Ms. Staley is a 2013 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She was admitted to practice in Ohio that same year.
During law school, Ms. Staley worked as a fellow and later as a research assistant for the Ohio Innocence Project, investigating wrongful conviction claims and drafting motions on behalf of Ohio inmates. She was a recipient of the Clarence Elkins Scholarship, which is awarded to the OIP fellows demonstrating the most diligent advocacy.
Ms. Staley also practiced under a limited license through the Ohio Justice & Policy Center’s Indigent Defense Clinic, where she represented clients charged with misdemeanor crimes.
Ms. Staley served as an editor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review, and was selected for publication for her article: Inadequate and Ineffective? Factual Innocence and the Savings Clause of § 2255.
Following graduation, Ms. Staley worked as a staff attorney for The Honorable R. Patrick DeWine of the First District Court of Appeals in Ohio, researching complex legal issues and drafting decisions relating to criminal and civil appeals.
Ms. Staley joined the Public Defender’s Office in October 2014.