Jennifer Gerstenzang

San Diego Office Of The Public Defender

After running her solo San Diego criminal defense boutique law firm for five years, Jennifer recently returned to the Public Defender's office to work on their Fresh Start Program helping those in need clear their criminal records to free them from the chains of their past mistakes. She and her colleagues are collaborating with thought and technology leaders to streamline this high volume program so that it can use technology to service the overwhelming needs of our clients. Jennifer is active in both the San Diego legal community and the national legal technology community, and her website was recently ranked in the Top 10 “Best Law Firm Websites of 2018” by “The Lawyerist.” Jennifer also lectures on topics such as the prevalence of and how to address substance abuse in the legal profession and attorney self-care and implementing secure legal technology in the practice of law. Jennifer truly enjoys the emotional connection she provides to her clients and believes that finding justice and feeling justice are two very different things. For these reasons, she focused in her private practice on creative problem solving by offering, in addition to criminal defense, unique services such as Family Advocacy and Legal Coaching. Jennifer was recently interviewed in a podcast about these services by The Lawyerist’s Sam Glover and in Meghan Zavieh’s “Lawyers Gone Ethical.”

My Sessions

The Intersection of Ethics and Well-being

Columbus CD

Embrace the new focus on the link between lawyer well-being and competence and learn how existing ethics rules intertwine with these concerns. It’s not just being current on technology or implementing it in your practice that is required; it’s understanding how all these issues intersect.

Lawyer Well-Being

Implicit Bias: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Columbus AB

The pull of inertia and pervasiveness of bias can make building the best teams challenging. At the workplace, inertia can be confronted head on, but bias is more difficult to sort out. Because bias lives in a hidden part of the brain, most people are oblivious to their own biases and those of others, unless […]

Human Skills