NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE FACULTY
Shawna Mackey Geiger
Director of Engagement, Colorado Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel
Shawna Mackey Geiger is the Director of Engagement for the Colorado Office of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel. Her focus is on supporting and improving family defenders in Colorado and around the country, as well as working to improve and abolish the family policing system. Before moving to ORPC she was the Director of Training for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Denver and was previously the Training Director for the Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel. Prior to her role as a trainer, Ms. Geiger represented clients as a public defender as well as in private practice where she focused on indigent criminal and juvenile defense. Ms. Geiger teaches trial advocacy, storytelling, persuasion, leadership, trauma-informed practice, equity and diversity training, and client communication skills across the country. She also serves on the Board of Regents of the National Criminal Defense College. Shawna works with national defender organizations to ensure that family defenders advocate in an anti-racist manner and are consistently working to create equity for clients with disabilities and those of the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities.
Recent Teaching History
Attorney, The Law Offices of Sean M. Maher, PLLC
Sean Maher has been a criminal defense attorney for 24 years. Sean started his career in indigent defense at the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office in Atlanta, where he became a senior trial attorney. He then moved to New York City and joined the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS), eventually supervising NDS’s criminal defense division. Since 2005, Sean has been in private practice in Manhattan defending people against criminal charges levelled by various governmental entities.
Sean has defended people charged with almost every type of crime, including terrorism offenses related to al Qaeda, the Taliban, al Shabaab, and the Khalistan Commando Force. Sean is on the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panels for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and serves on the faculty of Gideon’s Promise, the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, and several trial skills academies.
Partner, Moeel Lah Fakhoury LLP
Shaffy Moeel is a go-to attorney for persons in legal crisis and has succeeded in obtaining exceptional results for clients in the face of overwhelming odds.
A veteran of more than 30 federal jury trials, Shaffy is widely recognized for her expertise as a trial attorney. Shaffy specializes in complex criminal defense, representing both entities and individuals in federal courts across the country. She has litigated a variety of white-collar criminal cases including health care fraud, tax fraud, international arms trafficking, international economic sanction violations, securities fraud, money laundering, trade secrets, and economic espionage. Federal courts have appointed her to serve as lead counsel on six federal capital cases.
Shaffy is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, serves on the Board of Directors of Suzerain Capital Defense, and is a faculty instructor and Board Member of the National Criminal Defense College. Trial advocacy and training programs across the country have recruited Shaffy to train lawyers on storytelling, trial practice, and client-centered representation.
Shaffy received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Recent Teaching History
Frank believes that good trials are much like good movies: good stories, good acting, and damn good directing. He feels that a good trial lawyer should bring to the show every possible talent: singing, dancing, miming, etc. Whatever it takes to get the point across is important. But, he feels, as a faculty member, that imparting these qualities requires from his ‘students’ an ability to know and appreciate that we are in a constantly changing matrix. We are constantly evolving and our evolution as people can make or break our evolution as trial lawyers: if we remain close-minded, we shut ourselves off to learning and honing our talents. We must never stop learning. And, at the end of the day, Frank learns just as much from his ‘students’ as they do from him. And, for that, he is eternally grateful.
Recent Teaching History
2022 NCDC Trial Practice Institute (July Session)
I started my career as a public defender in Colorado. After leaving the PD’s office, I have maintained and dedicated my career to criminal defense. I am fortunate to be able to continue to represent indigent clients through court appointments in both state and federal court, along with private clients. I can not imagine doing any other kind of work!
University of Denver