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Simmie Baer (Englewood, CO)
Simmie Baer is a nationally renowned juvenile defender who was the litigation director of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago and served as attorney-supervisor of the Juvenile Division of The Defender Association in Seattle for 16 years. She is a founder of Teamchild, a national model for educational and juvenile justice advocacy with offices in five counties in Washington. She is also a board member of the Public Defender Trial Advocacy Program of the National Defender Training Project. Baer's passionate advocacy as a juvenile defender has earned her several awards, including the Livingston Hall Award of the American Bar Association (1995), the Paul Robeson Peace and Justice Award from Mothers for Police Accountability, and the William O. Douglas Award of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2002).
Marty Bugbee (Grosse Pointe, MI)
Marty Bugbee is the President of Infrarisk Assessments, LLC, a full service professional investigations firm located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Marty served as a Task Force Commander with the Michigan State Police and as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). Marty has extensive experience developing complex collaborative investigative efforts in the areas of white-collar crime and fraud investigations. He also developed and coordinated the delivery of multiple courses in advance investigative techniques and anti-terrorism and intelligence programs. As an AFOSI Agent, Marty served on several battle staff groups, advising the commander on terrorism and security issues, in support of national defense operations. Marty has extensive experience in case preparation and supervision and has overseen the prosecution of many high profile criminal cases. Moreover, he has developed a wide network of professional counterparts in local, state, Federal, and private sector investigations. Marty was also a lead member of the anti-terrorism planning efforts in support of such events as Superbowl XL 2006, MLB All-Star Game 2005 and MLB World Series 2006, and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four 2009. Marty brings his vast knowledge of investigative techniques and his unique skill sets to Infrarisk Assessments, offering cutting edge investigations, intelligence services, and training to help address any personal or corporate need for information to help decision makers arrive at sound decisions to protect their resources and assets.
Jay Clark (Cincinnati, OH)
Jay Clark has been representing the criminally accused in State and Federal courts for over 15 years in Southern Ohio. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he graduated from The Seven Hills School in 1981. He attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where he received a B.A. in Business Management and B.S. in Economics, in 1985. In 1989 he graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. Jay Clark is a 1996 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and Advanced Cross Examination Program, in Macon, Georgia. As a skilled, experienced, and aggressive trial lawyer he is actively involved in national, state, and local organizations with the common mission of providing zealous and effective representation to those accused of crime. Jay Clark is on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he has served as Co-chair of the Strike Force since 1998. He is also currently the Chairman of the CLE Committee. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he is Vice-Chair of the Forensic Committee. He is a Past President and Board member of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Jay Clark is a frequent lecturer on numerous subjects including cross examination, using public records in criminal cases, ethics and professionalism, defending cases where there is a confession, preparing to cross the police officer, and using Power Point in defense of the accused. Since 2001, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he teaches Forensic Science and Criminal Pre-Trial Investigation.
Dr. Stephen R. Guertin, M.D. (Lansing, MI)
Stephen R. Guertin, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, and has been the physician member of the Child Safety Program (child abuse evaluation team) at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan since 1983. He is responsible for teaching child abuse diagnosis and treatment to rotating medical students and residents. He has also participated in helping to train local SANE nurses. Each year he sees approximately 200 children who are referred from a five county area in the State of Michigan for suspected abuse. Over 90% of those referrals are because of suspected sexual abuse. In addition, he is the consultant for inpatient cases of suspected physical abuse and/or neglect. Related to that clinical practice, Dr. Guertin is qualified as an expert and gives testimony in court one to two times a month; at least half of the time in the prosecution of people suspected of having abused children. He has also testified in Federal Court related to abuse which occurred on a Wisconsin Indian Reservation. Dr. Guertin has twice been qualified as an expert on sexual abuse in Canada. And he has also testified as an expert on child abuse in Military Court (Fort Lewis, Washington). In the State of Michigan, Dr. Guertin has presented at a state-wide conference which was sponsored by the Michigan State Police, in educating State Police in the areas of both physical and sexual abuse. In addition, Dr. Guertin worked for the State of Michigan’s Children’s Ombudsman on an ad hoc basis, evaluating difficult cases of suspected child abuse. He has also worked locally with Child Abuse Prevention Services. In association with that work, he received the Child Abuse Prevention Services “Service to Children” award in 1993. He is now a consultant for the regional “Angel House” forensic center/children’s shelter. Dr. Guertin’s primary duties at Sparrow Hospital are as Medical Director of the Sparrow Regional Children’s Center, Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and as physician member of the Child Safety Program. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.
Richard Kammen (Indianapolis, IN)
Richard Kammen is a practicing criminal defense lawyer with his office in Indianapolis, Indiana. He concentrates his practice in white-collar defense, complex crimes, health care issues as well as death penalty defense. He is a member of the law firm of Gilroy, Kammen & Hill. He graduated from Ripon College cum laude in 1968 and New York University School of Law in 1971. Admitted to the Bar in 1971, he began his practice after service in the United States Army. During his professional career, Mr. Kammen has served as a public defender in the Marion County Courts on two occasions, 1972-1974 and 1978-1979. He presently maintains an active criminal defense practice in both the state and federal courts, acting as both retained and appointed counsel. He has represented clients charged with offenses ranging in seriousness from felony drunk driving to Racketeering and Capital Murder. Mr. Kammen has defended many homicide cases including death penalty cases in both State and Federal courts. Mr. Kammen has been trial counsel on six State death penalty cases, including State of Indiana v. Charles Smith, a retrial of a reversed death penalty conviction in which the defendant was found not guilty. He has been appointed by United States District Judges to represent capitally charged defendants throughout the United States including such cases as United States v. Raymond Cheely (Government's request for death penalty dismissed as improper) United States v. Reginald Brown (Government's request for death penalty and underlying Murder charges dismissed because the defendant is innocent) and United States v. Joe Minerd, in which the defendant, convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend and her three year old with a bomb received a life sentence. His is currently “learned counsel” in United States v. Donnell Young, which is the oldest pending Federal capital case in the United States. A frequent speaker and lecturer on criminal defense issues, Mr. Kammen has spoken in almost every state and federal circuits. He has been a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College since 1982 and the Trial Lawyers College since 2001. Mr. Kammen is the recipient of the Pro Bono Award given by the Indiana Bar Association.
Robin Lemonidis (Melbourne, FL)
Robin Lemonidis is a former prosecutor who has been defending citizens accused of the entire spectrum of offenses, from DUI to sex crimes to first degree murder, since 1993. She is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law, which is the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar concerning the competency and education of lawyers in specific areas approved by the Supreme Court of Florida. Board Certified lawyers are members of the Florida Bar who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill and proficiency in their areas of practice. Only a Board Certified lawyer is permitted to call herself a “specialist” in the area for which she is certified, and Robin Lemonidis is truly a “specialist” in Criminal Trial Law, as she handles no other type of legal matters. Mrs. Lemonidis began her legal career in 1987, after graduating with Honors from the University of Florida College of Law. She worked for a large firm in Ft. Lauderdale for her first year, and then moved to Melbourne, Florida and began working as a prosecutor for the Brevard County State Attorney’s office in 1988. She honed her trial skills there, first as a misdemeanor attorney, handling hundreds of DUI cases, as well as domestic violence, possession of marijuana and assorted misdemeanor cases. After moving to the felony division, she was a very active trial attorney, who tried everything from first and second degree murder, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, burglary, robbery, aggravated battery, possession of cocaine, controlled substances, and even worthless check cases. She spent her fifth year at the State in the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes special prosecution division. Once again, she was active in trying capital sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation cases and other sex offenses. In 1992, Mrs. Lemonidis was awarded the “Pride in Excellence” award by the State Attorney, Norman Wolfinger. Robin Lemonidis established her criminal defense practice in 1993, and has been defending citizens accused of difficult and often sensitive matters ever since. Since 1996, she has tried four murder cases, and three of those clients were found “not guilty” of all charges. Two of those “not guilty” clients were accused of first degree murder, involving the death of an infant in one, and a 13 month old child in another. The third was accused of second degree murder, in a drug related shooting.
Craig Mastantuono (Milwaukee, WI)
Using a strategic and imaginative approach to defending people and achieving positive outcomes for his clients, Attorney Mastantuono is well recognized and respected in Wisconsin as an aggressive trial lawyer and effective negotiator. He practices law statewide, focusing on representation of people accused of crime in criminal cases and investigations, in addition to crisis management and white-collar compliance. He has been included in the criminal defense attorney category in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers Publication every year from 2005 through 2012, and was voted Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Shepherd Express 2012 Reader’s Poll, in addition to being named in Milwaukee Magazine’s Top Lawyers cover story in 2003. The Wisconsin Law Journal named him a Leader in the Law in 2008 for his successful constitutional challenge of Wisconsin’s Carrying Concealed Weapons law, and for his defense of a 10-year-old boy in a high profile Milwaukee homicide case. Before entering private practice, he specialized in defending drug prosecutions for the Waukesha County Trial Division of the State Public Defender. In addition to his extensive trial work in State and Federal Courts, Attorney Mastantuono has appeared before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and the Federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Outside the courtroom, Attorney Mastantuono has received recognition from the Milwaukee Business Journal, which profiled him as a dynamic young business leader in its 2005 40 Under Forty edition. He is a frequent expert legal commentator for TV Ch. 12 WISN/ABC News Milwaukee, and an often-quoted source and contributor to the Wisconsin Law Journal. He is also an appointed Milwaukee County Circuit Court Commissioner for Branch 18, and a Mayoral appointee to the Milwaukee Harbor Commission. Attorney Mastantuono received his law degree from DePaul University of Chicago, and his undergraduate degree in business administration cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago.
Norman Pattis (Bethany, CT)
Norman A. Pattis is one of Connecticut's best known and passionate criminal defense lawyers and civil rights attorneys. Notable civil rights included Kevin King v. Mark Verdone, et al., in which he obtained a judgment of more than $2 million for a prisoner beaten during an escape attempt; Peterson, et al. v. City of Hartford, in which nine white and Hispanic firefighters won a reverse discrimination verdict against the city's fire department; Broadnax v. New Haven, in which he won a $1.5 million verdict on behalf of a the city's highest ranking female firefighter. In Higgins v. Burleigh, et al., Pattis won a $700,000 verdict for a young boxer beaten by police officers outside a nightclub. He has also won many other federal civil rights verdicts for police brutality, false arrest, malicious prosecution, denial of equal protection of the law, discrimination and other civil rights. Pattis has also represented those accused of crimes in state and federal courts. He obtained an acquittal on two counts of attempted murder of police officers arising from the point-blank shooting of two Middletown officers during an arrest. He also won an acquittal for a man accused of felony murder in the course of a high-speed chase in which a police officer died. In another case, he won acquittals for two men accused of beating several police officers. He has successfully defended charges of weapons, charges, narcotics charges, sexual assault, bank robbery and embezzlement. He has defended capital cases on both the trial and appellate level. His defense of Lon Grammar and Tonica Jenkins, both accused of fraudulently obtaining admission to Yale University in separate incidents, attracted national attention. A former member of the staff of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, Pattis has also served as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He has also been a guest speaker before bar association groups, including the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Pattis also writes a weekly column for The Connecticut Law Tribune, found most weeks at www.law.com/ct , and blogs almost daily at Crime & Federalism, a site originating in California. He is a frequent commentator on legal topics on television and radio. His first attempt at fiction, Dark Justice, was published in serial form by The Connecticut Law Tribune. He is also owner of the Whitlock Farm Booksellers, a used and rare bookstore located in Bethany and operating out of two barns since 1948.Pattis has argued in the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Sixth Circuits, and has appeared before the United States Supreme Court in prisoner's rights litigation.
Mark Satawa (Southfield, MI)
Mark Satawa is an experienced defense attorney who specializes in representing adults in the full range of felony and misdemeanor charges. A former Assistant Prosecutor for Wayne County and a Michigan Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Satawa's trial experience consists of hundreds of felony jury trials, including 50 capital trials and 30 murder trials. Mr. Satawa has successfully litigated a broad range of criminal cases, including drunk driving, telecommunications fraud, tax fraud, robbery, domestic violence, and assaults. Mr. Satawa's practice has a particular emphasis on defending allegations of sexual assault against adults and children, Internet crimes, homicide, narcotics offenses, federal crime/white collar crimes, and DNA cases. He has extensive experience in successfully defending scientifically/medically intensive criminal allegations, including shaken baby syndrome, sexual assault cases with medical evidence, and cases involving DNA evidence. Mr. Satawa has lectured extensively on many criminal law and trial advocacy issues, including DNA, defending allegations of criminal sexual conduct, and all phases of trial practice. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association. Mark is also listed as one of the 2008 American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Attorneys.
Marcia Shein (Atlanta, GA)
Marcia G. Shein is a federal criminal defense attorney who has worked in federal district courts all over the United States. She has a master’s degree in Psychology and is a former United States Probation Officer. She is a member of and filed cases in every Federal Circuit court of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She has taught criminal justice classes for Nova University, Kaplan University and Troy State University. She is a nationally recognized attorney in matters of Federal trial, plea and sentencing mitigation, and appellate and post conviction litigation. Marcia is President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) for 2013 and a life member of NACDL. Her articles have appeared in publications such as The Champion, The Federal Lawyer, and The Georgia Defender on such matters as sentencing mitigation in Child Pornography and PTSD cases. She is the sentencing chapter author for Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense published by Juris Publishing and a chapter author for Aspatore books, Inside the Minds series on “Litigation Strategies for Internet Pornography Cases”. She has represented clients from Alaska to Maine and beyond U.S. borders in complicated Federal criminal cases and assisted other attorneys in formulating mitigation arguments in sentencing proceedings throughout the U.S.
David Singleton (Cincinnati, OH)
David A. Singleton is an attorney and Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC). The OJPC is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public interest law office based in Cincinnati whose purpose is to reform Ohio's justice system. Mr. Singleton received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his A.B. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 1987. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Singleton received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Legal Action Center for the Homeless in New York City, where he practiced for three years. He then worked as a public defender for seven years, first with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and then with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. After moving to Cincinnati in 2001, Mr. Singleton practiced at Thompson Hine before joining OJPC as its Executive Director in July 2002. He joined the faculty here as a Visiting Professor during the 2007-2008 academic year. He teaches a seminar on Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice and the Constitutional Law Clinical Externship.
Shawn Patrick Smith (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Shawn Patrick Smith, nicknamed “ShawnTheLaw”, is considered to be one of the most dedicated criminal defense trial attorneys in the country. Shawn is a prolific storyteller, weaving the art of story into every aspect of the jury trial. Considered one of the best when it comes to selecting a passionate interconnected jury his cross-examination skills have been recognized as “Sterling” by the well-respected 6th District Federal Court. Shawn is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. Shawn has trained at Gerry Spence seminars around the country. Shawn teaches at the CDAM Trial Practice College and Shawn has been a nationally spotlighted speaker. Shawn represents the wrongfully accused in state and federal courts around the country, appearing in complex drug cases in Nevada, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois to name a few. Detroit Business Magazine has listed him in The Best Lawyers of Metropolitan Detroit for white-collar and criminal defense, and the American Trial Lawyer’s Association has recently named him one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Michigan. In addition, Shawn has appeared on national television to discuss legal matters; contributing on "The Larry King Show", "On The Record, Greta Van Susteren", “MSNBC”; “The Abrams Report", "Inside Edition", "CNN", and "Fox News". Fighting for the falsely accused through the use of first person story telling is his true gift and his deep relationship and connection with his clients fuel his passionate story based defense of the wrongfully accused.
Ron Tyler (Stanford, CA)
Ron Tyler joined Stanford Law School in 2012 to direct the Criminal Defense Clinic after a 22 yearlong career as an assistant federal public defender with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California. A dedicated defense attorney and nationally recognized expert, he has litigated at trial and appellate courts covering the full gamut of federal criminal cases. A founding member of the faculty of the Federal Trial Skills Academy and a faculty member of the Office of Defender Services Training Branch, he teaches regularly at seminars for criminal defense attorneys, investigators, and paralegals. He also teaches at the annual National Criminal Defense College in Georgia. He taught trial advocacy at UC Hastings College of the Law as an adjunct professor for many years. He is also active with several nonprofits including the American Civil Liberties Union, serving on its national board of directors. Professor Tyler received his BS in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 and had a brief career in high tech before changing his career focus to public interest advocacy. He began law school as a Tony Patiño Fellow at Hastings College of the Law and earned his JD from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1989, where he served as notes and comments editor on the Ecology Law Quarterly. After law school, he clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel.
Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
Deja Vishny has practiced criminal defense for 33 years with the Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender. She heads the Homicide Practice Group at the Milwaukee Trial Office and is also a training coordinator for that agency. She studied police interrogation and attended the Reid school of Interrogation course in 2004, is a nationally known lecturer on the subject of defending false confession cases, and published articles in The Champion and The Wisconsin Defender on the subject. She is a faculty member at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Marquette University Law School and has taught at seminars on trial and motion practice throughout the United States and in India. She served two terms on the Board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a Vice Chair of CLE for that organization and served several terms on the Board of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section. She is currently writing a book on litigating suppression motions due to be published in 2013 by the James Publishing Company.
Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
NACDL Past-President Lisa Monet Wayne is an attorney in private practice in both state and federal courts around the country. She handles serious felonies and complex civil litigation including numerous high profile cases. Previously, Wayne was a Colorado State Public Defender for 13 years where she served as office head, training director, and senior trial attorney. She lectures nationally with NACDL, NCDC, NITA, ABA, ATLA and various other organizations. Wayne is currently an adjunct law professor at the University of Colorado where she teaches Trial advocacy, and she serves on faculty at the Trial Practice Institute at Harvard Law School, The National Criminal Defense College, and Cardoza Law School. She is a CNN legal analyst regarding high profile cases around the country and continues to be an advocate in all venues of the media addressing important issues confronting the criminally accused. In 2005, Wayne was honored with the Robert J. Heeney Award, NACDL’s most prestigious recognition.