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.