Matthew R. Abel has been a criminal defense lawyer in Michigan for 24 years. He established Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C., with a practice entirely devoted to cannabis cases and clients. Mr. Abel's Detroit law office provides criminal defense of marijuana cases throughout Michigan. In addition to the criminal defense practice, since passage of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, the practice has grown to include business clients and issues, as well as employment, drug testing, probation, and domestic issues surrounding cannabis consumption.
Matthew has stood for public office seven times in Michigan. He is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee and NACDL, and is a member of the Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the National Lawyers Guild, Americans for Safe Access, and the ACLU of Michigan legal committee.
This year he purchased a building in Detroit one mile upriver from the Renaissance Center, and is in the process of renovation. The building eventually will house not only law offices, but a classroom, other cannabis related businesses, and a private patients club.
In addition to the practice, Matthew has taught Michigan Medical Marihuana Law for Oaksterdam University in Michigan, and currently is a member of the teaching staff at both MedGrow Cannabis College and the Michigan Cannabis College.
Matthew Abel and the law firm of Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C. are located at 2930 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48207. Phone 248-866-0864. The website is www.cannabiscounsel.com.
Natalie Alane concentrates her practice on family law, Collaborative practice, and appellate law and is a trained mediator. Before co-founding Alane & Chartier, P.L.C., she served as a senior staff attorney to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh and Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Stephen L. Borrello and worked as a staff attorney in the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division. Ms. Alane has taught Scholarly Writing, Moot Court, and Advanced Legal Writing at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and currently teaches Family Law as an adjunct professor.
Natalie is the Immediate Past President of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Ingham County Bar Association, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Ms. Alane serves as a board member for the Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan and also sits on the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Family Law Advisory Board. She is an in-demand presenter and writer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the State Bar, having given over eighteen presentations over the past four years in all aspects of family law, including child custody, child and spousal support, division and valuation of assets, bankruptcy, and hot topic issues. She was named a Top Woman Lawyer by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly in 2011.
Natalie grew up in Florida, and while she misses the ocean and seafood, she loves the snow in Michigan. In her spare time, Natalie loves to hike and travel.
Daniel-Paul Alva graduated from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1972. He began his career in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office assigned to the newly formed Narcotics Unit, which followed cases from investigation through trial. He became associated with Stephen Robert LaCheen Esq., in 1974 and thereafter became partner in the firm of LaCheen and Alva. He founded his own firm in 1987, now known as Alva & Associates, which handles all areas of trial work, concentrating in state, federal, local and national criminal trials.
Mr. Alva belongs to the National and Pennsylvania Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. He was selected by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the "78 for 78". He has tried more than 5, 000 cases, the majority in Pennsylvania, but also in eleven (11) other states.
In 1988 he served as Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, and was honored to repeat the role in 2002. Mr. Alva also has served on the Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention for ten (10) years. In 2003, he was elected to a three year term on the Board on Governors of the Bar Association. In 2006, Mr. Alva served as the Chair of the Board of Governors. In 2008 2009 and 2010, Mr. Alva is Co-Chair of the Municipal Court Committee.
For the last ten (10) years, Mr. Alva has served as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, teaching in the nationally rated number one School of Trial Advocacy. For the last two years, Mr. Alva has been selected to teach the Advanced Trial Advocacy Course.
In 2003, Mr. Alva was appointed by his Honor, Mayor John Street as a member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee representing all Philadelphia attorneys, a position he held until 2007. This committee oversaw the Philadelphia Criminal Justice System (courts, prisons, judges, attorneys, etc.)
He has created, chaired or been a panel member on eight continuing legal education courses in Philadelphia, including Five-County Criminal Practice (created and chaired); cross examination in homicide cases, mitigation in homicide cases, defending a narcotics cases, as well as the ethnics of criminal cases ( co-creator and panelist, three times.) In 2005, Mr. Alva along with USDC Judge Bruce Kauffman and Mark Mendell, Esq. spoke on civility in the Courts. Lectured (CLE) twice at National NORML convention, first on cross-examination techniques for the very young or old witness and secondly on selling ones client to the courts. Mr. Alva has lectured on cross examination techniques for the young witnesses on two occasions before individual sections of the Bucks County Bar Association (Family and Criminal Law)
In 1984, Mr. Alva received an Honorarium to speak at his alma mater, Brandeis School of Law, to much acclaim. The topic "Life after Law School" has been modified (to fit various topics) at Temple University, Beasley School of law, and most recently at Widener School of Law in 2006. Although the motivational speech was entitled "Trials and Tribulations of a Criminal Trial Lawyer", it dealt heavily with ethics and civility in the courtroom.
Mr. Alva has appeared on TV’s CN-8, "Its Your Call" with Lynn Doyle on a variety of topics as a legal expert.
Recognized as one of the "Deans" of Criminal Law and selected as a "Super Lawyer" every year since inception, he maintains an active practice today.
Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws, and a Senior Policy Advisor at Freedom Leaf, Inc. He also serves on the faculty of Oaksterdam University, where he lectures of the safety and efficacy of cannabis. His writing and research have appeared in over 750 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies. He is a regulator contributor to The Hill as well as to to numerous other publications. 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 2016 book, The Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Understanding, Medicating, and Cooking with Cannabis, available from Althea Press.
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 consider the constitutionality 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 provides content to TheAnswerPage.com, an online medical educational resource that provides daily education to healthcare professionals in 120 countries. A version of this curriculum is now required in New York State for any physician who wishes to participate in that state's medical cannabis program. 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.
Donna Bader is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law.* Since 1980, she has practiced in Laguna Beach, California exclusively in the areas of civil appeals and writs, with an emphasis on medical and legal malpractice, and personal injury law. She has written over 350 appellate briefs and writ petitions.
Donna is the author of California Summary Judgment and Related Termination Motions, which is published by Thomson/West. She is also a contributing writer to various publications, including the California Lawyer, Orange County Lawyer, Gavel, Plaintiff, Forum, and the Advocate. She has also been a featured speaker at seminars for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Orange County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the Celtic Bar Association.
Donna's new book, An Appeal to Reason: 204 Strategic Tools to Help you Win Your Appeal at Trial is scheduled for publication in mid-2011. This book is written for trial attorneys and advises them on how to protect their appeals at the trial level.
Donna is the former Editor-in-Chief of Plaintiff magazine, which is distributed to over 5,000 plaintiffs' attorneys in Northern California. She was previously Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Attorneys' Association of Los Angeles' magazine, The Advocate. Donna also served as the Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Attorneys of California's magazine, Forum, in 2005, and before that, she was the Editor of the Orange County Trial Lawyer's quarterly publication, the Gavel, for three years. She has served on the boards of the Orange County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, and Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.
Donna is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern, Southern, and Central District Courts in the State of California, the California Supreme Court, and all courts in California.
She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University in Fullerton in 1977. In law school, Donna won the American Jurisprudence Award (Am. Jur.) in Constitutional Law. After law school, she attended the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She also specialized in law and motion matters, including an assignment as a research attorney for the Orange County Superior Court. While acting as a consultant to attorneys on their law and motion needs, she wrote hundreds of motions and oppositions.
*Certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.
Leland Berger practices from his home in Portland, Oregon. His practice emphasizes the representation of therapeutic cannabis patients and their caregivers statewide. He assisted in drafting the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, and has also worked on its implementation, including impact litigation. His practice includes non-cannabis related criminal defense state court trial work, along with a broad array of appellate work. He also occasionally assists in the pro bono representation of people arrested during protests. He is a frequent lecturer on legal issues relating the defense of medical cannabis patients, and has spoken on these issues at Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association CLEs, at a NACDL Annual Conference and at the NORML Legal Committee’s Annual Conference. He serves as legal counsel for the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, and on the Americans for Safe Access’ Board of Legal Advisers.
Hilary Bricken is licensed to practice in Florida, Washington, and California. She is an attorney with Canna Law Group, a practice group of Harris Moure PLLC. Regarded as one of Washington State's premier cannabis business attorneys, she helps cannabis companies of all sizes with everything from corporate structure and intellectual property protection to branding, licensing, and application of cannabis laws. And she has worked extensively with lobbyists and the Liquor Control Board (LCB) on I-502 implementation, Washington's recreational cannabis law. In 2013, based on her work in the marijuana industry, Hilary was named Deal Maker of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal and was also voted Marijuana Industry Attorney of the Year by DOPE Magazine in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, Hilary was named a "Rising Star" and a "Top Rising Star of Washington Women Attorneys" by Super Lawyers Magazine. Hilary also sits on the board of the National Cannabis Industry Association.
Paul Brunton is an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1966, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa in 1971, and a Master of Law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1982.
Mr. Brunton is admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Tulsa County Bar Association. He is a member of the TCBA Court Operations Committee and the Criminal Law Section. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and was former Chair to the OBA Criminal Law Committee. He is a member, and he was the former Director of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Additionally, Mr. Brunton is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Tulsa County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the NORML Legal Committee and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Brunton was the Chief Public Defender for Tulsa County, 1972-1974, and he was a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1974 to 1980. Additionally, Mr. Brunton was the recipient of the Tulsa County Bar Association "Golden Rule Award" in 1996 and the "President's Award" in 1999. He was the recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association "Earl Sneed Award" in 1999. He is cuurently President of the Tulsa County Bar for 2010-2011. Mr. Brunton is a speaker, moderator, and lecturer for Search and Seizure Law and Hodgepodge of Criminal Law Nuggets for various CLE and Bar groups. He was in private practice from 1974 until July 2001 when he was appointed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals as the Federal Public Defender for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma.
Edward M. Burch is an attorney in San Francisco, CA, specializing in asset forfeiture defense. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he received the Julia Raymand McCulloch Memorial Award for Demonstrated Excellence in the Field of Constitutional Law -- in part for spearheading a publicized civil rights lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Department's "party patrol" with attorney Charles Knoblauch -- and also prosecuted cases through trial in Albuquerque Metro Court in the District Attorney law clinic program. Since joining with attorney David Michael in San Francisco in 2007, Mr. Burch and Mr. Michael have litigated forfeiture cases in at least twelve different Federal District Courts and four different Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal throughout the country and are among the very few attorneys who have successfully obtained orders of attorney's fees against the United States for prevailing in forfeiture cases, with multiple U.S. District Courts recognizing them as having expertise in forfeiture litigation. Recent victories in forfeiture cases include U.S. v. Grossi, 482 F. App'x 252, 255 (9th Cir. 2012) (the government ordered to return financed portion of forfeited warehouse to client convicted of illegally maintaining marijuana grow in the warehouse because client continued to pay off loan after being indicted); U.S. v. $574,840, et. al., 19 F.3d 648 (7th Cir. 2013) (reversing district court order granting government's motion to strike claimants for a supposed lack of Article III standing); U.S. v. 7215 Longboat Dr., 750 F.3d 968 (8th Cir. 2014) (reversing district court order granting government's motion to strike claimants' claims as untimely, holding that the government failed to provide proper notice of the claim deadlines); U.S. v. $85,688.00, 577 Fed. Appx. 811 (10th Cir. 2014) (reversing district court's denial of claimant's motion to suppress with subsequent order granting attorney fees); U.S. v. $239,400, 795 F.3d 639 (7th Cir. 2015) (seminal opinion, reversing district court's order granting government's motion for summary judgment based on claimants' supposed lack of Article III standing and failure to sufficiently answer special interrogatories); People v. Bobcat Tractor, Shasta Cty Sup. Ct. No. CV-15-0181766 (09/04/15) (dismissing case on due process grounds, denying People's motion to amend, and returning property to client). Mr. Burch is a longtime member of the NORML Legal Committee.
Mary Chartier is a criminal defense litigator and founding partner at Alane & Chartier, P.L.C., with offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan. She practices in courts throughout the state, including practicing extensively in federal court. Before starting the law firm, one of Mary's positions was working at the Michigan Supreme Court for Justice Michael F. Cavanagh, who is now Of Counsel at Alane & Chartier, P.L.C. Mary is a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, NORML, and the National College of DUI Defense. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Chairperson of the Ingham County Bar Association's Criminal Law Section, Secretary/Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan's Marijuana Law Section, and an officer on the Board of Directors of the Ingham County Bar Association. Mary taught at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School for over ten years, including teaching the nation's first medical marijuana class. She has presented at numerous nationwide and state conferences on topics related to criminal defense, including presenting at conferences organized by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Michigan Judges Association, NORML, National College for DUI Defense, and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Mary has also taught at the highly regarded Hillman Advocacy Program, which provides federal courtroom training to trial lawyers and is sponsored by the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Mary has received numerous awards, including being named one of the Top Women Attorneys in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Mary has argued and won numerous cases at the Michigan Supreme Court, including winning three cases in one year. At the Michigan Supreme Court, she also won People v. Koon, which related to impairment and medical marijuana use. Among Mary's federal experience, she won a full acquittal in a federal drug dealing and money laundering case, and she was lead counsel in a federal RICO trial. In 2015, Mary started and ended the year with "not guilty" verdicts in two cases - one involving an attempted murder and one involving multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct - in which no offers were made because the government believed their cases were so strong.
Phil Cherner grew up in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree during the turbulent '60's. He graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1975 and within a few days moved to Denver where he set up a private practice. After five years of general practice, including a healthy dose of criminal and civil trials in the state and federal courts, he became a deputy state public defender. Phil stayed with the Colorado State Public Defender's until 1988. While there he tried over 80 felony jury trials and handled numerous appeals. He also started teaching at the University of Denver College of Law and became an adjunct professor.
After a brief stint with a small firm, Phil set out on his own doing primarily criminal defense, while continuing to teach trial practice and professional responsibility. The latter effort launched him into a whole new specialty of attorney grievance defense and bar admissions. For the last 25 years Phil has concentrated on high level criminal defense at the trial and appellate level, as well as representing lawyers and law students. He has testified as an expert in criminal defense and professional responsibility numerous times and authored many articles on those subjects as well. At the end of the last century, Phil led a team of lawyers litigating post-conviction claims for a Colorado death row inmate. That effort culminated in a gubernatorial reprieve in May, 2013. In January, 2014, Phil joined the Denver office of Vicente Sederberg, LLC, where he continues to do criminal and attorney grievance defense.
Michele M. Clark is a Family, Business and Administrative Law attorney practicing in Colorado and Texas. Michele earned her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Affairs in Denver.
Michele went to law school determined to create positive change in the world. She dedicated the first 10 years of her practice to public interest law, during which time her social advocacy helped shape Texas legislation. Acting as passionate counsel for clients of the Women's Advocacy Project, SafePlace and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, she represented survivors of domestic and sexual violence in their divorce, custody and protective order cases. During this time, Michele also worked with youth in the juvenile justice system and in school disciplinary proceedings.
In 2007, Michele opened a solo practice and, in addition to her family law clients, began representing small to medium sized businesses, many of whom were state-licensed. In Texas, Michele's primary clients ran bingo and gaming businesses, and she handled their transactional, administrative, civil and criminal proceedings.
Now back in Colorado, Michele represents the interests of local dispensaries who rely on her for both transactional and civil litigation matters. Michele is also a fierce advocate for parents who face adversity from a system still ignorant about cannabis use. Recently, and with much support from members of the community, Michele started a Marijuana work group called "Cannabis at Home" that focuses on laying the groundwork for "best practices" for parents who use cannabis. It is her hope that having best practices in place will educate courts about cannabis use and minimize its negative impact on families.
Mary E. Conn & Associates has been a "client-based" practice, with generally 85% or more of the practice being criminal defense, both in federal and state courts, first based in Texas and then 10 years in the Bay Area of California. Ms. Conn holds licenses in both states and in several federal courts, including the USSC. Ms. Conn has handled broad spectrum of criminal cases, from marijuana to murder, illegal re-entry, other first degree aggravated or strike cases, drug possession and/or distribution cases, sex offenses, internet crimes, bank fraud, DUI's and a variety of misdemeanors, in federal and state courts. A significant portion of cases have been indigent clients, many pro bono. The focus of the practice has always been the best possible resolution of the matter for the individual client, regardless of whether the case was paid, appointed, or pro bono through the local bar association. On many occasions, she was able to resolve or try cases for some difficult or mentally ill clients, when other lawyers had been discharged by clients or courts.
Mr. Corry handled the successful appeal of In Re Marriage of Parr, 240 P.3d 509 (Colo. App. 2010), which reunited a Father and Daughter, and reversed the trial court order that Father be prohibited from parenting Daughter because of his marijuana use, holding "the record does not show that father's use of medical marijuana represented a threat to the physical and emotional health and safety of the child, or otherwise suggested any risk of harm." 240 P.3d at 512.
In 2010, "5280 Magazine" named Mr. Corry one of Denver's "50 Most Influential Powerbrokers" for leadership in the marijuana community. He is the 2008 recipient of the SAFER/Sensible Colorado "Friend of Reform" Award. In 2009, he obtained a permanent injunction against the City of Centennial, Colorado's ban on medical marijuana. In 2007 and again in 2009, Mr. Corry filed litigation defeating the State of Colorado's five patient per caregiver limit.
Notable cases include the 2009 jury acquittal of Jason Lauve for felony possession of over two pounds of medical marijuana for his own use, 2007 pretrial dismissal of Kevin Dickes felony cultivation for having 71 plants for his own use, 2006 jury acquittal of Ryan Margenau for felony cultivation and felony possession with verbal physicianadvice, and 2004 return of marijuana cultivation equipment to Dana May by the U.S. DEA.
Mr. Corry earned his law degree from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mr. Corry is the proud father of two lovely daughters, Catherine Chase Corry (age 6) and Caroline Harper Corry (age 3).
John W. Coyle, III is a 2000 graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and is also a member of the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western districts of Oklahoma and the Northern and Southern districts of Texas. He was the recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award as Oklahoma's Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyers in 1995, and recipient of the Barry Albert Award from the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for Excellence in Advocacy in 2005. Listed in Best Lawyers in America in 1999-2012 and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in Criminal Trial Practic. Mr. Coyle was the instructor in Criminal Law and the Procedure for the Oklahoma Bar Review. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer in Continuing Legal Education Seminars and is a Legal Analyst for ABC Television News and Local Affiliates.
He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers' Association, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association, Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National Association of Criminal Defesnse Lawyers, First Amendment Lawyers' Association, and Master, William J. Holloway American Inn of Court, 1997-2012.
Coyle Law Firm practices Criminal Trial and Appellate law in all State and Federal Courts, Grand Jury Investigations, White Collar and Complex Crimes, Murder, Drugs, DUI, Sex Crimes, Obscenity and Securities Fraud. They have defended cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the Nation. Each client's case is handled through a team approach that involves experienced defense lawyers, paralegals and investigators. "We stick up for people."
Lauren Davis is a Denver-based attorney, with fifteen years of legal experience. Lauren started her career as a law clerk for the first female Justice appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court. She then went on to serve as a Deputy District Attorney in both the Manhattan D.A.'s office and the Denver D.A.'s office. In late 2008, Lauren left the D.A.'s office to work as a defense attorney. She now uses her knowledge of the criminal justice system to help medical marijuana patients, caregivers and Center owners throughout the State navigate the novel and complex medical marijuana code.
In addition to helping dispensary owners and growers establish legally compliant State businesses, Lauren also maintains a marijuana-focused criminal defense practice. Lauren has been a key member of the legal teams involved in cutting edge marijuana cases throughout Colorado. She has successfully defended one of the first physicians charged for writing a medical marijuana recommendation; sued the Board of Health for attempting to change the definition of primary caregiver; sued the City of Centennial for banning dispensaries based on violations of Federal law; and has challenged ordinances throughout the Front Range on Constitutional grounds. Lauren has also served on Law Enforcement sub-committee of the Amendment 64 Task Force, the CCJJ DUID subcommittee and is a board member of CO NORML.
Lauren is committed to protecting the Constitutional rights of patients and caregivers. With a background in legislative policy, appellate law, and law enforcement, Lauren has a well-rounded understanding of the issues at stake for the medical marijuana community. Her writings have also been quoted by witnesses testifying before the U.S. Congress.
Lauren holds a Juris Doctor from the New York University (NYU) School of Law. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where she graduated Magna Cumme Laude. When she is not working, you can find Lauren skiing, mountain biking or hula hooping.
Warren Edson attended the University of Denver Law School and was one of the forces behind the passage of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Law, Amendment 20. Mr. Edson is also a lifetime member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee. A criminal defense attorney and the former Public Defender for the Lakewood Municipal Courts, Warren has practiced law since 1995. In 1997, he was successful in using a "choice of evils" medical marijuana affirmative defense before Colorado had passed a law protecting patients and caregivers. Since assisting with the passage of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Amendment, he has worked closely with patients and caregivers, facilitating the return of plants, growing equipment, and cured marijuana. A dedicated civil rights attorney, Warren has handled over 1,000 trials in his career. He speaks at workshops nationally and in Colorado about civil rights issues including cannabis reform.
Steven G. Farber from Santa Fe, New Mexico graduated from Temple University Law School in 1972. He started his criminal defense career as an Assistant Defender in Philadelphia. Moving to New Mexico in 1974, Steven served as the Acting District Defender in Santa Fe for Northern New Mexico. Steven was then recruited to serve as an Assistant Attorney General prosecuting complex public corruption cases. Steven opened his solo law practice in 1978 and since that time he has concentrated his law practice with complex personal injury cases (including medical negligence), wrongful death claims, criminal and drug defense, white collar crime, police misconduct and civil rights cases, and professional licensure defense. Steven personally argued and won an important civil rights case in the United States Supreme Court, Wilson v. Garcia, 471 U.S. 261. He has been AV rated by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory for 30 years. He also served as the Chair of the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization. Steven was an elected City Councilor for the City of Santa Fe. Steven is gratified personally and professionally by the fact that with another colleague he worked for years to gather evidence and then was able to free an innocent man, Terry Seaton who was serving a Life Sentence for a gruesome murder and who had already served six years, directly from the courtroom after a week-long habeas corpus proceeding. They subsequently won a damages award for their client at the civil rights trial based upon the prosecutor's and Sheriff's use of suborned and perjured testimony and the withholding of crucial exculpatory materials. Steven's Practice Areas are Criminal Law; White Collar Crime; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Catastrophic Injury; Medical and Professional Malpractice; Professional License Defense; Civil Rights; and Employment Rights. Steven started attending the NORML CLE programs in Key West before the federal sentencing guidelines were even adopted. His life is enriched by the many friends and colleagues he has around the country through his involvement with the NORML-NLC.
Omar Figueroa is a young lawyer in San Francisco who specializes in defending medical marijuana, cannabis cultivation, and cybercrime cases. Trained by legendary radical trial lawyer J. Tony Serra, Omar has defended cannabis cases in more than thirty California counties and has gotten dozens of cases and scores of felony charges dismissed since he started practicing law in 1998. He recently represented marijuana cultivation expert and author Ed Rosenthal in San Francisco federal court, and helped get tax and money laundering charges dismissed for vindictive prosecution. Omar's pro bono clients include political activists, protesters, treesitters, and medical cannabis patients, including cannabis minister Rev. Eddy Lepp, accused copkiller Bear Lincoln, notorious superhacker Kevin Mitnick, Native American Church elder and peyote shaman Skyhorse Durant, patriotic hacker The Deceptive Duo, and computer security researcher Eric McCarty. Omar is a graduate of Yale University (where he infiltrated a secret society), Stanford Law School (where he was voted "Most Likely to Fail Senate Confirmation Hearing"), and the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming (where he was knighted by Gerry Spence).
Leonard I. Frieling has been practicing criminal defense law in Colorado since 1976. His practice is limited to criminal defense including allegations or charges related to: drug cases, driving cases, assaults; weapons violations, domestic violence, and more. As of 3/7/2012, Lenny is serving, by invitation, as Director for Colorado NORML, assisting in the reorganization of and re-activation of Colorado NORML. Lenny has been honored by being selected for the 2011 Colorado Super Lawyers, as well as being accepted as a member of the NCDD (National College for DUI Defense).
Emily Harris Gant is the Co-Chair of the Cannabis Industry Group at Garvey Schubert Barer. She advises producers, processors, retailers and third-party service providers on cannabis-related corporate, licensing, regulatory, and marketing matters. Further, Emily handles disputes for cannabis clients, whether finding resolution or preparing for a successful lawsuit. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors from Whitman College. Before law school, she taught second grade in the Mississippi Delta with the Teach for America program. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law, and subsequently served as a law clerk for the Honorable Elaine M. Houghton, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Emily is licensed to practice in Washington and Oregon.
Rachel K. Gillette is an attorney based in the Denver-Boulder area of Colorado and she currently serves as the Executive Director of Colorado NORML. A major part of Rachel's practice is focused on advocating on behalf of medical marijuana patients and caregivers, marijuana consumers, as well as the representation of state and locally licensed medical and recreational marijuana businesses and their employees throughout Colorado. Since founding her solo practice in 2010, Rachel has assisted numerous marijuana businesses throughout the complicated local and state business licensing process. Rachel also represents taxpayers before the Collections, Appeals, and Examination divisions of the Internal Revenue Service, including marijuana business taxpayers facing tremendous tax challenges due to the IRS's application of 280E, and those marijuana businesses under state, local, or federal tax audit. Rachel is highly involved in the political discussion surrounding the development of Colorado's new regulatory model of cannabis legalization under Amendment 64, passed by 55% of Colorado voters in 2012. She is committed to ending the prohibition of cannabis at the national level and ensuring state licensed and legal marijuana businesses are fairly taxed at both the state and federal level.
Gerald "Gerry" Harris 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 -- 2008; 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 -- 2007.
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.
Jack Gordon, Jr has been a trial lawyer throughout his career in both the civil and criminal arenas. His experience extends from civil rights trials to death penalty cases. He takes pride in his reputation as a good trial lawyer and as a gentleman at both the bench and the bar. He also takes pride in knowing his limitations and if he can't do the clients work professionally, then he knows the good lawyers to whom he can direct his clients for representation in a specialized field of law. He holds bar memberships at the Oklahoma Bar Association, United States Supreme Court, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and all Oklahoma Federal District Courts. He is a member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. His professional honors include: Fellow at American College of Trial Lawyers and listed in Best Lawyers in America. In 2003 he earned the Lord Thomas Erskine award from OCDLA. He has been an adjunct professor at Law University of Tulsa and a lecturer at Criminal Defense Seminar on Ethics and Jury Selection. When not practicing law, he enjoys fly-fishing with his wife Elise, not only in the warm waters of Oklahoma but in the mountain streams and rivers in Canada, Wyoming, and Montana.
Brenda Grantland is a Mill Valley, California lawyer who began her practice in Washington D.C. in 1982. She began defending asset forfeiture cases in 1983 and it has been the core of her practice ever since. In 1992, she joined Forfeiture Endangers American Rights (www.fear.org), serving on the board, usually as board president, since it was incorporated. She began consulting with Rep. John Conyers in late 1992 in preparation for his first Government Operations Committee hearing into forfeiture abuse, and testified at the hearing. She wrote the FEAR position paper which was entered into the record at the hearing. After moving to California in 1993, she served as president of California FEAR, lobbying for the Burton asset forfeiture reform bill which passed in 1994. She consulted with Rep. Conyers and the late Rep. Henry Hyde on federal forfeiture reform bills, building a grass roots movement to lobby for the bills. This culminated in passage of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA). She was one of four people Rep. Hyde thanked in his speech to Congress the day CAFRA passed. She is principal co-author of FEAR's Asset Forfeiture Defense Manual and the 2-hour crash course DVD "Forfeiture 101." Those were all part-time, mostly pro bono activities, while she maintained a solo practice defending civil and criminal forfeiture cases. Her Truth & Justice blog regularly covers forfeiture related issues, among other topics.
Barry Grissom was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas by President Barack Obama in 2010. As U.S. Attorney, he assessed and resolved a wide array of civil and criminal cases, managed three offices and a large legal workforce of 49 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 53 support staff, while representing the Department of Justice in diverse communities across his district. Grissom's law enforcement priorities included national security, violent crime, drug trafficking, financial fraud and crimes against children.
As U.S. Attorney, Grissom was selected by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as one of 15 members on the Attorney's General Advisory Committee (AGAC), which advises the Attorney General on matters of administration and policy. As a member of the AGAC, Grissom contributed to efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system through his Smart on Crime initiative. He also served on several sub-committees, including Financial Fraud, Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Team, Terrorism & National Security (Cyber), Native American Issues and Civil Rights.
Prior to his work as U.S. Attorney, Grissom was in private practice law for 27 years in both state and federal court, with involvement at every level of complex government litigation matters. He has experience leading white collar criminal prosecutions and affirmative civil lawsuits, prosecuting complex white collar crime cases involving financial, securities, health care and related industries, crisis management and regulatory enforcement matters.
He graduated from Kansas University in 1977 and the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1981 where he was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court. He is currently a partner with the Polsinelli Law firm in Kansas City, MO.
Daniel Grow has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1993. He has represented individuals, corporations, and municipalities in a variety of criminal and civil matters, and has an extensive background in employment litigation and civil rights. His clients have included individuals, entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, closely held family businesses and corporations. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and the Criminal Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Daniel is a 1993 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, and is a 1990 graduate of Michigan State University, with a BA in Public Administration. He is also an advocate for liberty, and was the Libertarian Party's candidate for United States Congress in 2008 and Attorney General of Michigan in 2010.
In 2010, Daniel and John Targowski formed Targowski and Grow, PLLC, and he has primarily focused his practice on the defense of those accused of crimes relating to their efforts to comply with Michigan's Medical Marihuana Act. He had operated his own practice before that, and had also practiced with a firm in St. Joseph, Michigan, where he represented large and small employers and municipalities across Michigan.
It was with the passage of Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act that Daniel began to commit his practice to those being treated unfairly under that Act. His first case involved an individual facing eviction from a federally funded housing project. The man was being evicted because he spoke out at a city meeting about an ordinance relating to medical marijuana, during which he confessed he was a patient. He was being evicted on the grounds that it was still illegal under federal law. Daniel's next major civil case involved a young father of two who was fired for his decision to use medical marijuana while not at work to treat the symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor; Daniel teamed with the ACLU to bring an action against Walmart on behalf of Joseph Casias. Daniel more recently sued the Charter Township of Kalamazoo and the Michigan State Police for their unlawful seizure of the property of a care provider under Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act. He also successfully struck a portion of that same township's ordinance in another matter, resulting in the dismissal of the charges against the caregiver. Daniel has represented doctors who are struggling with the act, patients and care providers that have been arrested, and families facing the denial of their parental rights by Child Protective Services for their medical decisions.
Harold A. Haddon practices law in Denver, Colorado. His battles with the press in high-profile matters have intersected both politics and law: He was Gary Hart's campaign manager and, as a lawyer, he has represented John and Patsy Ramsey, Kobe Bryant and several public companies accused of criminal wrongdoing.
John Wesley Hall, Little Rock criminal defense attorney, is a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Hall received the organization's prestigious Robert C. Heeney Award in 2002 for service to the criminal defense bar. He was chair of the NACDL Ethics Advisory Committee from 1990-2005, and on the International Criminal Court's Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal. He has tried 250+ jury trials and handled 250+ appeals, including three in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of Search and Seizure (3d ed., 4th ed. forthcoming), Professional Responsibility in Criminal Defense Practice (3d ed.), Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers (4th ed.), and numerous articles. He has done CLEs in 38 states, 3 provinces, and The Hague.
Heather Harris is a certified independent forensic chemistry consultant and a PA licensed attorney. Ms. Harris holds a Master of Forensic Science from The George Washington University. From GWU, she went to the Bexar County Criminal Investigation Laboratory in San Antonio, Texas, where she was a Forensic Scientist working primarily in drug analysis and clandestine lab analysis. Upon relocating to Philadelphia, Ms. Harris began working at NMS Labs as a Forensic Chemist. It was also at this time that she attended Temple University's Beasley School of Law Evening Division.
After successfully passing the PA bar exam, Ms. Harris began working independently as a forensic chemistry consultant for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and private attorneys in both criminal and civil cases. In addition to these duties, she teaches forensic chemistry and trace evidence as an adjunct professor at Arcadia University in the Master's of Science in Forensic Science program. Ms. Harris actively participates in professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, and the American Board of Criminalistics, by whom she is certified as a Diplomate in General Criminalistics and Drug Analysis.
Carl Hart is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He has published nearly 100 scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (with Charles Ksir). His most recent book,"High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society," was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Fast Company magazine named Hart one of Most Creative People for 2014.
Doug Hiatt is a Seattle criminal defense attorney who has been practicing for 17 years. He specializes in medical marijuana cases and has been involved in defending and litigating under Washington's medical use of marijuana act since passage, and before that used medical necessity to defend patients since 1996.
Abraham V. Hutt has been a trial lawyer in Denver, CO since 1984. He handles criminal, civil and administrative cases, including professional license matters, although his primary emphasis has been on criminal defense. Mr. Hutt is a frequent CLE lecturer on the subject of trial tactics and has lectured on that topic at both the University of Denver School of Law and the University of Colorado School of Law. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver School of Law where he teaches trial practice and advanced criminal procedure. He is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure and serves on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, GA.
Sam Kamin Sam Kamin has emerged as an expert voice on marijuana law reform in Colorado and throughout the country. He sat on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force and worked with the ACLU and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to formulate a set of best practices for marijuana regulation in that state. In addition, he has written more than a dozen scholarly articles on the subject of marijuana law reform and co-authors the series "Altered State: Inside Colorado's Marijuana Economy" for Slate Magazine, chronicling the impact of Colorado's marijuana regulations on lawmakers, businesses and consumers. In the spring of 2015 he taught the nation's first law school course on representing marijuana clients and was named the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy.
Elizabeth Kelley has a special commitment to representing people with intellectual disabilities (such as mental retardation and autism spectrum disorders) and mental illness (such as bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder). She has also worked on several cases of wrongful conviction, including ones where her clients were successfully exonerated. Elizabeth has hosted the award-winning weekly radio show, "Celebrity Court," for over two years. Celebrity Court counts down the top celebrity legal stories of the week and provides in-depth interviews that Elizabeth conducts with A-list guests from throughout the country.
Elizabeth is in her second term as a board member for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). She has served on numerous committees, is a Life Member, and chairs both the Mental Health Committee and the Corrections Committee. In 2009, she traveled as part of an NACDL - United Nations sponsored delegation to Liberia in order to train Liberian attorneys about courtroom strategies and techniques. A Life Member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Elizabeth has been recognized as one of Ohio's Super Lawyers, a member of numerous bar associations, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Norman Elliott 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.
Cathy Klein, MSN, MSEd, RN, APN, JD is an attorney/mediator with Conflict Resolution Services, Inc. She has practiced law in Colorado since 1987, developing expertise in emerging national and local marijuana laws and their impact, employment law, health care law, contracts, insurance, business matters, family law, personal injury, disability law, premises liability, professional malpractice, regulatory law, professional licensing, to name a few. Throughout her distinguished career as a lawyer, Ms. Klein mentored new lawyers, presented at countless professional and trade conferences on topics including emerging marijuana issues, long-term care and nursing home, hospital, health care, employment, regulatory matters, trial tactics and procedures, alternative dispute resolution and mediation. She is asked to mediate all aspects of marijuana issues, employment, hospital and health care, long-term care and nursing home, contracts, premises liability and personal injury matters.
Beth Krulewitch is the founding member of Beth L. Krulewitch P.C. She concentrates her practice on major litigation including complex commercial cases and appeals. Beth has 18 years of courtroom experience, having acted as lead trial counsel on more than thirty jury trials and lead counsel on hundreds of appellate cases brought before Colorado appellate courts. In connection with her appellate work Beth has presented oral arguments in the Colorado Court of Appeals or Colorado Supreme Court on more than fifty occasions.
After a career in television news, Beth attended the University of Colorado School of Law and upon graduation accepted a position with the Colorado Public Defender System where she worked in both the Denver Trial office and in the state Appellate Division. By virtue of her work as both a trial and an appellate lawyer Beth has extensive experience and expertise as both a trial lawyer, having acted as lead attorney on hundreds of felony prosecutions ranging from fraud to first degree murder and as an appellate lawyer, having briefed and/or argued hundreds of cases in Colorado appellate courts.
In 1998 Beth took her trial and appellate skills to the civil arena with the law firm of Leventhal & Brown, one of Colorado's premiere medical malpractice law firms, handling the appellate and motions practice for the firm.
In 2000, Beth accepted a position with the newly created law firm of Hoffman, Reilly, Pozner and Williamson, where she worked for five years working on a number of complex commercial cases, including representation of Pat Bowlen, the owner of the Denver Broncos Football Club.
In 2005, Beth created her own law firm, concentrating her practice on criminal defense, personal injury litigation and appellate advocacy.
Beth's advocacy skills have earned her national recognition. In 1998 she was the recipient of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's "Champion of Justice Award", for her work in freeing two men who were serving life sentences for crimes that they did not commit. As the recipient of this prestigious award Beth joins the ranks of such notables as Justice William J. Brennan Jr., Professor Julian Bond and Sister Helen Prejean.
Matt Kumin is the co-founder of California Cannabis Voice, a PAC with a non-profit educational foundation attached to it, and is its Executive Director. He is a civil rights attorney, a member of the NORML legal committee and represents cannabis operations. Because California courts have consistently upheld the right of that State's cities and counties to use their zoning powers to prohibit medical cannabis operations, he has turned his focus to lobbying, political consulting and organizing to change these local zoning laws. California Cannabis Voice's Chapters in Humboldt and San Francisco spearheaded the passage of ground-breaking ordinances relating to cannabis, and those new laws, and the participatory approaches that the PAC encourages, are serving as templates for cities and counties across California as they consider their own approaches, policies and regulations for cannabis. Matt has offices in San Francisco and Humboldt County ad works throughout CA and the United States advising on political strategy and approaches to cannabis legalization and regulation.
David Lane is currently in private practice in Denver. The practice emphasizes death penalty trial work in the state and federal courts. The civil rights component of the practice includes Title VII race, age, sex, religious discrimination, as well as Section 1983 and Bivens litigation. He takes state court-appointed death penalty cases in Colorado and is on the list of qualified attorneys for CJA court-appointments for federal court criminal/capital appointments both at the trial and post-conviction stages. He currently represents five Guantanamo Bay detainees. He has been qualified by numerous district courts in Colorado as an expert witness in the area of criminal defense.
Over the past 26 years Mr. Lane has represented numerous individuals either charged with or convicted of capital offenses in several states, including Colorado, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New York, New Mexico, Michigan and Texas at trial, appeal and post conviction in state and federal courts. He has consulted on cases throughout the country. He has been on the faculty of the Airlie Conference, a four-day intensive seminar sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for attorneys primarily involved in capital litigation.
Mr. Lane has taught at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he taught Professional Responsibility, Trial Advocacy and Death Penalty Jurisprudence, and the University of Denver School of Law where he is currently teaching Death Penalty Jurisprudence. He is a frequent lecturer on issues involving either the death penalty or civil rights at many colleges and universities and other public forums. He has lectured throughout the country in over 40 cities on the Colorado Method of Jury Selection in Capital Cases.
He is the recipient of the 1995 Jonathan Olom Award, the highest honor conferred by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, given to the Colorado criminal defense lawyer who works "in defense of the accused without regard for personal gain", and the recipient of Newsed Community Development Civil Rights Award.
Christopher Lanter was born in New York City but grew up in Atlanta, Ga. His father, an architect, was the director of Georgia Tech's Fine Arts Program in Paris, France where Lanter spent two years of his youth with his family eating tête de veau, escargots, sweetbreads and coq au vin. After attending the University and working at DePalma's in Athens, Ga., he returned to France where he cooked for two years professionally in Auvergne, L'île de Groix, and in Paris at Chez Toutoune under Chef Philippe Deschamps. Lanter worked for Buckhead Life Group in Atlanta's top restaurants and moved to Aspen, Co. in 1996 where he was sous chef at Campo de Fiori and then the Caribou Club. He has been the executive chef at Cache Cache since August 2000. He and Jodi Larner bought the restaurant in June 2004. He lives with his wife and two children in Basalt, Co. Lanter continues to puff on the hootie rat quite frequently.
Jay Leiderman was born and raised in and around New York City. He has lived and worked in California for almost 20 years. He attained his Bachelor of Arts in both History and Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1993. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 1999, where he was President of the USF Law School Student Body in 1998-1999. Jay has been a Certified Criminal Law Specialist (California Bar Board of Legal Specialization) since 2006. There are over 200,000 attorneys licensed to practice in California and only approximately 350 certified specialists.
After law school, Jay joined the Office of the Public Defender in Ventura, California. He worked there for almost six and one-half years before venturing into private practice. Jay is now a partner in Leiderman Devine LLP, a Ventura, California based law firm. He has dedicated himself to providing a hard hitting, vigorous, thorough and artful defense while still remaining open and accessible to his clients. Those that know Jay's work describe him as a "true believer," willing to go to the mat for his clients.
As a Deputy Public Defender and now as a partner in Leiderman Devine LLP, Jay has defended virtually every type of case and client, from those facing a charge of murder or rape to those faced with driving on a suspended license or DUI. He prefers the constitutyional and policy issues raised by drug cases, and believes strongly in the legalizations of marijuana and that other drug crimes should be treated as a health - and not a criminal law - issue.
Jay also serves on the board of the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association Board of Directors, and was President of the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Board of Directors in 2004-2005 and again in 2007-2008. He remains the Information Officer and spokesperson for that organization. Jay has also lectured locally and statewide on various topics including Medical Marijuana, Prosecutorial and Judicial Error.
Jay has fought the City of Ventura on its policies related to the prosecution of transient individuals and was a political appointee on the mobile home rent advisory review board until January 2011. In 2004 he was successful in getting two local laws declared unconstitutional, leading to the dismissal of hundreds of cases!
Michael Levinsohn worked as a public defender his first two years in San Diego, trying approximately twenty jury trials, and has been in private criminal defense practice ever since. He lived and practiced in the Bay Area from 1992 to 2004. He and his wife moved to LA so she could take a dream job at USC. He defends all criminal cases, from murder on down, but is deeply invested in defending marijuana cases because he sees such an injustice there. Mr. Levinsohn takes essentially a "no-deals" approach to defending marijuana cases. He has represented a number of collective dispensary operators, delivery services, and individuals, and has been fortunate to have cleared many of them, including of charges, of money laundering, and "deposit structuring." He particularly loves quashing search warrants, and defeating illegal searches.
Right now, he has a particular affinity for marijuana-related child cases. He hasn't lost one yet, and is fighting the case of Daisy Bram in Butte County, and Tehama County-- pro bono. He defeated child endangerment charges once at preliminary hearing. The prosecution has now re-filed, and the case is half way through a second prelim. There have been some favorable rulings, and he is fighting this case to the end. Daisy has been interviewed and written about in a number of publications and on radio and TV, particularly since her audio of the moment her children were taken went viral on the internet. In keeping with pro bono representation of Daisy Bram, he is working on a structure for his practice that would have a sliding fee scale. Those who can pay the full fee will do so, with the understanding that their payment can help the representation of those who cannot afford it, but who deserve help. No one deserves the injustice of a marijuana conviction.
Thomas M. Loeb has been practicing law in the State of Michigan since 1976. He concentrates his practice in criminal defense in state and federal courts; plaintiff’s federal civil rights litigation (with an emphasis on police misconduct and §1983 lawsuits); divorce and family law; and professional responsibility and grievance defense. He has been a faculty member of the Detroit/Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program (CAP) since its inception and has for the last 25 years been a member of its Board of Directors. He has lectured extensively to both lawyers and police officers for such groups as Michigan’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Michigan’s Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA), and the Macomb County Criminal Justice Training Center on issues concerning police misconduct lawsuits, trial practice, criminal procedure, and 42 USC §1983. He has been a faculty member of the Annual Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan’s (CDAM) Trial Practice College held at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan for the last 5 years, helping practicing lawyers improve their criminal defense jury trial skills.
Joseph Low graduated from the University of California with a Bachelors in Chemistry and a Masters of Science degree in biophysical chemistry. He attended law school at McGeorge in Sacramento where he was the recipient of the Order of the Barristers national award for excellence in trial advocacy. He also competed and won many national trial advocacy competitions. He has instructed the trial competition teams at McGeorge School of Law and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He is currently a senior instructor at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College and an instructor at the Naval J.A.G. school in Rhode Island. Mr. Low is also a former U.S. Marine and served from 1985-1993. Mr. Low's practice has a focus on Criminal Defense both federal and state, primarily federal drug conspiracy defense. His practice also incorporates Civil Rights suits against the police and local governments. A great deal of Mr. Low's practice is trying cases for other lawyers. Mr. Low has tried cases in state and federal courts as well as military courts all over the world including Iraq. Recently, Mr. Low had a case go before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. v. Gonzalez-Lopez, on a 6th Amendment issue in which his client won with Scalia writing the opinion.
Ed Mallett is a Founding Member of the NORML National Legal Committee, and has served on NORML's National Board of Directors. Ed is Partner in his Houston-based criminal defense law firm, Mallett Saper Berg, LLP. He was President of the Foundation for Criminal Justice from 2005 to 2010. He also is a past President of the NACDL, and the Texas and the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyer Associations. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is on the Board of Directors of Defense Initiated Victim Out-reach (DIVO), a victims' rights nonprofit at the University of Texas, School of Social Work.Mr. Mallett received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, attended the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, and received his law degree from the University of Texas. He has taught at the National Criminal Defense College, the National White Collar Crime Defense College, and was an adjunct professor for ten years at the University of Houston School of Law. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, the Texas Monthly "Super Lawyers," and the "Best Lawyers in Houston."
E. X. Martin has been practicing criminal law in state and federal courts for over thirty eight years. He is in private practice in Dallas, Texas. He has successfully represented a spectrum of clients including both N.F.L.team owners and players, country and western stars, and best of all the stage manager for the Rolling Stones! He is a respected trial lawyer and computer guru. E. X. is an extraordinary lecturer at criminal defense seminar and has spoken in over 40 states on defending computer crime cases and on using technology both in the office and the courtroom to effectively represent the citizen accused. He has received the President's Commendation Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's and the Presidential Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Lawrence A. Martin graduated from University of Tulsa, College of Law in 1976. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Creek County Bar Association, Osage County Bar Association, Pawnee County Bar Association, and admitted to practice law Pawnee Nation and Osage Nation. He is a member of Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a Municipal Judge for the City of Mannford, OK, and was a former Assistant District Attorney of Pawnee and Osage Counties, OK. His specialties include domestic issues and small town practice. He has served as counsel for plantiffs and defendants on numerous criminal and civil jury trials.
Lauren Maytin is a former Colorado State Public Defender and is currently an attorney in private practice in beautiful Aspen, Colorado where she has been located since 2002. She was the John Flowers Mark NORML Scholarship winner in 2001 and has committed her life to representing those accused of crime and in need of a lawyer well versed in the constitution. Her practice focuses primarily on criminal defense work and the counseling of caregivers, patients, doctors, growers, dispensary owners, and landlords regarding all facets of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Laws. Lauren is on the Board of Directors for Colorado NORML and is an active member of the NLC, CCDB, CBA and ABOR. Lauren enjoys snowboarding, skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, playing with her son Hunter and going to concerts.
Sean T. McAllister is one of Colorado's leading criminal defense and drug policy reform lawyers. His practice focuses on criminal defense, DUI, and all aspects of marijuana law including regulatory compliance, civil litigation, and marijuana criminal defense matters. In addition, Mr. McAllister handles selected family law cases, including the overlap between marijuana law and child custody.
Sean has litigated several groundbreaking marijuana cases in Colorado. He was co-counsel on the case suing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2008 that overturned the original 5 patient limit. This lawsuit broke open the medical marijuana industry and led to the opening of dispensaries. He co-authored a ballot initiative in Breckenridge, Colorado that removed local penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. He litigated a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Eagle, Colorado and authored a ballot initiative that ultimately led to the ban being overturned by a vote of the people. He has sued several cities and counties related to their implementation of the medical marijuana law. He also assisted in the drafting of the 2012 marijuana legalization initiative Amendment 64 that was approved by the voters in November 2012.
Sean is a member and former Board Member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and he is regularly appointed by Courts to represent indigent defendants in felony cases. He is the founder and former Chair of the Board of Directors of Sensible Colorado, a drug policy reform organization. Sean also supports every major drug policy reform organization, including Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, the Harm Reduction Action Center and he is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. From 2009-2011, Sean served on the states Drug Policy Task Force, a committee of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. He was appointed co-chair of the DUID-Marijuana Sub-Committee that conducted an extensive review of drugged driving laws in 2011. Sean is also on the Speakers Bureau for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. From 2000 to 2003, Sean served as an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Colorado. Sean is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law, class of 1999.
Jeralyn E. 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.
David Michael is a practicing criminal defense trial lawyer in San Francisco, CA., formerly a partner with Serra, Lichter, Daar, Bustamante, and Michael. He specializes in medical cannabis cases as well as state and federal forfeiture litigation. He is also a long standing member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a member of their Forfeiture Task Force and a NORML Legal Committee (NLC) member. He has lectured for both those organizations. He has successfully litigated many federal forfeiture cases in a number of federal circuits throughout the country since 1994 and was counsel before the United States Supreme Court on the last forfeiture case decided by that Court in United States v. $405,089.23 U.S. Currency et al. He has appeared on numerous talk shows and national news discussions on that subject.
Since joining with attorney Edward Burch in San Francisco in 2007, Mr. Michael and Mr. Burch have litigated forfeiture cases in at least twelve different Federal District Courts and four different Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal throughout the country and are among the very few attorneys who have successfully obtained orders of attorney's fees against the United States for prevailing in forfeiture cases, with multiple U.S. District Courts recognizing them as having expertise in forfeiture litigation. Recent victories in forfeiture cases include U.S. v. Grossi, 482 F. App'x 252, 255 (9th Cir. 2012) (the government ordered to return financed portion of forfeited warehouse to client convicted of illegally maintaining marijuana grow in the warehouse because client continued to pay off loan after being indicted); U.S. v. $574,840, et. al., 19 F.3d 648 (7th Cir. 2013) (reversing district court order granting government's motion to strike claimants for a supposed lack of Article III standing); U.S. v. 7215 Longboat Dr., 750 F.3d 968 (8th Cir. 2014) (reversing district court order granting government's motion to strike claimants' claims as untimely, holding that the government failed to provide proper notice of the claim deadlines); U.S. v. $85,688.00, 577 Fed. Appx. 811 (10th Cir. 2014) (reversing district court's denial of claimant's motion to suppress with subsequent order granting attorney fees); U.S. v. $239,400, 795 F.3d 639 (7th Cir. 2015) (seminal opinion, reversing district court's order granting government's motion for summary judgment based on claimants' supposed lack of Article III standing and failure to sufficiently answer special interrogatories); People v. Bobcat Tractor, Shasta Cty Sup. Ct. No. CV-15-0181766 (09/04/15) (dismissing case on due process grounds, denying People's motion to amend, and returning property to client).
In addition, for many years, Mr. Michael has also represented numerous high profile defendants in federal medical cannabis prosecutions, including B.E. Smith and Todd McCormick, as well as appearing before various federal courts of appeal on the constitutional and statutory issues raised. He was also co-counsel for Angel Raich and Diane Monson before the United States Supreme Court in Raich v. Gonzales, addressing the issue of whether the federal government had the power to regulate or punish state medical cannabis activities. He has lectured and advised many clients on the relationship between federal law and state medical cannabis law. David Michael has also represented Charles Harrelson, the father of actor Woody Harrelson, who had been convicted some 20 years ago for the killing of a federal district court judge and was seeking a new trial and a reversal of his conviction.
Marc Milavitz specializes in criminal defense. Marc prides himself in providing high quality legal services in these areas for all income levels, and has flexible payment plans available for those who desire such a plan. Marc began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender, and went into private practice in 1993 and started his law firm, The Alternative Law Office of Marc Milavitz, P.C., in 1996, with the goal to continue the high quality of legal representation he had learned in his previous employment for all income levels. During the past twenty-five years, Marc has successfully tried numerous felony and misdemeanor jury trials in both state and federal courts. This includes the case of United States v. Brian Gall, a federal case involving a large drug (ecstasy) conspiracy. Marc was Mr. Gall's trial attorney and was a key member of the appellate team that won at the United States Supreme Court. This landmark case established an exciting and important rule favoring defendants in federal sentencing law. Marc Has been a supporter of NORML since his undergraduate days at UW-Madison and continues to support NORML both as a member and attorney.
Marvin Miller has been defending criminal cases for more than 25 years, including drug defendants, political radicals and government officials. Based in Alexandria, VA, Marvin has represented clients from Maine to Florida, including an alleged ringleader in the Attica prison riot and Joan Little, an African-American woman charged with killing a white jail guard in rural North Carolina.
Dan Monnat has long been recognized in the Midwest as a creative trial and appellate litigator whether by obtaining a judgment of acquittal for his white-collar client at the conclusion of the prosecutor's opening statement, or by obtaining acquittals in complex drug and first degree murder cases. He has been a practicing criminal defense lawyer in his home town of Wichita, Kansas for over 31 years. A cum laude graduate of California State University, San Francisco, he received his J.D. from the Creighton University School of Law and is a graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College. Dan lectures throughout the United States on a variety of criminal defense topics and has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for more than a decade. This year Dan was again listed as one of the top 100 Super Lawyers of Kansas and Missouri for 2007 and appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius to the Kansas Sentencing Commission. Dan is a two-term Past President of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, has served as a member of the NACDL Board of Directors, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Of Monnat, a judge recently said, "you may have a certain amount of magic but not enough to keep your client from going to jail!" Shortly, thereafter the judge disappeared from the case - the result of Monnat's successful recusal motion - and the client did not go to jail.
Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC is the leading national expert on industrial hemp law who drives policy in developing a sustainable Cannabis hemp industry. She is a sought-after speaker who has presented on industrial hemp law and policy at conferences throughout the U.S. and at Oregon State University. In January 2014, Courtney graduated magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School with a Master of Laws in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, with an emphasis in Industrial Hemp Law. Courtney is the founder of the non-profit Oregon Hemp Industries Association. She is also a registered lobbyist for industrial hemp in Oregon, and lobbies on behalf of the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association. Courtney has testified on proposed industrial hemp legislation before the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon House of Representatives, Committee on Rules, Oregon Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization, and the Oregon House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. In the Spring of 2015 Courtney's article, Industrial Hemp: Canada Exports, United States Imports was published in the Fordham Environmental Law Review.
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 Chair of the Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section of the Washington State Bar Association. In November, the Section will hold its 32nd annual competition seminar. Danica is also coordinator for the NORML Women of Washington - a women's cannabis law reform organization. In 2014 Danica presented at TEDx Kamuela in Hawaii on women's role in ending prohibition.
Okorie Okorocha has been an attorney for 13 years and has litigated many matters involving marijuana, alcohol and other drugs. He is the ONLY lawyer ever to obtain dual (civil and criminal) National Board Certification in Trial Law. He has been the lead counsel in 100 jury trials involving marijuana, alcohol and drugs of abuse. In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Biology, and his J.D. degree, he holds a Masters of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Forensic Science. He holds a second Masters of Science degree in Forensic Toxicology. He has also been published 7 times in the area of DUI Forensics in scholarly journals. Okorocha has worked as a Forensic expert witness in marijuana, drug and alcohol cases for 9 years, and he has testified in over 200 jury trials, 3000 administrative hearings and many military courts, and has an extraordinary success rate that is second to none.
Lisa Padilla concentrates on asset protection, estate planning and estate litigation, representing business owners, fiduciaries (executors and trustees), charitable organizations, and beneficiaries. She has served as an advisor to many start-up and family-owned business owners, and has counseled several in their quest to bring their companies public. Most recently, Lisa's practice is focused on closely held businesses in the cannabis industry. Lisa has been in practice for over 25 years, and in that time has amassed a wide array of corporate, financial and estate litigation experience that enables her to provide the very best in legal and financial solutions for her clients.
With an extensive background in financial planning techniques, coupled with an advanced law degree in taxation, Lisa has a unique perspective on legal and financial issues, allowing for a holistic approach to her clients' financial and estate planning situations. Lisa uses sophisticated tax efficient techniques designed to protect assets from creditors, while facilitating the transfer of wealth between domestic partners and spouses (starter and trophy) and to younger generations. Some techniques include the use of trusts, business succession plans, family limited partnerships, charitable giving plans, and a variety of contractual agreements, including buy-sell agreements, domestic partnership agreements, pre- and post-marital agreements, and separation and divorce agreements. The trust and estate administration portion of her practice includes post-mortem tax planning and providing counsel to beneficiaries and fiduciaries in order to preserve inherited wealth.
With a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, Lisa is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York, New Jersey (retired) and Massachusetts (retired), the First and Second U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court and SCOTUS. Lisa was an Adjunct Professor in New York Law School's LL.M. Program in Taxation, teaching business planning, wealth transfer tax and estate planning for seven years. She has been a panelist and speaker for a variety of organizations, including the New York Bar Association, recently presenting on legal issues facing the cannabis industry and estate planning techniques; testifying before the New Jersey Assembly regarding the Family Equality Act; the American Red Cross for recipients of the Victim's Compensation Fund; New York County Lawyers' Association; Financial Planners' Association. She has been quoted by the New York Times, The Daily News, Worth Magazine, Forbes.com, the New Jersey Lawyer, NPR Marketplace and CBS News Marketwatch. Lisa is currently a member of the Board of Callen Lorde Community Health Center (2014 - present); and recently completed her three year term as the Chair of the Surrogate's Court Committee (2013 - 2016). Lisa also served a one year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club (2015); and was a member of the Board of the 1080 Warburton Corporation for several years, serving as President for one year.
William G. Panzer of Oakland, CA has been practicing criminal law in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area for seventeen years, specializing in cannabis cases. Mr. Panzer was co-author of California's Prop. 215, "The Compassionate Use Act of 1996," and has represented patients, growers, and medical cannabis dispensaries throughout California in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels. He was the 2002 recipient of the NORML Legal Committee's Al Horn Award, and has been recognized by High Times Magazine as their "Freedom Fighter of the Month."
Linda Friedman Ramirez currently practices federal and international criminal law in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has emphasized the representation of foreign nationals in civil, criminal and administrative matters since 1981. As an active trial lawyer, she has represented clients from all continents, and has been a member of the CJA panels in Oregon and then Florida. She has written and spoken extensively on topics germane to defending immigrants and clients of diverse cultures, and she is the Editor of Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense (2d. ed. 2007). In June 2002, Ms. Ramirez received the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association President’s Award for Advocacy on behalf of Hispanics in Oregon.
Lance Rogers is the principal attorney for the Law Offices of Lance Rogers, APC located in San Diego, California. Prior to managing his own law practice, Mr. Rogers was an associate attorney with Jeffrey A. Lake, APC and Turner Law Group, APC.
Mr. Rogers' law practice focuses on civil rights litigation throughout the state of California. In 2009, he successfully defended medical marijuana dispensary operator, Jovan Jackson, from criminal prosecution by the San Diego District Attorney. The resulting high-profile acquittal and successful appeal paved the way for legal challenges throughout the state. In addition to criminal matters, Mr. Rogers has handled a wide array of civil litigation cases including asset forfeiture proceedings, unlawful detainer trials, civil rights litigation, contract disputes, and municipal zoning challenges. Additionally, Mr. Rogers represents Mother Earth Cooperative, the first medical marijuana dispensary licensed by the County of San Diego.
Mr. Rogers has taught multiple seminars on medical cannabis law throughout San Diego, including legal training courses for the Public Defender and the County Bar Association. He is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), California NORML, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), and Hemp Industries Association (HIA). Mr. Rogers is an Adjunct Faculty Professor at California Western School of Law.
Joe Rogoway has dedicated his practice to defending those whose lives the government seeks to destroy through criminal prosecution. With his office located in Sonoma County, California, Joe is admitted to practice in California and Federal Courts where he has consistently achieved victory for his clients. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, Joe received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. During his educational career, Joe also studied abroad at Paracelsus Gymnasium, Germany, Universteit Leiden, the Netherlands, Pazmany University, Hungary, and Charles University in Prague. These experiences, along with a clerkship at Americans for Safe Access, propelled Mr. Rogoway into a profession focused on protecting people and ensuring that their rights are fully realized.
Throughout California, Joe has gained a reputation among the courts, his clients, and his peers, as a skilled and aggressive trial attorney. Joe routinely
As a co-author of several proposed ballot initiatives in California, Joe has vigorously sought to end cannabis prohibition. He has spoken at conferences organized by NORML, the Drug Policy Alliance, Cannabis Law Institute, the Mendocino Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, Sonoma Alliance for Medical Marijuana and at the West Coast Cannabis Expo.
Joe's practice includes many high profile cannabis cases each alleging thousands of plants and hundreds of pounds of processed marijuana.
Aaron Romano graduated from Bard College in New York with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and music. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he was awarded the University of Pennsylvania Award for Public Service and was a recipient of the Equal Justice Foundation Fellowship. He interned at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office where he tried many of his own cases. He was a law clerk for the Honorable Russell M. Nigro of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Attorney Romano was also the editor of the University's public interest journal, Hybrid: The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, and a teacher for the Philadelphia Urban Law School Experience.
After law school, Attorney Romano managed a solo practice in Hartford, Connecticut. He then moved back to Philadelphia to become a part of the prestigious Defender Association, renowned for producing top trial attorneys. After his tenure as an Assistant Public Defender, he moved to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and worked as an Assistant Attorney General prosecuting major crimes. He worked in private practice in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands before returning to Connecticut to manage his firm in Bloomfield.
Attorney Romano has tried over one thousand cases and achieved outstanding results for his clients throughout his career. He has been a nationally recognized guest lecturer on trial advocacy and defeating cellular telephone tracking evidence at Continuing Legal Education courses across the country.
Attorney Romano is a Lifetime Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a Lifetime Member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee, a member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) a member of the U.S. Virgin Island's Bar Association, and serves as legal counsel for the Connecticut NORML chapter.
Attorney Romano is licensed to practice in Connecticut (Federal & State), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands (Federal/Territorial), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Marjorie Russell is a tenured professor and the chair of the Litigation Skills Department at the Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan. She has also been an active criminal defense practitioner for over 25 years. She is a frequent speaker on case development and jury selection at criminal defense seminars nationally, including NORML, CDAM, CACJ, KACDL, SFDUI and others.
Since its inception in 1994, Marjorie has been associated with Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in DuBois, Wyoming. She has served on the teaching staff since 1996, at the College, Graduate Courses, and Regional Seminars.
Ms. Russell is the director and staff trainer for the skills programs of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, including its annual Criminal Defense Trial Colleges. She is on the CDAM education committee and Board of Directors.
Marjorie is also a member of the NORML Legal Committee and its education committee. She is a life member of NORML and a founding member of the NORML Women's Alliance.
Ms. Russell is a trial consultant, specializing in case development; and preparing clients, witnesses and lawyers for court. In 2008, she was a co-recipient of the Rodney Thaxton "Against All Odds" Award from the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for her work as trial and jury consultant to Kifah Wael Jayyousi, co-defendant of accused "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla. The award is given "for showing exemplary effort in representation of an unpopular cause, epitomizing the courage of liberty's last champion." Marj says the Constitution is her religion.
She loves to travel to tropical places, listens to a lot of books, is actively pursuing certification as a psychodrama practitioner, and is a lifelong addict of the NYTimes Sunday crossword. Her greatest accomplishment is managing to avoid screwing up the raising of a daughter, 25, and a son, 22 who are loving, compassionate, intelligent and productive human beings.
Kimberlie Ryan dedicates her practice to defending and protecting the rights of workers and advocating for their just treatment. She also is frequently called upon by employers for guidance in following civil rights and employment laws.
Ms. Ryan founded the Ryan Law Firm, LLC, where she obtained a $3.175 million jury verdict, one of the highest sexual harassment/retaliation jury verdicts in Colorado history in a non-class action case. She also obtained a $1.2 million settlement in a landmark "English-Only case" against a casino on behalf of Hispanic housekeepers. She currently focuses her practice on representing medical marijuana patients wrongfully terminated from their employment in addition to other civil rights cases.
A frequent author and speaker, Ms. Ryan appears regularly as television news legal contributor for the NBC affiliate 9News, discussing cutting edge legal issues impacting workers locally and nationally. Ms. Ryan authored the Employment Law Guidebook and Employment Law: An Essential Guide for Human Resource Professionals, both published by Bradford Publishing.
Natman Schaye has been in private practice in Tucson, Arizona for more than twenty-six years. He represents clients at all stages of trial and post-conviction proceedings in both state and federal court. Being sixty miles from the Mexican border, his practice includes a fair number of drug cases. He also devotes substantial time and energy to the defense of clients facing the death penalty.
Natman is a life member of NACDL. He served on the Association's board of directors for eight years. He currently co-chairs The Champion Advisory Board. Natman is also a charter and life member of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Natman teaches various aspects of criminal defense at seminars throughout the country. He is devoted to the preservation of personal liberties. He finds judges to be misguided and prosecutors to take up space that could best be utilized for other purposes.
J. Tony Serra is a legendary San Francisco-based criminal defense attorney who was sentenced to ten months in federal prison for his refusal to pay federal income taxes and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution. Read Tony Serra's Letter from Prison (Originally published in the December 2006 issue of California Lawyer.)
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.
Alan Silber, a long time member of the NORML Legal Committee and former NORML Board member, has litigated cases in Federal Courts and numerous State Courts across the United States. He has tried not only sophisticated drug cases, but also major white-collar cases involving RICO, bank, securities, telemarketing, health care, wire and mail fraud, as well as significant money laundering cases, kidnapping (representing a police officer), and murder. His practice is concentrated on federal and state complex criminal litigation. Mr. Silber, who will be lecturing on ethics, also represents lawyers in disciplinary cases.
David D. Smith attended the University of Oklahoma (BA Letters 1979) and the University of Oklahoma College of Law (Juris Doctorate 1982) in Norman Oklahoma. He was licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma in 1982. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College in 2004, and joined the faculty in 2005. He is also on the faculty of the National Judicial College. He is a member of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (and received the OCDLA President's Award for Outstanding Advocacy, 2006); the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Charter Member); and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Smith has presented and spoken on subjects including Jury selection; handling high profile cases; evidence; and use of advanced techniques in case preparation, for the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Tulsa County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws; Trial Lawyers College; and the National Judicial College.
Mr. Smith is presently the indigent defense contractor for Cleveland County, and also maintains a private practice in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. In 2012 he was awarded the John Adams Award as the outstanding indigent defense contractor in the State of Oklahoma.
Norm Stamper was a police officer for 34 years, the first 28 in San Diego, the last six (1994-2000) as Seattle's Chief of Police. He has a doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior, and is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing (Nation Books, 2005; recently out in paperback) and several recent op-eds (Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Daily News, and AlterNet). He is an advisory board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and serves on the board of directors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services in San Juan County, Washington. He lives and writes in the San Juan Islands. www.normstamper.com
Jeffrey Steinborn graduated from the Yale Law School in 1968. For the last 35 years he has been defending citizens accused of drug crimes -- mostly marijuana. Jeff's seminal double jeopardy/forfeiture case, United States v. McCaslin, had the government on the run for a few years, but is now an exhibit in the Museum of Short-Lived Legal Anomalies. His victory in State of Washington v. Thein, forced the government to stop using boiler-plate search warrants for the homes of suspected drug traffickers and put an end to the practice of searching the residences of suspected drug dealers based upon conduct occurring outside of the home. Jeff maintains an informational website for pot users - www.potbust.com.
Michael Stepanian has been practicing criminal law for 35 years, specializing in the defense of individuals charges with state and federal crimes. Based in San Francisco, Mr. Stepanian is co-chair of the NORML Legal Committee and is a member of the CJA panel for the Northern District of California. Married for 33 years with two children, he hunts and fishes whenever he can.
Allen St. Pierre was hired by NORML in early 1991 as Communications Director, in 1993 he became the organization's Deputy National Director and served as the Executive Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation until 2016. Mr. St. Pierre's experience is unparalleled in the field of drug policy reform. He has been cited in hundreds of international, national, and local news publications (New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, London Times, Le Monde, Der Speigel, Economist, Newsweek, Time). He has appeared on dozens of nationally televised news programs (ABC, CBS, NBC, C-Span, Fox, PBS) and hundreds of radio shows representing NORML.
Keith Stroup is a Washington, DC public-interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970. Stroup obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1965, and in 1968 he graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. Following two years as staff counsel for the National Commission on Product Safety, Mr. Stroup founded NORML and ran the organization through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses.
Stroup has also practiced criminal law, lobbied on Capitol Hill for family farmers and artists, and for several years served as executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
In 1992 Stroup was the recipient of the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform presented by the Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, DC. In 1994 Stroup resumed his work with NORML, rejoining the board of directors and serving again as Executive Director through 2004. He is currently serving as Legal Counsel with NORML.
Pamela Tedeschi has practiced criminal defense for the past 16 years shortly after graduating in 1996 from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles,California. She travels throughout the state of California to advocate on behalf of medical marijuana patients, collectives, dispensaries and their primary caregivers, employees and volunteers. Her success in case dismissals, as well as negotiating beneficial dispositions in cases involving marijuana, concentrated cannabis, honey oil, edibles, as well as in other drug offenses, has created such a strong client referral network - she has not had to advertise or market her legal practice by any other means. Notwithstanding, the internet has beckoned and she is currently working on a website to inform and educate the public at large. Ms. Tedeschi represents clients in both state and federal court actions.
In addition, Ms. Tedeschi's legal practice specializes in preparing and filing writs in both the California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court, with a sub-specialization in post conviction writs of habeas corpus that allege ineffective assistance of counsel ("IAC"). She has joined the estimated one percent of attorneys who have succeeded in receiving relief from an appellate court where ineffective assistance of counsel has been alleged. In a Second District California Court of Appeal unpublished decision, In re Ivan Morales, No. B152643, the Court granted a petition for writ of habeas corpus her office brought on behalf of a non-citizen client. Mr. Morales was convicted of an aggravated felony in a state prosecution, placed in INS custody, and faced mandatory deportation in federal immigration court. His former defense counsel, a public defender who became a sitting state judge, committed the IAC by not advising about the inherent immigration consequences. After the appellate court reversed Mr. Morales' conviction, the deportation proceedings were abandoned, the local prosecutors did not pursue the case anew,and he was allowed to remain in the United States.
Ms. Tedeschi began her professional career as network newswriter, which later led to feature film production and development, including several pictures produced by Disney, Touchstone and Buena Vista Pictures. Subsequently, she served as Vice President of Production at a now defunct entertainment company, and successfully co-promoted a live heavyweight boxing bout to qualify WBA boxer Tony Tubbs so he could challenge Mike Tyson to a heavyweight fight that took place in Tokyo, among many other entertainment projects.
Ann Toney represents clients running cannabis operations and defends clients charged with drug offenses. She began practicing law in North Carolina in 1984 and moved her law practice to Colorado in 1998. Ann is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Colorado Bar Association and is a lifetime member of The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Ann is active with the Colorado Bar in planning continuing legal education programs on medical cannabis.
Richard J. Troberman is a nationally recognized expert in civil and criminal forfeitures, and has served as co-chair of the NACDL Forfeiture Abuse Task Force since its inception in 1991. He has authored numerous amicus curiae briefs in the United States Supreme Court, and was actively involved in the legislative process which resulted in the enactment of H.R. 1658, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000. He served on the NACDL Board of Directors from 1994-2000, and was also a founding member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and served as its president in 1992-93.
John Van Ness, with 35 years of practice in the Aspen area, a master of the application of Samurai principles to the art of country lawyering. Hunter’s neighbor and (therefore) closest lawyer. In his other life an accomplished tournament bridge player and producer of tournaments throughout the West.
Robert T. Vaughn - A 1974 graduate of The University of Tennessee, Mr. Vaughn attended The Nashville School of Law and became licensed to practice law in Tennessee courts in October, 1979. Mr. Vaughn is admitted to practice in Federal Courts in the Middle District of Tennessee, the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Eastern District of Michigan He is also admitted before various United States Courts of Appeals, including the 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuits. Mr. Vaughn is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Vaughn has represented clients in 35 state and federal courts. While not admitted to practice in other states, he has worked with local counsel and entered court under motion 'pro hac vice'.
Mr. Vaughn has taught law related courses for 25 years at various institutions including Belmont University, various private companies and for the past 9 years served as an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University. Mr. Vaughn has been invited to speak on the issue of drug paraphernalia before the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Mr. Vaughn's advice is frequently sought by manufacturers, distributors and retailers of alleged drug paraphernalia.
His articles on drugs and drug paraphernalia have been published by the Drug Law Review, High Times Magazine and Headquest Magazine. Mr. Vaughn has been frequently quoted in local and national publications. He has lobbied and assisted in writing laws in Michigan, Ohio, Hawaii and Washington D.C. For over 25 years, Mr. Vaughn has continually, on an un-interrupted basis, published "The Letter of the Law", a monthly update involving the manufacture, sale, and prosecution of drug paraphernalia cases.
Robert Vaughn was elected to the NORML Advisory Board (National Association for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) in July, 2009. Please visit their website for more information.
Mr. Vaughn is a member of The Nashville Bar Association, The Tennessee Bar Association and The Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL).
Brian Vicente is a partner and founding member of Vicente Sederberg LLC. He served as the co-director of the Amendment 64 campaign and was one of the primary authors of this historic measure, which resulted in Colorado becoming the first state in the nation -- and the first geographic area in the world -- to make the possession, use, and regulated distribution of marijuana legal for adults. Vicente also serves as executive director of Sensible Colorado, the state's leading non-profit working for medical marijuana patients and providers. He was given the Gideon award for his free speech advocacy during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In 2010, Vicente was elected the first-ever chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the only trade association in the U.S. that works to advance the interests of marijuana-related businesses on the national level. Brian was the chair of the Committee for Responsible Regulation, which coordinated the successful 2013 campaign to implement statewide excise and sales taxes on the sale of adult-use marijuana in Colorado and was awarded the Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law that same year. Brian has conducted over 1000 interviews in local, state and national press regarding marijuana policy, and in 2014 The Guardian (UK) dubbed him "the industry's de facto spokesman." Vicente's expertise in marijuana policy is highly sought after, and has led to him serving as a formal advisor to local, state, and federal governments--most recently he assisted with Uruguay becoming the first country in the world to fully-regulate the adult marijuana market. Brian serves on the board of directors for a number of state and national non-profit organizations including the SAFER Voter Education Fund and the Harm Reduction Action Center. Vicente graduated from the University of Denver Law School on a full merit scholarship where he clerked for outspoken social critic, Senior Federal Judge John L. Kane.
Lisa M. Wayne is a criminal defense attorney from Denver, CO. Formerly the senior trial attorney in the Denver office, and training director for the Colorado State Public Defenders Office, Ms. Wayne is now in private practice and serves on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College, NITA, Cardoza Trial Practice Institute, and as an adjunct professor at the U. of Colorado Law School.
Jeff Weiner is a former president of NACDL and of the Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Jeff has been a practicing criminal defense attorney since 1974. He has argued trials and appeals throughout the country. Many of Jeff's cases are "high profile" in which he represents fellow attorneys, professional athletes and politicians. Jeff argued Florida v. Jimeno before the United States Supreme Court. Jeff also handles many international criminal cases. Jeff is a recipient of NACDL's highest honor, the Robert C. Heeney Award, for his representation of fellow lawyers on behalf of NACDL. Jeff is a former Regent of the National Criminal Defense College and is a popular CLE lecturer. He has authored several articles for "The Champion". Jeff was voted by fellow lawyers as a 2008 "Florida Super Lawyer", a Florida Trend "Legal Elite" lawyer and a South Florida Legal Guide" Top Lawyer".
Jeff Wertz was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and since 1996 has been a criminal and civil litigation attorney based in Aspen, Colorado. He graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Jeff attended Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating Cum Laude in 1996; while at Duquesne law, he was a member of Duquesne Law Review and was twice elected president of his class.
Jeff recently passed the bar exam in London and will be called to the Bar of England and Wales as a barrister in October of 2012. Jeff became a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2010.
Jeff is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Colorado and in several federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, NORML, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar [Sustaining Member], and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. Jeff serves his local community of Aspen as a member of the Liquor Licensing Authority.
Calvin Williams has been at it for 28 years, started in general practice but now limited to criminal defense most of that in the drug defense arena. Because of his location on I-70 in western Kansas he does a lot of "mule" cases. This kind of case leads to an interest in profiling, warrantless searches, coerced consent, and the "stand and deliver" forfeiture attitude of the highway robbers calling themselves drug intervention officers.
Lynne A. Williams is a solo practitioner at Williams Law Office in Bar Harbor, Maine. She is one of the leading authorities on medical cannabis law in Maine and, as General Counsel of Legalize Maine, she was one of three individuals who drafted the recreational cannabis legalization initiative that will be on the Maine ballot in November 2016. Ms. Williams frequently speaks on cannabis issues and in both 2015 and 2016 she was a panelist at the New England Cannabis Convention, speaking on women in the industry. She has also been a speaker at NORML legal conferences, and is a member of the NORML Legal Panel. Ms. Williams has also chaired a Maine Bar Association panel on cannabis law, presented at the Maine Association of Planners annual meeting, and written for the American Planning Association's magazine, Zoning Practice. She is currently working to form a group to support Maine women in the cannabis industry.
Ms. Williams currently represents medical marijuana professionals, including caregivers, doctors, patients, ancillary businesses and investors, as well those individuals and businesses who are putting together teams to seek cultivation, retail, social club, product producer and/or testing licenses if the Legalize Maine initiative passes in November 2016.
From 2008 to 2012, Ms. Williams was an adjunct faculty member at the College of the Atlantic, teaching seminars on Business Entities, the U.S. Supreme Court and Psychology and the Law. She has extensive litigation, administrative law and regulatory compliance experience, and has been a mediator for over 30 years. She lives in Bar Harbor, Maine and practices throughout the state.
Adam Wolf is a Shareholder with Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Carr & Kane. He litigates constitutional and civil rights claims, represents clients in appeals, and handles complex litigation. Adam has argued in numerous federal and state courts of appeals, in addition to the United States Supreme Court. He frequently represents clients in high-stakes drug cases, such as the defense of California's medical marijuana laws and the defense of a dispensary owner who was sued for violating civil RICO.
Adam graduated, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and Amherst College. Following law school, Adam had the honor of serving as a judicial law clerk to The Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and The Honorable Robert J. Timlin, on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Adam has been quoted in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. Additionally, he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, National Public Radio, and the BBC. Adam lectures around the country regarding drug policy, constitutional law, civil rights, and the Supreme Court.
Paul Wright is the editor and co-founder of Prison Legal News, the longest publishing independent prisoner rights magazine in US history. He is the co-author of The Celling of America: An Inside Look at the US Prison Industry (Common Courage, 1998); Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America’s Poor (Routledge, 2003) and the forthcoming Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Imprisonment (New Press, January, 2008). His articles have appeared in a variety of publications. He is also the National Lawyers Guild Jailhouse Lawyer national co-vice president. A former prisoner, Paul was imprisoned for 17 years in Washington State until his release from prison in 2003. During and since his incarceration, he has successfully litigated a wide variety of censorship and public records issues against prison systems around the country both pro se, as a plaintiff and on behalf of Prison Legal News. He is on the advisory board of Stop Prison Rape. Paul is a former Military Policeman and a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Soviet history. Paul founded PLN in 1990 while imprisoned. He is a 2005 Petra Fellow and a 2007 recipient of the James Madison Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government.
John K. Zwerling practices law with Zwerling, Leibig & Moseley, P.C. in Alexandria Virginia. For the past 35 years, Mr. Zwerling has been defending individuals and corporations who have run afoul of the law in the trial and appellate courts of state and federal judicial systems. His clients include the famous and the infamous. Rock stars and lawyers, politicians and protesters, the innocent and the not so innocent on charges ranging from murder to misdemeanors, including espionage, terrorism, mail fraud, bribery, cyber sex and unwanted sex. He is a nationally recognized and respected criminal defense attorney. His ability to speak persuasively to prosecutors, judges and juries has yielded the type of success that resulted in his peers evaluating him as one of the Best Lawyers in America, a Pre-eminent Lawyer, and a Super Lawyer. He is sought out on the CLE lecture circuit and well as the national media including The Today Show, Firing Line and the NBC, ABC and CBS evening news.