Civil Rights Corps
Charlie is a lawyer at Civil Rights Corps, a non-profit in Washington, DC, that fights injustice and inequality in the criminal system. He founded an initiative examining systemic problems with indigent-defense systems and is lead counsel on the initiative's first case, Willey v. Ewing, 18-CV-81 (S.D. Tex.), which challenges judicial interference with public-defender independence. He also serves as lead counsel in a class-action challenge to wealth-based pre-trial detention in Lafayette Parish, LA, Little v. Frederick, 17-CV-724 (W.D. La.), and served as lead counsel in a successful federal habeas challenge to wealth-based pre-trial detention in Memphis, TN, Weatherspoon v. Oldham, No. 17-CV-2535-SHM-CGC, 2018 WL 1053548, at *1 (W.D. Tenn. Feb. 26, 2018), and a successfully resolved challenge to probable-cause practices in Harris County, TX, Lomas v. Harris Cnty., Tex., 16-CV-3745 (S.D. Tex.). Charlie is a Skadden Fellow.
Charlie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2014. After law school, Charlie clerked for the Honorable J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the Second Circuit. Before law school, Charlie was a public-defense investigator. Before that, he was a chef. And before that, he worked in landscaping and played guitar in a band.
He is the author of The Prisoner's Lawyer's Dilemma, Criminal Justice Magazine, Spring 2017, at 33; Plea Bargaining and Prosecutorial Motives, 15 U.N.H. L. Rev. 1 (2016); Process Costs and Police Discretion, 128 Harv. L. Rev. F. 268 (2015) (with J.J. Prescott); Note, Plea Bargaining and the Right to Counsel at Bail Hearings, 111 Mich. L. Rev. 1513 (2013); Accomplices, in The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Dr. Jay S. Albanese ed., 2013); and Essay, What Can the Brothers Malone Teach us About Fisher v. University of Texas?, 111 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 1 (2012).
The views Charlie expresses on Take Care and the Versus Trump podcast are entirely his own. They do not reflect, in any way, the views of Civil Rights Corps--or anyone else for that matter.