Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute of Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1984. He is the author of The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America, published in 2010, as well as other books on the criminal justice system. He represented people accused of crimes in adult and juvenile proceedings in the local superior court and federal courts, as well as the courts of appeals, of the District of Columbia, where he was a trial attorney, training director, trial chief and deputy director of the Public Defender Serivce from 1978 to 1985. His leadership on the Center's board includes arguing Ford v. Georgia, 498 U.S. 411 (1991), before the United States Supreme Court, and continuing to represent James Ford in the Superior Court of Coweta County, Ga. after the Supreme Court remanded it to the Georgia courts, in successfully challenging the prosecution's use of its discretionary strikes against African American in the selection of the jury that sentenced Ford to death. At Harvard Law School, he teaches courses on criminal law and procedure, professional responsibility, and a host of clinical courses involving trial practice. In addition, he has addressed matters of constitutional significance in various ways from hosting programs on the Public Broadcasting System, to editing and writing materials such as From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America (Ogletree & Austin Sarat, eds., NYU Press 2006), to conducting programs at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute on a wide rage of justice issues. Professor Ogletree earned a B.A. in Political Science (with distinction) and a M.A. in Political Science from Stanford University (1974 and 1975 respectively), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, 1978.
Maureen Del Duca is currently Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of AOL Inc. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Litigation, for Marriott International, Vice President of Litigation for MCI, Inc., Chief of the Investigations and Hearings Division of the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, a partner in Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. office, and a Law Clerk to the Honorable Leonard I. Garth in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Maureen was also a Supervising Attorney with the Appellate Litigation Clinic of the Georgetown University Law Center, representing indigent prisoners in criminal, civil rights, and habeas appeals.
Maureen is a member of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association, and she serves on the Boards of Directors of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation, the Ivymount School, and the Ivymount Foundation. Maureen was recently named one of Washington, DC’s Most Influential In House Lawyers by the National Law Journal, and, along with her mother, Frances Del Duca, was the co-recipient of the 2011 Sylvia H. Rambo Award. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, her J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and her LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Maureen is also the mother of two nonverbal teenage boys with severe autism and related disorders, and advocates in various forums on issues relating to the transition of young people with autism to adult living, focusing on the needs of those individuals who require intensive support to enable them to lead safe, dignified, occupied, and happy adult lives.
A Forensic and Clinical Social Worker, Betsy is the Chief of the Office of Rehabilitation and Development of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she has been employed since 1982 and head of the office since 2002. Betsy has prepared sentencing reports and/or testimony before courts in Washington, D.C. (local and federal), Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama and has trained judges, attorneys, law and social work students on a national and local basis since 1976. She is a founding member of National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS, formerly named National Association of Sentencing Advocates (NASA) and presently a member of NASAMS board, a former consultant for The Sentencing Project and the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) as well as a former chair of the NLADA Social Service Section. She has been a board member of the Southern Center for Human Rights since 1992 and a member of the board for Visitors Services Center since 2003. She has worked in the criminal justice system since 1974. Betsy received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 1982, and a postgraduate certificate from the Washington School of Psychiatry in 1986. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and is a licensed social worker in D.C. (LICSW) and Maryland (LCSW). Betsy, who co-chairs the Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner with Ginny Sloan and Maureen Del Duca, is currently on the Development Committee of the Board.
Mary Broderick is a consultant on indigent defense issues. She was executive director of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. She also served as director of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association's defender division, where she conceived and edited NLADA's Standards for the Appointment and Performance of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases, and designed and launched NLADA's Life in the Balance death penalty defense training. In addition to serving on Southern Center for Human Rights Board, she is on the board of Death Penalty Focus.
An investment banker, and a former prosecutor and Deputy Director of Criminal Justice for New York State, Greg has served as a board member of the Center since 1995 and is now chair of the finance and audit committee and a member of the executive committee of the board.
Greg was for a time the Republican and Liberal Party candidate for Manhattan District Attorney in 2009. A pro-choice Republican who supports gun control and marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, he is a lifelong opponent of the death penalty who has been active in opposition to capital punishment for over17 years. In the 2009 race, Greg ran for a time to succeed District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, under whom he served from 1999 to 2006. As an Assistant District Attorney, Greg prosecuted domestic violence, organized crime, and other major felonies. He also served as a senior member of the Labor Racketeering/Construction Industry Strike Force. In 2006, the Governor appointed Greg Deputy Director of Criminal Justice for New York State, where his responsibilities included overseeing programs to promote the prosecution of tax fraud statewide, as well as promoting joint federal/state/local programs to combat money laundering and other financial crimes. Greg ran for New York State Assembly in 2007, receiving endorsements from the non-partisan Citizens Union, The New York Times, The New York Sun, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Greg had an eleven-year career in New York’s financial community, before becoming a prosecutor, working with Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., Salomon Brothers Inc., Charles Street Inc., and Newfield Capital Inc., where he was a managing director. He returned to Newfield Capital in late 2007, as a managing director, where much of his recent work has focused on overseas media transactions. Born and raised in New York City, Greg is now raising three children in New York. He received a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics from Yale University, an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a JD from Yale Law School. In addition to his work with the Center, he is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Capital Punishment.
Mike Caplan is an attorney at Bondurant Mixson & Elmore. His practice focuses primarily on complex business litigation and appeals, including class actions, antitrust, securities, and constitutional litigation in state and federal courts. Mike has been recognized for his work in important and precedent-setting constitutional and civil rights cases. As a result of his work with the Southern Center in Flournoy v. State, which led to significant reforms to Georgia’s indigent defense system, Mike was honored with the Southern Center’s inaugural Gideon’s Promise Award. Mike is also co-counsel to a class of foster children in Kenny A v. Perdue, which was ultimately prosecuted in the Supreme Court of the United States.
A New Orleans native, Mike received his undergraduate, J.D., and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Georgia, where he served on the Georgia Law Review and was inducted in to the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. Following law school, Mike served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Story in the United States District Court in Atlanta. Mike also serves as a member of the Indigent Defense Committee of the Georgia State Bar and the Antitrust Section of the Georgia State Bar.
Angela J. Davis, professor of law at American University's Washington College of Law, is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on racism in the criminal justice system and prosecutorial power. Davis previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults. She also served as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition Davis. Davis is a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman, the former Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peter M. Cicchino Social Justice Foundation, the Frederick Douglas Jordan Scholarship Board, and the Southern Center for Human Rights. Davis was a reporter for the ABA Justice Kennedy Commission and a member of the ABA Commission for Effective Criminal Sanctions. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Vera Institute of Justice Prosecution and Racial Justice Project. Davis teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Defense: Theory and Practice. Davis won the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment in 2002 and the University Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions in 2009. Her latest book, Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press 2007, 2009), won the Association of American Publishers 2007 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division Award for Excellence in the Law and Legal Studies Division.
Ed Garland is an attorney located in Atlanta, Georgia, whose practice area includes: Criminal Trial Practice State & Federal, Criminal Appellate Practice State & Federal, Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Malpractice. Ed has provided pro bono counsel and worked with SCHR legal staff on a number of issues, including indigent defense class actions. He played a major role in helping to establish Georgia’s Public Defender Standards Board. Ed attended the University Of Georgia where he received his BA in 1963 and LLB in 1965 from the School of Law.
Allen Garrett is a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton and has significant experience in complex business litigation, arbitration, and appellate matters. Substantive areas of experience include antitrust and trade regulation, commercial contract disputes, consumer class actions (including "no injury" class actions), commercial insurance coverage disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants, products liability, toxic torts, and trade secret litigation. His trial level experiences include state and federal court actions in numerous jurisdictions, as well as actions consolidated for pretrial proceedings by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. In recent years Allen has litigated a number of cutting-edge issues in connection with state consumer fraud statutes, federal jurisdictional disputes, and the protection of competitively valuable information.
Allen has litigated matters involving consumer protection statutes of numerous states, including several multidistrict cases, and has specific expertise regarding California's consumer protection laws. In addition to consumer fraud class action, he has defended punitive class actions and other multi-claimant actions brought by businesses, and he also has experience with franchise disputes. Recently, he has begun to counsel clients regarding the drafting and enforcement of class-action waivers, forum selection clauses, and choice-of-law provisions that increase the likelihood of defeating class certification. Allen has extensive appellate litigation experience. In addition to briefing appeals to the United States Supreme Court and numerous state and federal appellate courts, he has argued a number of appeals and provided advice in connection with countless others. Allen frequently has lectured on appellate briefing issues and recently was a member of the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute panel on the topic of "Writing the Winning Brief." His appellate brief-writing skills have been praised by professional appellate consultants.
Allen also has participated in significant pro bono matters at both the trial and appellate level, including in recent proceedings before the United States Supreme Court and the Georgia Supreme Court. As a result of his continuing commitment to pro bono matters he received the firm's Managing Partners' Pro Bono Award in 2007.
Steve Hanlon has a long history of handling public interest and civil rights cases. He manages Holland & Knight's Community Services Team, which provides legal representation to individuals and groups otherwise unable to afford it. In 1997, the firm received the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award. The American Lawyer has described Holland and Knight as a "Pro Bono Champion." Mr. Hanlon's major civil rights work has included challenges to high stakes testing, challenges to indigent defense systems, a claims bill in the Florida Legislature for the survivors of the town of Rosewood, housing, employment and AIDS discrimination, death penalty litigation, prisoner rights, and a constitutional challenge to non-consented medical experimentation. In 2006, Steve received the Chesterfield Smith Award from Holland & Knight, the firm’s highest individual recognition.
As Pro Bono partner of King & Spalding, Bill Hoffmann has been involved in a number of SCHR’s cases, working closely with staff attorneys. As Pro Bono Partner and Pro Bono Chair of the Atlanta office, Bill is responsible for the full range of pro bono programs and pro bono litigation of the 1,000 lawyer firm on a full-time basis. His current practice includes issues surrounding International Human Rights, Asylum, Death Penalty, Civil Rights, Prisoner Rights and First Amendment. Bill received his undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary in 1967, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, with distinction from University of Georgia in 1971. Bill returned to William & Mary where he served as editor in chief of the William & Mary Law Review. He received his JD in 1977, graduating first in his class.Following law school, Bill clerked for a year for the Honorable Francis L. Van Dusen at the US Court of Appeals Third Circuit and left there in 1978 to practice at Bondurant, Miller & Stephenson until 1985. He became partner at King & Spalding in 1985, focusing on litigation.
Katharine Huffman, a Principal at The Raben Group, a DC-based public policy firm founded by former U.S. Assistant Attorney General Robert Raben, began her legal career as a civil rights litigator and Soros Justice Fellow at the Southern Center for Human Rights. Prior to joining The Raben Group, she served as the Director of State Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, founding the organization’s New Mexico office and managing its state-level work across the country. Katharine currently focuses on constitutional and justice issues at The Raben Group, working with a variety of nonprofit advocacy organizations to identify policy goals, develop short- and long-term strategic plans, and build organizational programming and resources. In 2008, Katharine led SCHR staff in the effort to develop its first 5 year strategic plan.
Katharine is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Music from Emory University, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar; and her law degree from the Yale Law School. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Katharine was elected to the SCHR board in June 2009.
Susan Ten Kwan is a Senior Deputy at the Office of the California State Public Defender in San Francisco. There, she provides direct representation to indigent defendants sentenced to death in their state post-conviction appeals and related habeas corpus litigation. She has also been a staff attorney at the California Appellate Project in San Francisco where she assisted private counsel appointed to represent death row inmates in their state and federal post-conviction litigation. Susan began her career as a criminal defense attorney in 1982 at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office where she represented both adult and juvenile defendants in trial court proceedings. She is a graduate of University of California, Hastings College of Law.
David Lipman began his legal career in 1970 in Greenwood, Mississippi litigating civil rights cases involving school desegregation, prison reform, employment discrimination, voting rights and municipal services discrimination. In 1973, David formed the Mississippi Prisoners’ Defense Committee and became its first General Counsel. Thereafter, David formed the Southern Prisoners’ Defense Committee which was later named the Southern Center for Human Rights.
In 1975, David moved to Washington, D.C. with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law continuing his civil rights practice throughout the South. Since 1979, David has been in private practice in Florida representing clients in civil rights and asbestos-cancer products liability law suits.
David graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 1970. He currently serves on the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and is a founding member and current Board member of the Mississippi Center for Justice. David has served as consulting counsel for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice; NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Florida ACLU. David, who provided seed money for the Stephen Bright Fellowship to fund a position at SCHR, serves on the Development Committee.
Andrew Lipps has been on the Board of the Southern Center since the mid-1980's. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1974, he enjoyed a career as a litigator for 24 years in Washington, DC, working for several years at the DC Public Defender Service and later at various law firms, specializing in white-collar criminal litigation. In 1998, he followed a lifelong passion for mathematics, received a Masters degree in Mathematics from George Washington University and became a math teacher.
Since 2000, Mr. Lipps has taught mathematics at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. In 2011, he received the Olmsted Award for Excellence in High School Teaching from Williams College. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife Eva Sereghy and has two daughters.
Lauren Sudeall Lucas is an assistant professor of law at Georgia State University.
College of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law and Capital Punishment. Her research focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and criminal procedure, with a specific focus on access to justice and fiscal obstacles to the enforcement of rights in the criminal context.
Before joining the academy, Lucas served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court of the United States. She then worked at the Southern Center for Human Rights, first as a Soros Justice Fellow and later as a staff attorney. At SCHR, sherepresented indigent capital clients in Georgia and Alabama and litigated civil claims regarding constitutional violations within the criminal justice system, based primarily on the right to counsel. She delivered presentations on race and the death penalty and co-authored an American Constitution SocietyIssue Brief on the need for a federal role to protect the right to counsel in Georgia. In addition to serving on SCHR’s board of directors, Lucas serves on the Indigent Defense Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.
Lucas graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as treasurer of the Harvard Law Review and published a Note, “Effectively Ineffective: The Failure of Courts to Address Underfunded Indigent Defense Systems.” She received her B.A. with distinction from Yale University.During her time in practice, Lucas received the Anti-Defamation League’s Stuart Eizenstat Young Lawyer Award and was named by the Fulton County Daily Report as one of 10 “On the Rise” Georgia lawyers under 40. In 2011, she was recognized as one of National Law Journal’s Minority 40 Under 40.
Alexander joined Podhurst Orseck in 2006 and handles criminal matters of every level in the State and Federal courts; quasi–criminal and civil regulatory matters before State and Federal agencies, including before The Florida Bar; simple and complex commercial disputes; and personal injury matters.
Prior to law school, Alexander was a Health Education Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa, where he provided health care to a population of approximately 50,000. In law school, Alexander was awarded the University of Pennsylvania Law School′s Public Interest Scholarship; was a Senior and Comments Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law; and was the recipient of the Law School′s Jefferson B. Fordham Human Rights Award. After law school, Alexander clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Following his clerkship, Alexander was awarded a Post–Graduate Justice Fellowship by George Soros′ Open Society Institute. As a Soros Post–Graduate Justice Fellow, Alexander worked as a Staff Attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, between 2000 and 2003, where he represented individuals in misdemeanor and felony cases and represented individuals on death row in Georgia and Alabama in capital post–conviction proceedings. As a Soros Fellow, Alexander also was a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Indigent Defense Committee and worked with a coalition of lawyers who, through a coordinated campaign of class action litigation, public education and lobbying efforts in the Georgia General Assembly, brought about sweeping criminal justice reform in the State of Georgia. He has appeared before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.
Virginia E. Sloan is President and Founder of The Constitution Project and serves on its Board of Directors. Ms. Sloan previously served as Executive Director of the Task Force on Gender, Race and Ethnic Bias of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and, for 14 years, was a counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. She was a law clerk to a federal judge and a Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles. Ms. Sloan is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, and Measures for Justice. She is also a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. She served as a Council member of the ABA’s Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, and then a special counsel, and is now the Section’s Constitutional Rights Division Director and Chair of its Death Penalty Review and Education Project. She chaired IRR’s Criminal Justice Committee, which co-sponsored the successful 1999 ABA death penalty moratorium resolution. She is also an Advisor to the 9/11 Voices for Restoring the Rule of Law Campaign of September 11 Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow. In May 2008, Ms. Sloan was honored by the Legal Times as a “Champion,” “one of 30 lawyers who have had the greatest impact on the Washington legal community over the last 30 years and whose community and public service has set an example that other D.C. lawyers should follow.”
Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. For more than 25 years, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. He also is on the law faculty at New York University School of Law.
A native of Milton, Delaware and Harvard Law graduate, Bryan was one of the original SCHR attorneys beginning his work as a law student and joining the staff full time after graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government in 1985. Four years later, Bryan established the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center (now called the Equal Justice Initiative) where he has worked with his staff of five attorneys to get the death sentences of more than 40 Alabama inmates overturned. "What was at the end of the road for the average Harvard lawyer," says Stephen Bright, director of SCHR, "was for Bryan an empty way to spend his life. He's driven by a spiritual feeling to minister to the poorest people in our society." Bryan was elected to the SCHR Board June 2009.
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