Eva Jellison


Eva Jellison has been involved with criminal law since 2012 when she interned with then-Associate Justice Ralph Gants (now Chief Justice) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and had her first experience with criminal defense practice interning with Rankin & Sultan, LLP in 2013.

Attorney Jellison has been passionately focused on civil liberties and civil rights throughout her legal career. She believes criminal defense practice, in particular appellate practice, provides an excellent forum to challenge the ways in which the criminal justice system violates people's rights. In particular, Attorney Jellison has fought hard and successfully to keep children out of the criminal justice system in several important cases.

Attorney Jellison graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2013 and served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Dana Fabe of the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska before joining Wood & Nathanson in 2014. Attorney Jellison is a member of the Committee for Public Counsel Services panels for criminal appeals and juvenile murder appeals.

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Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D., May 2013
Activities: Northeastern University Law Journal, Student Bar Association, Northeastern University School of Law Queer Caucus

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
B.A., Public Policy and Economics, August 2009


Wood & Nathanson, LLP, Boston, MA.
Associate Attorney. Representing clients in all phases of criminal post-conviction litigation. January, 2014-present

Supreme Court of the State of Alaska, Anchorage, AK. 
Law Clerk to Chief Justice Dana Fabe. Researched and drafted opinions, prepared the justices for oral arguments, and reviewed briefing. 2013.

Rankin & Sultan, Boston, MA.
Legal Intern. Researching and drafting memoranda on K-9 dog sniffs, vehicle searches, and voluntary confessions; drafting discovery motions for probation revocation hearings; and researching and drafting motions to suppress incriminating statements for this boutique criminal defense firm. March-May, 2013.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, MA. 
Intern to Associate Justice Ralph Gants. Reviewed applications for direct appellate review; wrote recitation memoranda for oral arguments; helped prepare one opinion; wrote several substantive memoranda; helped address single justice matters; and assisted with the Massachusetts 2013 Model Homicide Instructions. August-November, 2012.

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights, Policy Section, Washington, D.C. 
Legal Intern. Conducted research regarding inmate reentry, veteran's rights and the rights of those living with AIDS; researched for issues involving education discrimination and eleventh amendment abrogation; wrote a research memo used in forming the official Dept. position on a constitutional issue; and organized and participated in an interagency human rights working group. March-May, 2012

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, San Francisco, CA.
Legal Intern. Research involving standing, possible due process violations in shackling immigration detainees, FOIA requests and student rights; preparation of a best practices guide for police use of electronic surveillance and technologies. September-November, 2011.


Bars: Massachusetts (2014)

Professional associations: Board of Directors, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. Co-Chair, Committee for Transgender Inclusion, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers