Associate Counsel/Skadden Legal Fellow
Veryl Pow is a 2017 Skadden Fellow and Associate Counsel with the Criminal Justice Project. His two-year fellowship incorporates multiple modes of advocacy and strategic collaboration to challenge indigent incarceration in Baltimore, Maryland. His work includes the direct representation of low-income debtors sued by bail bond companies in debt collection actions, and of individuals unable to pay traffic fines and fees. Together with other local advocates, he will also use impact litigation and policy interventions to end money bail in the criminal justice system in Maryland.
Veryl earned his J.D. at UCLA School of Law in 2017. As a law student, he interned at A New Way of Life Reentry Project, where he worked to challenge driver’s license suspensions as a mechanism to collect traffic court debt in South Los Angeles. In challenging suspensions, he participated in the publication of a policy report, Stopped, Fined, Arrested: Racial Bias in Policing and Traffic Courts in California, and the filing of litigation, Mata Alvarado et al v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Veryl spent his 1L and 2L summers interning at the Orleans Public Defenders and Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP respectively.
At UCLA Law, Veryl served as an articles editor of UCLA Law Review, a research assistant for Noah Zatz, and as a co-chair of the Reentry Legal Clinic, Criminal Justice Society, and student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He actively engages in Critical Race and rebellious lawyering scholarship, and his debut article published by UCLA Law Review, Rebellious Social Movement Lawyering Against Traffic Court Debt, is an intervention in both fields of theory.
Prior to law school, Veryl worked in education and coached high school boys’ basketball in Seattle. Veryl earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Washington.