Chelsea Cook is a Stanford Law Fellow in the Criminal Justice Division specializing in litigation. She hopes to empower those who have been forced into the criminal legal system, using litigation and advocacy to address systemic issues relating to prison conditions, police brutality, and over-criminalization.
A native Southerner, Chelsea grew up in Memphis, TN and received her B.A. in Public Policy and Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working in North Carolina’s food industry for several years, Chelsea went to law school to gain tools to better address the disparities she saw in her community. In 2017, she earned her J.D. from Stanford Law. During her first summer, Chelsea interned with the Farmworker Rights Division of the Georgia Legal Services Program, where she worked on class action law suits relating to labor and wage disputes, immigration, and civil rights violations. For much of the remainder of her time in school, Chelsea worked as a certified law student with the Community Law Clinic in East Palo Alto, CA, representing clients in social security hearings, criminal record expungement proceedings, and labor and housing disputes. Chelsea is passionate about civil rights and social justice and is dedicated to supporting activists and freedom movements across the South.