About The Arc’s Criminal Justice Advisory Panel

The Arc’s Criminal Justice Advisory Panel (CJAP) leverages the interest and expertise of lawyers in the private bar to support nationwide expansion of The Arc’s criminal justice advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). CJAP is led by Cliff Sloan of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, whose litigation experience includes representing a death row inmate with intellectual disability before the U.S. Supreme Court, Elizabeth Kelley, a solo practitioner who specializes in defending individuals with I/DD and mental health disabilities, and Peter Berns, The Arc’s Chief Executive Officer.

The CJAP meets in-person, twice a year, in major cities throughout the United States, to review the accomplishments and priorities of The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability® (NCCJD®), the status of related legal advocacy matters and public policy developments, and to provide strategic guidance and advice. Advisory Panel members will also work to advance the impact and ongoing sustainability of NCCJD. At each meeting, the Panel hosts a reception for the local legal community to educate members of the bar about the unique challenges facing people with disabilities who become entangled in the legal system and enlist their support in creating justice for all.

 

Co-Chairs

Elizabeth Kelley

Elizabeth Kelley

New York & Spokane, WA

Elizabeth Kelley is a criminal defense lawyer with a nationwide practice focused on representing people with mental disabilities. In addition to her legal practice she lectures across the U.S. as well as abroad on representing people with mental disabilities, frequently providing commentary for radio and television.

She has served three terms on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), chaired its Mental Health and Membership Committees, and is a Life Member. Additionally, she is the editor of Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers, which was published by the American Bar Association in 2018.

She received her M.A. from The University of Chicago and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Cliff Sloan

Cliff Sloan

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Meager, and Flom LLP
Washington, DC

Cliff Sloan is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Sloan’s practice focuses on a wide range of litigation and appeals, including cases involving intellectual property, administrative law, commercial disputes, securities law, tax controversies, criminal law, and constitutional issues. He also regularly advises clients on copyright, trademark, news media and First Amendment matters, as well as global strategy, policy matters and risk management. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

 

Co-Convener

Peter Berns

Peter Berns

Chief Executive Officer,
The Arc
Washington, DC

Peter V. Berns is a nationally-recognized nonprofit sector leader and public interest lawyer. Berns’ professional areas of expertise include nonprofit management, governmental relations, and advocacy. As a public policy advocate, he was critical to reforming state and federal Medicaid regulations which improved the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. Berns received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his LL.M. in advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.

 

 

Members

Patricia Cummings

Patricia Cummings

Chief, Conviction Integrity Unit
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Philadelphia, PA

Patricia Cummings is one of the top experts in the country on innocence and exoneration. She is a former defense lawyer, prosecutor, and lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She was instrumental in getting a law passed in Texas, known as the Michael Morton Act, that requires prosecutors to open their files to defendants and keep records of the evidence they disclose. Cummings has remarked publicly on the need to revisit convictions based on flawed forensic techniques.

Louisiana (“Louann”) W. Cutler

Louisiana (“Louann”) W. Cutler

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP Anchorage, AK

Louann Culter advises Alaskan clients on oil and gas issues, as well as constitutional law, legislation, ordinances, municipal, employment, and other state law issues. Cutler has over 25 years of experience as a litigator focusing on complex litigation involving environmental issues, oil and gas taxation and royalties, constitutional law, construction law, municipal law, and other issues. In the past, she has served on non-profit boards, including the United Way of Anchorage and Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis. Louann received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Eric Drogin

Eric Drogin

Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,
Hingham, MA

Eric Y. Drogin is a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Drogin is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has lectured extensively throughout North America and in Europe, Asia, and Australia, and regularly presents continuing education seminars for attorneys and mental health professionals on such topics as forensic assessment, ethics, and professional development. Dr. Drogin’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses mental health law, expert witness testimony, and trial consultation. He received his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University.

Maureen Del Duca

Maureen Del Duca

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Northrup Grumman,
Falls Church, VA

Maureen Del Duca specializes in litigation, investigations, civil rights, and habeas appeals. Del Duca is the mother of two nonverbal adult sons with severe autism and related disorders, and she advocates for resources and programming for individuals with autism. She has also advocated on behalf of individuals with autism engaged in the criminal justice system. Del Duca received her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, her J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Honorable Bernice B. Donald

The Hon. Bernice B. Donald

Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit,
Memphis, TN

Judge Donald has had long and varied legal experience that includes private practice, public service, and legal academia. In 1982, she was elected to the criminal division of the Shelby County General Sessions Court, making her the first female African-American judge in Tennessee history. Judge Donald has also authored a number of academic works, on topics ranging from family law to criminal justice to judicial administration. Judge Donald holds an honorary doctorate of law from Suffolk University, and received her J.D. from Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), Humphreys School of Law.

James E. Felman

James E. Felman

Partner, Kynes Markman & Felman
Tampa, FL

James Felman represents clients in federal and state matters in investigation, trial, sentencing, appeal, and post-conviction proceedings. His practice areas include bank fraud, healthcare fraud, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, public corruption, environmental crimes, antitrust violations, synthetic/illegal drugs, illegal gambling, child abuse/ pornography, and murder. Felman has also devoted a significant portion of his professional efforts to legal reform and policy work. Felman received his M.A. in Philosophy from Duke University and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law with high honors (Order of the Coif).

Glenn R. Funk

Glenn R. Funk

District Attorney
Nashville, TN

Glenn R. Funk is District Attorney General of Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County. Funk serves on the board of directors of Tennessee Voices for Victims, the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Leadership Council, the Rochelle Center, Room in the Inn, and the Child Advocacy Center. He and his wife, Lori, have volunteered with the Special Olympics since 1994. Funk has served on the board of directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, Dismas House, and The Arc Davidson County. Funk graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University and received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi.

Lisa Greenman

Lisa Greenman

Attorney, Federal Death Penalty
Resource Center
Washington, DC

Lisa Greenman consults on issues relating to mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities that affect criminal defendants. Most of Greenman’s work involves death penalty defense, where she focuses on sentencing issues. In the community, Greenman’s participates in educational and therapeutic program development for individuals with disabilities and works to develop alternatives to incarceration that meet therapeutic and educational needs, while providing for public safety. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Caitlin Halligan

Caitlin Halligan

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
New York, NY

Caitlin J. Halligan is ranked as one of the leading appellate attorneys in the nation, having argued six cases and served as counsel of record for a party or amicus in more than 45 matters at the certiorari or merits stage in the U.S. Supreme Court. She has developed law enforcement and policy initiatives regarding online consumer fraud, privacy, online securities trading, and other internet-related issues. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Order of the Coif.

Mathias Heck

Mathias Heck

Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney,
Dayton, OH

Mathias Heck has expertise in law enforcement, drug abuse education and prevention, and child advocacy. Heck received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Senior Trial Attorney
Office of the Public Defender
San Francisco, CA

Jennifer Johnson specializes in public defense and services for individuals with mental health disabilities in the criminal justice system. She co-founded the San Francisco Behavioral Health Court and serves as its resident public defender. Johnson received her J.D. from The University of California Davis School of Law.

Peter D. Keisler

Peter D. Keisler

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Washington, DC

Peter D. Keisler is a co-leader of Sidley’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice. Keisler has argued a wide range of federal, constitutional, statutory, and administrative law cases and is also recognized for his work in the area of media, technology, and telecoms. Keisler spent most of his more than five-year tenure at the Department of Justice as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and ultimately served as Acting Attorney General of the United States. He returned to Sidley in 2008. He graduated magna cum laude with distinction from Yale and received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Honorable Jonathan Lippman

The Hon. Jonathan Lippman

Chief Judge (Ret’d), New York Court of Appeals; Of Counsel, Latham & Watkins.,
New York, NY

During his tenure on the Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Lippman authored major decisions addressing constitutional, statutory, and common law issues. He championed equal access to justice issues and identified permanent funding streams for civil legal services. Chief Judge Lippman established programs to help alleviate the crisis in civil legal services and strengthened the state’s indigent criminal defense system, addressed the systemic causes of wrongful convictions, created Human Trafficking Courts across New York State, and led efforts to reform New York’s juvenile justice, bail, and pre-trial justice systems. Lippman received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

Mary McClymont

Mary McClymont

Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow,
Justice Lab, Georgetown University Law Center,
Washington, DC

Mary McClymont has held leadership positions in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors, focused on social justice, human rights, and humanitarian issues. She has led work on criminal and youth justice reform, workers’ rights, legal aid reform, immigrants’ rights, and civil legal aid. McClymont holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University’s Washington College of Law and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

The Hon. Karen A. Romano

The Hon. Karen A. Romano

District Court Judge
Des Moines, IA

Judge Romano is a District Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa. As a prosecutor, she handled child dependency and delinquency, child abuse and sexual abuse cases, and various other felony level offenses, including murder. As a District Associate Judge, she presided over misdemeanor and Class D felony offenses, small claim civil cases, traffic offenses, mental health and substance abuse commitments, and juvenile court matters. As a District Court Judge, she presides over all manner of civil cases, including family law and felony criminal matters, as well as administrative appeals from final state agency actions and postconviction relief actions. She received her Bachelor’s degree cum laude from Creighton University and graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Larry Shtasel

Larry Shtasel

Partner, Blank Rome
Philadelphia, PA

Laurence Shtasel maintains a national trial and appellate practice concentrating on a wide range of litigation areas, including commercial disputes, white collar criminal defense, and intellectual property.

Neal R. Sonnett

Neal R. Sonnett

Founder and Managing Partner, The Law Office of Neal R. Sonnett Miami, FL

Neal R. Sonnett is the founder and managing partner of his Miami-based law firm. Prior to entering private practice, Sonnett served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division for the Southern District of Florida. Sonnett has served as lead counsel in regulatory and grand jury investigations, trials and appeals, and federal sentencing guidelines, and post- conviction issues in environmental crimes, health care, insurance, securities, tax, and mail fraud cases, election law violations, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Arms Export Control Act cases, federal asset forfeiture, international extradition, and attorney ethics and disciplinary matters. He earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

Andre Vitale

Assistant Deputy Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender, State of New Jersey Trenton, NJ

Andre Vitale serves as a trial lawyer and Training Director. He has created new and innovative programs designed to help attorneys develop legal skills and confidence in their abilities and inspire lawyers to serve as client–centered, relentless advocates. As a trial lawyer, Vitale represents individuals charged with violent felonies and major drug crimes and has expertise defending sex cases and challenging DNA evidence. Andre received his J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Honorable Eric Washington

The Hon. Eric Washington

Chief Judge (Ret’d)
District of Columbia Court of Appeals Neutral, The McCammon Group,
Washington, DC

The Honorable Eric Washington has extensive experience in personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, employment, governmental issues, product liability, professional liability, and trusts and estates. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Ken Wirfel

Ken Wirfel

Attorney,
Westport, CT

Ken Wirfel is an attorney with extensive civil and criminal litigation experience. Recently retired, Wirfel engaged in civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. Representative matters include civil antitrust, money laundering, price fixing, RICO, and fraud charges. Wirfel received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

 

Recently Added Members (Biographies coming soon)

The Honorable Elsa Alcala

Lisa Landau

Parvin Moyne

Eleanor Roos