Guest Speakers

 

MATT ALSDORF

Vice President of Criminal Justice
Laura and John Arnold Foundation 

Matt is an experienced attorney who joined the Laura and John Arnold Foundation in 2011.  Since then, Matt has worked extensively on pretrial projects and has led many of the Foundation’s efforts around pretrial risk assessment and related reforms.  He has spoken widely across the country on the use of data and analytics to ensure the justice system protects the public, operates as fairly as possible, and makes effective use of limited public resources. Matt taught criminal procedure at Fordham Law School and served as a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, where he supervised students’ clinical work. During law school, Matt also developed and taught a Yale College seminar on constitutional law. Matt served as a law clerk for Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court in Manhattan. Before becoming a lawyer, Matt worked as a journalist, covering political stories such as the 2000 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Matt holds degrees from Williams College and Yale Law School. 

 

LAURIE DUDGEON

Director   
Administrative Office of the Courts, KY

Laurie K. Dudgeon oversees nearly 3,300 court employees and serves 404 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. She administers the $300 million Judicial Branch budget, drafts and promotes passage of legislation affecting the courts, and works with officials at the state, national and county levels. Since being named director in 2009, Director Dudgeon has streamlined the organizational structure of the AOC and maintained a balanced Judicial Branch budget in spite of deep reductions during the state’s financial crisis. Director Dudgeon is a 2012 alumna of the prestigious Toll Fellowship program, one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in 1991 and a juris doctor in 1994. Director Dudgeon is a native of Somerset, KY. She currently resides in Frankfort, KY.

 

ADAM FOSS

Co-Founder and President;
Prosecutor Impact

Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Mr. Foss believes that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond, simply, “cases won.” As an in-demand speaker on criminal justice reform he promotes that prosecutors need better training to view each case through a lens of cultural competency, integrity, compassion and concern for the safety of the public, well-being of the victim and the betterment of the person charged with the crime.

 

JESSICA JACKSON

National Director & Co-Founder 
#cut50

Jessica Jackson Sloan is a human rights attorney who began her career representing California death row inmates in their appeals. She now oversees DreamCorps #cut50 initiative to end mass incarceration. Jessica currently sits on The Committee for a Fair Judiciary, serves as a Board member of the American Constitution Society Bay Area Chapter, represents Congressman Jared Huffman on the Democratic Central Committee of Marin, and serves on the Public Outreach Committee for the Marin Bar Association. She was elected to the Mill Valley City Council in November, 2013, becoming the youngest ever elected official in Marin County. Jessica earned her B.A in Political Science from the University of South Florida Honors College and her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law where she received the Dean's Outstanding Student Leadership Award.

 

ALEC KARAKATSANIS 

Founder & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CIVIL RIGHTS CORPS

Alec graduated from Yale College in 2005 with a degree in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and Harvard Law School in 2008, where he was a Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review.  Before founding Civil Rights Corps, Alec co-founded Equal Justice Under Law, a non-profit organization dedicated to systemic litigation challenging injustices in the American criminal legal system.  Alec was also a civil rights lawyer and public defender with the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and a federal public defender in Alabama, representing impoverished people accused of federal crimes.Alec was recently awarded the 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice for his role in bringing constitutional civil rights cases to challenge the American money bail system and the 2016 Stephen B. Bright Award for contributions to indigent defense in the South by Gideon’s Promise.

  MARC LEVIN

POLICY DIRECTOR
RIGHT ON CRIME 

Marc A. Levin is Right on Crime’s Policy Director, as well as the Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Based in Austin, Texas, Levin is an attorney and an accomplished author on legal and public policy issues. Levin served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Staff Attorney at the Texas Supreme Court. In 1999, he graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government. In 2002, Levin received his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. Levin’s articles on law and public policy have been featured in national and international media outlets that regularly turn to him for conservative analysis of states’ criminal justice challenges.

  TED LIEU

United States Representative 
California’s 33rd District 

 

In 2014, Ted W. Lieu was elected to California’s 33rd Congressional District, succeeding retiring 40-year incumbent Henry Waxman.  Ted was elected president of the Democratic Freshman class by his colleagues and serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Ted is a former active duty officer in the US Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves. In Congress, Ted has established himself as a leader on protecting the environment; Social Security and Medicare; civil liberties; and veterans. 

 

He has been an outspoken proponent for tackling climate change.  The first bill Ted wrote and introduced after coming to Congress was the Climate Solutions Act, which aims to make California’s ground-breaking renewable energy goals and climate emissions reduction targets a national model. Ted has been a leader in Congress against ethnic and racial profiling, and discrimination against the LGBT community.  He serves as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus task force on armed services and veterans, Co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus.

Prior to serving in Congress, Ted was elected to the California State Senate in 2011 and the State Assembly in 2005.  Ted's legislative accomplishments include authoring landmark legislation regulating the subprime mortgage industry; a first-in-the-nation ban on gay conversion therapy for children; and a first-in-the-nation ban on the use of tanning beds for minors. Ted fought for California state tax reform that saved small businesses from millions in retroactive taxes, and tax incentives for film and TV production.  Ted also co-authored California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act and co-authored the law banning state pension funds from investing in Iran’s nuclear and energy industries. Ted started his elected service as a Member of the Torrance City Council in 2002.  Prior to serving on the Council, Ted was a Torrance Environmental Quality Commissioner.

   JONATHAN RAPPING 

FOUNDER / PRESIDENT
GIDEON’S PROMISE

Jonathan Rapping is a nationally renowned criminal justice innovator and 2014 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow, who moved from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, because he found the injustice within our criminal justice system – particularly in the South – to be unacceptable. In 2007, Rapping founded Gideon’s Promise and began an initiative to change the public defense landscape across America by grooming a generation of public defenders – many of whom are often so overwhelmed by crushing caseloads that they are unable to provide their clients the representation the Constitution demands – to rise up and fight against the injustice within our justice system. Professor Rapping received a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, a M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. He is currently a Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

 

THE HONORABLE ERIC T. WASHINGTON

Chief Judge
District of Columbia Court of Appeals 

The Honorable Eric T. Washington was appointed Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 2005 and is currently serving his third consecutive four year term as Chief Judge and as Chair of the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration for the District of Columbia. Prior to being designated as Chief Judge, he was an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and before that, he served as trial judge on the D.C. Superior Court. During his tenure as Chief Judge, Washington has initiated live streaming of oral arguments; instituted a new case management system allowing for electronic accessibility to court dockets; and significantly reduced the time on appeal for cases filed.

 Recently, Chief Judge Washington co-authored a paper on sustainable court governance for the Harvard Executive Session. Chief Judge Washington, a past President of the Conference of Chief Justices of the United States, is a nationally recognized leader on Access to Justice Issues and works tirelessly to raise awareness of the importance of the rule of law and the role of the courts in our democracy. Presently, Chief Judge Washington is championing pretrial justice reform efforts across the country.

Prior to his appointment as a judge, Chief Judge Washington was a partner with the law firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). Chief Judge Washington has also served as the Principal Deputy Corporation Counsel in the Office of Corporation Counsel (1987-89) (now the Office of the D.C. Attorney General) as well as Legislative Director and Counsel to U.S. Congressman Michael A. Andrews (Texas) (1983-87). He began his legal career as an associate attorney with the Law Firm of Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Tufts University, and the Columbia University School of Law.