The Board of Directors

Ross Garber, Chair

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Ross, who splits his time among Washington, D.C., Connecticut, and New Orleans, is a government investigations lawyer and the principal of The Garber Group LLC. 


He also currently serves as a legal analyst at CNN and teaches political investigations law at Tulane Law School.  


For Ross, the work of the Due Process Institute is vital to safeguard the Constitution's checks on prosecutorial overreach.

Michael Chase, Treasurer

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Mike, who resides in Connecticut, is a government investigations and criminal defense lawyer. He also authors the @CrimeADay Twitter page, teaches trial practice at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and serves on the Connecticut Sentencing Commission.  


His book, “How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender” (Simon & Schuster 2019), uses humor to explore runaway criminal lawmaking by the federal government and has been praised by lawmakers and critics.


Mike supports the work of the Institute because due process is a bedrock principle of justice and a free society cannot exist without it.

Barry Boss, Secretary

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Barry is at Cozen O’Connor’s D.C. office where he is a co-chair of its White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group and a co-chair of its Commercial Litigation Department. 


Prior to joining the firm, Barry was an assistant federal public defender in D.C. 


He is widely recognized as a sentencing expert and has previously served as a co-chair of the ABA's Criminal Justice Section Sentencing Committee and the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Practitioners Advisory Group. 


Over the course of his thirty year career as a defense attorney, Barry has seen the consistent evisceration of basic due process protections for criminal defendants.  He is excited to assist DPI as it works to reverse that trend.

Jeffrey L. Fisher

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Jeff is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Co-Director of the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. He is also Special Counsel at O’Melveny & Myers. 


As one of our nation's leading constitutional litigators, his name is synonymous with landmark cases like Riley v. California, Blakely v. Washington, Crawford v. Washington, Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, Kennedy v. Louisiana and numerous other seminal cases that have preserved the due process rights of individuals facing convictions.


Jeff is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Michigan Law School, and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

  

Jeff is inspired by the work of the Due Process Institute because due process is a universal value and a cornerstone of our criminal justice system.

Timothy O'Toole, Ex. Comm. Member

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Tim, who resides in Washington, D.C., is the leader of Miller & Chevalier's White Collar Defense Practice Group.  Between his time at Miller & Chevalier and his time as a public defender, Tim has been conducting and leading large-scale defense investigations for over 20 years.  He has substantial experience in all areas of criminal defense practice on behalf of individuals and entities, with a current focus on economic sanctions and export controls.


 Prior to private practice, Tim served as the Chief of the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service in D.C. and as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he handled matters for people under sentence of death. 


For Tim, the work of the Institute is vital because he has seen the flaws in the criminal justice system from many different angles and understands the desperate need for reform.  

Jenny Kim, Ex. Comm. Member

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 Jenny, who resides in Fairfax, Virginia, currently serves as the Deputy General Counsel of Political Law & the Vice President of Public Policy for Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, which provides services to Koch Industries, Inc. and its affiliates. 


Prior to joining Koch, Jenny also held positions at two law firms and previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow at The White House Office of Counsel to the President and Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency.  


Jenny supports the work of the Institute because everyone deserves to be treated fairly, consistently, and with respect under our justice system.  And, she learned to value the rule of law and how important it is especially to a newly established country to ensure peaceful transition and order:  her great-grandfather was the first Chief Justice of the South Korean Supreme Court

John Cline

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John resides in Nicasio, California. After serving as a partner at several prestigious firms, he started his own law practice in 2010. John's expertise is relied on by a nationwide clientele in a variety of investigations, trials, and appeals. He has served as co-counsel for the defense in some of the most notable cases of the past four decades, including United States v. Oliver L. North, United States v. Wen Ho Lee, and United States v. I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby

 
John believes that the fairness of our criminal justice system depends on strict adherence to the requirements of procedural due process. 

Michele Morris

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Michele resides in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and serves as a permanent law clerk to the Justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court, where criminal and habeas cases comprise approximately 30 percent of the court's docket. 


Michele also volunteers in the fields of adult literacy and animal welfare.


Michele supports the efforts of the Due Process Institute because, in the words of an eminent jurist, "[t]he quality of a nation's civilization can be largely measured by the methods it uses in the enforcement."

Jona Van Deun

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Jona currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Jona has enjoyed a long career of public service in the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the State Department, as well as having worked with industry leaders in a variety of leadership roles, including most recently at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 


Jona supports the work of the Due Process Institute because she believes the country needs strong voices to guarantee every person's due process rights.  

Jonathan Bunch

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Jonathan is Vice President and Director of External Relations for the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. He brings a wealth of knowledge and perspectives rooted in the conservative legal movement. 


To Jonathan, the work of the Due Process Institute is about far more than observing mere procedural formalities--it is vital to preserving what Justice Scalia described as "a fundamental reservation of power in our constitutional structure."


Todd Farha

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Todd is President of Channelside Capital, LLC, a Tampa, Florida firm that focuses on private equity investments and strategic consulting with early stage companies. Prior to founding Channelside Capital, Todd served as CEO of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Under his leadership, WellCare completed its initial public offering, quadrupled its membership, and became one of the fastest growing Fortune 1000 companies.


Todd received his bachelor’s degree in economics magna cum laude from Trinity University and his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. 


Todd, his wife Erin, and their Siamese cat Buckley, live in Tampa and Todd’s hometown of Wichita, Kansas to be near family. With a focus on helping the disadvantaged, Todd & Erin focus their charitable efforts on AMI Kids, which helps at-risk youth through drop-out prevention and alternatives to incarceration, Trinity Café, which feeds the homeless and the hungry with dignity, Victory In The Valley, which provides cancer support, and the Wichita YMCA, where Todd serves on the board of directors.

  

Todd knows first-hand the importance of safeguarding the Constitution’s due process principles, and is proud to be associated with the Due Process Institute as it pursues this objective without regard to partisan political issues. 

Shana-Tara O'Toole

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Shana founded the Due Process Institute because, after years of first-hand defense work and policy advocacy, she became convinced that the Constitution needed and deserved its own lobbying firm--particularly in the area of procedural due process rights. 


The erosion of these rights has caused unsound prosecutorial and incarceral practices as well as profound structural unbalances within our criminal justice system that she is determined to fix.   


 With 20 years of project management, lobbying, legal defense, and teaching experience, Shana's goal is to achieve corrections to as many of these problems, in the most substantial way, in the shortest amount of time possible and to prevent any of it from getting worse on her watch.  


She is immensely grateful to the many criminal justice reform advocates, defenders, private defense lawyers, Congressional staff, public officials, and funders of every political persuasion who work together with the Due Process Institute on its mission to preserve and restore fairness and due process in the criminal legal system.  Because #BipartisanWorks


Shana currently serves as DPI's first President + CEO, serving on its Board of Directors in an ex officio capacity.