The clients I see are often-times experiencing the first major crisis of their lives. Sometimes my clients are facing false allegations and need someone to uncover and give light to the truth, to show their innocence. Other times, my clients are in crisis because although they have been responsible, contributing members of society for many years, a temporary lapse in judgment has led to their first-time involvement in the criminal justice system.
Whatever the circumstance that has brought a client to me, I always listen and seek to understand the needs and priorities of each individual client. It's only through exploring and understanding an individual’s personal circumstances, that I can develop a plan to best serve the client’s needs.
McGeorge School of Law, JD - Juris Doctor with Distinction, 2008
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, BA - Bachelor of Arts - Magna Cum Laude, 2003
Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo, Board Member - Secretary, 2017 & Publicity Chair, 2016
San Luis County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section, Member, 2013 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member, 2008 - Present
McGeorge Public Legal Services Society (PLSS) Fundraiser Co-Chair, 2007 - 2008
McGeorge Public Legal Services Society (PLSS) President, 2006 - 2007
Attorney, Stein-Conaway Law Firm, 2017 - Present
Attorney, Stein, Casciola & Galambos, LLP, 2013 - 2016
Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, 2008 - 2013
Judicial Extern, Justice Kathleen M. Butz, CA Court of Appeal, Third District, 2007
Chief Comment Editor of McGeorge Law Review (Law Review Board), McGeorge School of Law, 2007 - 2008
Staff Writer for McGeorge Law Review, McGeorge School Of Law, 2006 - 2007
Order of the Coif, McGeorge School of Law, 2008
Traynor Honor Society, McGeorge School of Law, 2008
Dean's Honor List, McGeorge School of Law, 2008
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, McGeorge School of Law, 2008
Summer Corps Award Recipient, Equal Justice Works, 2007
President's Honor List, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, 2003
Dean's Honor List, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, 2003
SLO Bar Bulletin, 2016:
Meet WLA Scholarship Recipient Traci Kessler 2016
Selected for publication as part of Terrorism and Human Rights Book Edited by Martin Scheinin, 2013:
Female Refugees: Re-Victimized by the Material Support to Terrorism Bar
McGeorge Law Review, 2007:
Chapter 754: California's Response to Adoption Facilitator Fraud
McGeorge Law Review, 2007:
Comment: Female Refugees: Re-Victimized by the Material Support to Terrorism Bar
Women in the Law Panel, Law School & Practicing Law, 2017
MCLE, Annual Ethics Update, 2016
Cal Poly Law School Panel, Law School and Becoming a Lawyer, 2016
Presentation by Kara Stein-Conaway and Jeff Stein, What Family Law Lawyers Should Know About Criminal Law, 2014
Presentation by Kara Stein-Conaway & Jeff Stein, What College Students Should Know About Criminal Law, 2014
"The best in the Central Coast.
I am really thankful for finding Kara Stein-Conaway. Kara is one of the nicest ladies I have ever met. When I was looking for a criminal defense attorney, I didn't know who to go to, thankfully, I found Kara Stein-Conaway. Kara provides the best service in the central coast, she will invest every minute she has to provide the best service she can. I highly recommend her. If I could give Stein-Conaway a one million star rating I would do it without a second thought. I can't be any happier. Excellent service!"
"Excellent attorney, very knowledgeable, highly recommend.
I was arrested for a Drunk In Public (DIP), and was not hopeful that I had other options beyond pleading guilty. I contacted Kara for a brief consultation to discuss some of the details of my arrest with her. She immediately pointed out that DIPs can often be fought to have charges either lessened or dropped, and offered up a range possibilities that a more positive outcome might be achieved for me. Her foresight gave me hope, and I asked that she represent me for the remainder of my case.
Kara was willing to appear in court on my behalf and did so on all occasions, making my life a lot easier by not having to deal with the stress and hassle of traveling. Before each court appearance, she gave me a breakdown of what she would be discussing with the DA and what sorts of paperwork (if any) she would bring in / fill out / receive. After each court appearance, she immediately contacted me to give me an update of what had transpired.
Because of her proactiveness and knowledge of the field, she was able to have all charges against me dropped, all within a very short amount of time.
I could not have asked for either a better outcome or better legal representation. I was afraid that having any sort of involvement with police or criminal history would change how people saw me. Kara, however, was supportive and empathetic during the entire process, all while remaining diligent in fighting my case. I would highly, highly recommend Kara to anyone."
Enjoyed working with Kara, She is fair and honest and at the same time realizes the inadequacies of our legal system and both works within it and attempts to change it at the same time. I enjoyed working with her very much. She is also very fairly priced."
"The best attorney in San Luis Obispo County!!!
Last year in August 2014, I had an unfortunate situation happened to me in which an evil man put me in jail and took my daughter. Luckily, someone referred me to see Attorney Kara Stein. From the moment I walked in to her office, her staff members and other attorneys who were there, treated me very kindly. I was lost, crying, emotionally devastated and scared; but everyone in their office treated me so nice and took my fear a little bit away. When I first met Ms. Kara Stein-Conaway, I knew I was in the right Law Office because she made me feel important, like a human being and was very kind to me.
She went out of her way to help me and won my criminal case in court. She is an exceptionally talented attorney who is very compassionate and kind. Thanks to Ms. Kara I have my daughter back with me, my life back and a great new job. My life is beautiful now because she cared about my case and my future. SHE IS THE BEST ATTORNEY IN SLO COUNTY!!!!!!
I must also tell you that everyone in her office also cares a great deal about what happens to you. From the Secretaries to the Paralegals and attorneys, they all are AMAZING!!!
I will forever be thankful to Ms. Kara Stein-Conaway and her staff members.
May God Bless you always."
"Superb/best attorney on earth.
Ms.Kara handled my brother's case very well. I found her to be very efficient. She works well to achieve the best result for her client. She is very smart, kind, honest, helpful, and very responsive. My brother who was her client can only speak and understand a little english but Ms.Kara still managed to do everything she could and was patiently understanding to what my brother was trying to explain to her. She listens carefully to client's questions and comments and she responds very quickly and clearly. She's one in a million!!! I would highly recommend her to anyone. :-)"
"Literally got me out of jail.
Overall my experience with Kara was incredible. Not only was she persistent, and incredibly knowledgeable of the ins and outs of my situation, she was extremely focused. I was constantly kept in the loop on everything that was going on, and everything she took care of was well thought out, deliberate, and effective.
Her personal contacts also were instrumental to resolving my case, and they seemed to possess much of the same problem solving diligence as Kara. They made sure to understand my story (to a T), and what I wanted from them, and then carried that out until a solution was reached.
Overall, Kara is incredibly focused, and on top of what needs to get done. She wastes no time dilly-dallying, and will meet deadlines no matter what (even if she has the stomach flu while on vacation with her child).
Highly, highly recommend, my case was (thankfully) resolved."
"Kara stein-conaway is an excellent and very prepared criminal attorney. I'm very thankful I came across a very hard, dedicated criminal defender like her. These past 3 years, I had been having a very difficult time resolving my case, with bad experiences. I recommend her for any type of case, she's very honest and trustworthy. She won't let you down."
I was very pleased with my experience with Mrs Stein-Conaway. She was very upfront with my options in regards to my case and always gave me best case worse case scenarios. The fees I paid were well worth the time spent on my case. Mrs Stien-Conaway always provided great suggestions, she was in my corner all the way. I am so glad she was my attorney not theres !"
We were referred to Kara Stein-Conaway and so glad we were. We couldn't have been more satisfied with our experience with her. She was on the case immediately and always available for us with any questions and concerns. She's on top of the game and she came through for us big time. She's a intelligent and compassionate attorney and highly recommend her."
"Criminal defense choice.
I was referred to this office, Ms. Stein-Conway took my case, got the ball rolling right away. I made one court appearance, Kara handled the remainder. 90 days later, case resolved. This Lawyer and this Office is the choice for Criminal Defense Legal Representation."