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Misty C. Thomas
Director, Death Penalty Due Process Review Project

Misty C. Thomas directs the ABA’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project. Previously, she was a senior housing attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, where she represented homeless individuals and low-income tenants in cases related to preserving their access to housing and shelter and advocated for poverty and housing law reform. Before that, Ms. Thomas was Howrey LLP’s Pro Bono Fellow, representing clients in a range of civil and criminal matters, including state appeals, post-conviction matters and trials, and mentoring other lawyers at the firm in their pro bono practices. Ms. Thomas also worked at the Southern Center for Human Rights and D.C. Public Defender Service while a law student. Prior to law school, she served for several years as the inaugural Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, which works to correct and prevent the wrongful conviction of innocent people in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.  Ms. Thomas holds a B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College, and a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and where she currently teaches as an adjunct professor of law. 

Aurélie Tabuteau Mangels
Fellow, Mental Illness Initiative

Aurélie Tabuteau Mangels is the Mental Illness Initiative Fellow within the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, where she combines her interest in public policy reform and criminal justice. Mrs. Mangels received her B.A. and her M.A. in Public Affairs from Sciences Po. in Paris, France. She began her career in criminal and capital defense in 2012, as a mitigation assistant to the National Mitigation Coordinator for federal death penalty projects in Oakland, California. There, she worked on capital cases and co-authored with Russell Stetler an article entitled “The ABA Guidelines: A Historical Perspective” published in Hofstra Law Review (Spring 2015). After graduating, Mrs. Mangels worked as a strategy consultant for the consulting firm Accenture in Paris, France, before moving back to the United States and returning to her criminal defense interest.

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Seth Miller, Chair
Innocence Project of Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Kathryn M. Ali
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Washington, DC

Michael A. Grace
Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A.
Winston-Salem, NC

Tanya Greene
Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project
New York, NY

Jennifer Moreno
Berkeley Law
Berkeley, CA

Ashley C. Parrish
King & Spalding LLP
Washington, DC

Meredith Martin Rountree
Northwestern University
Pritzker School of Law
Chicago, IL

Tejinder Singh
Goldstein & Russell P.C.
Bethesda, MD

Carol S. Steiker
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA

A.M. Stroud, III
Stroud, Carmouche & Buckle, PLLC
Shreveport, LA

Hon. Sue Ellen Venzer
Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida
Miami, FL

Hon. Michael A. Wolff
St. Louis University
School of Law
St. Louis, MO

Special Advisors

Virginia E. Sloan
The Constitution Project
Washington, DC

Ronald J. Tabak
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager  & Flom, LLP
New York, NY

*Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.

Steering Committee Biographies