Lisa Margulies is an attorney with extensive experience at the frontlines of the criminal justice system and poverty law. Lisa helps state governments examine their statutes and practices to develop evidence-based policies to improve their criminal justice systems. Prior to joining CJI, Lisa served as an Assistant Public Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she represented low-income clients in criminal cases and received multiple awards for her service, including being named to “Who’s Next in the Law” by BillyPenn.com as one of 18 young lawyers making a difference in the Philadelphia legal community. Lisa’s experience in direct service has helped her to understand the multifaceted and nuanced challenges associated with criminal justice policy and solidified her commitment to improving the criminal justice system on a national level. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Mathematics Education from City University of New York, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Toll Public Interest Scholar.