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Scott Allen Anders - St. Louis, MO
Scott Anders, Deputy Chief for the U.S. Probation Office, Eastern District of Missouri, chairs the Office of Probation and Pretrial Services Reentry Expert Working Group. Scott assisted with the development of a federal partnership to implement a national systems-approach to reentry. The Eastern District of Missouri implemented education, employment, home ownership, reentry courts, cognitive programs, financial management, housing, and other reentry strategies that have reduced recidivism in the District to 14.9 percent, significantly less than the 67.5 percent reported nationally, despite the District having the highest risk caseload in the federal system. These evidence-based practices have been presented at the Whitehouse during the past two administrations. Scott also presented for the Brookings Institute at the National Press Club and at national conferences for the U.S. Department of Labor, American Correctional Association, American Probation and Parole Association, National Correctional Industries Association, National Homeless Veterans, National Career Development Association, National Offender Workforce Development, and International Community Corrections Association. Scott developed partnerships at the local, state and federal levels to enhance public safety and assist offenders in becoming productive members of the community. Scott also serves on the Governor’s steering team for the Missouri Reentry Process to implement similar reentry strategies. Scott achieved a Master of Public Administration at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri in 1994. His educational background also includes Bachelor of Arts degrees in Public Relations and Communication from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and a two-term honors study emphasizing ethnic relations and logic at Oxford University in England. Scott is a graduate of the Federal Judicial Center’s Leadership Development Program.
John Arrascada - Reno, NV
John Arrascada is a fourth generation Nevadan. He practices law in Reno as a partner in the law firm of Arrascada & Aramini, focusing on criminal defense and civil litigation. Mr. Arrascada graduated from Boston College in 1988 and received hi JD form Georgetown University law Center in 1992. He graduated from the National Criminal Defense College in 1995. Mr. Arrascada began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Peter I. Breen of the Second Judicial District for Nevada. He then was a law clerk for the Hon. Procter R. Hug Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Cricuit. Mr. Arrascada served as a Deputy Public Defender in Washoe County, Nevada for four years, and has since been in private practice. He successfully represented the State Controller in the first impeachment proceedings in Nevada. Mr. Arrascada has consistently been rated as one of the top trial attorneys in the State of Nevada. He has represented, negotiated and tried numerous cases for clients accused of child sex crimes. Mr. Arrascada is on the board of directors of the Nevada Justice Association, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Justice Association.
Jeanene (Tiffany) Barrett - Brooklyn, NY
Jeanene (Tiffany) Barrett is a capital mitigation specialist who has worked on several high profile trial and post-conviction cases in Florida, Illinois and Tennessee. In the state of Florida she was the capital mitigation specialist for the Casey Anthony defense team and in Devin Banks v. State of Tennessee (post-conviction) her work was instrumental in the sentencing relief decision. She currently resides in New York City where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration. Her primary areas of research include the death penalty, juvenile LWOP, and juvenile delinquency. She hopes to gain a better understanding of the impact of harsh penalties on juveniles by assessing JMLWOP (juvenile mandatory life without parole) cases requiring resentencing hearings under Miller v. Alabama. Prior to her studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice she worked as the capital mitigation specialist/training coordinator for the Center for Justice in Capital Cases at DePaul University- College of Law. She has a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration from Spertus College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
James A.H. Bell - Knoxville, TN
James Bell is a nationally renowned criminal defense lawyer who believes in total justice; one who will exhaust all reasonable efforts to zealously advance the clients best legal interest; and one who will refuse employment, if in his opinion, the client’s interest is best pursued by alternative less engaging representation. Mr. Bell accepts employment with the view the case will be tried to verdict. Mr. Bell has tried to verdict more than a thousand cases in his decades of experience. He screens his cases so that he can devote personal attention to your matter. He refuses to delegate serious court appearances to other associates in his office and will be with you through all steps of the legal proceedings. Mr. Bell has also made his presence known through his participation in state and national bar associations: he is a past-President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; he served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for nearly twenty years, serving as Parliamentarian for an unprecedented three terms; and he is an invited Fellow in the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is the recipient of the highest award to a member of the bar from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Robert J. Heeney Award, given annually to the one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association and the legal profession. Mr. Bell has gained national recognition not only as a trial lawyer, but also as a presenter for national bar association groups. His presentation evaluations put Bell in the category of one of the most highly sought presenters on trial issues. He has presented for decades for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and other state and national groups. Bell has also lectured to members of the American Association for Justice (formerly the National Trial Lawyers) and various state bar association groups throughout the United States. Mr. Bell has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in the Southeast, Best Lawyers in Tennessee, Best Lawyers in Knoxville, and many other such lists.
Dr. Michael Brannon - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dr. Michael P. Brannon is co-director of Institute for Behavioral Sciences and the Law (I.B.S.L.). He is a Florida licensed psychologist since 1990 with specializations in clinical and forensic psychology. He has handled over 20,000 cases in a forensic capacity and has testified as an expert over 2000 times in Federal and State Court Criminal and Civil Divisions throughout Florida. He is regularly appointed as an expert by the judiciary and is often called upon as an expert witness or forensic consultant for defense attorneys and prosecutors. His areas of expertise include sex offender risk assessments, second opinion reviews, child witness interviews, substance abuse assessments, violence risk assessments, malingering evaluations, competency to proceed, insanity at the time of an offense, competency to waive Miranda rights, and death penalty evaluations. Dr. Brannon has been qualified as an expert in all of these types of cases. Dr. Brannon also has taught and supervised doctoral students at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He has co-taught a doctoral class with Dr. Bourg Carter called Criminal Law and Forensic Psychology. He frequently speaks as a guest lecturer in various law and pre-law classes in South Florida on a variety of topics related to forensic psychology. In addition, he has taught classes on topics such as human sexuality, forensic assessment, and child and adolescent psychological issues. Dr. Brannon was a senior psychologist and clinical supervisor for students at Brown Schools, a program for adolescent sexual abusers. Dr. Brannon also has presented seminars nationally to attorneys on a variety of topics including sex offender evaluations, juvenile evaluations, child witness interviewing, competency to proceed evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, sanity evaluations, and malingering in personal injury evaluations. In addition, he has been invited to be a speaker at Florida judicial conferences on the topics of stalking, competency to proceed evaluations, and mental health issues in the legal system. He has frequently been seen in the media discussing various topical forensic issues including appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews, The O’Reilly Factor, Forensic Files, The Today Show, Headline News Network, In Session, and Erin Burnett Out Front.Dr. Brannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctorate degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He completed his doctoral internship at Northwest Dade Community Mental Health Center in Dade County working with children, adolescents, and their families. He completed his residency in a private forensic practice focusing upon adult criminal offenders. In addition to his forensic experience, Dr. Brannon has substantial clinical experience in the areas of substance abuse, marriage and family issues, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Behavioral Medicine. Over a ten-year period, he served as the Clinical Director, the Director of Residential Services, a clinical supervisor, and a residential counselor at The Starting Place, a substance rehabilitation program for adolescents. Dr. Brannon is a member of Division 41 of the American Psychological Association, Division of Psychology and the Law. He also is a long-time member of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).
Jerome Buting -Milwaukee, WI
Jerome F. Buting is a shareholder in the Brookfield, Wisconsin law firm of Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is a past director National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and chair of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section from 2005 to 2007. His present private practice is entirely criminal defense, both trials and appeals. He has defended the citizen accused in many serious high profile trial cases, including State of Wisconsin v. Steven Avery, and he obtained the reversal of convictions in State of Wisconsin v. Ted Oswald and State of Wisconsin v. Ralph Armstrong (reversing a 25 year old murder conviction). He is frequently sought after for his knowledge in the use of expert witnesses and DNA evidence.
Prof. Greg Hampikian - Boise, ID
Dr. Greg Hampikian is a nationally known DNA expert and professor of forensic biology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as the Director of the Idaho Innocence Project and the DNA Expert on the Georgia Innocence Project Board. Dr. Hampikian’s scientific work has been published in journals such as Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national conferences and offers workshops and presentations for schools across Idaho. Dr. Hampikian is also co-author of “Exit to Freedom,” which chronicles Calvin Johnson’s 17 year battle to prove his innocence, and ultimately his exoneration by DNA evidence. In 2012, Dr. Hampikian was named a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is a professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
David Hoose - Northhampton, MA
David P. Hoose is a partner in the law firm of Sasson, Turnbull, Ryan & Hoose in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he concentrated in criminal defense and civil right litigation. Prior to joining his present firm in 1984, he was a trial attorney with the Massachusetts Defenders Committee, which was the statewide public defender system. Mr. Hoose graduated, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University Law School in 1979. He has taught advanced criminal procedure at Western New England College School of Law and has been on a faculty of numerous seminars conducted by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Massachusetts Bar Association, and other entities. Mr. Hoose authored the chapter on defenses in the MCLE publication, Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts, and the chapters on opening statements and closing arguments in the Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal Practice Manual. He has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” and “Massachusetts Super Lawyers” since 2005. In 2007 and 2009, he was named one of the top 100 lawyers in Massachusetts by Boston Magazine’s Super Lawyer’s Section. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Michael Iacopino -Manchester, NH
Mike Iacopino is a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Manchester NH for the past 30 years. Mike has served two terms on the NACDL Board of Directors and is the current Co-Chair of the Sex Offender Policy Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New Hampshire Public Defender Program. He was the recipient of NHACDL’s Champion of Justice Award in 2006 for his advocacy work before the New Hampshire legislature including opposition to the implementation of sex offender minimum mandatory sentencing and civil commitment. His trial practice includes the representation of individuals charged with sex offenses, child pornography and obscenity charges. He successfully litigated and defended on appeal the per se exclusion of repressed memory testimony in the New Hampshire state courts. See, State v. Hungerford, 697 A.2d 916 (N.H. 1997).
Rick Kammen - Indianapolis, IN
Richard Kammen is a practicing criminal defense lawyer with his office in Indianapolis, Indiana. He concentrates his practice in serious felonies, white-collar defense, complex crimes and death penalty defense. He is a member of the law firm of Kammen, Maryan and Moudy. 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 over three hundred 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) , 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. He was appointed “learned counsel” in United States v. Donnell Young, which was, until it was resolved by a plea. Mr. Kammen was appointed as “learned counsel” in the Federal capital case, United States v. Timothy O’Reilly. Mr. O’Reilly received a life sentence after a trial lasting three months. He was lead counsel on the defense team that represented David Camm who was exonerated after thirteen years, and two prior convictions of killing his wife and two children. Mr. Kammen serves as “death penalty counsel” in United States v. Rahim Al-Nashiri who is charged before a Military Commission at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Al-Nashiri is alleged to have been a central figure in the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in 2000 in Aden, Yemen. This is likely to be the first capital military commission. A frequent speaker and lecturer on criminal defense issues, Mr. Kammen has spoken in almost every state and federal circuit. 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.
Dr. Gregory Landrum - Hobe Sound, FL
Dr. Gregory C. Landrum is a licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who has been in the independent practice of psychology in Palm Beach and Martin Counties for nearly 30 years. He is a member in good standing of the American Psychological Association and the Florida Psychological Association. He is also board certified in the area of Forensic Psychology; a distinction reserved for a select few psychologists who have demonstrated their competence through education, training, and experience, followed by a rigorous oral examination by a peer recognized and certified review board. As part of his forensic practice, Dr. Landrum has been deemed an expert witness in a variety of psychological matters and has testified over 200 times in state and federal courts and has presented at state conferences on forensic psychological matters relevant to state attorneys, federal prosecutors and the defense bar. In his 30 years of practice he has performed well over 5000 forensic examinations to determine a defendant's legal sanity, competence to proceed, competence to waive Miranda, death penalty mitigation, and other legal issues ordered by the court. He has also conducted Jimmy Ryce evaluations required by the state of Florida to assess the level of risk of adjudicated sex offenders and the need for long term civil commitment. Dr. Landrum is one of only 10 psychologists in the state of Florida who is certified and under contract with the Executive Office for Immigration Reform (EOIR) to conduct mental health evaluations of respondents appearing in federal immigration court. He has been cleared by the Department of Homeland Security to enter the Krome and Broward Transitional Immigration Detention Centers to conduct the assessments under a federal court order. In his clinical practice, Dr. Landrum treats children, adults and adolescents and is an experienced marriage and family clinician. He also specializes in psychological and psycho-educational assessment and has conducted well over 10,000 evaluations. He is also under contract with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Devereux Foundation, and the Office of Disability Determinations where he has completed an equal number of assessments. In terms of psychosexual assessment and treatment experience, Dr. Landrum served as a psychological consultant and clinical director of the Child Protection Team in Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties for many years. In addition to evaluating children and families, he also facilitated adult sexual offender treatment groups as well as non-offending parent groups. Dr. Landrum served as a psychological consultant in high risk juvenile justice programs for many years where he conducted weekly sexual offender group treatment and sexual offender specific individual therapies. He also developed, implemented and directed a sexual offender treatment program within an extended detention/treatment facility for youths convicted and sentenced for sexual offenses. His contract with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is offered to only a select few psychologists who are trained and experienced to perform psychosexual evaluations of adjudicated youths.
Rick Lavaty- Tucson, AZ
Rick Lavaty is the Supervisory Computer Systems Administrator in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona. He has been in the computer business for more than 20 years and has been with the FPD since 1999. Mr. Lavaty and his staff provide the FPD’s office in Arizona with computer forensic analysis, network management and PC support, document imaging and coding, discovery management, and computerized courtroom litigation support. He is an Access Data Certified computer forensic examiner and has completed more than 160 hours of advanced training in computer forensic analysis over the last 15 years. He testifies as an expert in computer forensics cases in District Court for the FPD. He has been an instructor in computer forensic analysis, network design and operation, and litigation support at many Defender Service Office CJA training programs and National Defense Investigator Association conferences.
Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos - Ann Arbor, MI
Demosthenes Lorandos, PhD, JD, is unique in the legal community. Besides being an attorney and member of the California, Michigan, and New York state bars, as well as a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, Dr. Lorandos is also a PhD-level psychologist with many years of clinical experience. In addition to being in constant demand across the country as a litigator, Dr. Lorandos is also a noted author and speaker, having authored or co-authored such works as Cross Examining Experts in the Behavioral Sciences, “The International Handbook of Parental Alienation Syndrome”, and “Benchbook in the Behavioral Sciences”.
Karen Smolar - Bronx, NY
Karen Smolar Esq. is the Trial Chief at the Bronx Defenders. As trial chief, she coaches staff attorneys as they prepare and execute trial matters, and later provides feedback to help improve their skills. Ms. Smolar is also the Director of the Defenders’ Academy, a holistic trial skills program at the Bronx Defenders that concentrates on voice work and performance. She has been a public defender since 1992, and since then, has handled criminal matters. She continues to represent clients in serious felony matters. She is a faculty member at the national Criminal Defense College, NITA and has taught at other trial skills programs nationally. She taught Persuasion and Advocacy as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School from 2008 until 2013, and currently teaches Trials Advocacy at St. John’s School of Law.
Troy Stabenow - Jefferson City, MO
Troy Stabenow is an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Missouri. In 2008, he authored "Deconstructing the Myth of Careful Study: A Primer on the Flawed Progression of the Child Pornography Guidelines," a paper that galvanized debate on federal sentencing guidelines. In 2012, he published a follow-up article summarizing what science can tell us about these offenders, and proposing an alternate system of offense levels and enhancements. His work has been the subject of federal opinions in almost every circuit. He continues to teach, write, and practice in this field. Mr. Stabenow first developed his experience in this field while serving in the U.S. Army. During an eight year period of Active Duty, Major Stabenow served a tour as a military prosecutor with the 1st Infantry Division, and then a second tour as the senior prosecutor for the 1st Armored Division, both overseas. While in Germany, he worked closely with the German Bundeskriminalamt, (The "BKA" - the German equivalent of the FBI) on child pornography cases and other computer crimes. He was also a primary Department of Defense trainer for both military investigators and prosecutors on these crimes. Later, as the head of trial defense services at Fort Riley, he continued to try child pornography cases throughout the central United States. In addition to his position as an AFPD, Mr. Stabenow continues to serve as an adjunct professor at both the University of Missouri Law School, and at the U.S. Army's JAG school in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of the four-volume series entitled "West Federal Forms for District Courts - Criminal (2012)" and serves on the 8th Circuit Criminal Jury Instructions Subcommittee.
Callie Steele - Los Angeles, CA
Callie Glanton Steele - Judicial Extern for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, Jr., United States District Judge, in the fall of 1990. She graduated from UCLA School of Law School in 1991. Since 1992, she has devoted her career to the defense of indigent federal criminal defendants at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles, and from February of 2002 to the present, she has been a Supervising Deputy Federal Public Defender. From November of 2000 to May of 2001, she was Special Counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission, and from May to October of 2001, she was the Visiting Defender at Defender Services Division with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington D.C.
Prof. Rod Uphoff - Columbia, MO
Rodney J. Uphoff is first Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, where he also served as the associate dean of academic affairs for three years. Before joining the MU faculty in 2001, Uphoff taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he served as a professor and director of clinical legal education and ran
a criminal defense clinic for 10 years. From 1984 to 1988, he directed a criminal clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before becoming a law professor, Uphoff was a public defender, including service as the chief staff attorney of the Milwaukee Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender. Uphoff has written numerous articles on criminal defense practice, the delivery of indigent defense services and ethical issues facing those involved in the criminal justice system. In 1995, he edited a book for the American Bar Association, Ethical Problems Facing the Criminal Defense Lawyer. In 1995, Uphoff was appointed by Gov. Frank Keating to the Oklahoma Indigent System Board, which oversees the operation of Oklahoma’s public defender program in all counties except for Tulsa and Oklahoma County. He also is a member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Criminal Procedure Committee. Uphoff was one of four attorneys appointed to represent Terry Nichols in Oklahoma state court. Nichols was convicted of 160 murders based on the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995, but did not receive the death penalty.