The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies welcomes Moira Duvernay who joins them this month as Associate Director and Senior Staff Attorney. Moira comes to CGRS as an experienced litigator in the areas of international human rights, civil rights, and other public law matters.
Most recently with the Law Offices of Amitai Schwartz in Emeryville, Moira was named a “Rising Star” in California’s Super Lawyer Magazine in 2013 and 2014 for her civil and criminal appellate work, including a death penalty appeal.
Moira previously worked as a staff attorney for the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability. She litigated high-impact international human rights cases in federal courts on behalf of survivors of torture or other severe human rights abuses. Moira served as counsel in legal victories against death squad leaders and former military officers from around the world. In 2007, Moira was named an Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer for her role in the securing a $19 million judgment against a Haitian death squad leader who was living and working openly in New York. The lawsuit was the first against an individual responsible for systematic use of rape as a tool of repression in Haiti.
This is a homecoming for Moira who earned her J.D. at UC Hastings in 2004. While a student here, she helped get the Hastings to Haiti Partnership off the ground, leading our first two spring break student delegations to Haiti in 2002 and 2003. She speaks Haitian Creole, French, and Spanish, and has a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University.