Maria serves as the Project Associate for the Return to Freedom Project. In that role she provides support for NACDL’s historic efforts in the Return to Freedom Project by receiving, reviewing, and tracking requests from federal prisoners and their families applying for the many initiatives. She is responsible for maintaining webpages, drafting and editing documents, facilitating intra-departmental communication and managing applicant and volunteer outreach.
Maria graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2019. She studied Philosophy (Morality, Politics, Law) and received certificates in Human Rights and Socio-Legal Studies. During her undergraduate career Maria completed an externship with the Mitigation Specialist at the Maricopa County Office of Public Defenders and worked as a File Clerk for a private immigration firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Since graduating, Maria has moved to Washington D.C. where she has started her career in criminal legal reform work first with FAMM then at NACDL.
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!