Talia Gooding-Williams


Talia Gooding-Williams received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar for Public Service.  As a law student, Talia participated in the Juvenile Defender Clinic, where she received the Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize for outstanding work in a clinical course requiring student practice.  During her law school summers, she interned at The Defender Association in Seattle, WA, and Juvenile Regional Services in New Orleans, LA.  While at NYU, Talia also served as a teaching assistant for Andrew Williams in the Lawyering Program, an Article Selection Editor on the Review of Law and Social Change, a high school debate coach with Legal Outreach, and the Community Service Co-Chair for WoCC (Women of Color Coalition).  Talia received her B.A. from Yale University with a double major in English and Ethnicity, Race and Migration, with a focus on interracial literature and the literature of the middle passage.  At Yale, she was the director of WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each other), an organization that works with at risk 8th grade girls in New Haven, CT.

Talia has worked as a community organizer, has a passion for mentoring and believes that public defense is an essential part of the modern civil rights movement.  Prior to joining the Bronx Defenders, Talia worked as a public defender in Palm Beach County, Florida, where she represented indigent adults and children charged with misdemeanors and felonies, as well as clients who, as children, were sentenced for homicide crimes to life without the possibility of parole for 25 years and were therefore entitled to be resentenced pursuant to Graham v. Florida and Atwell v. Florida.

*Not yet licensed to practice in the state of New York, licensed in Florida