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

A Negligent Dog Owner's Liability
If a dog hurts someone because its owner didn’t take reasonable care to control the animal, the owner could be legally responsible for the injury.
Missouri Dog Bite Laws
If you're on either side of a dog bite clai
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.
Is It a Crime to Intentionally Get Someone Sick?
A person whose intentional or reckless behavior spreads an infectious disease, such as HIV, SARS, or COVID-19, could face criminal charges.
Is Your Personal Injury Settlement Taxable?
When Uncle Sam might be able to get his hands on part of your injury settlement.
How to Write a Car Accident Claim Notification Letter
Use this letter as a model when informing insurers and other parties about your intent to make a car accident claim.
Defamation Law Made Simple
Learn the basics of slander and libel—the rules about who can say what without getting into legal hot water.
Arbitration of Car Accident Claims
Learn the basics of taking a car accident claim to arbitration, plus the advantages and disadvantages of the process.
Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Laws
States can’t keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions.
Evidence to Collect After a Car Accident
Getting your hands on the right documentation can be crucial to your car accident case. This checklist can help.