Healing & Humanity

Maddie Flood is a young Black lawyer working to end mass incarceration. This is her story.





Meet Maddie


Maddie Flood, California ChangeLawyers Fellow®, holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and a B.A. in Politics and African American Studies from the University of San Francisco. Maddie joined UnCommon Law in 2020. Prior to joining UnCommon Law, Maddie practiced public benefits law at Homeless Action Center. During law school Maddie was a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar. She served on the board of the Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project, supporting incarcerated women who were going through the dependency process. She was also a board member of the Black Law Students Association and served as a law student liaison to the Washington Supreme Court’s Minority and Justice Commission. Through the Race and Justice Clinic, Maddie supported clients in their post-conviction relief efforts and held workshops in institutions for incarcerated youth. Maddie interned with the Institutions Project at Columbia Legal Services and the Re-Entry and Youth Justice Units at Bay Area Legal Aid. Prior to law school, Maddie worked as the Development Manager at Rockwood Leadership Institute and served as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow for Nancy Skinner in the California State Assembly. She was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2019.