Galit Lipa joined Public Welfare as its Youth Justice Program Director in 2019.
Most recently Galit was a supervising lawyer at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. While there she represented people accused of serious felonies including numerous children being tried as adults. Galit was also responsible for supervising and training newer attorneys at the agency. Prior to her work at the Public Defender Service Galit was one of the original lawyers at the Three Strikes Project at Stanford Law School where she engaged in a multi-pronged campaign to change California’s punitive three strikes law. Her responsibilities included selecting cases for litigation, partnering with community organizations to promote change through the political process, and developing a media strategy. Galit concluded her time at Stanford by serving as Director of the law school’s Criminal Defense Clinic.
Galit started her career as a lawyer at Georgetown University Law Center’s Prettyman Fellowship Program where she tried numerous juvenile cases. She also taught and supervised law students in Georgetown’s Juvenile Justice Clinic.
Galit has her B.A. from University of California at Berkeley, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.