NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE FACULTY
Partner, Harden & Pinckney
Hogue Hogue Fitzgerald & Griffin
Laura Hogue graduated magna cum laude from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1991. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, and was selected by her professors as the recipient of the National Women in Law award from the university. Following graduation, Laura joined the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis, and Pogue, in their Atlanta office, assisting in the litigation division.
In early 1994, Laura was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit (encompassing Bibb, Peach, and Crawford counties). She prosecuted major felony offenses, including violent crimes, sex offenses, and crimes against children. Additionally, Laura co-directed the appellate division of the office, handling numerous appeals before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.
In September 1997, Laura left the District Attorney’s office to join her husband, Franklin J. Hogue, to form the law firm of Hogue Hogue Fitzgerald & Griffin. The firm handles exclusively criminal defense matters, trying cases in both state and federal courts, and handling appeals and post-conviction matters in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Laura has tried cases throughout the state of Georgia, successfully prevailing in matters as diverse as vehicular homicide, child cruelty, child molestation, aggravated assault on a peace officer, and tax fraud. Laura has successfully argued appeals before the appellate courts that have resulted in victories in cases such as murder, voluntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and aggravated child molestation.
Laura is a past President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. For three years, Laura served as chairperson of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee. Under her direction, the Amicus Committee has prepared and filed briefs to the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court, addressing critical issues of concern to the criminal defense community. Through the efforts of this committee, there have been numerous victories on significant issues of constitutional and procedural law benefitting the rights and liberties of all of Georgia’s citizens.
Laura is a frequent speaker on criminal law and trial practice and procedure issues, having lectured for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mercer Law School, Georgia Capital Defenders, the Macon Bar Association, and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Laura serves on the faculty of the William “Bill” Daniels Criminal Defense College in Athens, Georgia, and the National Criminal Defense College. In 2016, Laura was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Recent Teaching History
Executive Director, Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia
Christina L. Hunt is the Executive Director for the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc. She has been with that office since 2010, and before joining that office, was Senior Litigator with the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho where she had worked for 14 years. This year, she also began teaching again at Mercer Law School where she teaches the Public Defender Extern Clinic.…Read More
Christina L. Hunt is the Executive Director for the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc. She has been with that office since 2010, and before joining that office, was Senior Litigator with the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho where she had worked for 14 years. This year, she also began teaching again at Mercer Law School where she teaches the Public Defender Extern Clinic.
A graduate of Furman University and Mercer University Law School, since 1985 Tina has devoted her career to representing indigent people accused of crimes and training those who represent them. She began her practice in Macon, GA as a private practitioner who specialized in criminal defense after she did one, just one, divorce case. She learned she far preferred the stories of those accused of crimes. After eleven years in Macon, she picked up everything and moved to the Eastern District of Washington to become a career federal defender. Before moving to Washington, Tina taught Trial Practice and Georgia Criminal Practice and Procedure at Mercer Law School and was the Associate Dean of the National Criminal Defense College. She served as a member of the National Criminal Defense College Board of Regents and Faculty, is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Federal Defenders and is a member of the Training Expert Panel for the Federal Defender Offices. She has a wealth of training experience and has taught at the Western Trial Advocacy Institute, the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, the Georgia Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Federal Trial Skills Academy, the Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel Trial Skills program the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Litigation Persuasion Institute, fondly known as Faubush, as well as at the New York State Defender’s Association. She taught trial advocacy at Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, WA and has spoken at numerous seminars around the country on trial skills, persuasive sentencing stories and storytelling.
Beyond learning from other lawyers, which is the real reason she agrees to speak at seminars, her true passions are her new husband, Steve, their blended family of two dogs, Winston and MaddieDog, who were both clients in their former lives. (Those who have met them agree). She and her husband also have a well-behaved cat, MaddieCat, who was obviously a public defender in a former life as she has managed to put up with two dogs who think she may be an appetizer.
Recent Teaching History
Attorney, Recht Kornfeld PC
Abe Hutt has been a criminal defense lawyer and NACDL member in Denver, Colorado since 1984. He is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College and since 2000 has taught at all of NCDC’s programs, including Advanced Cross-Examination, Theories, Themes and Storytelling, and each summer’s Trial Practice Institute. He has lectured around the country on trial tactics subjects, especially cross-examination and jury selection, as well as teaching courses on trial practice at the Law Schools of the University of Denver and the University of Colorado.
Abe has defended clients including sitting judges, elected district attorneys, and public defenders as well as the writer Hunter S. Thompson and innumerable lower profile people accused of serious crimes, from traffic offenses to capital murder. He has also represented attorneys, teachers, physicians, nurses, pilots, veterinarians, and dentists in disciplinary proceedings concerning their professional licenses.
Abe is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B. 1980) and the University of Southern California Law Center (J.D. 1984). He currently serves on the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure and on the Colorado Legislature’s Interagency Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving. He is probably best known for his work in the area of DUI defense. He has authored numerous articles on the subject and served as an expert witness in the area as well. He is the only non-judge who is a contributing author to the Colorado County Court Judge’s DUI Benchbook and has written the DUI and Motor Vehicle Law section of The Colorado Bar Association’s Annual Update of Colorado Law since 1991.
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