Kendall Turner


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Kendall Turner focuses her practice on appellate matters in federal and state courts. She has presented oral argument in the US Supreme Court and various federal courts of appeals, and she has examined and cross-examined witnesses during a multi-week trial before a federal agency. Kendall represents clients throughout the various stages of litigation, including during pre-litigation strategy, motions practice, trial, and appeal, with a focus on cases raising constitutional claims.

Kendall also maintains an active pro bono practice. She has helped litigate several reproductive rights cases and several cases on behalf of criminal defendants seeking to contest their convictions, sentences, and conditions of confinement.


Honors & Awards

  • Forbes 30 Under 30: Law & Policy (2016)


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, Second, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • US District Court, Central District of California and District of Columbia


  • Stanford University, J.D., 2013
  • Princeton University, B.A., 2007

Professional Activities


  • Co-Author, “Second Circuit Expands Scope of Insider-Trading Liability,” Bloomberg Law (February 2020)
  • Co-Author, “Next Steps in the Federal Judiciary's #MeToo Moment,” National Law Journal (January 2018)
  • Author, “A New Approach to the Teague Doctrine,” 66 Stan. L. Rev. 1159 (2014)
  • Co-Author, “The Retroactivity of Padilla After Chaidez v. United States,” The Champion (2013)
  • Author, “The Scope of Compliance Proceedings Under the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding: What Are ‘Measures Taken to Comply’?,” 12 Asper R. Int’l Bus. & Trade L. 170 (2013)
  • Author, “Dahlia v. Rodriguez: A Chance to Overturn Dangerous Precedent,” Stan. L. Rev. Online (2012)


  • Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, US Supreme Court
  • Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland, US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit


  • Founder and Board Member, Law Clerks for Workplace Accountability
  • Member, Law Clerk Advisory Group, DC Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Panelist, “The Story of #MeToo in the Courthouse from the Perspective of Law Clerks,” Columbia Law School (February 2020)
  • Panelist, “Supreme Court 101,” Home Is Here Conference (October 2019)
  • Panelist, “Maintaining an Exemplary Workplace,” Judges’ Conference (April 2019)
  • Panelist, “Sexual Misconduct in the Legal Profession,” Georgetown Law School (April 2019)
  • Panelist, “Judicial Workplace Conduct Reform,” Yale Law School (March 2019)
  • Panelist, “Regulation in Courts: Previewing the Year Ahead in the Supreme Court and Circuits,” Hoover Institution (September 2018) 
  • Panelist, “#MeToo in the Legal Profession,” 2018 Annual Conference, South Asian Bar Association (July 2018)
  • Panelist, “The Year Ahead: Regulation in the Supreme Court and the Circuits,” Hoover Institution (September 2017)
  • Panelist, “Women's Talk Story Event,” (January 2017)