2017 Death Is Different Seminar Speaker Info

Death is Different XXIII (2017)

Speaker Information and Bios



Harry Lee Anstead

Served as a justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 1994 to 2009 and as the Court's 50th Chief Justice from 2002 until 2004. Previously he was a judge on Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeals. He was an amicus for Timothy Hurst in both the Supreme Court of the United States and on remand in the Supreme Court of Florida.

Marc Bookman...

Is Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, a non-profit project whose mission is training and consulting with capital defense teams in Pennsylvania and across the country. He was in the Defender Association of Philadelphia's Holicide Unit from its inception in 1993 to 2010.

Henry Brown...

Is a former Death Row inmate turned community activist and motivational speaker. He works with the Florida Center for Capital Representation at FIU College of Law.

G. Ben Cohen...

Of Counsel at The Capital Appeals Project and The Promise of Justice Initiative in Louisiana, has secured exoneration of one client and six outright reversals. He was on the team litigating Kennedy v. Louisiana, foreclosing expansion of the death penalty to non-homicide offenses.

M. Chris Fabricant...

leads the Innocence Project's Strategic Litigation Department that attacks leading causes of wrongful conviction, including eyewitness misidentification, misapplication of forensic sciences and false confessions. Previously he was a clinical law professor and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at the Pace Law School.

Hannah Gorman...

Is a visiting scholar at the Florida Center for Capital Representation at Florida International University's College of Law. She previously practiced criminal and public law in the UK and has worked with the United Nations, European Union, foreign governments and local legal teams to provide effective assistance to those facing the death penalty and around the world and now leads the center's statewide research and assist legal teams with capital cases at pre-trial stage.

Karen Gottlieb...

Is co-director of the Florida Center for Capital Representation at FIU College of Law. With almost 40 years' experience as an appellate lawyer, she focuses on capital cases and cases in which juveniles have been sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment.

Stephen K. Harper...

Is supervising attorney in the death penalty clinic at Florida International University College of Law and a coordinator of FIU's Florida Center for Capital Representation. For 29 years he worked at the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office.

Carey Haughwout...

Is a Public Defender for Palm Beach County and a FACDL past president. Her efforts have been recognized with the ACLU Harriet S. Glasner Freedom Award, Lord's Place Ending Homelessness Award, March of Dimes Women of Distinction Award, Palm Beach County Bar Association's Professionalism Award and the Judge Barry M. Cohen "Champion of Justice" Award.

Lois Heaney...

Has been a senior trial consultant and president of the NJP Litigation Consulting/West in Oakland since 1979. She is co-author of NJP's Jurywork: Systematic Techniques, a three-volume manual on jury related issues, including voir dire and jury selection, focus groups and mock juror research, survey research, venue evaluation, jury composition and Batson.

Joette James, Ph.D, ABPP-CN...

Was a staff neuropsychologist for seven years at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She has testified as an expert on a variety of cases in several states on matters including death penalty litigation, general mitigation, competency to stand trial and juvenile waiver/transfer.

Dr. Zachary Kaminsky...

In 2010 developed a research program using DNA to study CNS and peripheral samples in PPD, suicide and PTSD, generating some of the first and most widely replicating epigenetic biomarkers in psychiatry.

David Lane...

Has represented numerous individuals charged with or convicted of capital offenses in several states at the trial, appeal, and post conviction stages in state and federal courts.

Terence Lenamon...

Is a capital defense attorney and founder of the Florida Capital Resource Center. He frequently writes about death penalty issues on his blog at www.deathpenaltyblog.com

Herman Lindsey...

Became the 135th person exonerated from death row since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S. and the 27th person exonerated from death row in Florida, the state with the highest rate of exonerations from death row of any state in the nation. He currently resides in Florida where he works with at-risk youth and with capital defendants prior to trial.

Peter N. Mills...

Is an Assistant Public Defender in the 10th Judicial Circuit, Bartow, and has worked in the capital trial unit. He has worked at the Office of the Capital Collateral Representative (CCR), where he was involved in death penalty post conviction litigation.

Billy H. Nolas...

Is Chief of the Capital Habeas Unit (CHU) for the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Northern District of Florida. He has also served as Chief Assistant Capital Collateral Representative, taught law, lectured, and published on topics of importance in the criminal and death penalty defense fields. This February he completed his 70th marathon.

Elisa Quesada...

Is currently a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at the Florida Center for Capital Representation at Florida International University School of Law. She consults with attorneys and mitigation specialists on death penalty cases across Florida.

Danalynn Recer...

Founded the Gulf Region Advocacy (GRACE) that provides direct representation, consulting and mitigation services to indigent capital defendants, as well as training and education to capital defenders across the country. She has been on staff at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center since 1995 and was director of the Jefferson Parish Project.

Sonya Rudenstine...

Practices capital post conviction and appellate law. She has served as co-chair of FACDL's Amicus Committee for the last five years.

Donald P. Salzman...

Is pro bono counsel for Skadden's Washington, DC. office. Previously he was an assistant public defender in Maryland, where he started a novel pro bono representation partnership project between the Office of the Public Defender and prominent D.C. law firms. He serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.

Dorothy Clay Sims

Ran one of the largest workers comp practices in North Central Florida for 30 years and was in charge of forensics for the trial team in State of Florida vs. Casey. She wrote the two-volume Exposing the Deceptive Defense Doctor after watching clients suffer at the hands of dishonest DME's.