Randy McDonald is the Director of the Post-Conviction Clinic at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He graduated in 2014 from the Harvard Law School.
After law school, Randy clerked for Chief Justice Scott Bales on the Arizona Supreme Court. He then went on to Osborn Maledon, where he was mentored by Justice Project founder Larry Hammond. He has most recently worked at Perkins Coie. During his time in private practice, he specialized in complex commercial litigation, but he also developed a sizable pro bono practice representing indigent criminal defendants on direct appeal, in post-conviction proceedings, and in civil rights claims. He has argued a number of cases in state and federal courts of appeal, including Chaparro v. Shinn, in which the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously held that a Justice Project client was entitled to parole eligibility in spite of Arizona’s purported abolition of parole in 1994.
In his free time Randy enjoys running half marathons, eating tacos, and watching baseball, though not necessarily in that order.