Pro Bono Partner & Director, New Perimeter, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., University of Tulsa; J.D., American University
B.A. magna cum laude, University of Tulsa; J.D., summa cum...Continue Reading
B.A. magna cum laude, University of Tulsa; J.D., summa cum laude, The Washington College of Law, The American University. Professor Dewey is the pro bono partner at DLA Piper, responsible for leading the firm’s pro bono practice across the United States, as well as the Assistant Director of New Perimeter, the firm's nonprofit affiliate dedicated to global pro bono. Ms. Dewey cultivates the firm's strategic thinking on pro bono, including the vision for the firm's US pro bono program, including over 1,300 lawyers.
In addition, Professor Dewey advises and represents individuals and public interest organizations on a pro bono basis. She has represented a man on death row in Alabama, several clients related to federal criminal appeals, and families who lost loved ones in the Khobar Towers terrorist attack in 1996. She represented the Stethem family in a lawsuit against the government of Iran under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act; that suit, concerning the death of Robert Stethem in a terrorist aircraft hijacking, resulted in a $321 million judgment against the Government of Iran. Ms. Dewey has represented refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. and several individuals in family law, juvenile, and housing matters. She has also done civil rights work and appellate work in suits concerning the admissions policies of the University of Michigan.
Her experience also includes representing and counseling corporations and individuals in criminal investigations and federal jury trials in the areas of public corruption, mail fraud, money laundering, and health-care fraud. She has argued cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Ms. Dewey also counsels clients regarding development of corporate ethics and compliance programs. She has managed a diverse caseload that also includes copyright, legal ethics, personal injury, and contracts matters. In addition, she has represented a class of plaintiffs who filed suit against the District of Columbia for sexual harassment and retaliation under Title VII, as well as a government executive investigated and tried by the office of Independent Counsel, Donald Smaltz.
She also is a member of DLA Piper's Hiring Committee.