Judge Adam Hunter
As part of preparing for the trial, I sifted through legal documents and exhibits. By conducting legal research, I identified discrepancies and supporting details to help me craft lines of questioning.
Courtney exposed our team to the idea of the school-to-prison pipeline and the ‘War on Drugs’ that targets Black men, women, and children, to a greater extent than others in our society. He also revealed the obstacles that returning citizens face post-incarceration.
Courtney's vision is to reinvest in safe and healthy communities, create more living-wage jobs, establish permanent housing, and develop economic self-sufficiency for returning citizens.
He brought with him recently released returning citizens who spoke out about their criminal history and their life before, during, and after prison.
Judge Adam Hunter is an Administrative Law Judge, adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law, and a member Board of Directors of Rising for Justice.
Judge Hunter explained the intricacies of witness preparation during the trial process.
Judge Hunter worked to help me develop lines of questioning for direct and cross-examination while ensuring all questions were properly worded.
He also shared his experiences in the legal field in the District of Columbia and shared advice about becoming a lawyer and a judge.
Professor Michael J. Cedrone
Professor Michael J. Cedrone
Professor Michael J. Cedrone’s teaching and scholarship are rooted in the belief that professional identity is formed when law students must reason, act, and reflect as lawyers do. He is currently the chairperson of Legal writing at Georgetown University Law Center.
Sharra Greer is the first policy director of the Children’s Law Center, representing clients in hopes of transforming the criminal legal system to better serve and protect DC’s vulnerable children.
Molly Gill is the Vice President of Policy for FAMM, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a nonprofit sentencing reform organization in Washington, D.C. She is a celebrated writer, being published in The Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, and many other publications.
Brandi Harden is currently the Managing Partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Harden is also an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law, where she coaches the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Team. Ms. Harden also serves as an Adjunct Professor at American University-Washington College of Law (WCL) teaching Evidentiary Foundations and Objections.
Ms. Harden has served as a trial attorney and a supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). Ms. Harden also served as Chair of the Criminal Practice Institute, faculty for Summer Series training, served as a member of the PDS Forensic Practice Group, and led Felony Division-Trial Practice Groups. Ms. Harden has also worked for The Southern Center for Human Rights, The United States Department of Labor, and The United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division–Computer and Finance Section.
Heather Pinckney is currently a partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC and the Director of the Public Defenders Service in Washington DC.
Before entering into private practice, Ms. Pinckney served as a deputy chief of the Trial Division for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (hereinafter PDS). As a deputy trial chief, Heather Pinckney assisted in the management and day-to-day operations of the trial division and supervised over 60 attorneys litigating criminal cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Prior to becoming deputy trial chief, Ms. Pinckney served for 8 years as a staff attorney at PDS. She also served for 4 years as the chair of the DC Public Defender Service Hiring Committee.
Ms. Pinckney has also worked for the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and TransAfrica.
Ms. Pinckney has acted as a visiting instructor with the Georgia Honors Program and with the Southern Public Defender Training Center. She has also served as a guest lecturer at Howard University School of Law, American University School of Law, the David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC), and the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop.