Stacy Barrett

Attorney

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 Nolo.com, CriminalDefenseLawyer.com, Lawyers.com, AllLaw.com, and Avvo.com.

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

Damages in a Defamation Case
Figuring out how much your libel or slander claim might be worth at settlement or at trial.
How Long Do I Have to File a Defamation Lawsuit in California?
California's defamation statute of limitations sets a strict time limit on your right to have the state's civil court system consider your libel or slander lawsuit.
How Long Do I Have to File a Defamation Lawsuit in Texas?
The Texas defamation statute of limitations sets a strict time limit on your right to have the state's civil court system consider your libel or slander lawsuit.
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.
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.
Oklahoma Car Insurance Requirements and Laws
The minimum liability car insurance coverage requirements in Oklahoma, the role of insurance in a car accident claim, plus the penalties for driving without auto insurance in Oklahoma.
Maryland Car Insurance Requirements and Laws
How much car insurance do Maryland car owners need?
Can I Sue My Employer for Not Protecting Me From Coronavirus?
Learn about the obstacles—and potential ways around them—if you got COVID-19 because your employer didn’t take reasonable safety precautions to protect you from exposure to the coronavirus.
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.
Illinois Car Insurance Laws and Requirements
Get the details on minimum car insurance coverage requirements in Illinois under the state's "mandatory insurance law," plus other basics on auto insurance in Illinois.