Ms. Gold is an associate attorney in our Oakland office. Prior to joining us, she was an associate at a private law firm in its business litigation practice. As an associate, she worked on a variety of complex litigation matters, including multi-district and class action litigation.
She also maintained a large pro bono caseload, and led the preparation of two successful clemency petitions before the Department of Justice Office of the Pardon Attorney. Ms. Gold graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2014. During law school, she was a student attorney in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, and note editor of the BU Public Interest Law Journal. She also volunteered with the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri where she discovered her passion for capital defense while working across urban and rural Missouri. Genevie received her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies and Philosophy at Tufts University. Ms. Gold’s hometown is Kansas City, KS, and despite her time on the coasts, she still calls herself a Midwesterner. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts. Contact Ms. Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Osborne is an associate attorney in our Philadelphia office. Prior to joining us, Ms. Osborne was an Assistant Federal Defender in the Delaware Capital Habeas Unit, representing state and federal death-sentenced inmates in post-conviction proceedings.
Ms. Osborne has a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she served as a senior editor on the UCLA Law Review. At UCLA, she participated in the Supreme Court Clinic, helping to draft the merits brief for the respondent in Missouri v. Frye, in which the Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment right to counsel extends to consideration of plea offers that expire or are rejected. After graduating from law school, Ms. Osborne clerked for the Honorable Kathryn Oberly on the D.C. Court of Appeals. Before going to law school, Ms. Osborne was a research associate in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where she was the project coordinator for the Transition from Jail to Community Initiative and the Jail Reentry Roundtable Initiative and served as the primary contact for the Center’s prisoner reentry research. Contact Ms. West Love Osborne at email@example.com
Ms. Lowe is a paralegal and office manager at the Oakland office. Prior to joining us in this capacity, she interned with the office while an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley until her graduation in 2018.
Previously, Ms. Lowe also worked on capital cases at the Death Penalty Clinic at UC Berkeley Law, on criminal corruption prosecutions at the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, and on re-entry policy at Root & Rebound in Oakland, CA. As a Legal Studies major at UC Berkeley, she conducted her honors thesis on anti-death penalty framing in mass media, receiving the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. She graduated with highest honors from her department and college, and also completed a minor in Public Policy. Contact Ms. Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Swain is an associate attorney in our St. Louis office and a 2015 graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law. During her studies, she worked at the Washoe County Public Defender’s office in Reno, Nevada and was one of the first students in SLU Law’s death penalty clinical program.
At the clinic, she worked on Mr. Mark Christeson’s warrant litigation culminating in the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay entered just hours before his scheduled execution and, ultimately, a summary reversal of the federal court of appeals in January 2015. During her time at SLU Law, Swain was elected vice president of the Public Interest Law Group and treasurer of the Criminal Law Society. She also served as a co-chair for the PILG’s annual Fellowship Auction, which raises funds for students pursuing internships to provide free legal services for indigent clients. Swain is a Nevada native and a graduate of its flagship university. Contact Ms. Swain at email@example.com
Ms. Acevedo is an associate attorney and a 2017 graduate of UC Hastings School of Law. During her studies, she worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the California Appellate Project, General Assistance Advocacy Project, Phillips Black, and was a clinical law student in the Individual Representation Clinic.
In 2016, she received the AT&T Pro Bono Award for her commitment to social justice and public service. She also contributed to the Hastings Women’s Law Journal and Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. Her note was about the Constitutionality of Sex-Affirming Surgery in Prison was published by the Hastings Women’s Law Journal in 2017. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas, at Austin. In Austin, she worked at the Texas Civil Rights Project and Workers Defense Project. Contact Ms. Acevedo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Diallo is an associate in our New York office. He graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 2018. Before that he earned a Bachelor’s in Government, with honors and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with honors from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.
Before law school he worked at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, a project of the Center for Court Innovation in New York. He also worked for three years as an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College, teaching policing, corrections, and criminal justice policy courses. During law school, Mr. Diallo interned at the New York City Civil Court, in Queens New York, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, in Brooklyn, New York, the Homeless Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society, in the Bronx, New York and Phillips Black. At Fordham Law School’s Community Economic Development, he advised clients on how to incorporate nonprofits, drafted nonprofit governance documents, and applied for nonprofit tax-exempt status on behalf of clients. Contact Mr. Diallo at email@example.com
Ms. Swierzewicz is a paralegal and office manager at the Oakland office. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2019 with a degree in psychology.
She worked as a research assistant at the Emotion and Emotion Regulation Lab, where she conducted her honors thesis on the effect of specific emotion regulation strategies on psychological health and well-being. During her undergraduate career, Ms. Swierzewicz was also interested in the intersection of law and psychology. She interned at the Death Penalty Clinic at UC Berkeley Law, where she worked on capital cases. Contact Ms. Swierzewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Welling is an associate attorney in our St. Louis office. Before joining us, Joe clerked for the Honorable Laura Denvir Stith of the Supreme Court of Missouri upon graduation from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 2016.
He co-authored a fifty-state survey of the law of police use of force justification and, in addition to his student note published in the print edition, authored three other articles on the on-line companion to the SLU Law Journal. During law school, Joe interned in the Housing Division of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, was a judicial extern for Chief Judge Angela Quigless of the Missouri Court of Appeals-Eastern District, and volunteered for a pro bono attorney in a criminal defense case connected with the Ferguson protests. Joe is also an alumni of Phillips Black's death penalty clinical curriculum at SLU and will be co-teaching the faculty's doctrinal seminar on capital punishment beginning in Fall 2017. Before law school, he had an illustrious career as a professional juggler and, additionally, served as an interpreter for the Deaf, specializing in graduate and professional school interpretation. Joe earned a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, which he followed with graduate studies at the University of Chicago. Contact Mr. Welling at email@example.com
Ms. Zuccarello is an associate mitigation specialist in our Philadelphia office. Her work in the field began in 2010 as a volunteer at the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Prior to joining Phillips Black, she worked as a fact investigator and mitigation specialist in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri.
She has been appointed as a mitigation specialist in habeas corpus cases and has served as a fact investigator for indigent defendants with innocence claims. She earned a bachelors with highest distinction from the University of California, Berkely, where her studies in the Department of Sociology focused on race, poverty, and stratification. She is a licensed private investigator by the State of Missouri. Contact Ms. Zuccarello at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Onah is an associate attorney in our New York office and a 2018 graduate of Boston University School of Law. He is a native of Staten Island and earned his B.A. in Government and International Relations at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Prior to law school, he was a paralegal at the Queens County District Attorney’s office.
At BU Law, Mr. Onah was a staff member for the American Journal of Law and Medicine, where he wrote and published a journal note about the Medicaid Act’s role in criminalizing the United States’ poorest and most mentally ill. He worked as an intern for Phillips Black, Greater Boston Legal Services, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, and the New York City Board of Correction, where he worked on regulatory reform for NYC’s jails. Mr. Onah was a research assistant for Professor Khiara Birdges, aiding Professor Bridges’ scholarship on critical race theory and reproductive justice. He also served as a research assistant for the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School and provided support on CJPP’s online, 50-state criminal justice debt reform tool. You can reach Mr. Onah at email@example.com.