Simone Cifuentes

Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow

B.S., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Louisiana State University

Biographical Information: 

Simone K. Cifuentes serves as the school’s Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow. This appointment is part of a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims. At the School of Law, Cifuentes is working with the Jane W. Wilson Family Justice Clinic, which provides disadvantaged clients with direct representation as well as legal and extra-legal support. She also works with the Community Health Law Partnership Clinic, an in-house legal services clinic in which law students advocate on behalf of low-income clients with a variety of health-harming legal needs. Her role is to increase the depth and breadth of services offered by both clinics, as well as to conduct outreach and educational programs for immigrant victims of crime in the community.

Previously, Cifuentes worked as an associate attorney for Sevin & Stahulak where she conducted legal research and helped build cases for trial. Additionally, she taught environmental science in public high school in New Orleans for several years. While in law school, she clerked at Louisiana Sea Grant where she researched legal issues and drafted legal memoranda concerning the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Cifuentes earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and policy from the University of California, Berkeley and her Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University. She is fluent in Spanish and a member of the Louisiana Bar Association.