Stacy Barrett


Stacy Barrett started writing articles for Nolo as a freelancer in 2019. She became a full-time Legal Editor in 2021. Her articles appear on sites including,,,, and

Education. Stacy has a B.A. from Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with highest honors, and a J.D. from UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings). She earned several academic awards from both institutions, including scholarships for academic achievement.

Legal career. Stacy began working as a criminal defense attorney in 2006. Her first job was with the Napa County Public Defender. She represented clients accused of misdemeanors and felonies. She also represented parents in civil contempt proceedings and patients facing involuntary civil commitments in state hospitals. In 2016, Stacy continued her work as a trial attorney at a private law firm. A few of Stacy's victories in trial court received national and international media coverage.

Other pursuits. Prior to her legal career, Stacy wrote feature articles for a small-town newspaper and copy pages for a national magazine in New York City. During law school she taught Street Law to middle school students receiving residential treatment in San Francisco. In 2019, she co-founded a program to support formerly incarcerated students in community college.

Why Nolo? Stacy's work as a deputy public defender, commitment to equity in education, and writing background led her to Nolo in 2019. She believes in Nolo's mission to provide all people, regardless of income level, the information they need to make important legal decisions.

Articles By Stacy Barrett

Who Is Liable in a Self-Driving Car Crash?
As self-driving cars move out of science fiction and onto the nation's streets and highways, what happens when you're involved in an accident with a driverless vehicle?
Astroworld: Concert Injury Lawsuits
Learn about lawsuits over the Astroworld tragedy and who’s legally responsible when concerts and other crowded events turn deadly.
Legal Guide to Gender-Affirming Care
Anti-trans developments in states like Texas are shining a light on the legal rules around access to gender-affirming health care.
Motorcycle Accidents: Common Causes
Learn about five of the most common causes of motorcycles accidents.
Missouri Car Insurance Requirements and Laws
Everything Missouri vehicle owners and drivers need to know about the state's car insurance rules, including minimum coverage requirements.
Amusement Park Injury and Death Lawsuits
Amusement park rides injure thousands of people each year. Learn about safety regulations and lawsuits related to theme park accidents.
How Witness Credibility Affects a Car Accident Claim
Having the right witness—and making sure he or she is credible—can make or break your car accident claim.
How to Win a 'He Said, She Said' Car Accident Case
How to build your best car accident case when it's your word against the other driver's.
Statutes of Limitations: Is It Too Late to Sue?
Filing a lawsuit on time is critical. Check out our FAQ for information on timing issues related to suing and being sued.
Defamation Law Made Simple
Learn the basics of slander and libel—the rules about who can say what without getting into legal hot water.