2019 Law and Technology Series: Electronic Courtroom Presentation

Speakers

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Kalei Achiu
KALEI ACHIU is a National Litigation Support Paralegal for the Defender Services Office. Prior to joining the National Litigation Support Team, Kalei worked as a Trial Paralegal for the Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California. Before she worked in the Los Ángeles office, she was a paralegal for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. Having worked on numerous cases and trials at both the Federal and State levels, Kalei has many years of practical experience as a trial paralegal and with litigation support. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice (2001) from Cal State University Fullerton and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (2008) from Long Beach State.
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Sowmya Bharathi
SOWMYA BHARATHI is a trial attorney in the Miami office of the Federal Public Defender's Office. Before joining the office, she was with a firm in Chicago, handling matters involving both labor and employment and general litigation. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Chicago-Kent School of Law.
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Pamela Bishop
PAMELA BISHOP is the principal at Commonwealth Litigation Support Services, Inc., in Ashland, Virginia. She retired three years ago after 37 years of federal service, having worked at the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Office of the Federal Public Defender. She specializes in large fraud/financial cases and federal death penalty cases, including high profile terrorist cases. Pam has provided litigation support on eleven federal death penalty cases and is currently retained with a fraud and two death penalty cases. She is team for U.S. v. Waleed bin ‘Atash, who is a death penalty detainee at JTF Guantanamo Bay. She has lectured at a number of conferences, training programs, and webinars on paralegal skills, fraud/financial investigations, document analysis, and e-discovery. Outside of the office, ballroom dance is her passion. Pam teaches private ballroom dance students and participates in dance competitions on a regular basis. She is “this close” to completing a program to be a nationally certified ballroom dance instructor.
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Sean Broderick
SEAN BRODERICK is the National Litigation Support Administrator for the Defender Services Office, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. He provides guidance and recommendations to federal courts, federal defender organization staff, and court appointed attorneys on electronic discovery and complex cases, including evidence organization, document management, and trial presentation. Sean serves as co-chair of the Joint Working Group on Electronic Technology in the Criminal Justice System (JETWG), a joint Department of Justice and Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts national working group which examines the use of technology in the federal criminal justice system and provides suggested practices for the efficient and cost-effective management of electronic discovery. He is a co-author of “Criminal e-Discovery, A Pocket Guide for Judges,” Federal Judicial Center (November 2015), a resource developed to help judges manage complex e-discovery in federal criminal cases.
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George Couture
GEORGE COUTURE was a career law clerk for six years to the Honorable Beverly B. Martin, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, before joining the Training Division. Prior to that, George enjoyed the privilege of representing indigent criminal defendants in state and federal court for close to two decades as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Eastern District of California and the Middle District of Florida, and capital trial and post-conviction public defender with the State of Florida.
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Donna Elm
DONNA LEE ELM is the Federal Defender for the Middle District of Florida. She got her undergraduate degree in Humanities, from Arizona State University, and followed that with a Masters in Counseling degree and then JD in 1988. During law school, she clerked as a judicial clerk extern for Judge Broomfield, U.S. District Court Judge in Phoenix. Upon graduation, she was the last law clerk for Justice Holohan of the Arizona Supreme Court. After a brief foray into civil private practice, she joined the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office where she rose to Chief Trial Deputy. She then became an AFPD in the Phoenix Federal Defender Office. In 2008, she was appointed as Federal Defender in the Middle District of Florida. Donna is on the Joint Electronic & Technology Working Group that produced the ESI Protocol and the judge’s Pocket Guide to El-Discovery. She was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Clemency Project 2014, and currently serves on the Criminal Rules Committee. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Arizona State and Stetson Law Schools. Donna publishes and teaches widely. She has argued numerous times before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has led the teams taking three cases to the U.S. Supreme Court: Curtis Johnson in 2011, Yates in 2014, and Rehaif in 2019.
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Emma Hernandez
EMMA HERNANDEZ joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Los Angeles, in 1992. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Political Science. She is a Trial Paralegal handling all types of federal criminal cases. Emma has served as faculty for various federal training programs and she has also done in-office training on working with paralegals, handling federal bonds and dealing with Material Witnesses.
Outside of work, Emma is active in her community. She is a member of the Camp Committee for the YMCA of Greater Whittier Board of Directors, she directs one of the Y’s summer camp programs at Camp Arbolado, she is on the advisory committee for East Los Angeles City College Pathway to Law School Program and she volunteers as a high school mentor for College Bound Today. In her spare time, Emma enjoys traveling and spends a lot of time with her extremely cute dog, Thai.
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Hang Lai
HANG LAI graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Chinese and Political Science and a minor in East Asian Studies. She has been a paralegal with the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania since 2000. She has been the sole courtroom presenter for the Middle District of Pennsylvania since 2010. Prior to coming to work for the Federal Public Defender's office, she worked as a paralegal for a small civil law firm. To unwind and decompress, she is an avid yoga practitioner.
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Michael Lieberman
MICHAEL LIEBERMAN began his career in private practice doing CJA work in the Washington, D.C. area, after graduating from the American University Washington College of Law in 1992. After 9 years of private practice, Mike was hired as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he worked for approximately 3 years. He then moved back to his native Wisconsin, where he helped open and supervised the Western District of Wisconsin branch of Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin. In 2014, Mike moved to Oklahoma City, where he is now employed as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit, where he represents inmates sentenced to death in their federal habeas corpus proceedings.
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Kenneth Morris
KEN MORRIS is a Litigation Support Paralegal for the Federal Public Defender’s office in the Middle District of Florida, Ocala division. Prior to moving to Florida in 2017, Ken spent 22 years in the Federal Defender Office for the Middle District of Georgia, Atlanta as their Computer Systems Administrator and three years as the Deputy Chief, NITOAD Branch, Defender Services Office. Over the last 15 years Ken has served as faculty for numerous Defender Services Training Branch events such as the Law & Technology Series, and Techniques in Electronic Case Management.
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Nelson Garcia
NELSON GARCIA is a professional computer systems administrator with over 15 years of experience involving networking, software training and computer automation. Nelson is currently a Computer Systems Administrator for the Federal Public Defender Office for the Northern District of NY. He was previously employed as an Assistant Systems Manager for the US District Court of Northern District of NY where he was the district-wide applications software trainer. He oversees the Federal Public Defender’s Office of the Northern District of NY’s automation department and is involved with litigation support and eDiscovery. He has been a faculty member on various national training programs presented by the Defender Services Office, Training Division for panel attorneys for over 10 years. Nelson is a graduate of Union College with a B.S. Degree in Applied Mathematics and is a Novell Certified Network Engineer.
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Michael Oppenheimer
Michael Oppenheimer is the Training Director of the Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Maryland. Before joining the Maryland Defenders Office, Michael worked with the Bronx Defenders.
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Alicia Penn
ALICIA PENN is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Charleston, SC. Before joining the federal office, she was a state public defender, where she handled cases ranging from marijuana to murder. Alicia graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with dual degrees in English and Fine Art and received her J.D. from Wake Forest in 2009. She has a third degree black belt in tae kwon do, and is currently training as a two-stripe white belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
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Alex Roberts
ALEX ROBERTS is the National Litigation Support Paralegal for the Defender Services Office. He focuses on the technical areas of litigation support and assists with identifying what technology to use and when to use it. Alex has more than ten years of experience in the field of litigation support. Prior to this position, Alex was a litigation support technical analyst and workflow coordinator for Foster Pepper, PLLC, a law firm in Seattle, Washington where he supervised and coordinated electronic discovery workflow, litigation software training, provided advanced legal database support and gave trial presentation consulting. Of particular note, Alex has worked in the past with CJA panel attorneys in the Western District of Washington, consulting and participating in a number of complex CJA matters.
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Kelly Scribner
KELLY SCRIBNER is the Assistant National Litigation Support Administrator for the Defender Services Office. She provides guidance and recommendations to federal courts, federal defender organization staff and court appointed attorneys on complex cases, including evidence organization, document management and trial presentation. Prior to this position, Kelly was the Director of Litigation Support Services for Loxodrome Solutions, Inc., a litigation support vendor which worked with civil law firms on document management and discovery needs, a senior litigation paralegal for Affymetrix, Inc., a biotech company and a senior litigation analyst at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, a law firm in San Francisco. She has more than ten years of litigation support and legal experience salient to Defender Services’ national needs, including project management of multi-national civil cases, overseeing onsite document collection, the assessment and choosing of technology vendors, training end-users on litigation support software and the supervision of large teams of attorneys conducting document review.
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Richard Sparaco, Esq.
RICHARD SPARACO a Veteran New Jersey criminal trial attorney for 35 years handling mainly murder and major crimes. Mr. Sparaco has been a CJA panel member since 1984 handling high profile cases to include the Ft. Dix Six terrorism conspiracy to attack and kill American soldiers at Ft. Dix military base. He is also a former assistant county prosecutor (1982-1984).
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Joseph Wanzala
JOSEPH WANZALA has been a paralegal with the Federal Public Defender in Oakland, California since 2010. He has nearly 20 years of experience in complex litigation, working at several law firms including Shartsis Friese LLP, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Morrison & Forester LLP; developing specializations in regulatory enforcement and white collar defense as well intellectual property. He has experience with a broad range of electronic discovery review platforms and trial presentation software and has served as faculty for federal training programs. He also worked as an investigator for the California Appellate Project from 1991 to 1993 and as a regulatory analyst for the California Public Utilities Commission, Office of Ratepayer Advocates from 2005 to 2006. Joe received his BA in International Development Economics from World College West in Marin County, California in 1991.
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Timothy Watkins
TIM WATKINS is currently a Director’s Leadership Program Resident at the Adminstrative Office of the U.S. Courts, where he is studying how courts and stakeholders are managing high-volume electronically stored information (ESI) discovery in criminal cases. He has served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Federal Defender Office of the District of Massachusetts since 1999, where his activities have most recently included involvement trial team in United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bombing case. Before becoming an Assitant Federal Defender, he was a staff attorney for the Public Counsel Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services for five years. He is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Watkins holds a J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music.
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Erin Taylor
ERIN K. TAYLOR currently serves as an Assistant Federal Public Defender and Trial Team Leader for the Federal Public Defender in the Western District of North Carolina. Prior to serving as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, she was a Research and Writing Specialist specializing in appeals and research support for Assistant Federal Public Defenders. Erin also spent several years in private practice focusing on criminal and family law matters. While attending Wake Forest University School of Law, Erin was recognized as one of the school’s “Most Outstanding Advocates” by the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. Erin has tried a variety of federal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to complex wire fraud offenses. She was among the first in her office to fully utilize EclipSE and Trial Director in a trial setting.

Outside of the office, Erin holds a number of leadership positions throughout the Mecklenburg County Bar and Bar Foundation. Erin was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 2002, she graduated from Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She is a graduate of the 2002 Thurgood Marshall CLEO fellowship program. And in 2005, she earned her Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law.
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Alexander Ramos
ALEXANDER E. RAMOS is partner at Langford | Ramos, PLLC in Salt Lake City, Utah and former Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Utah. With the exception of a select few asylum cases per year, Alex practices exclusively criminal defense. He is also on the CJA panel.
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