Jim Felman is a candidate for Director in NACDL's 2022 election, nominated by the Nominating Committee.
James E. Felman is a partner in the Tampa law firm of Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A., and has concentrated his practice of law in the defense of complex criminal matters and related civil litigation for over 30 years. Mr. Felman has also devoted a significant portion of his professional efforts to legal reform and policy work. He has testified on an array of topics before the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and Sentencing Commission, and frequently writes and speaks on criminal justice policy issues. He serves as Chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Task Force on First Step Act Implementation, the Section’s Task Force on Sentencing Standards, as well as the Section’s DOJ Dialogue Group. He is a Past Chair of the Section. Mr. Felman also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves as Chair of NACDL’s Task Force on First Step Act Implementation. He was a founding member of the Steering Committee of Clemency Project 2014, served as Co-Chair of the Practitioners’ Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission from 1998 to 2003, and served as Program Moderator of the Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines from 1993 to 2008. Mr. Felman is a graduate of Wake Forest University, B.A. cum laude, 1984, and Duke University, M.A. Phil. and J.D. with high honors (Order of the Coif), 1987. Following law school, he was a law clerk to Judge Theodore McMillian of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.