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Pat Cresta Savage

Director, Class of 2018

Pat Cresta Savage Esq. has been a practicing criminal attorney since 1998 and from the beginning has served as a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel in D.C. Superior Court. She is licensed in Washington, D.C., as well as Maryland and New Hampshire. She is also a member of the United States District Court CJA Panel in MD. Ms. Cresta Savage has served as the President of the District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (DCACDL), and has been an active member of NACDL for over 14 years. As President of DCACDL, she managed the topic and speaker planning and emcee duties for the Association’s well-received yearly “Rights of Spring” seminar series which brings together 100+ criminal defense attorneys for advanced training in pretrial, trial, and appellate practice skills. She also was responsible for organizing and staffing the DCACDL “Annual Appellate Review,” another seminar that covers updates and significant opinions in federal and DC courts including Supreme Court appellate law.

She has also served as Vice President of the DC Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association and a committee member of the DC Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section. In these capacities, successfully advocated in Congress for long-overdue pay increases for Criminal Justice Act lawyers in the D.C. Superior Court.

Since 1998, she has handled well over 100 court-appointed felony and misdemeanor criminal matters each year, including sole Defense Counsel in a number of murder trials, as well as handling white-collar civil matters, small business law, employment law and security clearance litigation.

In March 2014, she spoke at NACDL’s Collateral Consequences Seminar in New Orleans addressing members regarding her recent victory in the State of Maryland Court of Appeals (Doe v. Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, 430 Md. 535, 62 A.3d 123 (2013)), which found that the ex post facto application of the 2010 Sex Offender Registration Law violated the Maryland State constitution. As a result of that decision, over 800 individuals have been voluntarily taken off the sex offender registry by the State of Maryland.

Admitted to Practice Law in the following Courts

District of Columbia Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Superior Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States District Court for the Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, State of Maryland Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. District Court for District of New Hampshire, Supreme Court of the State of New Hampshire, U.S. District Ct. for the Northern Dist. of Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

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