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. Shana has also frequently served as a consultant to other criminal justice partners on a wide variety of research, writing, and reform efforts.
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. While living in Louisiana, she taught literature and writing at Xavier University of Louisiana and the University of New Orleans. 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 snowboarding, watching the Washington Nationals play baseball, and listening to live music (particularly in New Orleans).
Favorite Fun Fact of the Moment: Every 40 years or so, it snows in the Sahara desert--a reminder of what is eventually possible even when it doesn't seem likely.
Follow Shana on Twitter @ShanaOtoole
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.
Jeremiah Mosteller serves as Policy Counsel for the Due Process Institute, where he engages in both research and legislative efforts that seek to honor, preserve, and restore Constitutional rights in our criminal justice system.
Before joining the Due Process Institute, Jeremiah served on the criminal justice teams at Stand Together, the Charles Koch Institute, and Prison Fellowship. Over his many years in this policy space, he has sought to make our criminal justice systems more restorative, effective, and constructive while also upholding the rule of law and proper due process protections.
Jeremiah is a graduate of Liberty University School of Law, where he also earned his Master’s in Business Administration. He received his B.S. from Western Carolina University.
Jeremiah is a North Carolina native who now resides in Virginia and misses real sweet tea, barbeque, and biscuits.
When he is not advocating for positive criminal justice reform, Jeremiah will most likely be found outside running, hiking, or biking.
Favorite Fun Fact of the Moment: D.C. has street names for the letters A-W. J Street is missing because the letters I and J were used interchangeably in colonial times.
Follow Jeremiah on Twitter @jgmosteller