Hillela Simpson (she/her/hers) received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, she was a Gault Fellow at the National Juvenile Defender Center, where she worked on legal and policy initiatives related to juvenile defense. During law school, she was a member of the Juvenile Defender Clinic, for which she was the recipient of the Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize. She also served as Co-Chair of OUTLaw, Managing Editor of the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, and a Case Manager and advocate for the Suspension Representation Project. She spent her summers with The Bronx Defenders and the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, and also interned at New York County Defender Services and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Prior to law school, Hillela coordinated educational programming for a public health non-profit, worked on police reform at the Innocence Project, and taught squash at StreetSquash in Harlem. Hillela graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.