FOUNDER + PRESIDENT
Prior to founding the Due Process Institute, Shana served as a Policy Director for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). In that capacity, she led many of the organization's criminal justice reform strategies and led their strategic partnerships with other organizations on multiple legislative initiatives designed to prevent the further erosion of civil liberties in our criminal justice system.
Prior to moving to D.C., Shana practiced as a defense lawyer representing individual and organizational clients in criminal cases. She also served as pro bono immigration counsel for political refugees seeking asylum.
Shana received her J.D., magna cum laude, from WNEC School of Law, where she was a Note Editor for the Law Review. Following law school, Shana had the honor of clerking for Justice Joette Katz on the Connecticut Supreme Court--the first woman to have served as Chief of Connecticut’s Public Defender Office.
Before she found her calling as a defense lawyer and legal reformer, Shana received a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from the University of New Orleans. While there, she taught literature and writing at several Louisiana colleges. Shana holds a B.A. in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Political Science from Sweet Briar College, an all women’s college in the Blue Ridge Mountains founded in 1901.
Shana lives with her husband (who has helped to prevent over a dozen state-sponsored capital deaths) and two mischievous french bulldogs in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of D.C. (and whenever possible in Mont Tremblant, Quebec). When she’s not fighting on behalf of fundamental fairness, Shana enjoys yoga, snowboarding, cheering for the Nationals baseball team, and listening to live music (particularly in New Orleans).
Favorite Fun Fact of the Moment: Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender.
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RULE OF LAW INITIATIVES
Joe Luppino-Esposito is the Director of Rule of Law Initiatives at the Due Process Institute, a bipartisan nonprofit public policy group that works to honor, preserve, and restore principles of fairness in the criminal legal system.
Joe works primarily in Washington, D.C. with members of Congress, their staff, and allied organizations to develop criminal justice reform policies that focus on protecting our Constitutional rights.
Before joining the Due Process Institute, Joe served as the Manager for Federal Initiatives for Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank. In his capacity as Editor and General Counsel of State Budget Solutions, a state policy organization, Joe focused his research on public employee pensions, labor law, and state budget reforms.
As the Visiting Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Joe worked on the overcriminalization project, analyzing federal criminal laws. It was at Heritage where Joe first studied the extent of the problem—the overuse and misuse of the criminal law—that he continues to work on today with the Due Process Institute.
Joe is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the Circuit Review legal journal. He received a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, where he also co-founded the campus newspaper, The Virginia Informer.
He is a New Jersey native and currently resides in Virginia with his wife, daughters, and their two cats, Reagan and Jack Bauer.
When he's not advocating for reform, Joe spends his time catching up on books he should have read in high school and preparing for the next season of his 15+ year-running fantasy football league.
Favorite Fun Fact of the Moment: The D.C. flag is based on the crest of George Washington’s family.
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OPERATIONS + EVENTS
Prior to joining Due Process Institute, Tamara served as Director of Events for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). In that capacity, she was responsible for the Association’s quarterly board meetings, CLE seminars, as well as seminar site-selection and the planning of social events. During her tenure, she was involved in the planning and execution of nearly 175 different events. She also managed the entire online website presence for all events, CLE registration, and their speaker database.
Tamara is excited to now be part of the Due Process Institute where she can not only expand on her organizational and analytical skills taking direction of the Institute's entire Operations, but also support her passion for criminal justice.
Tamara is a native of Serbia where she lived for 23 years before graduating from law school and moving to Washington, D.C.
Serbia’s specific political and economic conditions shaped her education and involvement in civil rights movements. Throughout her law school years, she attended trainings on human rights, democracy, and conflict resolution. She canvased the country and conducted public opinion polls on political issues. She joined the very first organization for free elections (CESID) and helped train over 800 election monitoring volunteers for the historic September 2000 election.
Tamara lived in D.C. for 12 years before reluctantly moving to Virginia with her husband and two children. When she is not organizing events and running DPI's operations, Tamara resists requests for various house pets, enjoys watching people cook on TV, and buys books on Amazon that she will never get around to reading.
Favorite Fun Fact of the Moment: Andrew Jackson had a talking pet parrot named Poll. Poll had to be removed from Jackson’s funeral because it screeched obscenities and curse words at the mourners.
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LEGAL RESEARCH + WRITING FELLOW
Devon comes to the Due Process Institute after practicing criminal defense with MillsMcDermott in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. There, Devon gained a practical, firsthand understanding of the issues facing the criminal legal system while representing clients in court on charges ranging from simple traffic citations to first-degree homicide. Prior to joining the firm, Devon served as law clerk for the Honorable James A. Matish in the Harrison County Circuit Court.
Devon’s passion for criminal justice reform began in law school when he took a course on wrongful convictions and worked as a student attorney in the W.V. Innocence Project Clinic, where he was instrumental in a case that expanded post-conviction remedies. Devon also published scholarship regarding the 4th Amendment’s application to prescription drug monitoring programs as a member of the W.V. Law Review.
Prior to graduating from WVVU College of Law in 2015, he graduated from what is now WVU Reed College of Media in 2011 and spent a year as a freelance journalist for The Dominion Post in Morgantown.
Devon is a proud member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Democratic Socialists of America. He is eager to reach across the aisle and work as part of the unique cross-ideological consensus that is currently building to create a more equitable criminal legal system that respects the Constitutional rights of every individual.
When he isn’t fighting to uphold the Constitution, Devon likes to spend time with his two dogs, Maggie and Bella; explore the wilderness; discover dive bars, and try new types of beer and food.
Favorite fun fact of the moment: There are more non-human cells on and in your body than your own cells.
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