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1 FEATURED SPEAKERS Thomas E. Perez Thomas E. Perez, nominated by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, was sworn in on October 8, Since then, Mr. Perez has worked to restore and transform the Division, in the spirit of its traditional role as the conscience of the nation, to further fulfill the promise of our nation s most treasured laws advancing equal opportunity, leveling the playing field, and protecting the rights of all. Mr. Perez has spent his entire career in public service. Prior to his nomination, he served as the Secretary of Maryland s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation an agency that safeguards critical consumer and worker protections and was a principal architect of a sweeping reform package to address his state s foreclosure crisis. In 2002, he became the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council, serving with distinction until Earlier in his career, Mr. Perez spent 12 years in federal public service, mainly as a career attorney in the Civil Rights Division he now leads. In that role, he prosecuted, or supervised the prosecution of, some of the Division s highest-profile civil rights cases, including a hate crimes case in Texas involving a group of white supremacists who went on a deadly, racially motivated crime spree. Mr. Perez later served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno, chairing the interagency Worker Exploitation Task Force, which oversaw a variety of initiatives designed to protect vulnerable workers. He also served as Special Counsel to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, acting as Senator Kennedy's principal adviser on civil rights, criminal justice and constitutional issues. For the final two years of the Clinton administration, Mr. Perez served as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Perez, who has been a law professor at University of Maryland School of Law and a part-time professor at the George Washington School of Public Health, received a Bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1983, a Master's of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1987, and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in Mr. Perez lives in Maryland with his wife, Ann Marie Staudenmaier, an attorney with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and their three children. Ray Ybarra Ray Ybarra is a co-founder and organizer for PUEBLO. In addition to his work with PUEBLO, Ybarra is a human rights activist, writer, filmmaker, photographer, and public speaker. Born in Douglas, AZ, Ybarra's mother was born just a few miles to the south in the town of Agua Prieta, Sonora. Ybarra co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary, "Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border and created and coordinated the Legal Observer Project during the Minutemen's operations. He has trained hundreds of volunteers and spent months following the Minutemen as they patrolled along the U.S.-Mexico Divide. Ybarra has written about and given numerous talks on vigilantism, the militarization of the border and the growing immigrant s rights movement at numerous universities including Stanford, Harvard, University of California at Berkeley, and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and to community groups from Washington to Iowa. In addition to receiving awards for his commitment to social justice, Ybarra has testified in front of local and state bodies as well as having his work quoted at the United Nations. Ybarra is frequently quoted in both the national and international media and his work has been profiled in the Intelligence Report, Stanford Lawyer, and in a documentary that premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, 'Crossing Arizona.' Ybarra attended Cochise Community College in Douglas, AZ and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University in 2002 and from Stanford Law School in P a g e

2 Chief Roberta A. Abner SESSION SPEAKERS Roberta Abner is a 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who was promoted to Chief in April 2007 by Sheriff Lee Baca and assigned to head the Department s Leadership and Training Division. Chief Abner's responsibilities include oversight of the Internal Affairs Bureau; Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau; Training Bureau; Drug Prevention Program (STAR); Civil Litigation Unit; Risk Management Unit; and the Professional Development Bureau, which provides advanced personnel training, accredited degree programs (LASD-University), oversees the Education Based Discipline (EBD) program and conducts the Deputy Leadership Institute (DLI). Chief Abner s career with the Sheriff's Department began in After graduating from the Training Academy as a Deputy Sheriff, she held assignments at Sybil Brand Institute for Women, West Hollywood Station, and Recruit Training Bureau. Upon being promoted to Sergeant in 1987, Chief Abner worked in a patrol assignment, as an investigator at Internal Affairs Bureau, and as the Commander s Aide at Professional Standards and Training Division. When she was promoted to Lieutenant in 1991, she worked at Pitchess Detention Center s East Facility, West Hollywood Station, Scientific Services Bureau, Internal Affairs Bureau, and Century Station. Upon her promotion to Captain in 1999, she oversaw the operations at Court Services East Bureau, and eventually assumed command of Temple Station. In 2003, Chief Abner was promoted to Commander and was assigned to the Office of the Sheriff as Sheriff Baca s Executive Assistant overseeing the operations of the Sheriff s Office, Sheriff s Headquarters Bureau, Employee Support Services Bureau, and the Sheriff s Youth Foundation. Chief Abner received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and recently received an Executive Master of Leadership degree from the University of Southern California. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Southern California. David Allen David Allen is a partner in Allen, Hansen and Maybrown, P.S. and limits his practice to state and federal criminal defense, appeals and representing lawyers and judges on ethics matters. He is a 1969 graduate of Boston University Law School and was employed at Seattle Legal Services from 1969 through 1973 and the King County Public Defender from 1973 until 1978 when he entered private practice and formed the firm of Allen, Hansen and Maybrown. Allen has taught criminal procedure at Seattle University Law School and is a charter member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He was the 1995 recipient of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer s William O. Douglas award. Allen has successfully defended police officers charged with criminal offenses and obtained acquittals in several recent cases including State v. Troy Meade, Snohomish Co. Superior Court 2010, where an Everett police officer was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges after shooting and killing a DUI suspect who was attempting to run him over; US v. Bonnar, USDC WDWA 2008, where a King Co. Sherriff s deputy was acquitted of criminal civil rights violations after allegedly using excessive force to detain a suspected female drug dealer; State v. Keller, King County Superior Court 2005 where King Co. Sheriff s deputy was acquitted of assault against an informant; State v. G, King County Dist. Ct. 2009, King County Sherriff s deputy acquitted of assault against suspect; State v. W, Kent District Court 2007, federal agent alleged to have destroyed drug dealer s property, acquitted; (full names of officers are used only when case was prominently reported in media). Barbara Attard Barbara Attard is a consultant specializing in police practices and oversight of police misconduct. Her career in civilian oversight spans 25 years, having worked as the San Jose Independent Police Auditor, the director of the Berkeley Police Review Commission (PRC), and one of the inaugural staff of the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC). 2 P a g e

3 Attard is a past president and long-standing member of the NACOLE board of directors, previously serving as secretary and vice-president. She has been active in international and national associations of civilian oversight for over twenty years and has worked with oversight professionals worldwide to reestablish an international association of civilian oversight, the International Network for the Independent Oversight of Policing (INIOP). Attard has consulted with many jurisdictions to establish or strengthen oversight, to include: Members of the California State Legislature, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors, the cities of Eureka, Fresno, Riverside, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and Santa Rosa, CA; the Police Services Commission, Abuja, Nigeria; Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico; Brasilia, Brazil; and the Jamaican Police Civilian Oversight Authority. Attard was the recipient of a 2009 Silicon Valley NAACP Freedom Fighters Award and the 2008 Santa Clara Valley ACLU Don Edward Civil Liberties Award for her work to strengthen oversight of the San Jose Police Department. She received commendations from Congressman Mike Honda and S.J. Council Member Madison Nguyen as well. Attard earned her Master s Degree in Public Administration at the University of San Francisco. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Social Science from Humboldt State University in northern California. Attard is a second generation San Francisco native and a graduate of Balboa High School. Mary Beth Baptista Mary-Beth Baptista took the position of Director of the Independent Police Review (IPR) division on May 29, IPR receives and screens complaints about Portland Police officers. IPR may investigate, mediate, dismiss, or refer complaints to the Bureau. IPR oversees ongoing investigations, analyzes complaint patterns, and conducts policy reviews. Prior to taking the Director position, she was a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County for over six years. She prosecuted a wide range of cases and held two specialized positions in the domestic violence unit. As the Violence Against Women Act Deputy and the Elder Abuse Deputy, she worked with victims of domestic violence by focusing on coalition building with the non-profit and social service community to prevent, identify, and respond to violent crimes against women from underserved populations and the elderly. Ms. Baptista graduated from Syracuse University with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Political Science and Policy Studies and Public Affairs in Post graduation, she worked for a small non-profit organization in San Francisco organizing Earth Day events and teaching water conservation / environmental education in Bay Area schools. Ms. Baptista also worked at the Sierra Club s National Headquarters as the lead contact for the Environmental Public Education Campaign (EPEC) where she traveled to several EPEC sites across the country to train Club staff and volunteers with the media, organizing, and coalition building skills necessary to efficiently and effectively work on local campaigns. Ms. Baptista moved to Portland in 1998 to attend Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and earned her JD in Cristina Beamud Cristina Beamud was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and joined the Rochester Police Department in 1976 as one of group of five women patrol officers. While a police officer, she worked patrol, criminal investigations and internal investigations. She left the police department in 1987 and attended law school at Northeastern University in Boston. After graduation, she was a prosecutor for the Middlesex County District Attorney s office. She supervised three community courts and specialized in child abuse prosecutions. In 1998 she became the Legal Advisor to the Cambridge Massachusetts Police Department where she served as an Assistant City Solicitor. In 2006 she relocated to Eugene Oregon in order to establish the Police Auditor s office. The Auditor s office was established by City Charter Amendment and was designed to provide citizen oversight and input into the complaint process in matters involving the Eugene Police Department. She 3 P a g e

4 also supported a Citizen Review Board. Ms. Beamud joined the Atlanta Citizen Review Board as their Executive Director in September Nicole Bershon Nicole Bershon holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a law degree from the UCLA School of Law. While in law school, she co-founded the UCLA Women's Law Journal and served as its Co-Editor in Chief during her third year. Following law school, she joined the law firm of Stutman, Treister & Glatt, a bankruptcy boutique, where she represented corporate debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court work-outs. She then joined the law firm of Irell & Manella where she worked on civil litigation and white collar criminal defense matters. She left private practice to join the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office where she spent five years in the criminal side of the office, prosecuting a variety of misdemeanors, including domestic violence matters, narcotics offenses, and gang-related crimes. She then spent over a year in the Police Division of the City Attorney's Office representing the Los Angeles Police Department and individual officers, first in connection with Pitchess requests for peace officer personnel records and later in connection with civil litigation matters. In 2002, she became an Assistant Inspector General (AIG) with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). As an AIG, Ms. Bershon headed the office s Complaint Intake and Review Section for over six years in which position she supervised the intake and review of complaints of misconduct initiated by Department employees and members of the public, as well as the preparation of quarterly and annual reports reviewing, respectively, the Department s imposition of discipline and the handling of workplace complaints. In addition, she helped create a new Special Projects Unit (SPU) to allow the OIG to respond quickly and proactively to unanticipated emergency or high-profile events which required immediate review and analysis by the OIG as well as to identify and address emerging patterns and trends within the Department. As head of the SPU, among other things, Ms. Bershon oversaw the OIG s review of the Department s investigation into the televised uses of force by LAPD officers in riot gear on May Day 2007 in the City s MacArthur Park. In addition, she worked closely with the City s then-newly formed Office of Public Safety (the City s other municipal law enforcement agency) in revamping how they investigated complaints of misconduct and use of force incidents. On May 4, 2010, Ms. Bershon was appointed by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners to serve as their Inspector General. Merrick Bobb Merrick Bobb is the founding director of the Police Assessment Resource Center, or PARC, a project of the Vera Institute of Justice, with offices in Los Angeles and New York City. Mr. Bobb has worked on police reform issues since the early 1990s and has been recognized, in the words of Dr. Samuel Walker, as simply the nation s leading expert on police accountability. Through PARC, Mr. Bobb consults with cities, counties, and states; with individual oversight and law enforcement agencies, both domestically and internationally; and with the U.S. Department of Justice. His reports are tutoring documents analyzing the major issues in police accountability. Mr. Bobb received the NACOLE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his work in civilian oversight. Officer Samuel Braboy Officer Samuel Braboy attended the University of Washington and later enlisted in the United States Army. While in the military, he performed duties as a Military Police and Chief Investigator. Braboy joined the Seattle Police Department as a officer in 1992 and has worked in both the South and Southwest Precinct. He has worked extensively in the schools in south and southwest Seattle as a School Liaison Officer. In addition to performing his duties in and around the schools, Braboy taught "Options, Choices, and Consequences" to hundreds of middle school students. Braboy is currently assigned as a School Emphasis Officer at Denny Middle School and is part of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Clifford A. Brown 4 P a g e

5 Clifford A. Brown is an Attorney with over 19 years experience. Mr. Brown received his BBA in Business Management & Finance from Adelphi University in New York. He earned a Juris Doctorate at The George Washington University- National Law Center (Washington D.C.) in Mr. Brown has extensive litigation experience having tried over 100 cases. He has worked both sides of the aisle as both a defense attorney and prosecutor. Upon Graduating law school, he accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx District Attorney s Office in New York City. This position proved to be a great training ground where he prosecuted a wide variety of crimes including child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, robbery as well as homicide cases. In 1993 he entered into private practice as a Partner in the New York City firm of Jackson, Brown, Powell and St. George. This firm was principally an Entertainment Law Firm. However given Brown s litigation experience the firm was also able to serve its clients in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. He represented clients in all phases of criminal defense and civil litigation. As a criminal defense attorney, Brown handled several high profile cases involving both celebrity as well as indigent clients. Mr. Brown and his family relocated to Austin, Texas from the New York Metropolitan Area in 2000, whereupon he accepted a position with the Travis County District Attorney s Office. He once again began to prosecute the most serious of cases in the District Courts of Travis County including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated robbery and child as well as adult sexual assaults. In 2004 Mr. Brown was selected to serve in a newly created position as a Community Prosecutor in the North Central area of Austin. This position was that of a non-traditional prosecutor, where he served as a liaison working in partnership with various community residents, groups, organizations as well as the Austin Police Department seeking to help facilitate solutions to local problems thereby strengthening neighborhoods. In January of 2007, Mr. Brown was selected by City Manager to serve as the City of Austin Police Monitor. His office is a vehicle for citizens to file complaints of misconduct against the Austin Police Department. They oversee the investigation of those complaints in order to provide a sense of transparency to that process in an effort to enhance public confidence and support of the Police Department. Mr. Brown is very active in Austin community affairs through his church (Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church) where he serves as a member of the Deacon s Ministry and the Lake Travis Youth Association where Mr. Brown is both a past Board Member and a volunteer basketball coach. In addition, Mr. Brown has served as a mentor within AISD. He is a regular panelist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MAAD). He is a regular facilitator at the monthly Harvest Foundations African-American Men and Boy s Conferences. He is presently a Board Member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). He routinely speaks at various church, community and civic conferences. Brian Buchner Brian Buchner is a Special Investigator II with the Los Angeles Police Commission Office of the Inspector General where he is assigned to the Use of Force (UOF) Section, which oversees the Los Angeles Police Department s investigations into the Department s most critical UOF incidents, including officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths and all serious force-related incidents resulting in the hospitalization of the suspect. Prior to that, Brian was assigned to the Complaint Section where he was primarily responsible for the intake and review of internal complaint investigations into allegations of officer misconduct. Brian was a Police Officer in the Ocean City, Maryland Police Department and then obtained a Master's Degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He then went to work at the Police Assessment Resource Center analyzing police policies and practices and models of civilian oversight around the United States. He also studied police-complaint mediation programs, police-community relations, and internal affairs best practices. Since 2005, Brian has been a commissioner on the City of Santa Monica Social Services Commission. Don Casimere Donald Casimere has over 25 years of oversight experience including 12 years as a Berkeley, CA police officer and sergeant. He assisted in the start up of San Francisco s Office of Citizen Complaints (Internal 5 P a g e

6 Civilian Agency), the Richmond, CA Police Commission (Police Review Board Model), and the Office of Public Safety Accountability (Auditor/Monitor Model) in Sacramento, CA. Mr. Casimere is currently employed as the Confidential Investigative and Appeals Officer (CIAO) for the City of Richmond, CA. He provides investigative and administrative support to the RPC and conducts administrative appeal hearings for the City of Richmond. Mr. Casimere has assisted in organizing and has participated in civilian oversight training conferences annually, since He has testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and has spoken nationally and internationally on civilian oversight of law enforcement. Shortly after the fall of the former Soviet Union, Mr. Casimere chaired an international panel which discussed internal and external controls on police in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Casimere is a past president and founding member of the International Association for Civilian Oversight of Law enforcement (IACOLE) and a founding member of NACOLE. He is a recipient of NACOLE s 2008 Lifetime Service Award and NACOLE s Founding Force Award in Mr. Casimere has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Mass Communication, and an Associate in Arts (AA) Degree in Police Science. Lisa Grace Cohen Lisa Grace Cohen is the Director of Mediation at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, which is responsible for investigating and mediating civilian complaints against New York City s Police Department. The CCRB s mediation program, which coordinates approximately 450 mediation cases a year, is the largest such mediation program in the nation. Before joining the CCRB, Ms. Cohen was the Director of the Safe Horizon Brooklyn Mediation Program and the former Training Coordinator. The Safe Horizon Mediation Program is the nation s largest not-for-profit community mediation program and, as the Director of the Brooklyn Mediation Program, Ms. Cohen oversaw and developed mediation services in Brooklyn s Civil Court, Supreme Court, and Housing Court, numerous shelters and other residential facilities as well as a wide variety of community mediation cases at the Brooklyn Mediation Center. She is a certified mediator and arbitrator and an experienced trainer having conducted numerous mediation, conflict resolution and communication skills trainings. She holds a J.D. from Columbia University Law School and a B.A. from Columbia University. Prior to her career in mediation, Ms. Cohen practiced law as an associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and served as Assistant General Counsel at CBS Corporation. Ms. Cohen is currently on the Board of Directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution-Greater New York chapter, a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and a member of the Dispute Resolution sections of the Brooklyn, New York State and American Bar Associations. Marc Colin Marc Colin is a partner in Bruno, Colin, Jewell & Lowe P.C., which has for more than three decades focused its practice on the representation of individual law enforcement officers in civil, criminal, and administrative litigation arising from conduct undertaken within the course and scope of their law enforcement duties. Mr. Colin began his legal career in 1979 following his graduation from the University of Denver College of Law, as the Legal Advisor to the Aurora Police Department, the third largest law enforcement agency in the state of Colorado. Mr. Colin left the City of Aurora in 1983 to form the law firm of Bruno, Bruno & Colin. Since that time, the firm has expanded its representation of law enforcement personnel to officers employed by roughly seventy municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Mr. Colin is a P.O.S.T. certified instructor and teaches at various law enforcement training academies and in-service training programs throughout the State. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, and Metropolitan State College, as well as a presenter and speaker for various national and State law enforcement organizations such as the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Association of Police Organizations. 6 P a g e

7 Throughout his thirty year career, Mr. Colin has responded to more than five hundred Critical Incidents in which he has safeguarded the interests of law enforcement personnel under investigation for and potentially exposed to criminal charges. These Critical Incidents include Officer-Involved Shootings, In- Custody Death, Emergency Pursuits or Responses resulting in accidents, or Uses of Force resulting in serious bodily injury or death. In addition, Mr. Colin has successfully represented hundreds of officers on criminal charges arising from duty-related conduct ranging from Attempted First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Felony Assault and Reckless Endangerment to Animal Cruelty, Perjury, and Official Oppression. Stephen J. Connolly Stephen J. Connolly Mr. Connolly is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Orange County (CA) Office of Independent Review. The OC OIR was created by the County Board of Supervisors in 2008 to provide full-time independent civilian oversight for the OC Sheriff s Department, which has 1800 sworn officers. It adopted the OIR model of oversight that was first developed in Los Angeles County, with Mr. Connolly as a charter member of that Office. OIR uses access to the Department s own internal review process as a vehicle for monitoring critical incidents and investigations of misconduct. It brings its independence and outside perspective to individual cases and policies in an effort to strengthen their effectiveness and credibility. Mr. Connolly has worked extensively on oversight issues related to the custody environment, not only in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, but also in San Diego County and with the California state prison system. He is a graduate of Loyola Law School. Eduardo I. Diaz, Ph.D. Dr. Eduardo I. Diaz has worked for Miami-Dade County since 1982 in a variety of direct service and administrative positions. He currently serves as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator for the Commission on Human Rights. He formerly served as Executive Director of the Independent Review Panel, as Coordinator of Program Evaluation and Crime Prevention for the former Department of Justice System Support, as Director of the Crime and Delinquency Prevention Division of the former Department of Justice Assistance, and as a Family Therapist for the former Department of Youth and Family Development. He is active advocating for improved police/community relations and violence reduction efforts. He is Past President, and a Life Member, of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and has served on the Steering Group of the International Network for Independent Oversight of Policing (INIOP). Diaz was born in Cuba and raised by Cuban Quaker parents. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., a small Quaker liberal arts school. He was awarded a Special University Fellowship to attend graduate school at The Ohio State University, finalizing a Master s degree in 1976 and his PhD in 1979 in Psychology. The emphasis of his training was in Psychophysiology and Counseling Psychology. Diaz is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: the Peace Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA), as Immediate Past President. He is also a member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) and serves as a Lead Facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project-Miami (AVP-Miami). Philip K. Eure Philip K. Eure is the executive director of the Office of Police Complaints (OPC), the District of Columbia s police accountability agency. Mr. Eure started up the agency in 2001 after working as a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he litigated cases on behalf of victims of employment discrimination. While at the Department, he was detailed for a year in to Port-au-Prince as an adviser to the Government of Haiti on a project aimed at reforming the criminal justice system. 7 P a g e

8 Currently, he also serves as president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). Mr. Eure has lectured at various forums in the United States and in other countries on a wide variety of police accountability issues. Mr. Eure received his bachelor s degree in political science from Stanford University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. Justin Felice The Assistant Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Branch of the JCF is Justin Felice who joined the police in Jamaica in September 2007, bringing with him over 30 years of policing experience in Great Britain, and Northern Ireland. Prior to joining the JCF, Mr. Felice was the Senior Director of Investigations at the Police Ombudsman s Office in Northern Ireland a position he had held since He had over 120 staff investigating police complaints, abuses including the use of force and allegations of police collusion and corruption. During his career Mr. Felice s policing Commands have included Professional Standards, Operations, Intelligence and Counter Corruption. Prior to joining the Police Ombudsman s Office, Mr. Felice served with Lancashire Constabulary, one of the largest in the United Kingdom, covering a major part of the north of England. His work there predominantly involved intelligence-led proactive police operations as part of investigations into terrorism, police unethical behaviour, corruption and other serious crime. During his involvement with covert policing he identified significant psychological concerns for the welfare of undercover officers during their deployment and their re-intergration into society. He was sponsored to research the concerns at the University of Cambridge He has been the chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers Counter Corruption Advisory Group, with a responsibility for developing control strategies to protect the Police Service from corruption and unethical behaviour. Member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Professional Standards Committee Member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Firearms Committee. Member of the International Forum for Law Enforcement Agencies examining the use of less lethal options available to international policing. Member of North American Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Agencies. Currently as the Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Anti Corruption Branch, he has a staff of 75. Michael J. Gennaco Mr. Gennaco serves as the Chief Attorney for the Office of Independent Review. The Office of Independent Review is a group of six private attorneys who have a contract with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The OIR=s mission is to ensure that allegations of misconduct by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff=s Department are investigated and reviewed in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. The Office of Independent Review provides oversight to these LASD -conducted internal investigations and provides recommendations to the Sheriff on disciplinary matters with respect to the proper outcome and appropriate disciplinary action to be imposed for founded investigations. The Office of Independent Review also studies LASD policies, procedures, and systems to determine whether such mechanisms infringe on the civil rights of the persons of Los Angeles County and when appropriate, offer recommendations to improve those systems. In the eight years of its existence, OIR has reviewed hundreds of internal investigations and made recommendations on each of them as to disposition and level of discipline as well as made numerous policy recommendations implemented by LASD. OIR has also reviewed hundreds of officer-involved shooting and force incidents for purposes of individual accountability, training, policy revision, and systemic issues. 8 P a g e

9 Mr. Gennaco was also appointed by a federal judge as an expert consultant to assist in designing an Office of Independent Review for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Accordingly, Mr. Gennaco has played a central role in creating independent oversight models for both the largest Sheriff=s department and prison system in the United States. Mr. Gennaco has also assisted other law enforcement entities, including San Diego County Sheriff s Department, Oakland Police Department, Inglewood Police Department, Pasadena Police Department, Torrance Police Department and Palo Alto Police Department regarding review of officer-involved shootings and oversight matters. Prior to accepting the position as Chief Attorney of the Office of Independent Review, Mr. Gennaco served for over six years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. As Chief of the Civil Rights Section, Mr. Gennaco was responsible for overseeing all investigations and allegations of federal civil rights violations and has prosecuted judges, police officers, and white supremacists. Prior to that, Mr. Gennaco was a federal prosecutor for eight years for the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. In his roles, Mr. Gennaco received numerous recognitions for his accomplishments including the coveted Attorney General Distinguished Service award. Mr. Gennaco is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Stanford Law School. Captain Tag Gleason Captain Tag Gleason has served with the Seattle Police Department for over 30 years in a variety of assignments. Currently, Tag serves as the Department s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Captain. He also has commanded the Department s Office of Professional Accountability-Investigations Section, Violent Crimes Section, Training Section, West Precinct, and Special Deployment Section. He served in the US Army, Army Security Agency, as a Russian linguist and is an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice program at Seattle University. Tag is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law and an active member of the Washington State Bar Association. He has lectured nationally on the benefits of police-community partnerships for community development and is a proponent of the community policing/problem solving approach to policing. He enjoys his family and playing baseball. Virginia Gleason Virginia Gleason is the Human Resources Manager for the King County Sheriff's Office, supervising the personnel unit and the internal investigations unit. She graduated from the University Of Oregon School Of Law. Prior to working at the Sheriff's Office, she served as a King County Prosecuting Attorney, and the Administrative Manager of the Port of Seattle Police Department. She is an adjust professor at Seattle University School of Criminal Justice. Cynthia Hernandez Cynthia Hernandez is an attorney with the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review - a civilian oversight group which monitors the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and provides legal advice to ensure that allegations of officer misconduct involving LASD are investigated in thorough, fair, and effective ways. She joined OIR after practicing law as a union attorney where she specialized in representing private and public sector labor unions and was responsible for arbitrating discharge and contract disputes on behalf of the firm s clients. Ms. Hernandez began her law career as a trial attorney at the National Labor Relations Board ( NLRB ) where she investigated unfair labor practices committed by employers and labor organizations. After her tenure at the NLRB, she was appointed by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to defend Rwandan detainees who were charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for the atrocities that occurred in Rwanda in Ms. Hernandez received her J.D. degree from USC Law School. As an undergraduate, Ms. Hernandez attended UC San Diego, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico and the University of Nairobi, Kenya, East 9 P a g e

10 Africa. In 1993, she earned a M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate School. She was a bilingual educator before becoming an attorney and speaks Spanish and Swahili. Joyce Hicks Joyce M. Hicks is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC), a position she has held since November The OCC was created by a voter adopted San Francisco City Charter amendment in 1981 with the mission of conducting fair and impartial investigations of civilian complaints of police misconduct or failure to perform a duty by members of the San Francisco Police Department. The charter also charges the OCC with making policy recommendations to the San Francisco Police Department on its policies and practices. The OCC receives and resolves approximately 1000 complaints each year. The OCC s 35-member staff is comprised of civilians who have never been police officers in San Francisco. Ms. Hicks was the Executive Director of the City of Oakland Citizens Police Review Board from 2003 to 2007 (CPRB). The CPRB hears citizens complaints of police misconduct. Ms. Hicks began her legal career in the Oakland City Attorney s Office in 1977 where she served as one of two Chief Assistant City Attorneys for thirteen years, from 1987 to Ms. Hicks obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of California Berkeley Law School, Boalt Hall, and her BA in Government from Pomona College, Claremont, California. Ms. Hicks is a past Chairperson of the Lawrence Hall of Science Advisory Council, a member of the International House of Berkeley board of directors, a former trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and a past co-chairperson of the California State Bar Council of State Bar Sections. Ms. Hicks is married to her U.C. Berkeley School of Law classmate, Eric Behrens, a University Counsel for the University of California Office of the President. Joyce and Eric have two adult children, Philip, a U.C. Berkeley Law School graduate and Michelle, a Harvard Law School third year student. Susan Hutson The City of New Orleans welcomed Susan Hutson as the Independent Police Monitor in June of this year. Prior to accepting the position in New Orleans, Ms. Hutson worked at the Los Angeles Police Commission s Office of the Inspector General as an assistant inspector general from June of 2007 until May of Ms. Hutson holds an undergraduate degree from the University Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. After law school, she joined a small firm of lawyers, where she had a general practice. She left private practice to join the Corpus Christi City Attorney's Office where she served as an assistant city attorney prosecuting cases in the Municipal Court. She was promoted to chief prosecutor and later moved to the Employment Section, where she advised city directors on numerous employment matters, including disciplinary, constitutional, discrimination, and compensation issues. Her primary responsibilities were consulting with the chief of police, the fire chief, and other supervisors on misconduct investigations and representing the city during arbitrations and civil service hearings. While in Corpus Christi, Ms. Hutson also taught college courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her experience in dealing with Internal Affairs and civil service law led her to the Office of the Police Monitor in Austin, Texas. She began as the Assistant Police Monitor in August of 2004 and took over as the acting police monitor in January of While working in Austin and Los Angeles, Ms. Hutson published reports for these offices, which provide valuable information to the community about how their police departments monitor themselves. Gareth Jones In 1998 Gareth was seconded to Office of the Ombudsman of the Department of National Defense and Canadian Forces (DND/CF) as a Special Advisor and then the first Director of the Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT). He was responsible for directing all major investigations conducted by the Office, including investigations into how the Canadian Forces (CF) dealt with service personnel with 10 P a g e

11 PTSD, the administration of military Boards of Inquiry, the investigation of deaths by the CF and how the families of killed and injured military members were treated. Gareth became an investigator with the Attorney General of the Province of Ontario, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) when it began operations in January SIU is a civilian agency that has a mandate to investigate deaths and serious injuries involving police officers. Gareth conducted 500 criminal investigations into incidents where police were involved in a death or a serious injury, including approximately 100 officer-involved shootings, 150 police pursuits and 50 custody deaths. He also investigated a number of allegations of sexual assault against police officers. He was the lead investigator in the majority of these cases. Gareth been retained by counsel in the United States and Canada to give expert evidence in police shooting and police pursuit cases. He is the co-creator of the Sharpening Your Teeth investigative training program that has been delivered to Ombudsman, Human Rights and other watchdog agencies across the world. He is author of Conducting Administrative, Oversight and Ombudsman Investigations, published by Canada Law Book in Gareth is a former police officer with the Metropolitan Police, London, UK. He immigrated to Canada in He has a BA Honours degree in history from the University of Manchester, UK. Mark J. Kappelhoff Mark J. Kappelhoff currently serves as the Chief of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that position, Mr. Kappelhoff supervises and manages DOJ attorneys involved in the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal civil rights violations, including hate crimes, law enforcement misconduct, and human trafficking. Mr. Kappelhoff began his career in the Criminal Section in 1998, where he served as a Trial Attorney and a Deputy Chief before becoming Chief. Mr. Kappelhoff has an extensive background in the investigation and prosecution of civil rights cases. He has prosecuted a number of significant civil rights cases, including a cross burning case in Kansas in which the defendants burned a seven-foot tall cross in the yard of an African-American family=s home, three correctional officers at Angola Prison in Louisiana who nearly beat to death a handcuffed and shackled elderly inmate, and he led an extensive investigation into a widespread police corruption scandal involving police officers in the Rampart Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. For his efforts, he received the Directors Award from the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys. He also supervised and assisted in the prosecution of U.S. v. Kil Soo Lee, et al., the largest human trafficking case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Mr. Kappelhoff and the entire trial team were awarded the Attorney General=s Award for Exceptional Service, the second highest award in the Department. He has lectured extensively on civil rights prosecutions, and has provided training to prosecutors, law enforcement officials and non-governmental organizations in the United States and abroad. He has taught seminar courses as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Maryland Law School, the American University, Washington College of Law, where he also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the University=s Criminal Justice Clinical Program. Mr. Kappelhoff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from St. John s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He earned his J.D. degree from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Lt. Robert King Lieutenant Robert J. King has been with the Portland Police Bureau for over 20 years. Lieutenant King has served as a patrol officer, full time training officer, SWAT officer, detective, patrol sergeant and for 8 years served as the full time elected president of the police officers union of 900 members. He is currently assigned to the Training Division and oversees the Police Bureau Advanced Academy and Field Training Program for recruit officers. 11 P a g e

12 Mariko Lockhart Mariko Lockhart directs the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, a comprehensive communitybased strategy to reduce and prevent youth violence in the areas of the city most affected the Central, Southeast and Southwest neighborhoods. The Initiative focuses on approximately 800 youth who are most at risk of perpetrating or being a victim of violence and connects them with services and programs such as mentoring, case management, recreation and cultural programs, anger management and employment. Mariko is an experienced non-profit executive, consultant, facilitator and trainer with a significant track record leading public/private community collaborations to benefit disadvantaged populations. As a recent past President & State Director of Communities in Schools of New Jersey (CISNJ), she was responsible for the management and operations of the statewide dropout prevention organization. During her tenure at CISNJ, she established four independent affiliate organizations in high-need school districts. Mariko has significant experience in working with diverse communities and coordinated the broad-based citywide public planning effort to set education goals for the City of Newark's successful application for federal designation as an Enterprise Community. Mariko is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University and holds a Master s in Public Administration from New York University s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Mariko also completed leadership seminars at Northwestern University s Kellogg School of Management and the Aspen Institute s Community Roundtable on Racial Equity and Youth Development. Andre Marin André Marin was appointed as Ontario s sixth Ombudsman in April 2005, for a five-year term. Along with responding to more than 16,000 individual complaints a year, the office has conducted more than a dozen systemic investigations using the Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT), resulting in dramatic government reforms. Prior to his appointment as Ombudsman of Ontario, Mr. Marin served as Canada s first Ombudsman for the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Forces for six-and-a-half years. Having set up the office from day one, he was responsible for the investigation of complaints from those serving in the Canadian military as well as civilian members. His work led to resolving systemic problems as he made recommendations to ensure accountability, transparency and the integration of ethics into Canada s military. From May 2007 to May 2009, he served as president of the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman, representing public and private ombudsmen across the country. He has also been the North American Regional Vice-President of the International Ombudsman Institute since July Before becoming the military Ombudsman, Mr. Marin was Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, from 1996 to The SIU is an independent, civilian agency mandated to maintain public confidence in Ontario s police services by assuring police actions resulting in serious injury or death are subjected to rigorous, independent investigations. Prior to 1996, Mr. Marin was an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Ottawa and became known for prosecuting difficult, high-profile and sensitive criminal cases. In April 2009, Mr. Marin was selected as the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Tom Marshall Award of Excellence, for his outstanding contribution to the practice of public sector law in Ontario. Samara Marion Samara Marion is an attorney and policy analyst for the Office of Citizen Complaints in San Francisco. She has written and negotiated policy recommendations on a variety of subjects including language access, juvenile policing protocols, officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, vehicles pursuits and biased policing. Her article Breaking Down Language Barriers describes her collaborative work with community organizations, city agencies, commissions and the San Francisco Police Department to implement a comprehensive language access policy for officers. (NACOLE Review, Summer 2008.) 12 P a g e

13 Before joining the Office of Citizen Complaints in 2000, Ms. Marion was a public defender in Santa Cruz County from fifteen years where she represented indigent clients at the trial and appellate level in juvenile, adult and capital cases. Her interest in civilian oversight of law enforcement was sparked in part by her successful Pitchess litigation in City of Santa Cruz v. Municipal Court (Kennedy) 49 Cal.3d 74 (1989). For several years, Ms. Marion worked in a community coalition to establish a police review board in Santa Cruz. She has also taught at Santa Clara University School of Law and Stanford Law School. Ms. Marion received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California Davis School of Law, her Masters in the Science of Law from Stanford University and her BA in History and Women s Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz. Chief William J. McSweeney Chief William J. McSweeney, a 36-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department, assumed command of the Detective Division on March 21, In this role, he is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the six bureaus that comprise the Division (Narcotics Bureau, Homicide Bureau, Special Victims Bureau, Commercial Crimes Bureau, Major Crimes Bureau, and the Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention). Prior to this assignment, he was assigned as the Chief of the Department s Homeland Security Division. There, he commanded the Sheriff Department s specialized emergency functions including: disaster preparedness, counter-terrorism, air support, Special Weapons Teams, arson-explosives response, hazardous materials operations, and Los Angeles transit security. Additionally, he oversaw the Sheriff s police service agreements for more than 40 cities and districts in Los Angeles County. Chief McSweeney began his law enforcement career in Following his academy training, he was assigned to many units within the Department as he moved through the ranks. His early assignments included Men's Central Jail, West Hollywood Station, and Lennox Station. He later served in various capacities at the Malibu Station, Recruit Training Bureau, Legislative Advocacy, and Internal Affairs Bureau. In 1996, he was selected as Captain of the Malibu-Lost Hills Station, which serves Malibu and the Northwest San Fernando Valley. He was promoted to Commander in 2000, and he was assigned to Field Operations Region II. As a patrol division Commander, he played a central role in successfully merging the Compton Police Department into the Sheriff's Department. In 2003, Sheriff Baca promoted McSweeney to Division Chief, overseeing the Leadership and Training Division. He is active in several professional and community organizations. He served as president of the Los Angeles County Peace Officers Association in both 2005 and 2006 and is an Executive Board Member. He serves as a Trustee of the Sheriff s Relief Association, a Director of Gateways Hospital, and is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Club. Chief McSweeney is a native of Los Angeles. He attended the University of Colorado and California State University-Northridge. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration. Additionally, he holds an MBA Management certificate from Tulane University. He has also completed the graduate program in Organizational Development at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as well as the Executive Leadership and Homeland Security curriculum at the United States Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. Rob Miller Rob Miller is the Deputy Chief Attorney at OIR, one of six attorneys assigned to provide independent oversight to the Los Angeles Sheriff s Department. As an original OIR attorney, Rob has reviewed scores of internal affairs investigations, officer-involved shootings, and in custody deaths. Rob has also provided independent review of systems and critical incidents for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the San Diego Sheriff s Department, and the Oakland, Torrance, Inglewood, Anaheim and Pasadena Police Departments. Rob came to the OIR from a fifteen-year career in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. His assignments there included central felony trials, juvenile crimes, environmental crimes, OSHA death cases and administration. He prosecuted 70 jury trials for crimes ranging from murder and kidnapping to toxic 13 P a g e

14 dumping and corporate fraud. He has taught evidence, environmental crimes prosecution, and case investigation techniques at seminars and symposia sponsored by the California District Attorneys Association, the Los Angeles County Bar, the California Hazardous Materials Investigators Association, OSHA, the AFL-CIO and the Western States Project. Rob has testified before numerous legislative committees in Sacramento on behalf of proposed law enforcement legislation. Rob attended law school at UCLA and received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He was a research fellow of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and received a MacArthur Foundation grant in Rome for research on terrorism. Stephen Muffler Stephen Muffler has been an attorney and member of the Florida Bar since He graduated with a B.S. in Administration of Justice from University of Missouri. Mr. Muffler received his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters of International Law LLM from University of Miami. He is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Society, and subscribing member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Mr. Muffler has written numerous published articles on policing and public administrative law topics such as combating the Russian Mafia, police operating policies and fighting corruption in international governmental bodies. He has taught law and ethics in four countries and currently is an adjunct professor teaching public administrative law, business law and ethics to MBA and doctoral students at Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Muffler was the former chairman for five years of the City of Fort Lauderdale s Citizen Police Review Board and former legal assistant to the Florida Bar assisting in the investigation and prosecution of disciplinary sanctions against Florida Bar members for violating ethical codes of conduct. He was a former Special Public Defender for the 17 th Judicial Circuit for Broward County Florida for five years handling serious felony cases. He has presented past seminars on workplace investigations, including the Nuts & Bolts of investigating police officers at NACOLE S 2009 Conference Mr. Muffler has held the position of the Executive Director of the City of Key West s Citizen Review Board since Pierce Murphy Pierce Murphy, Boise s first Community Ombudsman, was appointed by the Mayor and the City Council on March 2, 1999 and began work on April 5, Mr. Murphy has extensive experience in human resource management, facilitation, mediation and investigation. Mr. Murphy earned a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University of New Orleans, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Mr. Murphy began his career in 1972 as a law enforcement officer with the City of Menlo Park in California. Following his graduate studies and from 1986 until 1994, Mr. Murphy maintained an active Human Resource Management consulting practice, with clients throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 1994 Mr. Murphy joined the Paper Division of the Boise Cascade Corporation as Manager of Human Resource Development. Mr. Murphy has been a member of NACOLE since 1999 and was on the NACOLE Board of Directors from 2002 to 2008, serving as its president from 2006 to Kathryn Olson Kathryn Olson has been the Director of the Seattle Police Department s Office of Professional Accountability since She is a civilian appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council, reports directly to the Chief of Police, and sits on the Executive Command Staff. Ms. Olson oversees the investigation of police misconduct complaints and makes recommendations on disposition and discipline to the Chief. She makes policy and training proposals to enhance police professionalism and issues regular reports on OPA s work. She is committed to promoting transparency and accountability throughout SPD and encourages strong police-community relations. Ms. Olson s background is as a labor and employment attorney. She obtained a B.S. from the University of California, Davis and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School. She initially worked as an attorney with the Women's Law Fund in Cleveland, Ohio, and then as the Assistant Director of the Fair Employment Practices Clinic and Lecturer in Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Ms. Olson 14 P a g e

15 next joined the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, eventually serving as the Supervisory Trial Attorney in the Seattle Field Office, where she managed attorneys and support staff in enforcing civil rights laws in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. Ms. Olson is on the NACOLE Board and has worked on the Conference Planning, Professional Standards, and Website Committees. She has made numerous presentations on labor and employment issues and topics related to civilian oversight of law enforcement. NACOLE panel presentations include Incident Analysis: Different Perspectives, Best Practices for Investigating and Auditing Less-Lethal Force, and reviews of Seattle s oversight system. Ms. Olson is a certified mediator and is working to expand the use of alternative dispute resolution with police misconduct complaints filed with OPA. Sgt. Richard F. O Neill Sgt. O Neill has served as the full-time president of the Seattle Police Officer s Guild since SPOG is the largest police labor union in the northwest as it represents over 1200 members including officers and sergeants. Sgt. O Neill is a 30+ year veteran of the Seattle Police Department. He was hired in 1980 after having served in the U.S. Army Military Police. As an SPD officer, he served in the patrol division in the South and West Precinct. While assigned to the traffic division, he served in the DUI squad and the traffic enforcement unit. Sgt O Neill was promoted in 1997 and was assigned as a patrol supervisor in the North Precinct. Sgt O Neill was also assigned as an OPA Investigator and a supervisor in the Advanced Training Unit. Raymond W. Patterson Professor Patterson is Associate Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution and Associate Professor of law at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Law School. Professor Patterson earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. He had previously earned an M.A. in education from Adelphi University and a B.S. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After being trained as a mediator in law school, upon graduation he accepted a position as the Director of Mediation for New York City s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), a mayoral agency that handles complaints by civilians against police officers. He implemented and supervised the CCRB s mediation program, the largest of its kind in the country. Professor Patterson was a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution from 1996 through 1998 and was chair of the subcommittee that drafted a model state statute on confidentiality in mediation. He was an original member of the City University of New York s Dispute Resolution Consortium Advisory Panel, an adjunct professor in Cardozo s mediation clinic and at NYU s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. His publications include an article for the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution entitled Resolving Civilian-Police Complaints in New York City: Reflections on Mediation in the Real World. He is a former board member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Citizen Review Board. Liana Perez Liana Perez was selected as the City of Tucson s first Independent Police Auditor in The position was created by Tucson s Mayor & City Council following an intense community dialogue concerning law enforcement s accountability to the citizens of Tucson. Ms. Perez was entrusted with the tasks of developing, implementing and maintaining a credible, fair and equitable review process of citizen complaints of police misconduct. She promotes public awareness of the process by conducting community outreach, focusing on issues and projects that enhance the relationship between the community and the police department. Ms. Perez is a member of the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement and the Hispanic Professional Action Committee. Ms. Perez also serves as the Director of the City of Tucson s Office of Equal Opportunity Programs which encompasses implementation of the City s Small, Minority & Women-Owned Business Program, enforcement of non-discrimination policies under city codes and directives, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and federal Limited English Proficiency requirements. She has a degree in Business Administration from Pima Community College and attended the University of Arizona. 15 P a g e

16 John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., CLS Dr. Peters serves as President and Chief Learning Officer of the Institute for the Prevention and Management of In-Custody Deaths, Inc. A former member of the United States Secret Service Defensive Tactics Advisory Panel, he was training advisor to several state and federal law enforcement agencies in Colorado, Arkansas, Texas, and Alaska. A former police officer and deputy sheriff, he was also the Staff Executive (civilian equivalent of Deputy Chief) of a mid-sized police department, where he headed the Administrative Bureau (seven divisions) and directed the Planning and Research unit. In 2006, Dr. Peters earned the Certified Litigation Specialist (CLS) designation of the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE), and is one of very few professionals who completed the requirements for CLS in each AELE category: Police Liability; Corrections Liability; and, Public Sector Employment Liability. Dr. Peters has taught statistics, research methods, quantitative methods, and business subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has served on several doctoral- and master-degree committees, and has been a faculty advisor to both doctoral- and master-level psychology learners. He is also faculty for Americans for Effective Law Enforcement seminars. As the senior trainer for and president of the internationally recognized training firm, Defensive Tactics Institute, Inc., he has over 30 years of experience teaching tactics, impact tools, defensive tactics, and courses providing operational guidance to criminal justice agencies across the United States, Canada, and England. use of force, policy development, prevention and management of sexual harassment, and managing use-of-force issues. John has more than 250 publications, and has developed several online courses for universities. He has been a consulting and testifying expert witness who has also been judicially qualified as a police practices expert in international (China), federal, and state courts in more than 300 cases, many of which focused upon alleged excessive use of force, positional asphyxia, jail suicide, policy issues, sudden death, handcuffing, sexual harassment, restraint asphyxia, pepper spray, etc. Elizabeth Pittinger Elizabeth C. Pittinger received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Special Education from Marywood College and earned a Master in Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Since 1999, Beth has been the executive director of Pittsburgh s independent Citizen Police Review Board. During her tenure at the CPRB she has promoted responsible citizenship and professional law enforcement through mutual accountability. In 2007, Beth assisted a community coalition with a successful campaign to codify a landmark ordinance governing the administrative management of any domestic violence incident involving a Pittsburgh police officer. Beth is Chair Emeritus of the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and, by appointment of President Clinton, served 6 years on the President s Committee on Mental Retardation. Her public advocacy has included education for children with disabilities, elimination of exclusionary zoning for people with disabilities, and competency based standards with enhanced compensation for direct care workers in the human services. Beth has served as an adjunct faculty member with Community College of Allegheny County and as a judge of elections. Nicole Porter Nicole Porter joined the Office of Police Complaints as Special Assistant in August She came to the agency from the United States Department of Justice s Civil Rights Division, where she worked on police misconduct, disability, and housing discrimination issues. Prior to her tenure with the Justice Department, Ms. Porter served as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. 16 P a g e

17 Ms. Porter received her bachelor s degree from Tennessee State University and her law degree from the University of Tennessee. Assistant Chief Jim Pugel Chief Pugel has worked for the Seattle Police Department since 1983, and was a reserve officer for two years before being hired. He has been assigned to all areas of Seattle and served at all ranks. He was promoted to assistant chief in Jim currently is the commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau overseeing all criminal investigations in the City. Jim was also the executive sponsor for Seattle s replacement of the department s RMS, CAD and electronic field reporting systems. Jim serves as co-chair of Northwest LInX, (Law Enforcement Information Exchange), a criminal records electronic data project with the Navy Criminal Investigation Service. He is co-chair of the East African Chief s advisory council, a member of the U of W Board of Rowing Stewards, the FBI National Academy Associates and Fight Crime, Invest in Kids. As a captain Jim was the field commander for the World Trade Organization Seattle Round in November of He oversaw the training and supervision of the officers from Seattle and commanded all of the police officers from other city, county and state agencies and was liaison with the National Guard for the remainder of the conference. Jim was a defendant and lead witness for the department/city in the numerous claims/law suits that followed, the last being completed in Since then he has presented at the FBI Academy and Headquarters and assisted other large police agencies in preparing for conventions and large events. Jim continues to work with the development of emergency management, crowd control and demonstration management teams for the Department of Homeland Security. Jim is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Political Science and English. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1997 and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University in Jim consults for Major League Baseball focusing on facility and security issues and the planning of baseball events in the United States and in other countries, including the 2004 Olympics, All-Star Games, the World Series and the World Baseball Classic. Anita Rathore Anita Rathore has for the past 17 years worked at OMOD (The Institution Against Public Discrimination) with equal rights & opportunities in relation to a relativly new and emerging multi-cultural Norway. Anita was also one of the founders of OMOD and was recently given the political appointment as leader of the national state board of immigrants in Norway (KIM). OMOD has engaged with state and municipal institutions and companies in assisting them to enhance their service delivery to a culturally & ethically diverse population. Police are one of the target institutions that OMOD has worked with longest and, perhaps one can say, has achieved the most tangible results. OMODs main focus with the police has been the recruitment of minorities to the police academy, dialogue between NGOs and police Community, outreach, diversity training, special diversity adviser to the Commissioner of Police in Oslo, better collection and aggregation of data, documentation of stop and search activities, and visible police identification. Charles Reynolds Charles Reynolds serves as Deputy Monitor for the consent judgments in the City of Detroit (MI) and for the consent decree in the City of Oakland (CA). He previously served as the Independent Auditor for the consent decree in the City of Steubenville (OH) and as a member of the monitor teams for the consent decree and the memorandum of agreement between the USDOJ and the State of New Jersey (state police) and Prince George s County (MD) (Police) respectively. Moreover, Mr. Reynolds was one of the principle evaluators with the Oversight Commission on Policing Reform in Northern Ireland, responsible for monitoring and reporting on progress with the Patten Report recommendations as part on the ongoing peace process. Mr. Reynolds has consulted on police organizational and management issues in 18 states and internationally. He also serves as a police practices expert for the Civil Rights Division of 17 P a g e

18 the US Department of Justice. He holds a BS Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA). Mr. Reynolds policing career spans over 35 years during which he has served as Chief of Police for over 26 years, and as Assistant to the Director of Public Safety for the Navajo Nation. He is a Past President and a current member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Committee and its Civil Right Committee. Reynolds is a former member and Vice Chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. He is a member of the American s for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) Board of Directors and holds its Certified Litigation Specialist (CLS) credential. Mr. Reynolds also served his city in several elected and appointive positions, including Acting City Manager, City Councilor, Mayor, State Representative, Member, City Charter Commission, Chair, Ethics Commission, and Chair, Parking Commission. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Mr. Reynolds became an active member of NACOLE in 2002 and has served as Secretary since Dawn Reynolds Dawn Reynolds, J.D., CLEA, is currently a staff consultant with Elite Performance Auditing Consultants (EPAC) where she works with a team of professionals in providing performance auditing services and training to oversight programs and to public safety and law enforcement agencies. Her background includes 18 years experience in criminal justice and civil rights law as well as monitoring and reviewing complaints and investigations for a civilian oversight agency. Her work with EPAC includes consulting with law enforcement agencies and communities in identifying and reducing risks inherent to law enforcement operations through performance audits, addressing ongoing training and policy needs, improving performance and building and maintaining healthy community relations. Prior to joining EPAC, Ms. Reynolds served as an auditor in the Office of the Police Auditor in the City of Eugene, Oregon where she received and classified civilian complaints against Eugene Police Department employees monitored and reviewed Internal Affairs investigations and worked with the city s Civilian Review Board. She is a licensed attorney and has practiced in both the public and private sector and has significant experience in public administration and as a performance auditor. In the public sector she has served as a prosecutor, a public defender, mediator, municipal court judge and judge pro tem. As a private attorney she specialized in administrative law, civil rights and federal criminal appeals. As an adjunct college instructor, she has taught Criminal Procedure, Indian Law and Mediation. She served for nine years on the Board of Directors for the ACLU-Washington affiliate. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Reynolds worked as a college administrator in the areas of public relations, long range planning, development and marketing. She is an active member of NACOLE and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Professional Standards Committee. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Idaho. Richard Rosenthal Richard Rosenthal is the Independent Monitor (IM) for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. The IM monitors the Denver Police and Sheriff Department s Internal Affairs Bureaus and monitors officerinvolved shooting and in-custody death investigations. The Monitor makes recommendations regarding the imposition of discipline and conducts audits of police policy issues. From , Mr. Rosenthal worked as the first Police Auditor for the City of Portland, Oregon. From , Mr. Rosenthal was a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles. Mr. Rosenthal specialized in the investigation and prosecution of financial crimes and public corruption. Mr. Rosenthal received a Bachelor of Arts with Majors in Economics and History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983 and Juris Doctor from the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law) in P a g e

19 Mr. Rosenthal currently teaches at the University of Colorado Denver s Graduate School of Public Affairs and lectures for the Public Agency Training Council. Mr. Rosenthal has previously taught at Loyola Law School, Portland State University and for the National White Collar Crime Center. Ilana Rosenzweig Ilana Rosenzweig is the Chief Administrator of the City of Chicago s Independent Police Review Authority ( IPRA ), a position she has held since September IPRA investigates all allegations of excessive force, domestic violence, coercion, and verbal abuse with a bias element made against Chicago Police Department members. IPRA also investigates officer-involved discharges of a firearm or Taser, regardless of whether misconduct is alleged. From 2001 to 2007, Ms. Rosenzweig was one of six attorneys in Los Angeles Office of Independent Review ( OIR ). OIR reviewed investigations conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department, into alleged misconduct, officer-involved shootings, and other significant uses of force in order to promote a thorough and fair investigation and appropriate outcome. Ms. Rosenzweig and her colleagues at OIR also consulted with the federal court monitoring the California state prisons to assist it in establishing independent oversight of the disciplinary system, and with the City of Oakland, investigating allegations of misconduct by the Internal Affairs Division of the Oakland Police Department. From 1994 through 2001, Ms. Rosenzweig practiced law at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Ms. Rosenzweig also served, pro bono, on the staff of Merrick J. Bobb, Special Counsel to the County of Los Angeles and contributed to semiannual reports regarding LASD focused on gender discrimination, sexual harassment, use of force complaints, departmental programs to promote gender equity. Ms. Rosenzweig received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, and her B.A. degree, with honors, from the College of William and Mary. After graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. John G. Davies of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Julie Ruhlin Julie Ruhlin is an attorney with the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review, which monitors police misconduct throughout the LA County Sheriff s Department. Her primary responsibilities involve monitoring issues surrounding the LA County jails, including uses of force, deputy misconduct, and inmate deaths. She also works closely with the Department s Training Bureau on issues of policy and accountability and regularly consulted with the Department during the development of its Education Based Discipline initiative. Prior to joining OIR, Julie worked for Merrick Bobb at the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC), where she had responsibility for publishing Semi-Annual Reports on issues involving the LA County Sheriff s Department. She came to her career in police oversight from a private law practice in criminal defense and civil litigation. Julie attended the University of Southern California law school and received her undergraduate degree from American University. Pat Sainsbury Pat is a lawyer who retired in 2007 after 34 years of service with the King County Prosecuting Attorney s Office. He was chief of the fraud division for 26 years, responsible for investigations of public corruption, abuse of office, and state racketeering violations, among other crimes. In recent years, he encouraged efforts in the prosecutor s office to increase attention to financial crimes committed against the elderly. Pat has been involved in most fraud and corruption prosecutions of police officers in King County for the past 15 years and has developed special expertise in the criminal, civil, and disciplinary aspects of these investigations. He has served as Chair of Seattle s Office of Professional Accountability Review Board since September He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University Law School. Jennifer Shaw Jennifer Shaw joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington as the Legislative Director in 2004 and became the organization s Deputy Director in Her work includes coordinating the state and 19 P a g e

20 local policy advocacy efforts of the Legislative and Field Departments, as well as the ACLU-WA projects on Drug Policy, Technology and Liberty and Education Equity. She also collaborates with the National ACLU on federal matters of interest to Washington state. Recent advocacy efforts have included expanding the rights of gay and lesbian couples, protecting communities of color against racial profiling and limiting the government s improper use of political surveillance. Ms. Shaw also advocates for improvements in police accountability for law enforcement agencies across the state. Before joining the ACLU, Ms. Shaw was a trial attorney with the firm of Aoki & Sakamoto, representing individuals in criminal defense, personal injury, civil rights, and discrimination cases. She began her legal career as a staff attorney for the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association. Ms. Shaw has been active in state and local bar associations, presented at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars and served on the King County Sheriff s Blue Ribbon Panel and Seattle Mayor s Panel on Police Accountability. She is a 1987 graduate of the Seattle University School of Law where she continues to mentor law students and serve on the Law Alumni Board. Marcos Soler Marcos Soler, Ph.D., is the Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives for the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB). Marcos joined the CCRB in 2001, where he works with the board and the Executive Director to define its organizational strategy. His responsibilities include strategic planning, budget forecasting, policy analysis, research, database management and public reporting. He has presented his research on civilian oversight of law enforcement in domestic and international forums. Marcos is a graduate of the New York City Leadership Institute, which is the most prestigious organizational and executive development program for City of New York s employees. He is also a former recipient of the New York City Mayor s graduate scholarships program. Marcos is an adjunct professor of Government at the Political Science Department from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York). He regularly teaches seminars on judicial policies, civil rights and liberties, and constitutional politics. Previously, he was a research fellow in legal theory at the University of Valencia Law School and at the Spanish National Center for Constitutional and Political Studies. Marcos began his education in Europe pursuing first degrees in law and philosophy and gaining later graduate degrees in law and society (MA), legal theory (LLM), and jurisprudence (Ph.D.). He continued his education in New York and earned a master s degree in management and policy analysis. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at The New School for Social Research and expects to complete his dissertation this year. Charlotte Stuart, Ph.D., SPHR Charlotte Stuart is the VP of Organizational Performance and Development at BECU and has over 20 years experience as a performance consultant and coach. Her Ph.D. in communications with an emphasis on the relationship between values and behavior enables her to pull together ideas from a number of disciplines. She has spoken at meetings and conferences on a wide range of topics including leadership, change management, diversity, and negativity. She has also published academic and humorous nonfiction in magazines and newsletters. Currently she has a monthly column on human resource topics in The Business Report for South King County. One of her favorite sayings is Courage doesn t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow. Jamila Taylor Jamila E. Taylor oversees the operations of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) funded Street Outreach Program and Central Area Network Coordination at the Urban League. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and the strategic development of the Street Outreach program. As part of the network coordination portion of her duties, she is responsible for connecting programs, services and opportunities for youth participants. Taylor ensures all team members work closely 20 P a g e


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