Donald Specter

Executive Director, Prison Law Office

Donald Specter is the Executive Director of the Prison Law Office at San Quentin, California. The Prison Law Office is a nonprofit law firm based in Berkeley, California that provides free legal services to California incarcerated offenders concerning their conditions of confinement. Mr. Specter has been lead counsel in numerous successful institutional reform cases challenging various conditions of confinement in California=s adult and juvenile prison systems. He has been chair of the California State Bar=s Commission on Corrections, was named Appellate Lawyer of the Week by the National Law Journal for his work in Brown v. Plata, 531 U.S. ___ (2011), has received the California Lawyers of the Year Award in 2006 and 2009 and was selected three times as one of the top 100 lawyers in California. Mr. Specter earned his B.A. in Economics from New College in Sarasota, Florida in 1974 and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1978.

The Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues. The people listed as Experts have spoken or otherwise participated in Federalist Society events, publications, or multimedia presentations. A person's appearance on this list does not imply any other endorsement or relationship between the person and the Federalist Society. All expressions of opinion by an expert are those of the expert.

Publications and Multimedia
Prisoner Releases and the Role of the Courts - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 11, 2011