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Meghan Shapiro is a Staff Attorney with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, exclusively representing indigent people indicted for capital murder or on death row in Louisiana and Mississippi. Previously she practiced capital defense trial work at the Northern Virginia Capital Defender Office, and in private practice in Virginia. Meghan clerked for the Hon. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, in the Eastern District of Virginia from 2009-2010, and is a graduate of Gideon's Promise (previously the Southern Public Defender Training Center). She recently co-authored an essay in How Can You Represent Those People, eds. Abbe Smith and Monroe Freedman (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), and has been published in the Champion, Virginia Lawyer, and the American Journal of Criminal Law. In law school, Meghan participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic and the Supreme Court Clinic. She volunteered for the Capital Punishment Center, worked as a research assistant to Professor Jordan Steiker, and split her summers between the Texas Defender Service (Houston), Equal Justice Initiative (Montgomery, Alabama), the Philadelphia Capital Habeas Unit, and the Federal Capital Resource Counsel's office in Richmond, Virginia.