Magdalene Zier

Summer Associate


  • A.B., Harvard College
    summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognition

  • History Editor, Standford Law Review
  • Development Editor, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Stanford Legal History Paper Prize, Stanford Law School
  • John Hart Ely Prize, Stanford Law School
  • Hilmer Oelhmann Jr. Award Recipient, Stanford Law School
  • Knight-Hennessy Scholar, Stanford Law School
  • John Harvard Scholar, Harvard College

Magdalene Zier is a summer associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and a third-year student at Stanford Law School, where she is concurrently pursuing a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. She is returning for her second summer at Kaplan Hecker & Fink. 

At Stanford Law, Magdalene has served as the history editor of the Stanford Law Review, a development editor of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, a Public Interest Mentor, and a member of Outlaw. She is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, the winner of the Stanford Legal History Paper Prize, a four-time recipient of the John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance in a Paper Class, and the recipient the Hilmer Oelhmann Jr. Award for Outstanding Performance in Federal Litigation. Magdalene has also interned for the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program.

Magdalene’s scholarship has been published in the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, and the Washington Post, and includes:

  • Crimes of Omission: State Action Doctrine and Anti-Lynching Legislation in the Jim Crow Era, Note, 73 STAN. L. REV. 777 (2021).
  • “Champion Man-Hater of All Time”: Feminism, Insanity, and Property Rights in 1940s America, 28 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 75 (2021).

Prior to law school, Magdalene worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Following graduation from Stanford Law, Magdalene will serve as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Magdalene received her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College where she was Phi Beta Kappa and a John Harvard Scholar.