Tanya Greene

Director, Class of 2019

TANYA GREENE is a Resource Counsel and the Director of Training for the Capital Resource Counsel/Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Projects. Ms. Greene has represented state and federal indigent capital clients for more than 20 years, starting in the Deep South at the Southern Center for Human Rights, and then at the New York Capital Defender Office, at trial, appeal, and in state and federal post-conviction proceedings. Throughout her career, she has consulted on state and federal capital cases and developed innovative, highly-regarded lawyer training programs nationwide. Ms. Greene served as the first active Death Penalty Resource Counsel for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, creating NACDL’s annual Making the Case for Life training conference which continues today and providing critical litigation and other resource support to NACDL lawyers around the country.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Greene spent five years as the inaugural national ACLU criminal justice Advocacy and Policy Counsel focused on death penalty and indigent defense policy reform issues; her work contributed to efforts leading to death penalty repeal in a number of states in recent years.

Ms. Greene currently serves as co-chair of the NACDL Death Penalty Committee; she is also an active member of the organization’s Public Defense and Juvenile Justice Committees. She serves on the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the Gulf Region Advocacy Center in Houston, Texas, and is part of the National Association for Public Defense Death Penalty and Racial Justice subcommittees. From the beginning of her career, Ms. Greene has developed and implemented “street law” programs with the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the National Lawyers Guild bringing legal education to the community. As a young lawyer in 1999, she won the Reebok International Human Rights Award for her work against the death penalty and was profiled in Working Woman magazine.She has made numerous media appearances, guest-lectured at law schools and colleges, and taught at training conferences across the country.

Ms. Greene’s detailed CV is available upon request.

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