Faculty

The Gideon’s Promise faculty is comprised of distinguished attorneys who donate their time and resources to mentor and instruct our community of public defenders in the integration of our values and curriculum.

The Gideon’ s Promise faculty consists of current and former public defenders who volunteer to teach Summer and Winter Training Institute(s), serve as mentors in our Core 101 Program and as ambassadors for the organization in the legal, corporate, grantor and non-profit communities. Our current faculty includes the following attorneys:

 

Jenny Andrews*
California
Faculty since 2014

Cathleen Bennett*
Alaska
Faculty since 2007

Mark Louden-Brown
Georgia
Faculty since 2018

Samantha Buckingham
California
Faculty since 2012

Yasmin Cader
California
Faculty since 2018

Violeta Chapin*
Colorado
Faculty since 2010

Chris Flood
New York
Faculty since 2010

Melanie Foote*
Kentucky
Faculty since 2017

Patrice Fulcher*
Maryland
Faculty since 2007

Shawna Geiger
Colorado
Faculty since 2012

LaMer Kyle-Griffiths
Washington
Faculty since 2017

Brandi Harden
Washington, DC
Faculty since 2007

David Klaus*
California
Faculty since 2018

Sean Maher*
New York
Faculty since 2007

William Montross*
Washington, D.C.
Faculty since 2009

Mary Moriarty*
Minnesota
Faculty since 2007

David Patton*
New York
Faculty since 2008

Heather Pinckney
Washington, DC
Faculty since 2007

Jennifer Selletti
New Jersey
Faculty since 2017

Jeff Sherr
Kentucky
Faculty since 2007

David Singleton
Ohio
Faculty since 2008

Lori James-Townes*
Maryland
Faculty since 2012

Collette Tvedt
Colorado
Faculty since 2015

Dehlia Umunna*
Massachusetts
Faculty since 2007

Andre Vitale
New York
Faculty since 2012

*Directors of curriculum development

Faculty Requirements

“I wanted to thank you and the Gideon’s Promise attorneys for a remarkable day at Yale Law School. They were courageous, honest, and mission-driven. Watching the students’ faces as your attorneys spoke was magical. “

James Forman, Jr. — J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law Yale Law School
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