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 UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings). She earned several academic awards from both institutions, including scholarships for academic achievement.

Legal career. Stacy began working as a 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

Collecting Injury Compensation Beyond Insurance Policy Limits
It's not easy, but you can sometimes collect personal injury damages beyond the limits of the at-fault party's insurance coverage.
How Long Will My 3M Earplugs Lawsuit Take?
It's never easy to predict when a lawsuit over faulty 3M combat earplugs will settle or go to trial, but here are some guidelines.
How Much Is Your Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Worth?
A look at the legal basis for Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits and the concept of "damages."
What is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?
Learn about the four different ways the "statute of limitations" might come into play in a medical malpractice case.
Lawyers' Fees in Your Personal Injury Case
Personal injury lawyers usually work on a "contingency fee" basis, which is dependent on a favorable outcome for the client.
Your Right to a Speedy Trial
Federal and state constitutions, plus laws passed by Congress and the states, guarantee a speedy trial. Depending on the circumstances, defendants whose rights have been ignored might be entitled to a dismissal of the charges.
Should I Plead Guilty at Arraignment?
Many reasons exist for a defendant to plead not guilty at the arraignment. At such an early stage of the prosecution, the defendant faces many unknowns.
Released on Your Own Recognizance: Out of Jail Without Bail
Defendants who are released pretrial on their own recognizance sign an agreement promising to return to court as required—without having to pay bail as a guarantee.
Who Pays in a Hit and Run Accident?
From vehicle damage to serious injuries and "pain and suffering," losses from a hit and run accident can add up, but figuring out who'll pay for them isn't usually easy.
Medical Malpractice During Childbirth: A Legal Overview
If a health care provider's negligence causes injury to a newborn or mother, there could be medical malpractice liability.