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Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic
Room 130
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-2095
Tel: (202) 662-9575

Our clinic staff consists of a faculty member, fellows, an investigations supervisor, an executive assistant, and a receptionist.

Clinic Staff & Faculty

Abbe Smith
Director of the Clinic, Co-Director of the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program, and Professor of Law.  She joined the Georgetown faculty in 1996.  Prior to coming to Georgetown, Professor Smith was the Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, where she was also a Clinical Instructor, and Lecturer on Law.  In addition to Georgetown and Harvard, Professor Smith has also taught at City University New York Law School, Temple University School of Law, American University Washington College of Law, and the University of Melbourne Law School (Ausralia), where she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2005-06.  Professor Smith teaches and writes on  in the areas of criminal and juvenile defense, legal ethics, juvenile justice, and clinical legal education.  In addition to law journal articles, she is the author of Case of a Lifetime: A Criminal Defense Lawyer's Story (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), co-author with Monroe Freedman of Understanding Lawyers' Ethics (4th ed., Lexis-Nexis, 2010), and co-editor with Monroe Freedman of How Can You Represent Those People (forthcoming, 2013).  a contributing author of We Dissent (Michael Avery, ed., NYU Press, 2008) and Law Stories (Gary Bellow & Martha Minow, eds., University of Michigan Press, 1996).  Professor Smith began her legal career at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she was a trial lawyer from 1982 to 1990.n Assistant Defender, a member of the Special Defense Unit, and a Senior Trial Attorney.  She continues to be actively engaged in indigent defense practice and frequently presents at public defender and legal aid training programs in the United States and abroad.  Professor Smith is on the Board of Directors of The Bronx Defenders and the National Juvenile Defender Center, and is a longtime .  She is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Lawyers Guild.  In 2010, she was elected to the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, an exclusive national society for outstanding criminal trial lawyers.  She is also a published cartoonist.  A collection of her cartoons, Carried Away: The Chronicles of a Feminist Cartoonist, was published in 1984.

Vida Johnson
Professor Johnson, prior to joining Georgetown University Law Center, was a supervising attorney in the Trial Division at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where she worked for eight years. At PDS Ms. Johnson was assigned to the most serious cases at the "Felony One" level, and her experience included numerous trials in D.C. Superior Court representing indigent clients facing charges including homicide, sexual assault, and armed offenses. Ms. Johnson's responsibilities at PDS also included supervising other trial attorneys and serving as one of the agency's two representatives to the D.C. Superior Court Sentencing Guidelines Commission. In 2009, Ms. Johnson was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining PDS, Professor Johnson was an E. Barrett Prettyman fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. As a fellow she represented indigent adults in the D.C. Superior Court and supervised students in the Criminal Justice Clinic. Ms. Johnson earned her law degree from New York University Law School in 2000 and she earned her B.A. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.

Sarah E. Young
Sarah is the Investigations Supervisor and Director of the Investigative Internship Program. Sarah received a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Prior to joining the clinic staff, Sarah spent three and half years working as a Staff Investigator at the DC Public Defender Service, investigating felony cases on behalf of indigent clients. She also worked as an investigator at the Buncombe County Public Defender Service in North Carolina.

Teruko Richardson
Teruko Richardson is the Executive Assistant for the Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic. She handles all administrative matters necessary to ensure an efficient work flow. Prior to joining our staff in March, 1982, Teruko worked with the Law Offices of Mitchell, Shorter & Gartrell.

CDPAC's E. Barrett Prettyman Fellows

Krystal Quinlan
Krystal Quinlan is a second year Prettyman Fellow in the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic.  Prior to beginning the fellowship, Krystal Quinlan worked as a law fellow at Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, AL.  While at EJI, Krystal won relief for men and women who had been given life without parole sentences when they were juveniles, worked on the appeals of individuals on Alabama's death row, and conducted extensive research into incidents of lynching and other acts of racial violence in U.S. history for EJI publications.  Krystal graduated from NYU School of Law in 2011.  At NYU, Krystal was a student in the Reentry Clinic where she represented individuals with criminal records who had been denied employment licenses by the City of New York.  She was also a student in the Equal Justice and Defender Clinic where she investigated and wrote a postconviction petition for an individual on Alabama's death row.  Krystal also was on NYU Law's Journal of Law and Social Change and interned during her summers at Drug Policy Alliance and Orleans Public Defender.  In 2006, Krystal received her B.A. with honors from Stanford University in African and African-American Studies with a minor in Human Biology.  Krystal is originally from New York City.

Katherine Moss
Katherine Moss graduated magna cum laude and order of the coif from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2015. During law school, Katherine participated in the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse Clinic (VC3) and the Criminal Justice Clinic (CJC). While in the VC3, Katherine assisted attorneys on a federal death penalty trial. For CJC, she provided direct representation as a student attorney to indigent clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges in both state and federal court. She also taught "street law" to local high school students through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program.  She served as Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review, which published her Note. And Katherine also participated in the W&L Mock Trial Competition. During her summers, Katherine interned with Southern Center for Human Rights, the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, Gideon's Promise, and the Alexandria, Virginia Office of the Public Defender. In 2015, the Virginia State Bar chose Katherine as the recipient of the Oliver White Hill Pro Bono Award.  Katherine received her B.A. in Philosophy with a concentration in Law and Society from University of Southern California in 2009. She is originally from Normal, Illinois.

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