A Kansas City, Missouri native, Heidi Wolff-Stanton, J.D. received her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. Ms. Wolff-Stanton then moved to Lawrence, Kansas to continue her education at The University of Kansas School of Law, obtaining her Juris Doctorate degree and an Advocacy Skills Certificate. Due to her own low-income upbringing, Ms. Wolff-Stanton entered into law school with a passion for supporting marginalized and discriminated communities, which led to her continuous commitment to advocating for human rights in the legal profession.
During law school, Ms. Wolff-Stanton advocated for LGBTQ+ students and allies as the the Vice President of OUTLaws & Allies. She was a student intern for the Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies Clinic in law school, where she provided free legal services to incarcerated individuals who otherwise would not receive representation. Ms. Wolff-Stanton also worked as a law clerk for two different criminal defense law firms during her law school career. During her last semester of law school, Ms. Wolff-Stanton moved to Washington D.C. and interned at Equal Justice Under Law, a nonprofit organization devoted to reforming the criminal justice system through class action civil litigation by challenging money bail, pre-trial fees, costly expungements, and ordinances against low-income housing. At law school graduation, Ms. Wolff-Stanton obtained Pro Bono Distinction, recognizing her time spent completing pro bono services during her law school career.