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1 Texas Weighted Caseload Study Advisory Panel Members Robert C. Boruchowitz Job Title: Professor/Director Organization: Seattle University School of Law Phone: (206) Robert C. Boruchowitz is Professor from Practice and Director of The Defender Initiative at Seattle University School of Law. Before joining the faculty in January, 2007, he was Director of The Defender Association in Seattle for 28 years. He has appeared at every level of state and federal court. He was co-author of a NACDL publication, "Minor Crimes, Massive Waste: The Terrible Toll of America's Broken Misdemeanor Courts". Founding president of the Washington Defender Association and a former member of the Executive Committee of the American Council of Chief Defenders, he has been instrumental in developing defender standards in Washington and nationally. He founded the Racial Disparity Project at The Defender Association. He has taught in the Youth Advocacy Clinic and among other projects has pursued due process rights for children in truancy proceedings. He has taught criminal procedure and a seminar on Right to Counsel, Law and Lawyering. He attended a two weektraining for law teachers at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and he developed a seminar on Law and the Holocaust and the Abuse of Executive Power. He was a Soros Senior Fellow working on access to counsel in misdemeanor and juvenile cases. He worked for three years on a similar project supported by grants from the Open Society Foundation, working in Kentucky, South Carolina, and New Hampshire as well as in Washington. He was a co-chair for an American Bar Association project to provide public defender training in four regions of the country. He has received the WSBA Professionalism Award, The WDA Gideon Award, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association Reginald Heber Smith Award, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Champion of Indigent Defense Award, and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers William O. Douglas Award. Alexander Bunin Job Title: Chief Public Defender Organization: Harris County Public Defender Phone: (713) Alex Bunin is the Chief Public Defender for Harris County, Texas. Previously, he was the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of New York. In 1999, he was appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to establish Federal Public Defender offices in the Districts of Northern New York and Vermont. He was twice reappointed to additional four-year terms. In 1995, before relocating to New York, he established and managed the federal defender organization in the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile. From 1993 to 1995, he was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont. From 1986 to 1993, he was in private practice Page 1

2 in Houston, Texas. He earned Board Certification in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 29 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Bunin has tried many cases, including federal capital murder and complex white collar fraud. He received the Thurgood Marshall Award for capital litigation from the New York City Bar Association and the 2012 Torch of Liberty Award from the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. He was an Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School of Union University from He sits on the Advisory Board of THE CHAMPION magazine. He serves on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and committees on Federal Rules, Forensic Sciences, and Fourth Amendment Advocacy. He is Vice-Chair of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association s Public Defender Committee. As well as having written law review articles on federal sentencing and the death penalty, he is co-author of O CONNOR S FEDERAL CRIMINAL RULES & CODES (Jones McClure 2013). William R. Cox Job Title: Division Chief Organization: El Paso County Public Defender s Office Phone: (915) ext Cell: (915) William R. Bill Cox received his Bachelor s Degree the University of Texas at Austin, and his Juris Doctor from Saint Mary s University School of Law. He is a fellow of The College of the State Bar of Texas, and is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been a member of the El Paso County Public Defender s Office since 1995, and has handled all types of criminal and juvenile law cases as well as child abuse and neglect, failure to pay child support, and office administrative matters during his tenure with the office. He is currently the Special Practice Unit Division Chief overseeing the Juvenile, Mental Health, Treatment Court Units in addition to handling a number of office administrative matters. He has been the technology lead for the Public Defender s Office since 1998, and is a member of El Paso County s Justice Systems Steering Committee, which he chaired from 1998 to He is also frequent speaker on juvenile mental health and mental retardation issues. John Dahill Job Title: General Counsel Organization: Texas Conference of Urban Counties Phone: (512) John Dahill began his legal career as a staff attorney at the Texas District & County Attorneys Association. He spent 5 years as a prosecutor in the Dallas DA s office, primarily prosecuting public officials while assigned to the Public Integrity Unit. He then moved to the Civil Division and served as the Advisory Chief for 5 years. John served as General Counsel of the Texas Conference of Urban Counties from , and returned in 2011 after stints with state and regional governmental entities in Texas. Page 2

3 Dr. Tony Fabelo Job Title: Director, Research Division Organization: Justice Center, Council of State Governments Phone: Cell: (512) Tony Fabelo is in charge of designing, developing, and implementing the research agenda for the Justice Center. He also provides technical assistance to state and local governments to help increase public safety and make more efficient use of state and local taxpayer dollars. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, he was a Senior Research Associate with the JFA Institute. Between 1984 and 2003, he worked with the Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council, and was appointed by Governor Ann Richards to head this state research and evaluation agency in He continued to serve as Director under Governor George W. Bush and Governor Rick Perry. During Dr. Fabelo s tenure on the Council, he advised five governors from both sides of the aisle. He has also assisted every legislature since 1985 in developing criminal justice policies, including crafting the major justice reinvestment initiative adopted by the Texas legislature in The U.S. Attorney General appointed him to the Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Panel in In 2012, Dr. Fabelo was selected to serve in the National Academy of Sciences panel on the Cause and Consequences on High Incarceration Rates, which will issue a national report in 2014 on this subject. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Buck Files Job Title: Past President/Criminal Defense Attorney Organization: State Bar of Texas Phone: (903) Buck Files has represented indigent defendants in Texas and federal criminal cases for more than 40 years and is the first criminal defense lawyer in 34 years to be elected President-elect of the State Bar of Texas. He is certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1975) and in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has served on the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and on TBLS s Criminal Law Advisory Commission (Chair, ). Buck is a charter member and former director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has been inducted into TCDLA s Hall of Fame (2011). He was named Defense Lawyer of the Year by the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar (2004). Buck has been a frequent speaker at criminal law CLE programs for more than thirty years. He earned a B.A. from Austin College, where he sits on the Board of Trustees, and M.L.A. and J.D. degrees from Southern Methodist University. His military service was in the United States Marine Corps. Buck is a shareholder in Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison, P.C. in Tyler, Texas. Page 3

4 Laura V. Garcia Job Title: Deputy Legislative Director Organization: Texas Association of Counties Phone: (512) Laura V. Garcia is the Deputy Legislative Director at the Texas Association of Counties. Prior to joining the organization, Laura worked as an Assistant County Attorney with the Travis County Attorney s Office. She has also served as General Counsel for the Office of State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. Laura is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, and engages in volunteer activities with several organizations, including Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Austin Partners in Education, and the Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission. Originally from San Benito, Texas, Laura holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science and Policy Studies from Rice University. David Gonzalez Job Title: Criminal Defense Attorney Organization: Sumpter & Gonzalez Phone: (512) David has successfully represented clients accused of serious felonies and misdemeanors at the trial level in state, federal and juvenile court. He is qualified to be on the A list by the District Judges in Travis County to represent indigent clients against the most serious criminal allegations. In his appellate practice, he has appeared before the Court of Criminal Appeals, the 3rd and 10th Courts of Appeal, and written successful Petitions for Discretionary Review resulting in lower court decisions being overturned. David is the firm s visionary and he brings a commitment to systemic change to the firm. To that end, he lobbied for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association during the 80th Legislative Session and will do so again in the upcoming 81st Legislative Session. He has also addressed the statewide conference of District and County Attorneys, assisted in training public defenders and municipal court prosecutors, and presented at a national conference regarding the changes to Texas sex offender laws. Page 4

5 John Gross Job Title: Indigent Defense Counsel Organization: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Phone: (202) John Gross helps the association devise legislative and litigation strategies, working closely with NACDL s leadership, committees, affiliates and pro bono outside counsel, as well as liaising with other legal and professional organizations. Mr. Gross is Indigent Defense Counsel for The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law where he teaches Criminal Procedure and Evidence. Mr. Gross has published articles on the right to counsel at arraignment, the importance of the exclusionary rule and the role counsel plays in protecting the rights of the indigent. In addition, he has given numerous presentations on Public Defense Delivery Systems and on ethical issues related to the practice of criminal defense. Prior to joining the NACDL, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Acting Director of the Syracuse University College of Law s Criminal Defense Clinic. Prior to his teaching and clinical career, he was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society in New York City in the Criminal Defense Division, where he represented indigent defendants at all stages of prosecution, from arraignment through disposition. A 1999 graduate of Hofstra University College of Law, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Stephen F. Hanlon Job Title: Missouri lawyer who limits his practice to representing public defenders with excessive caseloads Phone: (202) Mr. Hanlon has a long history of handling public interest and civil rights cases. In 1989, he founded the Community Services Team (CST) at Holland & Knight and for the next 23 years he served as the Partner in Charge of the CST, which during Mr. Hanlon s tenure was the largest full-time private practice pro bono department in the nation. Since his retirement from Holland & Knight at the end of 2012, Mr. Hanlon has confined his practice to assisting and representing public defenders with excessive caseloads. He is currently the Chair of the American Bar Association s Indigent Defense Group for the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. Mr. Hanlon s civil rights work has focused on class action and multiple plaintiff institutional reform litigation. He has successfully litigated the first statewide challenge to high stakes testing in education, class actions in housing discrimination, a claim on behalf of the survivors and descendants Page 5

6 of the town of Rosewood, Florida which was destroyed by neighboring whites in 1923, challenges to unconstitutional indigent defense systems in Florida, Massachusetts and Missouri, cases involving failure to obtain informed consent in biomedical research in Florida and Arizona, cases challenging conditions of confinement in prison litigation in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, and cases involving unconstitutional mental health systems in Florida. Don Hase Job Title: Criminal Defense Attorney Organization: Ball & Hase Attorneys at Law Phone: (817) Mr. Hase is a defense attorney in Arlington. He has been actively involved in indigent defense-related matters over many years, has presented at past Commission trainings, and he is a past recipient of the Commission's Robert O. Dawson Distinguished Indigent Defense Award. Don Hase received his law degree in 1981 from Texas Tech University School of Law and immediately joined the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. During his time in the DA's office, he prosecuted cases in Felony, Misdemeanor and Juvenile courts. He also handled appeals in the Appellate Section of the DA's office. He was a senior felony prosecutor at the time he left the DA's office in 1987 and became a founding partner of Ball, Hase & Wisch, which in 1995 became Ball and Hase. He is active in the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and was President in He is also a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Arlington Bar Association. Dennis Keefe Job Title: Elected Public Defender Organization: Lancaster County, Nebraska Public Defender Phone: (402) Dennis Keefe is the Elected Public Defender for Lancaster County, Nebraska in Lincoln and has served in that position for 35 years. He is a past Chair of the Defender Council of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and a past member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense, as well as former Chair of its Bar Information Project. He served as President of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association and has been a member of the House of Delegates of the Nebraska State Bar Association. He is currently serving as a member of Nebraska s Minority Justice Committee, a joint project of the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska State Bar Association. He is a long time advocate of time based caseload standards for public defender offices and has written and trained on the subject for many years. Page 6

7 Jeanette Kinard Job Title: Director Organization: Travis County Mental Health Public Defender Office Phone: (512) Jeanette Kinard is Director of the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender Office in Austin, Texas. A long-time criminal defense attorney, Jeanette has a Bachelor's Degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Law Degree from The University of Houston in Houston. She is a frequent speaker, statewide, on the topic of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association (President, and ), Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association (Board of Director s, and ), National Criminal Defense Lawyer s Association and The National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Jeanette is author of Competency Catch-22 which was published in Voice for the Defense, November, 2009 and Frequent Callers to 911 Systems: Who s Really Crazy?...also in Voice for the Defense, April, 2010, Forced Med in Texas FAQ s, Voice for the Defense, November, 2011, Personality Disorders or Why is My Client Such a Jerk?, Voice for the Defense, 2011, Jeanette serves on the Mayor s Mental Health Task Force; the Texas Continuity of Care Task Force; Travis County MH Jail Diversion Committee Meeting and is a Board Member for Capacity for Justice. She was a partner at Kinard & Kinard in Austin, TX for 17 years; editor of Kinard s DWI Manual; served six years on the District 9 Grievance Committee ( ) and was formerly a prosecutor in Harris, Bell and Travis Counties. Norman Lefstein Job Title: Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus Organization: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Phone: (317) Norman Lefstein is Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Professor Lefstein was dean of the law school from 1988 until Before becoming the school's dean, Professor Lefstein was a faculty member of the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and has held visiting or adjunct appointments at the law schools of Duke, Georgetown, and Northwestern. During the past forty years, Professor Lefstein has published extensively about indigent defense in the United States and related subjects, including the duties of lawyers in providing defense representation. In November 2011, the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants published his latest book Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense. In December 2012, the ABA published an Executive Summary and Recommendations based on his book. Both publications are available at He also testifies frequently as an expert witness in cases throughout the country pertaining to these subjects. Page 7

8 Andrea Marsh Job Title: Founder and Executive Director Organization: Texas Fair Defense Project Phone: (512) At TFDP, Ms. Marsh focuses on improving Texas s public defense system and challenging policies that create modern-day debtors prisons filled with poor people who cannot afford to pay commercial bond fees and post-conviction fines and costs. She has successfully challenged unconstitutional indigent defense practices before the U.S. Supreme Court, Texas Supreme Court, and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. She has led advocacy campaigns that resulted in legislation that protects the rights of defendants who appear without counsel, facilitates the development of independent defender programs in Texas counties, and mandates a statewide caseload study and defense attorney caseload reporting. Ms. Marsh also chaired the subcommittee that drafted the State Bar of Texas s Performance Guidelines for Non-Capital Criminal Defense Representation and served on the study group that developed the proposal for the new public defender s office in Harris County (Houston). She was the youngest recipient of Texas Lawyer magazine s Extraordinary Women in Texas Law Award in 2008, and in 2009 she received the Texas Law Fellowship s Excellence in Public Interest Award. Joseph Martinez Job Title: Executive Director Organization: Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Phone: (512) Cell: (512) Joseph is currently Executive Director of Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served in the position since Up until 2010 he also served as Executive Director for Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute in Austin. Joseph has a broad range of professional experience. He has worked in the nonprofit, for profit, public, and faith-based sectors. He has thirty-six years experience in leadership positions. They include: Executive Director, Manor Education Foundation; Executive Director, Austin Substance Abuse Center, Senior Vice-President, United Way of Texas; Director of Community Development, Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services; Regional Administrator-South Texas and State Director of Parole and Residential Contracts, Texas Youth Commission. Joseph is founder and President of Texas Strategies, a management-consulting firm. He was also Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Austin Community College. Joseph has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology from St. Mary s University in San Antonio and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, Executive MBA Program. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding leadership and his numerous contributions to his community. Page 8

9 He has written six very successful publications. They include: Texas: Planning for the Future, Social, Economic, Political and Philanthropic Trends and Impa22ct, Welfare Reform Toolkit for Communities, Texas Public Policy Handbook, 4 th Edition and 5 th Edition, and Final Report: 75 th Texas Legislative Session, For Nonprofits, 1997 and 1999 Edition. Bobby Mims Job Title: President of TCDLA Organization: Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Phone: (903) Cell: (903) Bobby D. Mims is a criminal defense attorney in Tyler, Texas. He is a US Army veteran and served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He graduated with a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, a JD from the South Texas College of Law and attended The Harvard Business School. His practice is limited to criminal defense during which he has tried more than 270 jury trials and is presently in defense of his 40th Capital Murder case. He is the President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense, the Federal Bar for the Eastern District of Texas, the Smith County Bar Association, the Smith County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, the Cherokee County Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Mims is a Fellow of the College of the State Bar and a Super Fellow of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Education Institute. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense Law by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since In 2012 he was selected a one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He regularly serves on the faculty of the TCDLA Criminal Trial College in Huntsville and has served as a faculty member of the Capital Murder Trial Advocacy Program at the Center for American and International law. In April 2009 he testified before Congressional House Criminal Justice Committee in support of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 which equalized the sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine. Page 9

10 Norman Reimer Job Title: Executive Director Organization: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Phone: (202) Norman L. Reimer is the Executive Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). NACDL is the preeminent organization in the United States advancing the mission of the nation s criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for all and to advocate for rational and humane criminal justice policies. As executive director, Norman Reimer leads a professional staff based in Washington, D.C. serving NACDL s approximately 10,000 direct members and 90 local, state and international affiliate organizations with up to 40,000 members. Prior to assuming this position Norman Reimer practiced law for 28 years, most recently at Gould Reimer Walsh Goffin Cohn LLP. A criminal defense lawyer throughout his career, with expertise in trial and appellate advocacy in both state and federal jurisdictions, Mr. Reimer is also a recognized leader of the organized bar, and a spokesperson in behalf of reform of the legal system. Lynn Pride Richardson Job Title: Chief Public Defender Organization: Dallas County Public Defender s Office Phone: (214) Lynn Pride Richardson is the Chief Public Defender for the Dallas County Public Defender s Office, the largest and second oldest Public Defender s Office in the State of Texas. Lynn was born and reared in West Palm Beach, Florida, and educated in the Palm Beach County School System. She was active in speech and debate and was a nationally ranked orator and debater in both High School and College. Lynn earned a Bachelor s Degree in Theatre from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University Of Florida College Of Law in Gainesville, Florida. She has been practicing criminal law for 26 years and is licensed in both Texas and Florida. Early in her legal career, Lynn worked as an associate for the law firm of Haygood, Williams, Rose and Olds concentrating on criminal and family law, insurance defense, and civil litigation. She later opened her own criminal defense firm and served as a criminal conflict attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. In Texas, Lynn has worked as an Assistant Public Defender for the last 18 years starting as a felony trial attorney. She was later promoted to Misdemeanor Supervisor responsible for hiring, training and supervising all misdemeanor level attorneys in the office. She served as First Assistant to the Chief Public Defender for eight years and twice served as Interim Chief. She was appointed Chief Public Defender by the Dallas County Commissioners in Lynn manages a budget of over $8 million for an office with 96 attorneys who practice in the criminal, family, appellate, juvenile, mental health and probate courts. Page 10

11 As a part of her duties and responsibilities, Lynn is actively involved in several Dallas County initiatives including the Dallas County Mental Health Steering Committee, Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Team, the Jail Population Committee and the Dallas County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB). She is a proud member of the board of directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and serves on several subcommittees. Lynn is also a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has most recently served on the TCDLA Executive Committee. Carl Richey Job Title: Founder and President Organization: Justice Works Phone: (801) Carl Richey is the Founder and President of Justice Works ; a technology service provider specializing in case management systems for justice agencies. The flagship product, defenderdata, is in use by over 8,000 legal professionals nationwide. Mr. Richey has been providing case management consulting and services to public defenders since Honorable Linda A. Rodriguez Job Title: Judge Organization: County Court at Law for Hays County, Texas Phone: (512) Judge Linda A. Rodriguez is a County Court at Law Judge for Hays County, Texas, one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Elected to the bench in 1990, her court has jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanors, civil cases up to $200,000, probate of wills and estates, guardianships, mental health commitments, family law, condemnations, and appeals from justice and municipal courts. She is the designated Juvenile Judge for Hays County and currently serves as chairman of the Hays County Juvenile Board and vice-chair of the Hays County Bail Bond Board. With other key organizers, she is working on creating a Veterans Court in Hays County. A frequent guest speaker at continuing education courses and youth programs such as Shattered Dreams, she also works with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, teaching tribal judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys practicing in Native American tribal courts across the nation. In May, 2013 she was appointed by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson to the Texas Judicial Council. In August, 2013 Governor Perry appointed her to the Governing Board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. Prior to assuming the bench, she was in private practice, a legal aid attorney and Students Legal Advisor at Texas State University. She was the first female and first Hispanic prosecutor in both Hays and Caldwell Counties. Judge Rodriguez graduated from San Marcos High School and has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law. Page 11

12 Peter Sterling Job Title: General Counsel Organization: Missouri State Public Defender System Phone: (573) , Ext. 201 Cell: (573) Peter Sterling is a public defender with over 40 years of experience in indigent defense and constitutional litigation and currently serves as General Counsel to the Missouri State Public Defender System. As a career public defender Mr. Sterling has extensive jury trial and management experience in both urban and rural settings. As an early advocate of legal technology Mr. Sterling lead the effort to put computers on the desk of every Missouri public defender and spearheaded the initial design and development of the system s statewide caseload management program. The Special Master appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to take evidence in the public defender caseload litigation described Mr. Sterling as the public defender's caseload guru. Mr. Sterling has worked extensively with caseload management and workload measurement tools. He is currently assisting in an ABA funded study by an independent certified accounting/consulting firm to create durable caseload standards for Missouri public defenders using data from an institutionalized time keeping system required of all employees. Jessica Tyler Job Title: Research Manager Organization: Council of State Governments Justice Center Phone: (512) Jessica Tyler works as a Research Manager at the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Her background with the judicial and legislative processes supports a number of the Justice Center's research projects. She helped complete an evaluation of the Harris County Public Defender Office, which included a weighted caseload study, and recently began an assessment of Williamson County s indigent defense practices. Before joining the Justice Center, she worked on judicial and indigent defense research as a senior researcher at the Texas Office of Court Administration. Jana Clift Williams Job Title: Attorney Organization: Allison, Bass & Associates, L.L.P. Phone: (512) ext Jana Clift Williams is an attorney with the firm of Allison Bass & Associates, L.L.P., in Austin, Texas. Ms. Williams practices county government law, which includes the areas of litigation, contracts, real estate, bankruptcy and appeals. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and is a member of the Bar for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Williams graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Texas State University and cum laude with a J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law. Page 12

13 Douglas K. Wilson Job Title: Colorado State Public Defender Organization: Colorado State Public Defender System Phone: (303) Mr. Wilson obtained his Bachelor s Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in1978. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law, obtaining his J.D. in May of Mr. Wilson has spent the majority of his career as a criminal lawyer serving the poor of his community. He began interning with the Colorado Public Defender system in 1981, moved into a position as a Deputy Public Defender in the Pueblo office in 1982, and was appointed Office Head of the Pueblo Office in He served the system in this position for 13 years, while simultaneously filling the role as a top litigator on many death penalty cases across the state. Mr. Wilson was appointed to the position of Chief Trial Deputy in January of 2005, where he worked until being appointed as the Colorado State Public Defender on November 1, Mr. Wilson was honored by the Public Defender System on two occasions for his steadfast service to his clients and his ongoing work in opposition to the death penalty. He received the prestigious David F. Vela Award in 1998 and was chosen as Attorney of the Year in Mr. Wilson also received the Jonathan Olom Award in 1999 for his dedication and continued work as a top criminal defense lawyer. Mr. Wilson has served as a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, Regional Chapter Ex-Officio Board Member since He has served as an Advisory Board Member of Coloradoans Against the Death Penalty. During his tenure as the Colorado State Public Defender, Mr. Wilson was awarded a certificate of completion from Harvard University for his participation in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in July of He currently serves as a member of the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission; a member of the Comprehensive Sentencing Task Force; a member of NLADA; and is an Executive Member of the ACCD. Page 13

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