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Elton Richey

Attorney at Law

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Ann Roan

Attorney

Ann M. Roan is a lawyer in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, specializing in adult and juvenile criminal defense at the trial, appellate and post-conviction levels. Prior to that, she was a deputy state public defender with the Colorado State Public Defender for 27 years. From 2004-2017, she served as the training director for the system, and specialized in juvenile defense and complex litigation training from 2013-2017.…Read More
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Ann M. Roan is a lawyer in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, specializing in adult and juvenile criminal defense at the trial, appellate and post-conviction levels. Prior to that, she was a deputy state public defender with the Colorado State Public Defender for 27 years. From 2004-2017, she served as the training director for the system, and specialized in juvenile defense and complex litigation training from 2013-2017.

Before being named training director, Ann practiced in the Public Defender’s trial offices across the state, as well as in the appellate division, where she argued frequently before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She has tried numerous homicides and other serious felonies, and defended children facing prosecution in adult court for homicide and other serious juvenile matters throughout Colorado.

Ann is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, GA; the NACDL Capital Voir Dire College in Boulder, CO; and has taught state and federal criminal defense lawyers in Georgia, Kentucky, Texas, New Orleans, Washington, Iowa, New Mexico, South Carolina, Alabama, Utah, California, Idaho, Washington D.C. and Alaska. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law and is a frequent guest lecturer on voir dire at the University of Colorado School of Law. She is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and chairs its amicus committee.

She has published numerous articles in The Champion and The Colorado Lawyer. Ann also contributed a chapter to the critically-acclaimed book How Can You Represent Those People?, published in August, 2013. In 2015, the Colorado Juvenile Defense Center named her Colorado’s Outstanding Juvenile Defender. In 2018, she received the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Jeffery Robinson

The Who We Are Project

Jeffery Robinson is a deputy legal director and the director of the ACLU Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which houses the organization's work on criminal justice, racial justice, and reform issues. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Jeff has three decades of experience working on these issues. For seven years, he represented indigent clients in state court at The Defender Association and then in federal court at the Federal Public Defender’s Office, both in Seattle.…Read More
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Jeffery Robinson is a deputy legal director and the director of the ACLU Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which houses the organization’s work on criminal justice, racial justice, and reform issues. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Jeff has three decades of experience working on these issues. For seven years, he represented indigent clients in state court at The Defender Association and then in federal court at the Federal Public Defender’s Office, both in Seattle. In 1988, Jeff began a 27-year private practice at the Seattle firm of Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, where he represented a broad range of clients in local, state, and federal courts on charges ranging from shoplifting to securities fraud and first degree murder. He has tried over 200 criminal cases to verdict and has tried more than a dozen civil cases representing plaintiffs suing corporate and government entities. Jeff was one of the original members of the John Adams Project and worked on the behalf of one of five men held at Guantanamo Bay charged with carrying out the 9/11 attacks.

In addition to being a nationally recognized trial attorney, Jeff is also a respected teacher of trial advocacy. He is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and has lectured on trial skills all over the United States. He has also spoken nationally to diverse audiences on the role of race in the criminal justice system. He is past president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a life member and past member of the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Jeff is also an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Hugo Rodriguez

Attorney, The Law Office of Hugo Rodriguez

Acknowledged as one the country’s primer trial attorneys and an authority on law enforcement techniques, Hugo attended Trial Practice Institute in 1991 and returned the next year as a member of the faculty. A retired FBI Agent and Legal Counsel, he brings a unique perspective and skills as a criminal defense lawyer. The FBI’s first “Hit Man", his undercover identity was of a renegade lawyer.…Read More
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Acknowledged as one the country’s primer trial attorneys and an authority on law enforcement techniques, Hugo attended Trial Practice Institute in 1991 and returned the next year as a member of the faculty. A retired FBI Agent and Legal Counsel, he brings a unique perspective and skills as a criminal defense lawyer. The FBI’s first “Hit Man”, his undercover identity was of a renegade lawyer.

After leaving the FBI, as trial counsel, Hugo became the first attorney to defeat DOJ and the FBI in a nationwide class action for “Systemic Discrimination” of Hispanic Agents in all aspects of employment.

Finding his calling as a criminal defense lawyer, he became a supervisor for the Federal Public Defender in Miami, as well as Director of Training for ten years. Having tried over 100 jury trials, in 2000, he established Hugo Rodriguez and Associates.

The firm is dedicated to complex Federal Cases nationally and internationally. Hugo has represented over 500 clients in the Southern District of Florida and throughout the United States. As  a consultant, he is retained counsel for several foreign countries, including Cuba, Lithuania, Germany, Colombia, and Ecuador. The Supreme Court, Republic of Colombia recognized him as an expert in U.S. criminal law, practices, and procedures. 

In addition to being a faculty member at NCDC for the last 30 years, Hugo also teaches at the Institute of Crim. Advocacy, Cal. Western School of Law, San Diego, CA and Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Cardozo School of Law, New York City, NY. 

He is also a frequent legal consultant for national and international media, regularly appearing on Univision, Telemundo, CNN, and CNN Español.      

“I owe NCDC everything. Without the college, I would not be the lawyer I am today.” – Hugo Rodriguez

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Heather Rogers

Deputy Public Defender

Heather Rogers is an attorney and educator with over 15 years of experience defending indigent clients accused of crimes in federal and state court. Ms. Rogers currently works at the Santa Cruz County Public Defender, where she handles felony trials, serves as the office's Immigration Resource Attorney, and is developing a collateral consequences unit to help clients mitigate the collateral consequences of criminal charges and convictions.…Read More
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Heather Rogers is an attorney and educator with over 15 years of experience defending indigent clients accused of crimes in federal and state court. Ms. Rogers currently works at the Santa Cruz County Public Defender, where she handles felony trials, serves as the office’s Immigration Resource Attorney, and is developing a collateral consequences unit to help clients mitigate the collateral consequences of criminal charges and convictions.

After graduating with distinction from Stanford Law School, Ms. Rogers served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From there, she became a deputy federal public defender at Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc., where she developed a passion for trial work and had the privilege of being part of a small team of attorneys responsible for representing detainees at Guantánamo Bay. Before joining the Santa Cruz County Public Defender, Ms. Rogers served as deputy public defender in Monterey County and a deputy federal public defender at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California.

Over the years, Ms. Rogers has had the opportunity to teach in various settings, ranging from teaching federal advocacy to advanced law students at California Western Law School to lecturing at a week-long trial skills program for government lawyers in Lima, Peru. Ms. Rogers is a Lecturer in the Division of Social Sciences at The University of California at Santa Cruz, where she currently teaches Immigration, Citizenship & Law.

Ms. Rogers has two young daughters, ages 5 and 11. In her spare time, Ms. Rogers likes to travel, surf, and snowboard.

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Cynthia Roseberry

Deputy Director of Policy, Justice Division; ACLU

During the Obama administration, Ms. Roseberry served as project manager of the historic Clemency Project 2014.  Often referred to as the nation’s largest law firm of nearly 4,000 lawyers, it provided pro bono support to more than 36,000 applicants for presidential clemency. Ms. Roseberry also served on the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a nine-member, bipartisan, Congressional blue-ribbon panel charged with examining the federal corrections system, including overcrowding, prison violence, public safety measures, prison rehabilitation and employment programs, and re-entry programs and policies to reduce recidivism.  …Read More
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During the Obama administration, Ms. Roseberry served as project manager of the historic Clemency Project 2014.  Often referred to as the nation’s largest law firm of nearly 4,000 lawyers, it provided pro bono support to more than 36,000 applicants for presidential clemency.

Ms. Roseberry also served on the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a nine-member, bipartisan, Congressional blue-ribbon panel charged with examining the federal corrections system, including overcrowding, prison violence, public safety measures, prison rehabilitation and employment programs, and re-entry programs and policies to reduce recidivism.  The task force released its groundbreaking report Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives: Final Recommendations of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections in January of 2016.

Previously, Ms. Roseberry was the executive director of the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc. She has taught advanced criminal procedure and co-taught in the death penalty clinic at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where she also founded the misdemeanor clinic. For more than 10 years prior to teaching, she practiced federal and state criminal defense in Georgia.

A founding board member of the Georgia Innocence Project, she was the first African-American female president of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She received the 2016 COS Humanitarian Award, the 2017 annual service award from the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and the 2017 Champion of Justice Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Ms. Roseberry earned her Bachelor of Science from Wilberforce University in Ohio, where she initiated into Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She earned her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law.

A national and international speaker, Ms. Roseberry has presented in nearly every U.S. state in Europe and the former Soviet Union. Her TEDx talk, My Father, My Hero, delivered from inside a prison, has been critically acclaimed. See her TEDx talk at http://bit.ly/myfather-myhero.

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David Rothstein

Public Defender, New Hampshire

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Amy Rubin

Federal Defender, Eastern Washington and Idaho

AMY RUBIN first joined the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho in 2000 as a fellowship attorney and then returned in 2003 after a two-year federal clerkship in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013, she became the managing attorney in the office. Amy graduated from the University of Colorado in 1995, received her law degree from the University of Montana in 2000 and has taught practical trial skills at trial advocacy programs including Emory University and the University of Idaho, at the Alternative Defense Counsel program in Colorado, and is on the faculty of NCDC.…Read More
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AMY RUBIN first joined the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho in 2000 as a fellowship attorney and then returned in 2003 after a two-year federal clerkship in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013, she became the managing attorney in the office. Amy graduated from the University of Colorado in 1995, received her law degree from the University of Montana in 2000 and has taught practical trial skills at trial advocacy programs including Emory University and the University of Idaho, at the Alternative Defense Counsel program in Colorado, and is on the faculty of NCDC.

She has lectured at the Andrea Taylor Sentencing Workshop as well as before the Washington State Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  She is also a faculty member at the Orientation Program for new Federal Defenders in Santa Fe.

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Paul Rudof

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PAUL RUDOF is a partner at the law firm of Elkins, Auer, Rudof, & Schiff in Northampton, MA. Before entering private practice, he worked for 18 years as a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services, first in the Essex County office, then in the Criminal Defense Training Unit, and finally as the state-wide Public Defender Co-Counsel.  …Read More
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PAUL RUDOF is a partner at the law firm of Elkins, Auer, Rudof, & Schiff in Northampton, MA. Before entering private practice, he worked for 18 years as a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services, first in the Essex County office, then in the Criminal Defense Training Unit, and finally as the state-wide Public Defender Co-Counsel.  Since 2006, Paul has been on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College, and has lectured on criminal law, forensics, and trial skills for defender organizations throughout the country.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, Paul spent a year as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit before joining CPCS. He earned his B.A. from Brown University in 1993, where he majored in both Political Science and Judaic Studies.

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Martin Sabelli

Attorney

Martín has represented individuals and tried many cases in state and federal courts since 1993 in a wide range of civil and criminal matters including complex federal white-collar criminal prosecutions, multi-defendant federal conspiracy cases, federal and state gang-related prosecutions, federal and state death-penalty homicides, civil trials and arbitrations, and capital habeas corpus matters. He focuses his practice on federal gang/RICO capital defense.…Read More
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Martín has represented individuals and tried many cases in state and federal courts since 1993 in
a wide range of civil and criminal matters including complex federal white-collar criminal
prosecutions, multi-defendant federal conspiracy cases, federal and state gang-related
prosecutions, federal and state death-penalty homicides, civil trials and arbitrations, and capital
habeas corpus matters. He focuses his practice on federal gang/RICO capital defense.

Martín served as a federal public defender in the Northern District of California (San Francisco),
as the Director of Training for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and as a law clerk to
the late Honorable Robert F. Peckham, United States District Judge. He taught Latin American
History at Yale College as a Lecturer (1990-1991).

Martín is President-Elect of NACDL and was awarded NACDL’s Highly Prestigious
Champion of Justice Award for 2019. He serves as Chair of its Ninth Circuit Lawyer’s
Assistance Strike Force and Trial Penalty Task Force and as a member of its Ethics Advisory
Committee.

Martín is a Member of the Board of Regents of the National Criminal Defense College and has
taught at the College without interruption since 2001. Martín has also taught for the Trial
Advocacy Workshop for Harvard Law School, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and
NACDL as well as numerous other criminal defense and public defense programs around the
country and abroad.

Martín has participated in legal reform efforts in Argentina since 2008 in numerous provinces
and the federal system. He lectures often on comparative criminal justice issues and has trained
public defenders, judges, prosecutors, and lawyers in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile,
Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and numerous other countries. Martín established a school
for public defenders in Buenos Aires which, to date, has trained approximately 500 defenders
from twelve Central and South American countries. He has also trained judges, prosecutors, and
lawyers in numerous other countries including Nicaragua, Tunisia, and Egypt.

Martín served as Director of the Mexico Program for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy from 2005 to 2007.
He is a graduate of Harvard College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and
Yale Law School.

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Jon Sands

Federal Defender, District of Arizona

Jon M. Sands has devoted his career to the defense of indigent federal criminal defendants at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona. As an Assistant Federal Defender since 1987, and as the Federal Public Defender since 2004, Jon has handled cases at trial, on appeal, and in post-conviction habeas corpus litigation.…Read More
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Jon M. Sands has devoted his career to the defense of indigent federal criminal defendants at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona. As an Assistant Federal Defender since 1987, and as the Federal Public Defender since 2004, Jon has handled cases at trial, on appeal, and in post-conviction habeas corpus litigation. Jon is a graduate of Yale College (1979, magna cum laude), and received his law degree from the University of California, Davis (1984, high honors), where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

After graduation, Jon clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (which brought him to Arizona). Before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Jon was an Associate at Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn, Maledon (presently Osborn Maledon). Jon served as Chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility. He has also served as Chair of the State Bar’s Criminal Justice Section and as Chair of the State Bar’s Criminal Jury Instructions Committee.

Jon is presently the Chair of the Defender Services Advisory Group, which represents all Federal Defender and Community Defender offices in advising the Judicial Conference’s Defender Services Committee and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts on federal indigent defense matters. He has also been Chair of the Federal Defender Committee on the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which is congressionally charged with advising and testifying before the United States Sentencing Commission. Jon has been President of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and President of the National Association of Federal Defenders. In addition to his public defender duties, Jon is an adjunct faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College. He has published numerous legal articles, law reviews, essays, and book reviews, and has contributed chapters to several legal treatises. Jon has lectured and taught on a wide array of legal topics.”

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Barry Scheck

Co-Director

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Juval Scott

Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Virginia

JUVAL O. SCOTT has been the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Virginia since January 2019. Her district consists of three offices (Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Abingdon) that handle federal criminal cases charged in the seven court locations that span the western 63% of the state. Prior to her appointment as Federal Public Defender, she was an enthusiastic Attorney Advisor with the Training Division of the Defender Services Office in Washington, DC.…Read More
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JUVAL O. SCOTT has been the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Virginia since January 2019. Her district consists of three offices (Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Abingdon) that handle federal criminal cases charged in the seven court locations that span the western 63% of the state. Prior to her appointment as Federal Public Defender, she was an enthusiastic Attorney Advisor with the Training Division of the Defender Services Office in Washington, DC. Before joining the Training Division, she was an Assistant Federal Defender in the Milwaukee office of the Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc. and with the Indiana Federal Community Defenders in Indianapolis, Indiana. In her former life, Juval worked as an associate in a small firm primarily handling criminal, personal injury, and family law matters; a deputy prosecutor for the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office in Lafayette, Indiana; and as Associate General Counsel for a private investigation firm focusing on trademark litigation. She has also served as Judge Pro Tempore in the Marion County Criminal Courts.

Juval received her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana. She regularly teaches at local CJA panel trainings and programs sponsored by the Defender Services Office Training Division, as well as The National Criminal Defense College, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and their state affiliates, Wisconsin State Public Defender, The Bronx Defenders, and the National Bar Association.

She is married to Randle B. Pollard, Of Counsel with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. They have three children—Charles Beauchamp, Jr., a senior studying neuroscience at Duke University; Mason Pollard, a precocious and nature-loving fifth-grader at St. Anne’s-Belfield School; and Zion Pollard, a professorial and humorous fifth-grader at St. Anne’s-Belfield School.

She is a voracious reader, savors moments with friends and family, and is an avid traveler, having visited 37 countries spanning six continents and 40 states.

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Jennifer Sellitti

New Jersey Public Defender

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Dumaka Shabazz

Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Tennessee

Dumaka Shabazz is a federal public defender based in Nashville, Tennessee, where he represents clients charged with fraud, homicide, and other violent, white-collar or large-scale narcotics crimes. Before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office in 2010, Professor Shabazz was a criminal defense attorney in private practice for five years. He began his legal career in the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted criminal cases through negotiation, motions practice and trials, and participated in numerous jury trials involving crimes from DUI to homicide.…Read More
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Dumaka Shabazz is a federal public defender based in Nashville, Tennessee, where he represents clients charged with fraud, homicide, and other violent, white-collar or large-scale narcotics crimes. Before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office in 2010, Professor Shabazz was a criminal defense attorney in private practice for five years. He began his legal career in the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted criminal cases through negotiation, motions practice and trials, and participated in numerous jury trials involving crimes from DUI to homicide.

He is a staff teacher at the New Defender College for newly hired federal public defenders, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has been a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University and Sewanee—The University of the South. At Vanderbilt, he teaches Trial Advocacy.

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Laurie Shanks

Laurie Shanks has been a criminal defense attorney for almost 40 years. In addition, she is an Emerita Clinical Professor of Law at Albany Law School, where she taught Client Interviewing and Counseling, Fact Investigation, Negotiations and Trial Practice and Advocacy courses. She served on the New York Task Force on the Future of Indigent Defense and the Task Force on Wrongful Convictions.…Read More
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Laurie Shanks has been a criminal defense attorney for almost 40 years. In addition, she is an Emerita Clinical Professor of Law at Albany Law School, where she taught Client Interviewing and Counseling, Fact Investigation, Negotiations and Trial Practice and Advocacy courses. She served on the New York Task Force on the Future of Indigent Defense and the Task Force on Wrongful Convictions. She attended NCDC as a participant in 1981 and has been a faculty member since 1988. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences and seminars throughout the country on the topics of cross-examination in cases of child sexual abuse, opening statements and closing arguments, voir dire, client interviewing and counseling, trial preparation and client-centered representation.

Laurie has substantial and wide-ranging experience in criminal justice systems in the United States and abroad. She was invited to Tula Russia to assist judges and attorneys in the implementation of a jury system in criminal trials. She taught a comparative Trial Practice class in Paris, France and was invited to be one of the plenary speakers at the Pacific Judicial Council in Pohnpei, Micronesia. Additionally, she has provided extensive training to the attorneys and investigators at the Guam Public Defenders Office and taught at the University of Chile in Santiago as a Fulbright Specialist in October 2018.”

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Bart Sheela

Deputy Public Defender

Bart Sheela is an Alternate Public Defender in San Diego. In his over thirty-five years of practice, he has tried just about every variety of criminal case, including several capital cases. He has served on the California Public Defender Association’s Board of Directors for nearly 20 years and has served as its President. He has assisted in the planning of the Capital Case Defense Seminar, the largest capital case defense program in the nation, for the last 10 years.…Read More
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Bart Sheela is an Alternate Public Defender in San Diego. In his over thirty-five years of practice, he has tried just about every variety of criminal case, including several capital cases.

He has served on the California Public Defender Association’s Board of Directors for nearly 20 years and has served as its President. He has assisted in the planning of the Capital Case Defense Seminar, the largest capital case defense program in the nation, for the last 10 years. In addition, he has been a co-chair of the Training Committee for 10+ years and planned nearly 100 trainings for California lawyers. In 2019, he was chosen as the Public Defender of the Year.

He was formerly the Chair of the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and has written and lectured on legal ethics and trial practice.

He proudly serves on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College and the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College.

He has successfully resolved his last seven death penalty cases.

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James Shellow

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Jeff Sherr

Training Director, National Association for Public Defense

Jeff Sherr is the Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense producing hundreds of webinars for public defense professionals across the nation. Prior to that he was the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Jeff started with the DPA since 1994, starting first as a law clerk, then working with the Juvenile Post Dispositional Unit, then in the trial division with the Stanford Field Office, and now in Frankfort with the education staff.…Read More
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Jeff Sherr is the Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense producing hundreds of webinars for public defense professionals across the nation. Prior to that he was the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Jeff started with the DPA since 1994, starting first as a law clerk, then working with the Juvenile Post Dispositional Unit, then in the trial division with the Stanford Field Office, and now in Frankfort with the education staff. Jeff graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1995. Jeff has been a faculty member for Gideon’s Promise, the National Criminal Defense College, Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College, Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop, Bronx Defender Academy, and other state litigation institutes.

In addition to regularly training public defender litigators and trainers, Jeff trains public defender leaders nationally and for many individual defender states and offices. Jeff also has an extensive background in theatre having studied with the National Shakespeare Conservatory and the University of Kansas. Jeff performs regularly with Central Kentucky Improv in Lexington, Kentucky and at Improv Festivals across the country.

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