Stephanie Lucero grew up in a small town in Louisiana. She believes in southern hospitality, which means always offering guests a glass of sweet tea and addressing elders as sir and ma’am. She says “y’all” a lot too. Stephanie has spent the last 19 years in New Mexico and Arizona and now considers the Desert Southwest her true home.
Prior to pursuing law, Stephanie worked for many years as a laboratory scientist and an information systems consultant. Having a scientific background has proven useful in the legal field, especially in DUI and drug cases. Stephanie understands toxicology procedures and knows the tough questions to ask the State’s expert witness on cross examination.
Stephanie is a big fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a self-proclaimed “puzzle nerd.” In her spare time, she loves doing all types of puzzles. She also enjoys painting and paddle boarding. Stephanie likes to travel abroad, sampling a variety of local cuisines, but she’s equally happy just hanging out at home with her husband, daughter, and three rescue puppers.
Stephanie graduated magna cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. She served on the Board of Governors of the Student Bar Association and upon graduation, earned recognition for performing over 50 hours of pro bono service to clients through the Minnesota Justice Foundation. Stephanie wanted a well-rounded legal education, so she pursued a variety of subjects. In addition to the basics, such as Contracts, Torts, and Civil Procedure, she took an assortment of elective courses, including Pharmaceutical Law, Foodborne Illness Litigation, Elder Law, and even Intellectual Property for Independent Film Production.
But Stephanie also realized early on that she loved criminal law the most. In addition to the basic Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy courses, Stephanie also took Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure, Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy, Wrongful Convictions seminar, and Expert Witness Trial Advocacy. Stephanie worked as an intern at the state public defender’s office in New Mexico, where she won her first criminal appellate case.
During her last semester of law school, Stephanie enrolled in a criminal law residency course and worked as a certified student attorney at a county public defender’s office in Arizona. It was here that Stephanie first realized that taking a holistic approach with her clients often reaped greater benefits for them. In one case, Stephanie successfully negotiated the dismissal of multiple domestic violence charges against a client. Instead of being “put in the system” and having a criminal record, Stephanie’s client was allowed to participate in frequent counseling sessions to address unresolved past trauma that contributed to the client’s criminal behavior.
Stephanie also learned a lot about herself during her criminal law residency. She realized that many of her clients were struggling with personal issues that she herself has struggled through in the past. Stephanie found it very easy to relate to her clients. Occasionally, Stephanie shared examples of her own past struggles if she felt it might give her clients some hope that everything was going to be okay.