Rachael Downey Glasoe


As a member of the Governmental Practice Group, Rachael focuses her practice on providing legal services to school districts, municipalities and public authorities.

Rachael has 16 years of experience in various county government roles, including in Pennsylvania and Texas. She has served in both District Attorney and Public Defender offices, including active participation on advisory boards and bar associations. She is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and Alfred University.

Practice Areas

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., Honors, Lawyering Skills II (trial advocacy) & Children's Advocacy Clinic, Spring 2004; Michael Mohr Scholarship for Intramural Sports, 2003-2004; Student Executive Editor, Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, 2003-2004
  • University of Houston Law Center, Visiting Student, Spring 2005 & Fall 2005
  • Alfred University, B.A., cum laude, National Merit Scholarship, Dean's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life, 2002
  • Pennsylvania
  • Served as Erie County Assistant Public Defender, 2020-2023
  • Served on Erie County's Criminal Justice Advisory Board
  • Served as Snyder County Chief Public Defender
  • Served on Snyder County's Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Re-Entry Coalition, Children's Roundtable, Family Engagement Initiative, and Treatment Court Team
  • Served as Northumberland County Assistant Public Defender
  • Served as Brazoria County, Texas Assistant District Attorney
  • Served as Caldwell County, Texas Assistant District Attorney

Community and Professional Service

  • Trauma Process Yoga Groups, Certified to Lead Levels One and Two
  • Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) Anti-Racism Network, Educator/Presenter, 2011-2015

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association, Member, and AKT 5k Committee Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Firm's Annual Municipal Law Symposium, 2024: "Tell It To the Judge" panelist; and Municipal Law Roundtable panelist