Christina M. Dieckmann
Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Christina grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. The daughter of a litigator, she was found one day at the age of two walking around the house carrying her mother’s briefcase. When asked what she was doing, she replied, “going to court.” After this incident, it was only a matter of time before Christina ended up in law school.
Before law school, Christina graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. After college, she moved to Lake Tahoe, California, where she spent three winters as a ski patroller in the mountains and three summers as a dockhand on the lake.
Christina then moved back to New York to attend Columbia Law School, where she was an active member of the public interest legal community. She represented tenants in New York City Housing Court in actions to compel their landlords to make necessary repairs, taught constitutional law to high school students, worked on land preservation cases with the Environmental Law Clinic, and interned at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. She was also a Managing Editor of the Human Rights Law Review, a three-year member of the Community Grants committee for the Public Interest Law Foundation, and a Stone Scholar.
During her second summer, Christina interned at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The highlights of her work that summer included her work on a motion for new trial for a client who had recently been convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death, and her research for a motion to prevent prosecutors from using clients’ taped jail conversations as substantive evidence at trial. That summer experience cemented her desire to become a public defender, and Christina is thrilled to now be working for BDS.