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Cathleen Bennett (Boston, MA)
Cathleen L. Bennett is the Criminal Defense Training Director at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (the Massachusetts Statewide Public Defender). As a trial lawyer in the Public Defender Division, she defends indigent clients charged with crimes in the state courts of Massachusetts. Cathy is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College, and is a core faculty member of Gideon’s Promise (formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center) which was the subject of an award winning HBO documentary called Gideon’s Army. She has taught at trial advocacy and other programs across the country. Bennett is an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at Boston College Law School. She is the editor and a chapter author of the Massachusetts District Court Criminal Defense Manual (MCLE, Inc.) and has written chapters in Trying Sex Offense Cases in Massachusetts (MCLE, Inc.), Trying Murder and Homicide Cases in Massachusetts (MCLE,) and in Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy (MCLE, Inc.). She received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Committee for Public Counsel Services in 2007, the Scholar-Mentor Award from Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) in 2008 and the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011 from Gideon’s Promise.
James Boren (Baton Rouge, LA)
Jim Boren has been defending the rights of the accused and the lawyers who defend them since 1976. He appears frequently in the legislature to testify on reform legislation, and serves on two of the Law Institute’s Advisory Committees – Evidence and Criminal Procedure. He is an adjunct Professor at LSU, teaching courses on wrongful conviction of the innocent and capital punishment. Jim is past President of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Jim currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Pugh Institute for Justice and the Practioners Advisory Group for the United States Sentencing Commission. He chaired a Lawyer’s Disciplinary Hearing Committee for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board for ten years, and twice chaired the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Indigent Defense Committee and Death Penalty Committee for three years each. He was appointed by two Governors to serve on the Louisiana Sentencing Commission, and in December 2000, he was awarded the Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his lifetime achievements. Jim accepts difficult cases, including those involving famous victims or the death penalty. He has defended a dozen judges in confidential Judiciary Commission disciplinary proceedings, lawyers, law enforcement officers, bankers, an athletic director, and numerous public officials. His past clientele has included a Mayor of Baton Rouge, a Major in law enforcement acquitted of eleven counts of perjury in federal court, a deputy U.S. Marshall accused of obstruction of justice, Howard Rollins - the star of “In the Heat of the Night” on cocaine charges, the young daughter of a judge caught shooting a convenience store clerk on videotape in a case the media dubbed “The Natural Born Killers,” one of the defendants of “The Jena 6,” a case that garnered national media exposure, and a member of the “Angola 5” which consisted of a group of inmates who planned an escape from Louisiana State Penitentiary and killed a guard in the process. Some of his most notable victories include: negotiating a plea and life sentence for his “Angola 5” client; negotiating a plea to a misdemeanor simple battery charge for his “Jena 6” client whom the State had formally charged with attempted second degree murder; a life sentence from a Lake Charles jury for a client who killed his wife and a policeman who came to investigate a domestic disturbance; a Shreveport jury acquitted a client of killing her husband, a wife beater; a Bogalusa jury found self-defense and acquitted a client who killed a man by shooting him in the back three times; and, a Leesville jury rendered a not guilty verdict in 21 minutes on public corruption charges. He has also won an acquittal for a man charged with stalking a judge.
Hank Brennan (Boston, MA)
Hank Brennan is a trial attorney from Boston Massachusetts. His practice is comprised primarily of serious crimes in the state superior and federal courts. He frequently lectures at legal seminars, colleges, law schools, and other events. Hank has been honored by Suffolk University Law School, the American College of trial lawyers, and the American Bar Association for his outstanding achievements in trial advocacy. He is a former state prosecutor and is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School. He has been in private practice since 2003. Hank most recently represented organized-crime figure James "Whitey" Bulger (with co-counsel J.W. Carney, Jr.). Hank had the opportunity to cross-examine some of the most notorious and richly funded government witnesses in organized crime.
J.W. Carney, Jr. (Boston, MA)
J.W. Carney, Jr. is a criminal defense attorney in Boston with Carney & Associates. He began his career in 1978 as a public defender in Boston for five years, and then served as a prosecutor for the next five years. He has been in private practice since 1989. Mr. Carney is a contributing author to the treatises Massachusetts Criminal Practice; Take the Witness: The Experts Speak on Cross-Examination; and Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference. He was invited to join the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1996, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1998. Mr. Carney was a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for eleven years under four governors, and was co-chair for twenty years of the Lawyers’ Assistance Strike Force of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has tried over 170 major felony cases in the Superior and Federal Courts, and most recently represented organized-crime kingpin James “Whitey” Bulger (with co-counsel Hank Brennan) in his Federal trial. Mr. Carney’s mentor is Horace Rumpole of the Old Bailey.
Prof. Herschella G. Conyers (Chicago, IL)
Herschella Conyers received her BA from the University of Chicago in 1972 and her JD from the Law School in 1983. Prior to joining the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic in the fall of 1993, Ms. Conyers served as an assistant public defender, a supervisor, and a deputy chief in the office of the Cook County public defender.
Francisco A. "Paco" Duarte (Seattle, WA)
Francisco A. Duarte is a former Assistant Attorney General and Deputy King County Prosecutor in Seattle, WA. Mr. Duarte is a director and former chair of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children and served on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Shakespeare Company. He is also past chair of the Washington State Bar Association Criminal Law Section, the Washington State Bar Association Criminal Justice Institute, and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Public Education Committee. Mr. Duarte has taught trial practice in Botswana, Kenya, and Mexico. In addition, Mr. Duarte is on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the Trial Lawyers College, which was founded by Gerry Spence in 1994. Mr. Duarte teaches trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law and is a frequent lecturer at legal education programs on trial practice methods and criminal law matters and has appeared on Northwest Cable News and radio programs as a legal analyst. Mr. Duarte is a trial lawyer dedicated to helping the injured and individuals accused of DUI and other crimes.
William O. James, Jr. (Little Rock, AR)
Bill James is a private practice attorney and who co-founded the James Law Firm with his Wife Patti James in 1994. He practices exclusively in the area of Criminal Law. The James Law Firm has five attorneys and offices in Little Rock, Conway and Fayetteville. He received his BSBA in Finance and Banking from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1991. He earned his juris doctorate in 1994 from the UALR School of Law. In 2004, he was recognized by Arkansas Business as one of the “40 Under 40” most influential people in Business and Politics in Arkansas. From 2007 - 2011, Mr. James has been voted the “Best Attorney in Central Arkansas” by the readers of the Arkansas Democrat. In addition, Mr. James has been recognized as a “Mid South Super Lawyer” as one of the top attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi in the area of Criminal Defense for the past 10 years. He is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served on that organizations' Board of Directors for eight years and served as the Membership Chair for two years. He is a Member of the Arkansas Bar Association and is the past chairman of the Criminal Law Division and former member of the Board of Governors. He is the Past President of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has served on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and the Pulaski County Bar Association. In addition, Mr. James served as President of the Pulaski County Bar Association for 2003-2004.
Kurt Patrick Kerns (Wichita, KS)
Kurt P. Kurns is the founding partner of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White, L.L.C., a criminal defense law firm based in Wichita, Kansas. Mr. Kern’s practice encompasses all aspects of state and federal criminal defense, including criminal investigations, grand jury proceedings, trials and appeals. His success in complex, high-profile cases are numerous and include 10 consecutive federal jury trials in which his clients have avoided conviction. He has yet to lose a murder case. Mr. Kerns is one of only 26 American lawyers authorized to appear before the International Criminal Court at the The Hague, Netherlands, where he recently defended Commander Vinko Martinovic before the International War Crime Tribunal. Mr. Kerns received his Juris Doctor in 1991 and had completed additional high-level training at both the National Criminal Defense College and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, where he is currently on staff as an instructor. Mr. Kerns’ professional honors include the AV Preeminent peer review rating he has held through Martindale-Hubbell for more than 10 years and his selection for inclusion in the American Trial Lawyers Association’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” listings for each of the last four years. He is also named to “Best Lawyers in America”. Mr. Kerns was last year’s recipient of the Kansas Bar Association’s “Courageous Attorney” award for his work in defense of a man charged in America’s first “Genocide” related prosecution. All charges against his clients were dismissed after Mr. Kerns travelled to six different African nations in order to locate witnesses in defense of his client.
Vivian R. King (Houston, TX) @VivianRKing
Ms. Vivian R. King graduated cum laude from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1992. Vivian was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in November 1992. Vivian is Board Certified in Criminal Law. Attorney King was an Assistant District Attorney in Houston, Harris County, Texas from 1992 to 1995. Ms. King private practice was established in Houston in March of 1995, where she represents citizens accused of crimes in both state and federal courts. Attorney King is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Texas Criminal Defense lawyers Association; the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; the Houston Lawyers Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Undergraduate Education: Ms. King graduated from the University of Houston, with a Business Administration, Accounting degree in 1980. Attorney King has been an adjunct professor at TSU law school, teaching law students trial and appellate skills when asked from 1998 to 2005. Attorney King has been a hearing examiner for the City of Houston, where she usually heard grievances involving firemen and policemen. Ms. King was appointed by the Civil Service Commission to hear these employment grievances for the City of Houston Municipal and Classified employees from 1996 to 1999. Prior to becoming a lawyer, from 1980 to 1989, Ms. King worked as an internal auditor and operations specialist for the former Texas Commerce Bancshares, now JPMorgan Chase Bank, where she retired as a Vice President in 1989 to attend law school.
Lisa Kirsch-Satawa (Birmingham, MI) @Defense_by_Lisa
Lisa Kirsch Satawa is a Member in Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group, White Collar Crime Group and Education Group. Lisa represents adults and children under investigation or accused of crimes in Federal, State and Juvenile Court. She also has an active family law practice where she represents her clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, child protection and related criminal matters. Lisa is a former partner at Kirsch & Satawa, PC in Southfield, Michigan, and is a criminal defense attorney specializing in consulting and defending allegations of child sexual assault and child abuse. She represents both adults and juveniles charged with crimes or individuals at risk of losing their children due to abuse or neglect. Her multistate practice includes trials, consultation and appeals. Her unique multidisciplinary approach to this specialty focuses on linguistics, forensic interviewing, psychology and medicine coupled with the law. Recently, Lisa has expanded her practice to include municipal, corporate and school district defense of allegations of liability for misconduct by their employees, staff or professionals. Lisa has been assisting with internal investigations and the development/ enforcement and training of “acceptable use policies.” She is a frequent lecturer on topics of suggestibility of children, forensic interviewing, child competency, child witnesses, nuts and bolts of criminal defense, and using experts that help and that don’t. Lisa participates in the Sexual Assault Model Policy Project, where she will work with prosecutors, judges and law enforcement to draft a protocol for law enforcement’s response to sexual assault. She was awarded the Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award from the State Bar of Michigan in 2011 for fulfilling a legal need for the benefit of the community. She has been on the faculty of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) Criminal Trial College since 2005. Lisa has been selected by her peers and recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers magazine from 2009-2014. Additionally, in 2014 she was selected as one of the Top Women Lawyers in Michigan. Lisa is a former adjunct professor at Thomas A. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan where she taught pre-trial skills and Moot Court. She obtained her undergraduate degree in International Economics from Boston University in 1987; she is a 1994 graduate of Detroit College of Law and a member of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, and National Association of Child Abuse Defense Resources.
Andrea D. Lyon (Valparaiso, IN)
Andrea Lyon was appointed as Dean of Valparaiso University Law School in July of 2014. She is thrilled to be at the helm at this time of needed change in legal education. Valparaiso University is a leader in curriculum reform and embracing diversity. Formerly, she was a clinical professor of law, associate dean of Clinical Programs, and director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases. Lyon received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her law degree from Antioch School of Law. After graduating, she worked for the Cook County Public Defenders' Office in the felony trial division, post-conviction/habeas corpus unit, preliminary hearing/first municipal (misdemeanor) unit and the appeals division. Her last position there was chief of the Homicide Task Force, a 22-lawyer unit representing persons accused of homicides. She has tried over 130 homicide cases, both while in the Public Defender's Office and since. She has defended more than 30 potential capital cases at the trial level and has taken 19 through penalty phase; she won all 19. In 1990, she founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its director until joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty as an assistant clinical professor in 1995. A winner of the prestigious National Legal Aid and Defender Association's Reginald Heber Smith Award for best advocate for the poor in the country, she is a nationally recognized expert in the field of death penalty defense and a frequent continuing legal education teacher throughout the country.
Tyrone C. Moncriffe (Houston, TX)
Tyrone C. Moncriffe is Board Certified in Criminal Law. He is certified first chair in Death Penalty cases in Harris County, Texas. Tyrone is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a faculty member of the Criminal Law Institute. He graduated from Texas Southern University Magna Cum Laude and Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1982. He has been in private practice since 1983 where he handles criminal cases. He is an active faculty member of the trial Advocacy Institute where he assists with training members in various trial tactics such as Voir Dire, direct/cross examination and the psychology of stories as they relate to trials. He is an active member of many professional associations and a past Director of TCDLA and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Mr. Moncriffe devotes a great deal of his time speaking to young lawyers in an effort to help them develop better trial skills. He has spoken and been a faculty member for the last 10 years at the Criminal Law Institute in Huntsville, Texas. He has also spoken and been a faculty member at the Criminal law Institute in Plano, Texas for the last 8 years. He has spoken on storytelling in Kansas, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Massachusetts in an effort to assist lawyers with trial skills. He has a radio show (Moncriffe Files) in Baytown, Texas KWWJ 1360, where he speaks and explains legal issues to keep the community abreast of their basic rights as American citizens. Mr. Moncriffe was voted one of the Top Lawyers for the people in 2005 in H Texas Magazine, and was also selected as Texas Super Lawyer 2006-2013. He was also voted one of the best lawyers in Houston by H-Texas magazine 2008-2012. In 2013 he has been voted Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the Nation.
John T. Philipsborn (San Francisco, CA)
John Philipsborn is from San Francisco, and has been a criminal defense lawyer for 36 years. During that time, John has defended a wide range of cases at trial, and has also done extensive litigation in reviewing courts. He has appeared in several high visibility cases that have involved various aspects of the forensic sciences. For more than 20 years, he has been chair of the amicus curiae committee of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He has been involved in the defense of more than 30 capital cases, and his work figures in more than 70 published decisions, including several from the United States Supreme Court. He has also been published more than 90 times in various books and periodicals. He regularly lectures to groups of lawyers and mental health professionals on matters related to forensic mental health issues, and was a presenter at the NACDL's first National Forum On Forensic Mental Health And The Law.
Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) @Smabelli
Martin Sabelli has represented individuals in federal and state courts since 1993. He has represented individuals in state and federal death penalty prosecutions, in complex federal white collar matters, and in high-profile crimes including, in particular, many gang-related offenses. He served as a federal public defender in San Francisco, as the first Director of Training for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, and as a law clerk to the late Honorable Robert F. Peckham. He has also practiced criminal defense with Patrick Hallinan and as a partner Winston & Strawn in San Francisco. He teaches regularly at the National Criminal Defense College and for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as well as numerous other criminal defense/public defense programs around the country and abroad. In particular, he has been deeply involved in the transitions from inquisitorial to adversarial systems in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and other Latin American nations. He has authored law review articles on the dangers of self representation and prosecutorial discretion. He graduated from Harvard College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Yale Law School and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of NACDL.
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.
William Wolf (Chicago, IL) @BillWolfIACDL
William (“Bill”) Wolf is an Assistant Public Defender with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. A member of the Office for the last 21 years, he is currently assigned to the Office’s Homicide Task Force where he has been for the last 11 years. There, he defends homicide cases at the trial level in the Circuit Court of Cook County. He also defended death penalty cases before the State of Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011. In 2006-7, Mr. Wolf served as local counsel for the Innocence Project in their representation of Jerry Miller, the 200th DNA exoneration in the United States. Mr. Wolf is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2002-2007, 2010-present). He is a member of the Membership, Death Penalty, and Indigent Defense Committees. He co-chaired the Indigent Defense Committee from 2008-2010 and is currently Vice-Chair of NACDL’s Federal Indigent Defense Task Force. Mr. Wolf is also a Past President of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves as IACDL’s current Parliamentarian. Mr. Wolf has lectured across the country on criminal defense issues relating mostly to trial defense in cases involving expert witnesses and death penalty litigation. He has written extensively on issues of expert litigation, indigent defense, and Confrontation Clause litigation. He has recently been appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the John Marshall Law School to teach courses in Trial Advocacy.