Lindsey Burrows has called Portland, Oregon home for almost ten years, but she was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She attended the University of Nevada, where she obtained dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Women’s Studies. During this time, she also graduated from the National Education for Women’s Leadership program developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
Lindsey chose Lewis and Clark Law School and graduated cum laude with a certificate in Public Interest Law. During law school, she was a teacher’s assistant in research and writing, and she spent her first summer with the Oregon Law Center’s Indigenous Farmworker Program and the following two years as a law clerk at the Federal Public Defender’s Office, where she worked on cases ranging from federal habeas corpus to white collar criminal defense.
Following law school, Lindsey joined the Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS) as a deputy public defender. In her five years at OPDS, Lindsey represented hundreds of clients in direct appeals of their criminal convictions and in DNA-testing cases. She has argued and won cases in the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court and has obtained over 40 published opinions for her clients.
Lindsey has written articles and given presentations on a variety of topics related to criminal law. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC) and is a past co-chair of OJRC’s amicus project. She also mentors Lewis and Clark law students and volunteers with the Oregon State Bar’s Imprint Program, a reading program for high-school students.