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Legal Staff

Caprice Jenerson

President and Attorney in Charge, Office of the Appellate Defender (2020-present); Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) (2019 – 2020); Director, Pro Bono and Volunteer Programs, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) (2017 – 2020); Senior Resource Counsel, Clemency Project 2014 – Washington, D.C. (2015-2017); Private Practitioner, state and federal criminal appeals (2013 – 2015); Senior Associate and Criminal Practice Lead, Cochran Firm-Atlanta (2009 – 2013); Managing Partner, Jenerson & Thompson, P.C. (2006-2009); Managing Attorney, D. Lowell Thomas, P.C. (1996-2006)

Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 1996; Rutgers University, B.A., 1990

Managing Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender 2020-present; Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2018-2020); Appellate Counsel, Center for Appellate Litigation (2016-18); Staff Attorney, Appeals Bureau, Legal Aid Society of Nassau County (2006-16); Clinic Student, The Innocence Project Clinic (2005-06); Judicial Intern, Hon. Deborah A. Batts, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York (2005); Summer Associate, Fischer & Burstein, P.C. (2005); Legal Assistant, Dershowitz, Eiger, & Adelson, P.C. (2003-04).

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2006; Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, B.M., cum laude, 2001.

Karen Brill

Law Graduate, Office of the Appellate Defender (2021-present); Clinic Student, Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic, New York University School of Law (2020-2021); Legal Intern, Center for Appellate Litigation (2020); Clinic Student, Criminal Appellate Defender Clinic, New York University School of Law (2020); Legal Intern, Queens Defenders (2019-2020); Legal Intern, Federal Defenders of New York, SDNY (2019).

 New York University School of Law, J.D., 2021; Columbia University, B.A., 2016.

Sela Brown

Cleary Gottlieb Fellow, Office of the Appellate Defender (2021-present); Clinical Student, Death Penalty Clinic, Berkeley Law (2020-2021); Clinical Student, East Bay Community Law Center Immigration Clinic (2019-2020); Legal Intern, Public Defender Division of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (2019); Student Advocate, Centro Legal de la Raza Workers' Rights Clinic (2018-2019); Political Manager, End Citizens United (2016-2018); Fulbright Scholar, United States Fulbright Program, Madrid (2015-2016).

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2021; Brandeis University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2015.

Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender, (2018-present); Staff Attorney & Legal Fellow, Equal Justice Initiative (2009-2017); Law Clerk, Justice Alan C. Page, Minnesota Supreme Court (2008-2009); Clinic Student, Juvenile Defender Clinic, New York University School of Law (2007-2008); Legal Intern, International Justice Mission (2007); Clinic Student, Criminal and Community Defense Clinic, New York University School of Law (2006-2007); Legal Intern, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (2006); Intern, Missouri State Public Defender (2004).

New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008; Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., cum laude, 2005.

Shezza Abboushi Dallal

Law Graduate, Office of the Appellate Defender (2021-present); Student Attorney, CUNY Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) (2019-2021); Legal Intern, The Federal Defenders of New York, SDNY (2020); Legal Intern, Palestine Legal (2019); Legal Intern, ACLU’s Human Rights Program (2019); Senior Advocate, Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center (2016-2018).

City University of New York School of Law, J.D., 2021; Barnard College, B.A., 2016.

Tyler is a Cleary Gottlieb Fellow who was born and raised in Baltimore County, Maryland. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Government & Politics and Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park and attended Harvard Law School. At HLS, Tyler served as a Programs Chair and Vice President of the American Constitution Society. Tyler has interned at the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project and the Texas Office of Capital and Forensic Writs, where he worked on capital post-conviction appeals.

Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (1995-present); Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law (2008-present); Director of Training and Legal Developments, Office of the Appellate Defender (2003-present); Vice-President, First Department Assigned Counsel Corporation (1996-present); Staff Attorney, Public Defender Service of Washington, D.C. (1988-1994); Karpatkin Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union (1987-1988); Law Clerk, Hon. Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court (1986-1987); Law Clerk, Hon. Wilfred Feinberg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1985-1986). Editor, Yale Law Journal; Yale Moot Court Semi-Finalist; Benjamin Cardozo Prize. Author, Women's Prisons: An Equal Protection Evaluation, 84 Yale L.J. 1182 (1985); Contributing Editor, Criminal Practice Institute, Trial Manual (1989-1993).

Yale University, J.D., 1985; Harvard College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1980.

Supervising Attorney and Director of Reinvestigation (2021-present), Senior Staff Attorney (2017-2021), Office of the Appellate Defender; Investigations Attorney, The Innocence Project, Inc. (2012-2017); Staff Attorney, The Center for Family Representation (2010-2012); Law Clerk, Spivak Lipton LLP (2009); Law Clerk, Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. (2009); Volunteer, New York City Civil Court, Housing Part (2007-2009); Educational Consultant and Trainer, Kaplan K12 Learning Services (2001-2007); Actress and Singer (2002-2007); Fifth Grade Teacher, Teach For America (1999-2001).

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010; The University of Chicago, B.A., with honors, 1999.

Kameron Johnston

Law Graduate, Office of the Appellate Defender (2021-present); Clinic Advocate, Juvenile Defender Clinic, New York University School of Law (2020-2021); Legal Intern, New York Legal Assistance Group (2021); Legal Intern, Texas Fair Defense Project (2020); Summer Law Clerk, ACLU of Southern California, Education Equity Team (2020); Clinic Advocate, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (2020); Paul Weiss Fellow, Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law (2019-2020); Summer Law Clerk, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Housing and Community Development Workgroup (2019) 

 New York University School of Law, J.D. 2021, Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow, Jacob Javits Fellow for Leadership and Public Service; Pepperdine University, B.A., magna cum laude. 

Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2012-present); Senior Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2002-2012); Student Intern, New York Capital Defender Clinic, New York University (2001-2002); Legal Intern, Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia (2001); Legal Intern, D.C. Prisoners' Rights Project (2000); Legal Assistant, Holland & Knight LLP (1999).

New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002; New College of the University of South Florida, B.A., 1996.

Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2017-present); Appellate Litigation Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (2011-17); Volunteer Appellate Defender, in association with Office of the Appellate Defender (2013-15); Law Clerk, Hon. William H. Pauley III, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York (2009-10); Student Mediator, Mediation Clinic (2008); Summer Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (2008); Public Interest Extern, Save the Children (2008); Summer Associate, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP (2007).

Columbia Law School, J.D., 2009; Andrews University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2005.

Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2019-present); Assistant Federal Defender and Research and Writing Specialist, Federal Community Defender Office, Capital Habeas Unit, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2015-2019); Criminal Justice Researcher, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch (2012-2015); Staff Attorney, The Innocence Project (2007-2012); Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division (2003-2006); Law Clerk, Hon. Rosemary Barkett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (2002-2003); Clinic Student, Juvenile Defender Clinic, New York University School of Law (2000-2001); Legal Intern, The Defender Association (2000); Clinic Student, Community Defender Clinic, New  York University School of Law (1999-2000); Legal Intern, Texas Rural Legal Aid (1999).

New York University, J.D., 2001; Brown University, B.A., 1996.

Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2019-present); Fellow, Survivor Reentry Project, American Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School (2018-2019); Legal Assistant, Private Criminal Defense Attorney (2015-2019); Student Intern, Safe Harbor Clinic, Brooklyn Law School (2016); Legal Intern, Legal Office of the United Nations Development Programme (2016); Legal Extern, Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice (2015-2016); Legal Intern, Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project (2015).

Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2017; The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, B.F.A., 2011.

Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (1999-present); Private Practitioner, criminal defense and civil rights litigation, Atlanta, GA (1994-1999); Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (1992-1994); Attorney and Director of Interns, The Team Defense Project, Atlanta, GA (1978-1992); Assistant Public Defender, Tallahassee, FL (1977-1978). Argued Burger v. Kemp, 483 U.S. 776 (1987), in U.S. Supreme Court.

Instructor at numerous state and regional programs on death penalty defense and criminal defense, including: Faculty, National Defender Training Project, 2017 Trial Advocacy Program, University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, OH, June 2017; Faculty, Ohio State Public Defender, Appellate Defender Training, Dayton, OH, March 2016; Faculty, Federal Defender Services, Persuasive Writing Workshop, Washington, DC, August 2015; Faculty, National Legal Aid & Defender Association and National Alliance of Indigent Defense Educators, Appellate Defense and Persuasive Writing Skills Institute, New Orleans, LA, January 2015; Faculty, Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania, Appellate Advocacy Training, The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA, March 2011; Faculty, Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania, Trial Advocacy Training, The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA, June 2008.

University of Florida College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1976; University of Central Florida, B.S., magna cum laude, 1974.

Sean Nuttal

Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2021-present); Staff Attorney & DEI Coordinator, Appellate Advocates (2018-2021); Senior Associate, Shapiro Arato (2017-2018); Staff Attorney, NYU Law School Clemency Resource Center (2015-2016); Fellow, Federal Defenders of New York & Connecticut (2015-2016); Associate, Morvillo Abramowitz (2012-2015); Law Clerk, Hon. Eric Vitaliano, Eastern District of New York (2010-2011); Law Clerk, Hon. R. Guy Cole, Jr., Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (2009-2010). 

New York University Law School, J.D., 2008; Cambridge University, M.Phil. 2005; Yale University, B.A. 2001.  

Amira Perryman

Cleary Gottlieb Fellow, Office of the Appellate Defender (2021-present);  Legal Extern, Bronx Defenders (2020);  Legal Extern, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (2020); Legal Extern; Phillips Black (2020); Legal Intern, Advancement Project, National Office (2019).

Columbia Law School, J.D., 2021; University of Southern California, B.A., 2015.

Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2019-present); Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice, The Legal Aid Society (2017-2019); Law Clerk, Hon. Stephen Glickman, District of Columbia Court of Appeals (2016-2017); Student Attorney, Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School (2015-2016); Law Intern, New Hampshire Public Defender (2015); Legal Intern, Equal Justice Initiative (2015); Law Clerk, Trial Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (2014); President and Founder, Harvard Law School Student Mental Health Association (2013-2016).

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2016; Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, 2012.

Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender, (2018-present); Assistant Dean, Access to Justice Institute, Seattle University School of Law (2017-2018); Executive Director, Court Square Law Project, CUNY Law School (2016-2017); Visiting Assistant Professor, Youth Advocacy Clinic, Seattle University School of Law (2012-2016); Private Practitioner, criminal defense and family law (2010-2012); Deputy Director, International Legal Foundation (2008-2010); Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division (1999-2008). Author, The Green to Blue Pipeline: Defense Contractors and the Police Industrial Complex, 36 CARDOZO L. REV. 1785 (2015); The Siren Is Calling: Economic and Ideological Trends Toward Privatization of Public Police Forces, 68 U. MIAMI L. REV. 633 (2014).

Fordham Law School, J.D., 1998; New York University, M.A., 1995; Hampshire College, B.A., 1991.

Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2017-present); Student Attorney, Main Street Legal Services, Criminal Defense Clinic, CUNY School of Law (2016); Legal Intern, Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau (2016); Legal Intern, Federal Defenders of New York, Southern District (2016); Legal Intern, Office of the Appellate Defender (2015-2016); Paralegal, Legal Services NYC, Bankruptcy Assistance Project (2013-2014); Paralegal, Legal Services NYC, Staten Island Homeowner Defense Project (2012-2013).

City University of New York School of Law, J.D., 2017; Smith College, B.A., 2012.

Stephanie Sonsino

Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2020-present); Staff Attorney, Appellate Advocates (2018-2020); Volunteer Counsel, Criminal Appeals Bureau, The Legal Aid Society (2018); Staff Attorney, Trial Division Suffolk County Legal Aid Society (2017); Clinical Intern, Cardozo’s Criminal Defense Clinic (2016-2017); Co-Chair, Law Students for Reproductive Justice (2016-2017); Legal Intern, Juvenile Rights Project, The Legal Aid Society (2016); Clinical Intern, The Innocence Project (2015-2016).

Senior Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2019-present); Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2016-2019); Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2014-16); Intern, New York County Defender Services (2012-13); Intern, Federal Defenders of San Diego (2013); Research Assistant, Professor Anthony Thompson (2013); Student Advocate, Criminal Appellate Defender Clinic (2012); Intern, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Nashville, TN (2012); Summer Associate, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (2012)

New York University Law School, J.D., 2014; University of Louisville, M.A., 2010; Belmont University, B.A., 2007.

Senior Staff Attorney Non-Citizen Client Project, Office of the Appellate Defender, 2021-present; Staff Attorney and Immigration Specialist, Appellate Advocates, 2018-21; Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering, New York University School of Law, 2016-18; Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn Law School, 2016-17; Padilla Team Leader, Brooklyn Defender Services, 2014-16; Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services, 2009-14; Law Clerk, Hon. James Orenstein, Eastern District of New York, 2008-09; Co-author, Mental Health Evaluations in Immigration Court: A Guide for Mental Health and Legal Professionals, NYU Press (2021).

New York University School of Law, JD, 2008; Brown University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2003.

Senior Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2019–present); Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender (2017-2019); Assistant Counsel (previously, Fried Frank Fellow), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (2015–2017); Associate (LDF Fellow), Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP (2012–2014); Law Clerk, Hon. Beverly B. Martin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2011–2012); Law Clerk, Hon. Eldon E. Fallon, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2010–2011); Summer Law Clerk, LGBT & AIDS Project, American Civil Liberties Union (2009); Student Advocate, Employment Civil Rights Clinic, WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (2009); Clinical Intern, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the Boston Bar Association (2008); Summer Law Clerk, Victor M. Glasberg & Associates (2008).

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2010; Stanford University, B.A., with honors and with distinction, 2004.

OAD Staff

Alan Litwa | Paralegal

Client Services Director, Office of the Appellate Defender, (2020-Present); Director, Emergency Shelter Network, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, (2019-2020); Director of US Programs, Seeds of Peace, (2017-2019); Assistant Director of Capacity Building, The Financial Clinic, (2016); Associate Director National AmeriCorps VISTA Program, Hunger Free America, (2011-2015); AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator, Hunger Free America, (2008-2011); Shelter Program Manager, Partnership for the Homeless (2006-2008); Weekend Shelter Coordinator, Partnership for the Homeless, (2003-2006); AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Youth Service Opportunity Project (2002); Program Associate, National Medical Fellowships, (2001-2002)

Youth Board Member, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, (2016-Present)

Columbia University School of Social Work, M.S.S.W, 2015; Boston University, B.A., 2000

Ester Gherzi

Clients Services Coordinator, Office of the Appellate Defender (2021-present); Social Work Intern, Federal Defenders of New York, Eastern District (2020-2021); Social Work Intern, Power of Two (2019-2020) 

Columbia University School of Social Work, MSW, 2021; University of California, San Diego, BS, 2019

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