Cristal Harris is a Butler Koshland Fellow working closely with James Bell on the BI’s Well-Being work and research. Cristal had dedicated herself to learning and studying how race, class, gender and sexuality impact the law.
She received her Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles in African American Studies. Then, her Juris Doctorate from University of San Francisco School of Law where she published, “Dark Innocence: Equipping California Police Officers with Mindfulness Practices to Aid in Squelching Police Bias” in the USF Law Review Journal.
Cristal participated in the Racial Justice Clinic at USF, advocating for her clients pre-trial release from jail. Then she represented clients during her time with the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program with mentorship from Professor Sharon A. Meadows and support from the San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office.
Cristal volunteers supporting the Council for Legal Education Opportunity Program (CLEO) advising pre-law students on how to best position themselves for legal education. Cristal is driven by her passion for equity in the justice system and is honored to work at The Burns Institute.