Hensleigh Crowell works in the criminal defense division of Brooklyn Defender Services in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge Keith Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston and then Judge Gerard E. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. Immediately after clerking, she spent a year working is an assistant public defender with the Harris County Public Defender's Office in Houston.
At Texas Law, Hensleigh participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic. She was a co-founder and co-director of the first GRITS (Getting Radical in the South) conference, and was pro bono associate editor of the Texas Law Review. She worked for Gideon’s Promise Summer Institute; the Southern Center for Human Rights; the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition; the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C.; and the Texas Defender Service. She was Vice Chancellor of the class of 2016 (2nd in Class).