Lauren E. Calef

Public Defender

Lauren is a graduate of Marquette Senior High School returning to the Upper Peninsula to serve as an Assistant Public Defender on the misdemeanor docket.

Lauren obtained her J.D. from Drake University Law School graduating with high honors. While obtaining her legal training, Lauren gained experience in criminal defense and oral advocacy. She was captain of the winning 2019-2020 National Moot Court Team, was selected to be a member of the Order of the Barristers, clerked for a criminal defense firm, and served indigent clients through the criminal defense clinic where she successfully represented clients facing misdemeanor charges from arraignment to jury trial.

In addition to her oral advocacy activities Lauren was a Junior Staffer on the Drake Law Review and served as a research assistant to Professor Robert Rigg working on the Iowa Criminal Sentencing Chart and Iowa Criminal Practice Series.

Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Lauren worked in direct client services through several non-profits where she gained a passion for advocating for clients. Her passion for people and assisting them as they navigate various government systems developed during her time at Missouri State University where Lauren received a B.S. in Socio-Political Communications and an M.S. in Child and Family Development with a graduate certificate in Forensic Child Psychology.