Steffanie Garrett (1991)

United Nations Legal Officer


Steffanie is currently working for the City of Chicago Department of Law as Deputy Corporation Counsel, Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division. Before her current position, she worked as a United Nations Legal Officer in the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges, a hybrid tribunal set up by the United Nations to try senior members of the Khmer Rouge and those most responsible for crimes committed between 1975 and 1979. Steffanie worked with a team of legal officers, investigators and analysts to collect and evaluate evidence to determine whether cases will proceed to trial. She is accredited as an investigator by the Kingdom of Cambodia's Ministry of Justice. 

Before working for the United Nations, Steffanie worked as a litigation partner and deputy practice group leader for Holland & Knight LLP in Chicago from 1997-2015. While she also did general corporate work, her areas of focus were fraud, corporate investigations and responding to government investigations. Before her work with Holland & Knight, Steffanie worked for Cook Country State’s Attorney Office, Criminal Trial Division. She handled appeals, preliminary hearings, grand juries, felony review and misdemeanor and felony bench and jury trials.

Steffanie also did pro-bono work which included representing people seeking asylum in the US based on political persecution in their home countries. She helped those seeking to obtain civil orders of protection in domestic violence cases and she assisted minors seeking judicial bypass of parental notification requirements. In 2016, Steffanie started a term as trustee on Smith College Board of Trustees where she had originally served as a board member of the Alumnae Association.

While at William & Mary, Steffanie worked as Editor-in-Chief of The Advocate (the law school newspaper). In addition to being the Student Bar Association Secretary, Steffanie was a National Finalist of the ABA Moot Court Team. She also acted as the Vice President of Phi Delta Phi and was active in the Public Service Fund. Steffanie graduated in 1991 and is a licensed attorney in Illinois.

"I've always loved William & Mary's focus on the Citizen-Lawyer, and am thrilled to see this focus continue to expand globally with the law school's post-conflict justice programs."