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Law and Criminology professionals can access the Trauma InJustice Podcast below under the auspices of the Flagler College Pre-Law Program. Trauma InJustice explores specific examples of trauma witnessed or experienced by those working in the criminal justice system, and the ways people have learned to deal with them.
Alison DeBelder and Chris Moser, lawyers, scholars, and friends, met as young attorneys working in the Jacksonville Public Defender's Office. Both women have experience in criminal and civil law, have been attorneys for nearly twenty years, and have taught at colleges and universities in Florida. Chris Moser is Director of the Pre-Law Program and Associate Professor at Flagler College, and continues to practice law.
These conversations are not appropriate for children. People with their own traumatic histories should be aware that discussion includes violent crimes, exploitation, sexual trauma, child abuse, and incarceration.
Trauma InJustice Season One
Chris Moser and Alison DeBelder talk to Katherine Hinchey. Katherine is an attorney with the Public Defender's Office for the 4th Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida. She specializes in representing clients charged with sex crimes and talks about the challenges that are unique to her work. We also discuss some of the unique challenges faced by women lawyers working in the criminal justice system.
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Chris and Alison interview solo practitioner Regina Wright (reginawrightlaw.com). Regina has been a criminal defense attorney for 30 years and has worked both as an assistant public defender and as a private attorney. We talk about these two types of practice, the importance of taking cases to trial, and about racial disparities in the criminal justice system.Back To Top
In this episode, attorneys Chris and Alison interview Waffa Hanania. Waffa is an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Florida and has been practicing law for 30 years. Waffa touches on many aspects of a career dedicated to criminal defense work, including whether people can be made whole by the criminal justice system. The focus in this conversation centers upon the pain involved when representing people who are facing the possibility of the imposition of a death sentence.Back To Top
Chris and Alison talk to Diana Johnson, an attorney who specializes in representing children in the juvenile justice system. Diana is also a Florida Bar Board Certified Expert in Criminal Appellate Law. We discuss her work in private practice and as an assistant public defender and Diana shares healthy ways she's developed to deal with the stress she encounters in her work.Back To Top
Chris and Alison talk to groundbreaking criminal defense attorney Ann Finnell in this episode. Ann's work defending Brenton Butler was memorialized in the Oscar-winning documentary, "Murder on a Sunday Morning." She was also part of the defense team representing Casey Anthony. Ann is an expert in defending people who are charged with 1st degree murder and are facing the death penalty.Back To Top
Chris and Alison talk to homicide defense attorney Deb Billard. We discuss cases, child clients, restorative justice, and religion. Deb shares how she remains relentlessly positive, her loving relationship with clients, and the role of yoga and meditation in maintaining wellbeing in such a difficult job.Back To Top
In the season finale, Chris and Alison talk to Alan Chipperfield, Capital Crimes Director at the the Public Defender's Office in Jacksonville, Florida. Al graduated from Washington and Lee and has been practicing law for 45 years: the vast majority of that spent defending people charged with murder and who face the death penalty. He also served as the Chief Assistant Public Defender for the 8th Judicial Circuit and has practiced civil law.Back To Top