Silvana Naguib teaches First Year Workshop for students enrolled in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. She is UCLA School of Law’s inaugural Public Interest Fellow. Immediately prior to coming to UCLA, she was a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where her practice focused on a range of issues at the intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems. She has represented hundreds of clients in civil commitment proceedings, forced medication litigation, and post-acquittal “not guilty by reason of insanity” proceedings. Most recently, she joined PDS’ Appellate Division and represented indigent clients in criminal cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Naguib earned her B.A. in Mathematics and English from Texas State University-San Marcos and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. After law school, Naguib was awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works (EJW) public interest fellowship to improve the conditions of confinement for mentally ill prisoners in Illinois.