Rachel E. Moffitt is an appellate attorney focusing on both civil and criminal appeals. She advises individuals and entities on how to preserve their appellate rights, and represents those same individuals and entities in pre-trial, and appellate proceedings, often undertaking substantive motion work in addition to appellate representation.
Ms. Moffitt handles high-profile appeals with significant import and exposure, including in the California Court of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit, and the California Supreme Court.
Ms. Moffitt handles substantive law and motion matters, and has enjoyed significant success in obtaining dismissals through pre-trial motions, including demurrers, motions for summary judgment, and various motions to dismiss. Her keen analytical skills contribute to her clarity in thinking and writing, and thereby to her success in the trial court and on appeal.
Ms. Moffitt dedicates her spare time to providing pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. She recently undertook representation of a child from Guatemala, who fled his country to escape unspeakable gang violence and abuse.
She helped her client obtain political asylum, a life-changing result not easily accomplished, and thereafter undertook representation of his younger brother, who is seeking the same relief. Ms. Moffitt recently received a Pro Bono Publico Award for her dedicated and passionate work.
Ms. Moffitt also volunteers with the Civil Appellate Self-Help Workshop, a free workshop for predominantly unrepresented individuals focusing on the appellate process, court rules and appellate procedure.
Ms. Moffitt earned her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law where she graduated second in her class. There, she was a Senior Editor of the California Western Law Review. Ms. Moffitt is also a published author, with an article recently printed in Georgetown University’s The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
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