NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE FACULTY
Federal Defender – California Eastern
Ms. Williams has worked in the Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Arizona since 1994. Prior to her appointment as FPD in 2013, she had served as first assistant federal public defender since 2006. She led the Tucson Criminal Defense Unit and assisted in supervision of staff in district offices in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Yuma, and an out-of-district office in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ms. Williams also helped manage the district’s Capital Habeas Unit. The Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California, which opened 1,966 new cases in fiscal year 2016, is headquartered in Sacramento and maintains a fully-staffed branch office in Fresno.
Ms. Williams began her career in public service in 1988 as an assistant public defender for Pima County Office of the Public Defender in Tucson, Arizona, where she handled felony cases including death penalty homicides, drugs, sex crimes, and child abuse. Prior to that, she worked as an associate attorney in San Diego, California, from 1986 to 1988. A Tucson native, Ms. Williams received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Pittsburgh State University in 1982 and her J.D. from the University of San Diego Law School in 1985.”
Senior Assistant Public Defender; Houston County Public Defender Office
LaToya Simone Williams began her quest for excellence at an early age. She graduated as Valedictorian of the 2005 senior class of George Washington Carver High School in Columbus, GA. LaToya then continued her tedious journey through education at Albany State University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She then went on to matriculate at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor and then an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure.
LaToya is a servant leader who believes in providing her clients with zealous advocacy and compassionate service. LaToya is currently a Senior Assistant Public Defender in the Houston Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Warner Robins, GA. She is also an adjunct professor of paralegal studies and business technologies at Central Georgia Technical College and adjunct professor of criminal justice and business law Miller-Motte Technical College. She is a member of Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where she has served as a faculty member of the Bill Daniel trial advocacy program, Faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College, Past-President of the Houston County Bar Association, Past-president of the Houston County Young Lawyers Division, member of the Macon Reentry Coalition, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and many more civic and social organizations. She is the owner of Vision Venture Consulting, LLC, a business consulting firm that specializes in personnel development and commodity building and branding. She is also the owner of The Dream Team Events and Planning, an event coordinating, catering, and design business.
LaToya believes that a curve in the road doesn’t mean the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.
Recent Teaching History
2022 NCDC Trial Practice Institute (June Session)
2021 NCDC Trial Practice Institute (July Session)
Owner, Brett Willis Law LLC
Brett Willis has defending people since birth. His entire legal career has been dedicated to defending people who are accused of committing crimes. From 2005 to 2022 he worked as a Georgia Public Defender in Hall County. In 2022, he opened his own law firm.
He is a member of the inaugural class of Gideon’s Promise. At present, Brett serves as an instructor for: the Harvard Law School, the Georgia Public Defender Council, and GACDL’s Bill Daniel Program.
He is the author of Georgia’s only practice guide on defending against the charge of failure to register as a sexual offender. In 2008, Brett successfully challenged the constitutionality of the sex offender registration law as applied to homeless persons in Santos v. State, 284 Ga. 514 (2008).
In 2010, Brett was selected as one of ten Georgia lawyers under forty “On the Rise” in a review by The Fulton County Daily Report. In 2011, he was recognized for securing a dismissal for a woman accused of poisoning her husband with arsenic; the case had been slated to appear on TruTV. In 2013, he was featured in the HBO documentary Gideon’s Army. Also in 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Foot Soldier award by Gideon’s Promise. In 2014 Brett was named the Georgia Public Defender of the Year. He earned his J.D. from the University of Georgia (2003) and his Master of Laws from New York University (2004).
Recent Teaching History
Bronx Public Defender
Kathryn (Katie) Wozencroft is currently the Deputy Managing Director of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders. She was previously the first ever Training Director of the office where she was responsible for developing and implementing substantive and skills trainings for over one hundred practicing attorneys. She is also a member of the homicide practice group and forensic practice group at the Bronx Defenders. Katie is currently the Director of Defenders’ Academy Trial College, an annual trial skills program held at CUNY Law School that teaches innovative litigation techniques to over 100 practicing criminal, family and immigration public defenders from across the country. She has guest lectured and taught at the Holistic Defense Clinic at Columbia Law School, the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, the National Criminal Defense College and the New Jersey Public Defender. Prior to her work as a public defender, she clerked for the Hon. Eldon Fallon in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2009.
Chief Attorney, SCCID- Capital Trial Division
Boyd Young is the Director of the Capital Trial Division of the South Carolina Commission of Indigent Defense where he has practiced since 2008. He and his office, have successfully resolved over 50 capital cases through plea and trial. Based on his devotion to his clients and his efforts in starting and leading statewide training, he was selected as the inaugural “Andrew David Grimes Public Defender of the Year” for 2015.
From 2005-2008, Boyd was a trial attorney with the Georgia Capital Defender Office in Atlanta, Ga. where he defended people accused of capital murder throughout the State of Georgia. While at the Georgia Capital Defender Office he was featured in a series of articles published by the McClatchy Newspapers written by Steven Henderson. This series was later turned into a PBS documentary titled “Death is Different.”
Prior to joining the Georgia Capital Defender Office, Boyd was a public defender in Charleston, SC.
Boyd got his law degree in 1999 from South Carolina and his undergraduate degree from The Citadel in Charleston, SC.
Recent Teaching History
2018 Trial Practice Institute (July Session)
2017 Trial Practice Institute (July Session)
2016 Trial Practice Institute (July Session)
2015 Trial Practice Institute (July Session)
Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho
Lorinda Youngcourt represented Indiana and Illinois capital and non-capital clients in trial, direct appeal, state post-conviction, and federal habeas corpus as a public defender and in private practice. She was the first Lawrence County Indiana Public Defender from 2010-2014, creating an agency to replace a contract public defender system overseen by the judiciary. She served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Public Defender Council from 2001-2014. Lorinda was the first King County (Seattle, WA) Public Defender from 2015-2018 overseeing the unification of four non-profit agencies into a single county department. In late 2018, Lorinda returned to her roots as a trial lawyer and now works for the Federal Defenders Office of Eastern Washington and Idaho in Spokane, Washington. She is Chair of the Education Committee for the National Association for Public Defense and she serves as faculty at various programs around the country.
Recent Teaching History