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Task Force: Women in Criminal Justice

Goals and Objectives

Highlights the challenges facing women practitioners in the criminal legal system and the unfortunate trend of women leaving the profession.

Provides recommendations to address the concerns specific to women in the criminal legal profession; and raise the influence and profile of women practitioners.


Maryam Ahranjani, TF Reporter -- Ron & Susan Friedman Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

Carla Laroche, Co-Chair -- Felder-Fayard Associate Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School

Tina Luongo, TF Co-Chair  -- Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Defense Practice, The Legal Aid Society of New York City  

Lara Bazelon, TF Member -- Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal & Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics, University of San Francisco School of Law

The Honorable Gloria Ochoa-Bruck, TF Member -- Spokane Municipal Court

Barbara Creel, TF Member  -- Karelitz Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law 

April Frazier Camara, TF Member -- President & CEO, National Legal Aid and Defender Association

The Honorable Bernice Donald, TF Member  -- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (retired)

Daniela Donoso, TF Member  -- Staff Attorney, Legal Services of North Florida  

Maria Carmen Hinayon, TF Member  -- Compliance and Policy Investigator, University of California Davis

The Honorable Denise Langford-Morris, TF Member  -- JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator, Oakland County Circuit Court (retired)

Ann Ratnayake Macy, TF Member -- Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, American University Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology

The Honorable Rachel Pickering, TF Member -- Kansas Court of Appeals  

Sarah Redfield, TF Member -- Professor of Law (emerita), University of New Hampshire School of Law

Lieutenant Colonel Susan Upward, TF Member -- Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps


Ten Principles to Achieve Gender Equity in the Criminal Legal Profession


Pulling Back the Curtain: A Follow-Up Report from the ABA Criminal Justice Section's Task Force: Women in Criminal Justice.

ABA Journal article on the report.  

From Mad Men to Times Up: What We Must Do to Ensure Workplace Parity for Women in Criminal Justice—A Women in Criminal Justice Taskforce Member’s Perspective


The Formation and Work of the ABA CJS Women in Criminal Justice Task Force

Moving From Data Gathering to Policymaking