Maggie Yates

Spokane Regional Law and Justice Dept.
Title: Regional Law and Justice Administrator
Phone: 509-477-5773
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Originally from Spokane, Maggie's commitment to pursuing a more fair and inclusive criminal justice system took root while working in New Orleans for the Southern Poverty Law Center, and later the MacArthur Justice Center. There, she rose to serve as the senior investigator on a class action lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Prison. Over the course of four years, Maggie supervised a team of investigators, developed and maintained databases, and conducted more than a thousand interviews with incarcerated individuals and their loved ones. Maggie left New Orleans to attend the UCLA School of Law where she earned a J.D. with a David J. Epstein Public Law & Policy Specialization. During law school, Maggie interned with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the ACLU’s Legislative Office, and the Southern Center for Human Rights.  Maggie earned her bachelor’s degrees in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

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