Katherine Tang Newberger is the First Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland, where she has practiced since 2005. Based in Baltimore, Katherine represents individuals charged with death-eligible offenses, robbery, sexual exploitation of children, drug and gun crimes, fraud and regulatory violations. Although primarily a felony trial attorney, Katherine has represented juveniles as well as those charged with misdemeanors. She has litigated complex competency issues and has focused on the presentation of mitigation at sentencing. Katherine oversaw the District of Maryland’s response to the passage of the First Step Act, litigating Section 404 and compassionate release motions with unparalleled success: As of September 2021, Maryland had more grants of compassionate release than any other district in the country according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Katherine received a 2020 Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record and the Maryland State Bar Association. Katherine is a former president of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, where she led efforts to diversify the Board and improve communication between the Board and the full membership of the Maryland Chapter. Katherine is a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and the Maryland State Bar Association.
Katherine graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University, where she was the Valedictorian of the Medill School of Journalism. She graduated from Yale Law School and went on to clerk for the Hon. Matthew Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!