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 the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She earned several academic awards from both institutions, including scholarships for academic achievement.

Legal career. Stacy began working as 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

2022’s Roe v. Wade Decision: What the Dobbs Case Means for Abortion in the U.S.
The Supreme Court has ended the constitutional right to an abortion. The procedure is now likely to be banned or heavily restricted in nearly half of the states.
Same-Sex Marriage Now the Law of the Land
June 26, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.
I disagree with the police report that was written up after my car accident. What can I do?
Find out what you can do if you disagree with or would like to dispute the car accident police report the police officer prepared after your car accident.
I Was Injured While Riding in an Uber or Lyft Vehicle
If you get hurt as a ride share passenger, your injuries will likely be covered by insurance, but whose policy applies?
Liability and Compensation for Rear-End Accidents
Fault is usually, but not always, easy to place following a rear-end car collision.
When to Represent Yourself in a Car Accident Claim
Self-representation always comes with risks, but there are a few situations in which it might be relatively safe to handle your car accident claim yourself.
PTSD After a Serious Car Accident
Drivers and passengers involved in serious car accidents have been known to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the crash. Here's how that kind of diagnosis affects a car accident claim.
What to Do After a Car Accident
After a car accident, it's important to protect your rights while providing assistance to others.
Sample Demand Letter—Car Accident with Serious Injury
Here is an example of what a demand letter might look like in a car accident claim where the crash resulted in serious injury.
Should I Wait Until I Reach MMI Before Accepting a Car Accident Settlement Offer?
It's never a good idea to settle your car accident claim until you've finished treating, or you at least have a well-defined understanding of the extent of your injuries and the future care you'll require.