Death is Different XXIV (2018)

Speaker Information and Bios

Justice E. C. Perry (retired Florida Supreme Court) A native of New Bern, North Carolina, James E. C. Perry was appointed as the 85th Justice to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Charlie Crist and took office there on March 11, 2009. Before his appointment, he served as a Circuit judge of Florida's Eighteenth Judicial Circuit upon his appointment by Governor Jeb Bush in March 2000. Justice Perry later served as Chief Judge of the Circuit for a two-year term beginning July 2003.

He attended Saint Augustine's University, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting. After serving Justice James E.C. Perryin the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, he went on to Columbia Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1972.

Justice Perry met his future bride, Adrienne M. Perry, Ph.D., while at Columbia Law School. They have three children, two attorneys and a Human Resource Manager.

Justice Perry has been actively involved in many community activities. A dedicated father, Perry managed his son’s AAU basketball team, the SanLando Greyhounds and played an active role in all their sports activities. Justice Perry’s commitment to improving children’s lives extends beyond his own family. As founder and president of the Jackie Robinson Sports Association, Perry built a baseball league serving 650 at-risk boys and girls – the largest in the nation. However, the Association did more than coach baseball. Volunteers also served as mentors and provided free tutoring. In addition to his work with disadvantaged kids, Justice Perry served as captain of the Heart of Florida United Way Campaign and his firm served as general counsel for the Florida Chapter Branches of the NAACP. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Augustine’s University. Justice Perry has been a member of the Carter CME Tabernacle Church of Orlando for more than 30 plus years and is a former member of its Board of Trustees.

As an attorney, Perry was widely recognized for his legal skills and abilities. Prior to his appointment to the trial bench, Justice Perry was senior partner in the law firm of Perry & Hicks, P.A., where he specialized in civil and business law.

Justice Perry has received numerous honors and awards including the 3rd Annual Puerto Rican Bar Association's Moot Court Competition Award in 2014, the 2014 Key to the City of Titusville Award for recognition of his dedication and extraordinary commitment to Justice, the Florida Memorial University's President's Award in 2014, the North Brevard County Branch NAACP's Award of Appreciation for outstanding and exemplary service to this nation in fall 2014, the Seminole County NAACP Humanitarian Award, the Orange County Chapter NAACP Paul C. Perkins Award, and the 2005 Martin Luther King Drum Major Award for Social Justice. In 2004, Justice Perry was honored by his hometown, New Bern, North Carolina, receiving the “Key to the City.” In 2005, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) selected Justice Perry as one of four individuals to be profiled during its national broadcast of An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence. Most recently, Justice Perry received the prestigious Williams-Johnson Outstanding Jurist of the Year Award for 2006 from the Brevard and Seminole County Bar Associations. The recipient of an honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Stetson University College of Law and Nova Southeastern University College of Law, Justice Perry is frequently asked to speak at schools, churches, and civic groups. He has delivered the commencement address at several schools including the University of Central Florida, FAMU College of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Barry Law School and his alma mater, Saint Augustine’s University.

 Justice Perry was the first African-American appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. Governor Jeb Bush issued this statement when he appointed Justice Perry to the circuit bench in March of 2000. “James brings a high level of professionalism, knowledge, and skill to the bench. His community service and commitment to the Jackie Robinson Little League demonstrates his dedication to the community. I am confident that his expertise, strong commitment, and dedication will continue to be an asset to the 18th Judicial Circuit and the state.” Following his appointment to the circuit court bench, Justice Perry ran unopposed to retain his seat. Justice Perry retired from the Florida Supreme Court on December 30, 2016. 

Amy Nguyen is a Researcher, GIS Analyst and owner of Capital Maps, LLC in the Dallas, Texas area.  Her specialty is mapping Department of Justice community risk factors and performing demographic analysis.  She holds Master’s level certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and has been working in capital sentencing mitigation for nine years.  Amy provides maps for capital litigation as well as expert testimony.   She has presented at numerous conferences including the NASAMS Life in the Balance Conference, the NLADA National Conference, Darrow-Baldus Death Penalty Defense College, Capital Habeas Unit National Conference, and the California Capital Case Defense Seminar. To date she has been involved in fifty-five state trials in thirteen states across the nation and seventeen federal trials.  Her maps have been featured in Evaluation for Capital Sentencing by Oxford Press and Handbook of Psychology, Forensic Psychology, in John Wiley & Sons. In 2008 she won a coveted assistantship position with ESRI, designers of the world’s leading GIS software. 

Bjorn Brunvand served as an assistant public defender in the 6th Judicial Circuit before moving into private practice.  Bjorn has been fortunate to successfully represent individuals and corporations that faced serious criminal charges such as murder and fraud in Federal and State Courts. Bjorn is a member of the Florida Bar, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is recognized both as a Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and a Nationally Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. He was voted as a Super Lawyer in 2008 and 2009 and continues to be AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubble.

Gretchen Casey has been an Advocate for victims and survivors of crime for the past 33 years. She was instrumental in developing the 1st victim’s county park in Florida and is the creator of Unshame, a social media platform for anyone who is interested in supporting survivors of rape. She was the Director of Victim Services and Project Payback for the State Attorneys Office-8th Judicial Circuit in May of 2017. These days you will find her working as the  Director of Training and Outreach for the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding where she draws inspiration from the needs and shifts in perspective that arise out of conflict. She advocates and facilitates criminal justice system provider training to utilize restorative justice strategies at every point of contact with victims and offenders.  Gretchen received a B.A. In Urban Studies from the University of Florida and has practiced Morita Therapy and co-facilitated training on Morita Therapy workshops with Dr. Brian Ogawa since 1985. 

 Kate O'Shea has been doing capital and juvenile LWOP mitigation investigation since 2009. She has worked on capital cases in the federal system as well as Florida and Pennsylvania. She started with Capital Mitigation Consultants as an intern, and is now the President of Sentence Mitigation Specialists. Kate has successfully closed over 75 capital cases, ten in penalty phases and the rest by plea or waiver. She will discuss strategies in mitigation investigation to successfully prepare sentencing memorandums / waiver packages as well as penalty phase presentations. 

Terence M. Lenamon is capital defense attorney in Miami and a Resource Lawyer and Co-Founder of Florida Capital Resource Center, an organization dedicated to training Florida capital attorneys. Mr. Lenamon is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College and has taught numerous training sessions throughout the state on techniques in mitigation investigation, jury selection, the art of the closing argument, and creative brief writing in capital cases. He frequently writes about death penalty issues on his blog at

Tania Alavi is a double gator who started her career as an Assistant Public Defender in 1992. After entering private practice in 1995, she opened her law firm Alavi, Bird & Pozzuto P.A. in 1996 and primarily practices in the 8th and 5th Judicial Circuits. While maintaining her regular caseload of criminal cases, she has spent much of her focus handling death penalty cases over the last 10 years. Since 2007, Tania has held An adjunct position at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and is the field supervisor for the death penalty externship at the law school. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for FACDL and the Florida Capital Resource Center and recently finished her term on the Death Penalty Due Process Committee for the American Bar Association.  Through these organizations and others, Tania has had the opportunity to present at several seminars and conferences over the last 25 years.

Karen M. Gottlieb is Co-Director of the Florida Center for Capital Representation at Florida International University’s College of Law. She is a former member of the Miami-Dade Public Defender's appellate division, former chair of the Florida Public Defenders’ Capital Litigation Steering Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Capital Resource Center and the Innocence Project. She has lectured on effective appellate advocacy and various death-penalty topics for FACDL, the Florida Public Defenders’ Association, the Florida Bar, the Dade County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the St. Thomas Law Review Symposium, and the Vermont Law School Capital Punishment Symposium.  She filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of former Florida Supreme Court Justices in Hurst v. Florida., and has continued to file amicus briefs on death penalty issues in the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Peter N. Mills is an Assistant Public Defender in the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Bartow, and has worked in the capital trial unit. He is the Chair of the Public Defender Association’s Death Penalty Steering Committee and a frequent speaker at death penalty conferences. Prior to his work with the Office of the Public Defender, he worked at the Office of the Capital Collateral Representative, where he represented Florida death row inmates in postconviction litigation

Richard Kammen is a criminal defense lawyer with his office in Indianapolis, Indiana. He concentrates his practice in serious felonies, white-collar defense, complex crimes and death penalty defense. He is a member of the law firm of Kammen and Moudy.  He graduated from Ripon College cum laude in 1968 and New York University School of Law in 1971.  Admitted to the Bar in 1971, he began his practice after service in the United States Army. During his professional career, Mr. Kammen has served as a public defender in the Marion County Courts on two occasions, 1972-1974 and 1978-1979.  Mr. Kammen has defended over three hundred homicide cases including approximately forty death penalty cases in both State and Federal courts. No client that Mr. Kammen has represented at trial has been sentenced to death. 

Mark Olive's national practice of law focuses on death penalty litigation and educating lawyers, judges, and law students about capital punishment and habeas corpus practice.  Mark has litigated capital cases throughout the country, both state and federal, including in the United States Supreme Court.  Mark was the Director of the first Capital Resource Center in the country, opened in Florida in 1985.  The Center provided assistance to pro bono attorneys, as well as direct representation, in capital cases. He was later the Director of both the Georgia and Virginia Resource Centers.  He has taught in law schools around the country, and today teaches the Death Penalty and the Supreme Court seminar at the University of North Carolina College of Law in Chapel Hill. Mark has been awarded: the National Legal Aid and Defender Association's Life in the Balance Achievement Award; one of the the Florida Supreme Court’s highest awards, the Tobias Simon award for pro bono service;  the Kentucky Furman award for national service to death sentenced inmates; and the California Death Penalty Focus award for lifetime service.  Mark has been a member of HAT, with John Blume, since the project's inception in 1996.

Al Chipperfield has been an Assistant Public Defender for 35-plus years in Jacksonville and Gainesville.  He was also in civil practice for 5 1/2 years in two Jacksonville firms. He has handled primarily homicide cases since the early 1980's and is currently the head of the homicide unit in Jacksonville. 

Carey Haughwout is the Public Defender for Palm Beach County since 2001.  She has practiced criminal law since 1983.  She is a board certified criminal trial lawyer and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has served at the request of Governor Chiles and Governor Bush on the Domestic Violence Clemency Panel and served at the request of the Supreme Court on the committee which proposed minimum qualifications for counsel in capital cases.  Carey’s efforts have been recognized with the ACLU Harriet S. Glasner Freedom Award, The Lord’s Place Ending Homelessness Award, the Voter’s Coalition of Palm Beach County, the March of Dimes Women of Distinction Award, the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award and the Judge Barry M. Cohen “Champion of Justice” Award.  She is a past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, served on the Board of Legal Specialization and Education, the Florida Bar Criminal Rules Committee and on a variety of local committees dedicated to the improvement of the system of justice. She established and chaired the Reentry Task Force for the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission which has been credited with establishing services for ex-offenders to reduce recidivism. She currently co-chairs the Behavioral Health Task Force for the CJC.  Besides the administrative duties of managing a 200-person law office, Carey maintains an active trial practice of trial cases.