Deborah Moss-West

Deborah Moss-West

Executive Director, Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center

Deborah Moss-West was appointed Executive Director at the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center in 2016. The Law Center has a two-fold mission: to train law students to be social justice advocates and to serve the legal needs of the low-income community.  Law students work under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty to provide free legal services in the areas of consumer protection, worker’s rights, immigration, and human trafficking. Ms. Moss-West is also a lecturer for the Law School and Undergraduate University teaching public interest and social justice courses.

Ms. Moss-West most recently served as Director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara Law. During her tenure at the Center she expanded the law school’s pro bono programs, launched the Marshall-Brennan initiative (and other pipeline programs), pioneered (with Stephanie Wildman) an undergraduate law and social justice class and pathway, and has been integral to building the Center and its reputation in the lawyering community. Prior to joining Santa Clara Law, she was Deputy Director at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), a clinical program of Berkeley Law. During her career, Ms. Moss-West held various positions at Allstate Insurance Company and AT&T in the areas of Human Resources, Civil Litigation, and Contracting.

Ms. Moss-West is passionate about bringing resources to underserved communities both through her work at Santa Clara and with other non-profit groups and boards. She has provided non-profit and small business consulting services and organizes community events and legal education forums. Ms. Moss-West was selected as a participant in the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training’s (GIFT) distinguished Training-for-Trainers. GIFT teaches fundraising skills to non-profit organizations from a political framework that underscores the role that the community plays in building strong organizations and a strong social justice movement. The Legal Aid Association of California appointed Ms. Moss-West to the State Bar of California’s Commission on Access to Justice where she serves on the Executive Committee. 


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

B.A., Social Science, San Jose State University

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Currently Teaching

Law and Social Justice Seminar Spring 2020