Erik Altieri is the Executive Director of NORML.
Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. His writing and research have appeared in over 1,000 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than two dozen textbooks and anthologies. He is the co-author of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009, Chelsea Green), which has been licensed and translated internationally. His most recent book, The Citizen's Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws (2015), is available from Whitman Publishing. His writing also appears in the just-published book, The Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Understanding, Medicating, and Cooking with Cannabis (2016), available from Althea Press. He is a regular contributor to The Hill, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications.
Mr. Armentano was the principal investigator for defense counsel in US v Schweder et al., the first federal evidentiary hearing in over 40 years to challenge the classification of cannabis as a schedule I controlled substance. He was also a rebuttal expert in the successful Canadian constitutional challenge, Allard et al v Her Majesty the Queen, which determined that prohibitions on the rights of qualified patients to cultivate cannabis in their homes were "not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice." Mr. Armentano is the 2013 Freedom Law School Health Freedom Champion of the Year and the 2013 Alfred R. Lindesmith award recipient in the achievement in the field of scholarship.
Joe DiSalvo is the sheriff of Pitkin County, CO.
Naomi Fetterman graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in English from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She then attended the University of Connecticut School of Law where she was an Oliver Ellsworth Merit Scholar. Ms. Fetterman joined Aaron J. Romano, P.C. in 2009 and serves as of counsel. She currently focuses on appellate litigation as well as motions practice. She has argued numerous cases in State and Federal court, including the Connecticut Supreme Court. One nationally recognized win in the Connecticut State Supreme Court for Attorney Fetterman was State v. N.M., where she successfully briefed and argued that people with convictions for small amounts of marijuana should be able to have their records erased. Naomi Fetterman has won many cases in the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts. She has been designated a rising star by Super Lawyers.
Leonard I. Frieling is the creator and was the first chair of the Colorado Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee, Colorado NORML Board Member Emeritus, Life Member NLC, and "rejuvenator" of the "Life Member, NLC" option, and an inductee of the NLC Distinguished Counsel Circle. Over four decades of criminal defense work, from "traffic to treason," from stop sign violations to racketeering, rape, tons of drugs, including the representation of "Mom" in the worst child sex abuse case in Boulder County History. Eight years chair, Boulder Criminal Defense Bar, two years consecutive (unprecedented) chair, Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Committee Executive Council. Awarded "Courage Under Fire" for resigning as a judge as a political statement opposing proposed pot offense penalty increases in Lafayette, Colorado. Champion with help of the yearly Hunter Thompson Scholarship for the NORML Aspen Conference. Our board, Colorado NORML sponsor[s] one or two complete scholarships for a long list of people who became superstars in the legalization effort internationally.
Nationally and internationally known lecturer, writer, and activist on marijuana legalization issues. My Canary iPhone app LLC member and co-developer, objectively measures performance impairment. Numerous media appearances, including co-hosting Time4Hemp for a number of years. Speaker for LEAP Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Guest lecturer and presentor at University of Colorado and Denver University Law events and classes. Presented (and helped create) alternate 4/20 events at University of Colorado. Presenter at a number of Denver 4/20 and Boulder 4/20 events. Proud graduate of Rutgers Law, working with the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Two terms, Boulder Bar Assoc. Board of Directors. Two terms, Colorado Municipal Judges Association. CLEs on cannabis presented to the Judges Associstion. Two terms, including chair, VALE (Victims and Law Enforcement Board) allocating money to victims' groups. Creator of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar website and listservs, with Phil Cherner. Published articles and presented CLEs in many places on Email Etuquette. Life member of the Colorado Criminal Bar Association. Creator of the "life member" option for the CCDB. Several terms on the CCDB Board of Directors.
CLE presentations have included Motions, Advanced Motions Practice, Winning Every Case Every Time, The Science of Marijuana, Many presentation for the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, with a Search and Seizure presentation schedule for 100 minutes April 12/13, 2019. presentation on many aspects of DUI law, ethics presentations, many presentations, a truly great honor, to this NLC, and more. Publications in multiple places locally, statewide, and nationally, over a wide range of topics. Media interviews on all media. Chaired ColoradoNORML while simultaneously acting as a LEAP speaker and as a media source during the A-64 successful recreational marijuana campaign in Colorado.
Especially proud of having created the "first in the Nation" state bar association Cannabis Law Committee. From their yearly report for 2017: "The current officer positions are held by the following people: Graham Gerritsen, Chairperson; Jeff Wilson, Co-Vice Chairperson; Michael Elliot, Co-Vice Chairperson; and Lindsey Killion, Secretary. A special mention is deserved by the CLC's initial Chairperson, Lenny Frieling, who served in that position from the CLC's inception until he stepped down in March of 2017. Mr. Frieling blazed a path for the CLC with the Bar Association and lead the CLC successfully through unknown territory during its infancy."
Rachel Gillette is among the first attorneys in the nation to dedicate her practice to the cannabis industry. Since 2010, Ms. Gillette has helped marijuana/cannabis businesses with licensing and regulatory compliance, business law and transactions, contract drafting and review, tax litigation, corporate formation, and tax matters, including audit representation. She works with startups and entrepreneurs, investors, and ancillary industry businesses to help develop the cannabis innovation ecosystem, and is a zealous advocate for the industry.
Ms. Gillette regularly represents clients before the IRS's Examinations, Appeals, and Collections Divisions, including marijuana businesses facing the challenges of IRS adjustments under 280E. She has successfully protested local, state and federal tax deficiencies on behalf of her clients, having prevented hundreds of thousands of dollars in incorrectly assessed taxes, interest, and penalties. She can assist individual and business taxpayers in 280E proposed assessments, offers in compromise, audit examinations, innocent spouse claims, sales, use, and employment tax matters, trust fund tax penalty assessments, penalty abatement's, and levy releases.
For several years, Ms. Gillette was the executive director of the Colorado state chapter of NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. She was a founding member of Women Grow and the National Cannabis Bar Association. She an advocate as well as an attorney, and is committed to helping change laws – and perceptions – relating to cannabis and ensuring state licensed and legal marijuana businesses are fairly taxed and regulated.
Ms. Gillette received her Juris Doctorate from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut, where she served as Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal. During law school, she interned with the New Haven Public Defender's office, where she developed her commitment to advocacy for those facing the many challenges of the criminal justice system.
Gerry Goldstein is a nationally known and respected defense lawyer at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley in San Antonio, Texas. He is a past president of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served as amicus curiae for NACDL in many high-profile cases, including CNN v. Manuel Noriega and Joe Does v. United States, arguing lawyers should not be required to disclose the identity of cash-paying clients on IRS forms.
His forceful Congressional testimony during the 1996 House Waco hearings is credited with helping to turn the tide against further suppression of citizens' rights in America. More recently, he represented Dr. Al-Badr Al Hazmi, a fifth-year radiology resident in San Antonio who was arrested on Sept. 12, 2001. Subsequently, Goldstein testified before Congress on his client's request to speak with counsel.
Gerry Goldstein is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas Lawyer's Legal Legends. He also has been profiled in numerous publications, served as an adjunct professor of law at University of Texas School of Law in Austin and at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
He also is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In his role as an adjunct professor, Gerry teaches a course titled Advanced Criminal Law (Defense of a Complex Federal Prosecution). Other lectures and presentations include U.S. Supreme Court updates, Crawford & the Current State of the Hearsay Rule, Crossing the Double Crosser and Federal Appeals.
His published works include: Grand Jury Practice; Pretrial Release; Indictment [Joinder/Severance/Transfer]; Pretrial Motions; Suppression of Evidence; Jury Selection; Trial [Evidence]; Examination of Witnesses; Jury Instructions; Closing Arguments; Creative Trial Techniques; Criminal Issues - Civil Cases; Jury Arguments [Closings to Remember]; Search and Seizure; Life and Hearsay - Post Crawford Era; Federal Appeals; and Supreme Court Review.
Gerry earned his juris doctor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, in 1968. He also graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1965, with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Gerry received a certification in Criminal Law in 1975 from the State Bar of Texas. He holds the following bar admissions: Texas (1968), Colorado (1989), U.S. District Court Western District of Texas (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit (1982), U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit (1979), U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit (1981) and the U.S. Supreme Court (1975).
Gerry Goldstein received NORML's Al Horn Memorial award in 1999, which commemorated a lifetime of advocacy and support for responsible marijuana law reform. He has also received the following honors and awards: Best Lawyers in America, 1987 -- Present; Texas Monthly - Texas Super Lawyers; Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers; Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2003 -- 2007; Scene in SA Monthly - San Antonio's Best Attorneys, San Antonio Law, Top Ten Lawyers, 2004 -- present; Texas Lawyer Legal Legends, 100 Best Lawyers over Last 100 years (100 Year Anniversary of State Bar of Texas), 2000; Fellow, State Bar Foundation, 1976 -- Present; Recipient, Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award [Outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney in the United States] from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1991; Recipient, Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in Texas from the State Bar of Texas, 1991; Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award [Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Advocacy] from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1993; Recipient, John Henry Faulk Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the American Civil Liberties Union; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Hall of Fame, 2002; Marquis Who's Who, Who's Who in American Law, 14th Edition, 2006 -- 2008; First Annual Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award, George Washington University, (May, 2016); William S. Sessions American Inns of Court First Annual Goldstein Award of Excellence (2015); San Antonio Bar Association, Joe Frazier Brown, Jr., Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Legal Community & Citizens of Texas, 2016.
He is a member of the following professional associations: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President (1994 -- 1995); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Criminal Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates, President ; Dean's Round Table, University of Texas School of Law; Texas Civil Liberties Union; San Antonio Bar Association; American Bar Association; and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
Darren Kavinoky is the creator and host of the hit TV show Deadly Sins, which recently aired its 6th season on Investigation Discovery. He's also the co-host of ID's Did He Do It?, and the featured "criminal interventionist" in their docudrama series Breaking Point. Darren's worked as a field correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and its sister show, The Insider, and still appears regularly as a legal expert on The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, and countless shows on CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox News, and more.
He is also the founder of 1.800.NoCuffs, The Kavinoky Law Firm, and is an award-winning trial attorney. (He's got all the usual SuperLawyer, AV-Rated blah blah.) Darren has used the power of the media to grow one of California's most significant private criminal defense law firms. He's reverse-engineered his success in TV, branding, and business to create turnkey systems that can revolutionize any business, and Darren delights in sharing best practices with other professionals.
Most importantly, Darren's personal story is absolute proof that if he can do it, truly anyone can. Graduating high school with a solid C average, his less-than-stellar college career ended with the words "Academically Disqualified" on his transcript. After then talking his way into (and through) law school, he spent years struggling in business until a pivotal moment changed everything. As a media, branding, and business expert, Darren is obsessed with helping people and organizations produce their own pivotal moments that are just as powerful
Norm Kent, a graduate of Hofstra University, who first joined NORML as a college senior in 1971, is now a publisher and criminal defense attorney based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, handling First Amendment, constitutional rights, and media law cases. A pioneer in medical necessity defenses for marijuana users, such as Elvy Mussika, Norm has represented patients, growers, and buyer's clubs throughout Florida for over 30 years. As far back as 1982, he sued the State of Florida to stop the deadly herbicide paraquat from being sprayed on marijuana fields.
Norm has authored 'The Pot Warriors Manifesto', contributes marijuana advocacy columns to Counterpunch.org, and has lectured at multiple NORML legal seminars, conferences and other events on cannabis law issues. A member of the NORML Legal Committee for over twenty years, Norm is a cancer survivor who is an open and out medical marijuana user himself, crediting marijuana with ameliorating the harsh nature of chemotherapy treatments.
A noted advocate for gay rights who has appeared as a commentator on CNN and FOX News, Kent is also presently the publisher of The South Florida Gay News, the largest weekly LGBT newspaper in the State of Florida.(www.southfloridagaynews.com)
Mr. Kent serves on NORML's Board of Directors.
Lauren Maytin was born and raised in southeastern Virginia and started coming to Colorado in 1975. That exposure began her love affair with the mountains -- and Aspen in particular. She moved to Colorado in 1989 to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder. After undergraduate school, she lived briefly in Crested Butte and enjoyed life as a skier. Later, she attended the University of Denver, College of Law. From 1999 until 2002, she practiced as a Colorado Deputy State Public Defender, working throughout the state. She moved to New York City for a short time, and then Aspen, delving into complex, mass tort litigation, which focused on illnesses caused by asbestos, for a large NY-based law firm, and began taking on criminal cases again for her own boutique firm. She is a lifetime member of NORML and was the John Flowers Mark NORML Scholarship winner in 2001. She has committed her life to representing those accused of a crime, people in need of an attorney well versed in the constitution. Her practice focuses primarily on criminal defense work and the counseling all involved in the marijuana industry including but not limited to caregivers, patients, doctors, growers, manufacturers, dispensary owners, labs, bankers, investment groups and landlords on all facets of Colorado's medical and retail marijuana laws. She is on the Board of Directors for Colorado NORML and their longest serving board member. She is an active member of the NORML legal committee, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Colorado Bar Association and a proud member of the Cannabis Counsel ©"
Jeralyn Merritt is a Denver attorney in private practice primarily representing persons accused of serious federal drug and financial crimes. She served as one of the principal trial lawyers for Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City Bombing Case. She has been a television legal analyst since 1996, most frequently appearing on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNBC. An expert in using Internet resources in the practice of law, she has created two nationally recognized websites, Crimelynx.com and Talkleft.com, for criminal defense lawyers and journalists covering crime-based news and politics.
Hans Meyer is the founder of the Meyer Law Office, P.C. His practice specializes in immigration law and removal defense, criminal defense and postconviction relief, the immigration consequences of crimes, and the civil rights of immigrants. Hans advocates for the statutory and constitutional rights of immigrants before various immigration agencies and state and federal courts, often against governmental and institutional abuses of power. He is a former trial attorney with the Colorado State Public Defender, where he became an expert in the field of crimmigration law and developed a statewide immigration advisement system for indigent noncitizen defendants. Hans also served as the former Director of Public Policy for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, where he focused on local, state, and national immigration policy.
As a nationally recognized expert, Hans frequently lectures, publishes, and appears in the press on issues related to immigration law and the criminal justice system. He also serves as an expert on immigration consequences for the Alternate Defense Counsel throughout Colorado. Hans has been honored for his public interest litigation and advocacy by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Colorado Hispanic Bar, among other organizations. He is an active member of AILA, CCDB, National Immigration Project, National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Colorado, and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and serves on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the CCDB and the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.
Gregory J. Morse, Esq. is a partner at the law firm of Morse & Morse, LLC and of-counsel to Richard G. Lubin, P.A. in Palm Beach County, Florida. He has practiced State and Federal criminal defense in South Florida since 2000. He began his legal career at the West Palm Beach Public Defender's Office. Gregory is CJA counsel in the Southern District of Florida. He has tried countless jury trials in his nearly twenty-year career.
Gregory graduated cum laude with a degree in jurisprudence from New York Law School in 2000. He was a member of the International and Comparative Law Journal while in Law School. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from State University of New York at Buffalo and The University of North London, London, England in 1997. He has been published in the New York Law School Law Review: Techno-Jury: Techniques in Verbal and Visual Persuasion, Vol. 54, No. 1 (2009/10). He has presented on the topics of: Techniques in Verbal and Visual Persuasion, Deposition taking, and Techniques in Direct and Cross Examination in the past.
He is an Emeritus member of the Craig S. Barnard Chapter of the American Inns of Court (board member from 2005-2010). He is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and NACDL. He is considered a Top 100 trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers and a 10 Best Attorneys in Florida by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. He was also legal advisor and Chairperson to the City of West Palm Beach's Nuisance Board (2007-10). Prior to attending college and law school, he was the youngest elected shop steward of Service Employees' International Union, Local 32 B&J in NY, NY.
William H. "Billy" Murphy, Jr. has practiced law for 35 years, including three years as a judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, the highest level Maryland trial court. Mr. Murphy has tried numerous high-profile criminal and civil cases, including some of the most celebrated cases in Maryland history and in the country. In 2004, Mr. Murphy received the Charles Hamilton Houston Award for Lifetime Achievement in Litigation from the University of Baltimore School of Law in "recognition of his career of excellence, innovation and achievement in courtroom advocacy."
Danica Noble is the director of the NORML Women of Washington, she is a founding member of the Cannabis Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. She is also Co-Chair of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Section. Danica clerked for the Hon. Darryl D. Donahue in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is a graduate of Georgetown Law school where she founded the first law school chapter of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. In college she was voted "most likely to legalize marijuana." Marijuana law reform is important to Danica for reasons of social justice and democracy!
Aaron J Romano has been practicing criminal law for twenty years, as a former Philly defender, a prosecutor in the CNMI, and is currently in private practice in Bloomfield, CT. He is a graduate of Bard College and received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania. He litigates high profile criminal cases, many of which have received national press and has been invited to teach CLEs on cellular telephone forensic tracking, trial advocacy, and cannabis law nationwide. He successfully litigated State v. Menditto to the CT state supreme court which allowed people in CT with convictions for minor cannabis offenses to have their records erased. His current challenge to CT's cannabis prohibition laws based on their racially discriminatory origin is currently on appeal. He is a lifetime member of the NLC, NACDL, is consigliere for CT NORML, and is on the Board of Directors for the Hartford County Farm Bureau where he has been instrumental in getting farmers within his state to support efforts toward legalization.
For over 30 years, following a federal clerkship, David Schoen has focused his law practice on the trial and appeal of criminal and civil rights cases around the country, through his offices in Alabama and New York. He has served as lead counsel in criminal cases that run the gamut from narcotics charges, to violent crimes, organized crime cases, capital cases, and white collar crimes. He has served as lead counsel in civil rights cases ranging from prison and jail litigation, to police misconduct, First Amendment rights, voting rights, systemic challenges to indigent defense, foster care, public education systems, and more. His clients have ranged from reputed bosses of organized crime families, to homeless, indigent sex offenders, a leader of the KKK, all Alabama public school children, victims of terror attacks, and many more.
David was honored by the ABA with their national pro bono publico award in 1995, based on a finding that David had done more, through litigation he conducted, to change the face of public institutions in the South than any lawyer of his era and he was honored again in 2015 with the Judge David Nelson public interest award.
David regularly litigates post-conviction motions in courts around the country, particularly involving claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. He has litigated some landmark conflict of interests cases in which sentences of 30 years or more have been set aside. David currently is litigating conflict claims in a capital murder case, a racketeering murder case, and in a fraud case involving hundreds of millions of dollars, among other post-conviction cases.
Jeri Shepherd is an attorney in Greeley, Colorado. She was a Deputy State Public Defender for 26 years before going into private practice. Her main areas of practice are criminal and traffic. She also volunteered in efforts to place Amendment 64 on the Colorado ballot and has been actively involved with peace and social justice issues-of which cannabis legalization is but one. She lives in Greeley with 2 cats and travels often to Wisconsin to see her sweetie Al.
Ashley is a USPTO-registered patent practitioner who specializes in the development and management of patent portfolios for startup ventures and emerging growth companies. She takes a hands-on approach with each client, partnering with Engineering and Management teams to intimately understand each client's business, competition, and product vision. Armed with this knowledge, Ashley is able to increase the value of her clients' patent portfolios while reducing overall legal costs.
Ashley has significant experience building patent portfolios directed to a diverse array of technologies. Previously, with Silicon Valley's Hudak Consulting Group LLC, a Schox Patent Group spin off, Ashley drafted and prosecuted patent applications for robotic systems, intracardiac devices, wireless healthcare technologies, physical activity equipment, biotechnologies, surgical training systems, topical drug formulations, drug repurposing, and other medical and consumer product devices. In this role, she also performed patent landscape analyses and patentability searches for healthcare technology companies.
Ashley's company, Aurora Consulting LLC, purchased Hudak Consulting Group LLC at the end of 2016 and has maintained a similar subject matter focus. Since then, Ashley has rapidly grown the company and maintained focus on startup ventures. Aurora Consulting currently serves clients, ranging in size and technological field, throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Ashley earned her Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in the biomedical sciences from the University of Michigan. In addition to her research in immune-mediated disorders, Ashley also worked as a technology transfer fellow in the Office of Technology Transfer at the U of M. There she analyzed nascent technology for commercialization potential (marketability, challenges, competitors, potential licensees) and patentability. During this time, Ashley authored or contributed to nine peer-reviewed publications, presented at over 25 research conferences and meetings, acquired over $25,000 in research funding, and served as an Associate Editor for Faculty of 1000, where she reviewed and highlighted cutting edge research in the biomedical research space.
After earning her Ph.D., Ashley served as a patent infringement researcher for the U of M and a regulatory writer for an Ann Arbor-based, early stage pharmaceutical company, in particular, drafting documents for approval by the European Medicines Agency.
Justin Strekal is the Political Director for NORML, where he serves as an advocate to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and to reform our nation's laws to no longer treat marijuana consumers as second-class citizens. Before working on drug policy, he focused on tax, wage, and campaign finance reform as well as managed electoral campaigns throughout the country for positions in every level of government.