Wednesday Series VII: Practical Considerations for Defense
Using Evidence to Promote Public Safety - Practical Considerations for Defense
Wednesday Series: Using Science in Criminal Justice to Achieve Better Results
Broadcast Date: September 8, 2010
Director of Public Interest Law Opportunities
Equal Justice Works
Cait has 18 years of experience as a lawyer, law professor and policy consultant. Prior to joining Equal Justice Works, Cait was the Principal of Clarke Consulting which provided leadership development and management training to nonprofits, public defenders, legal aid programs and the Department of Justice. Cait was the founding director of the National Defender Leadership Institute at NLADA, which develops leadership capacity in public defense practitioners.
Cait began her legal career as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow, practicing criminal defense and supervising in Georgetown's Criminal Justice Clinic. She then joined the faculty of Loyola Law School as an Associate Law Professor where she taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure and founded a Street Law Program. Subsequently, she completed a doctorate degree at Harvard Law School where she also taught at the Kennedy School of Government's Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and managed the Executive Session on Public Defense funded by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Cait is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC). She serves as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. In 2006, she and her husband created the Gardenia House Foundation, which provides permanent shelter to single Latina women and their children in the East Coast chicken-processing center of Georgetown, Delaware.
Cait holds her S.J.D. from Harvard Law School, LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center's Criminal Justice Clinic, J.D. from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, and B.S. from Villanova University's School of Business in Pennsylvania.
DC Law Students
Rich received his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and his LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center where he was as an E. Barrett Prettyman Graduate Fellow.
Orleans Public Defenders Office
Office of the Ohio Public Defender
He has focused on reform of indigent defense issues and has played a role in creating 'open discovery', new standards for witness identification procedures, and new standards in the preservation of DNA evidence and access to post-conviction DNA testing.
In conjunction with the National Defender Training Project he has instituted a skills based training curriculum for indigent defense lawyers in Ohio that includes programs in management, trial, appellate, juvenile, and new lawyer training.
He has tried numerous cases throughout his career ranging from misdemeanors to homicide cases. Tim received his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Dayton. He has devoted his career to serving the indigent population of our society.
Wednesday Series VII audio and video content
- Webinar VII FAQ Document
- Read the Box Set papers
Developed for Practicing Attorneys, Jail and Prison officials, Community Corrections officials, Policy Makers and other Criminal Justice Professionals
- The implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP) in a criminal justice system raises opportunities and challenges for defense attorneys.
- The importance of collaboration in EBP implementation sets the stage for defense counsel to play a prominent role at the policy-making table.
- While the implementation of EBP provides numerous potential benefits to clients it also requires defense counsel to understand its impact on the rights of defendants, the practice of criminal defense, and the policy-making process.
- Some practical considerations include the validity of risk and need assessments at various decision making points and the appropriateness of correctional interventions.
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