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 2022-23 Baxter Fellow in Litigation

Christina Stout

Christina Stout began her litigation journey in GGU’s Summer Trial and Evidence Program (STEP) in 2020. After graduating from STEP, Christina competed in GGU’s Golden Griffin Challenge during her 2L year, where she and her partner won 1st Place. As a winner of the competition, Christina was offered a spot on GGU’s National Trial Team, and went on to compete in the All-Star National Mock Trial Competition and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Competition. Christina was selected as co-captain of the National Trial Team during the fall of her 3L year, including participating as a teaching assistant for the team.


In her 2L year, Christina interned at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, working in the Post-Conviction Unit. Christina then interned at a personal injury firm, where she had the opportunity to strengthen her litigation skills. Due to her budding litigation experience, Christina was then offered an intern position working with Professor Curtis Briggs at his private defense firm in San Francisco. She has been a teaching assistant for various litigation courses, including Evidence and Trial Advocacy in STEP. As a member of the 2022 graduating class, Christina received the Most Significant Contribution to the Litigation Center Litigation Leadership Award. In the future, Christina hopes to work as a criminal defense attorney, to fight to protect the rights of every client.


Christina 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. Christina will use her experiences to help organize the National Trial Team and the upcoming TYLA competition being hosted by GGU, as well as assist with the Center’s Seminar Series, and 1st STEP.

"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-Clodagh Mauchline
Alexis Pettis

2021-Clodagh Mauchline

2022-Clodagh Mauchline
Christina Stout

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Points of Contact


Director of the Litigation Program


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