she wasn’t working in the clinic, Roxana was also a strong and active member of the GGU National Mock Trial Team. She competed in three competitions during her time at GGU, and earned 1st place at the annual 2017 Battle of the Bay hosted by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Roxana also had the opportunity to clerk for a Civil Solo Practitioner and at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. While at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, she worked for the Domestic Violence Unit drafting research and legal memoranda and served as the second chair for multiple felony trials. Roxana was also an active member of multiple student organizations at GGU, including La Raza, the Black Law Students Association, Pride Law, and the Society of Litigators. She was often seen on campus running events such as bake sales, outlining workshops, and review sessions.

As a graduate of the 2017 1st STEP class, Roxana 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. Roxana will be using her experiences to help organize the National Trial Team and the In Vino Veritas competition, as well as assisting with the Center’s Seminar Series, 1st STEP, and the Litigation Lunchtime Lecture Series. The Litigation Center welcomes Roxana Araujo as the 2019/2020 Baxter Fellow in Litigation.

"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

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Points of Contact


Interim Director of the Litigation Program

  • 415-369-5212


Litigation Center Baxter Fellow

  • 415-369-5213