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Charlie Gerstein

Lawyer

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); Accomplicesin 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.

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Versus Trump: Versus Whitaker, In-Depth

12/6/18  //  Uncategorized

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, the gang is re-united, and they discuss the Supreme Court motion contending that Matthew Whitaker was not legally appointed as Acting Attorney General. Listen now!

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San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Versus Trump: Trump The Racketeer?

11/1/18  //  Uncategorized

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about a new lawsuit alleging that Trump and his children were part of a racketeering enterprise that engaged in fraud in connection with their supposed endorsement of a multi-level marketing operation. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Versus Trump: Can Courts Tell Trump To Stop Violating The First Amendment?

10/25/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about a new lawsuit by a group of journalists (filed by the legal group Protect Democracy) that hopes to stop President Trump from threatening adverse government action against those who criticize him. Plus, a Wilbur Ross update and a constitutional trivia question. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Versus Trump: Trump Wins One Versus Stormy

10/18/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about the recent decision that dismissed Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against the President. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Versus Trump: N.Y. Versus Wilbur Ross

10/11/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about the fight over Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's potential testimony in an important lawsuit over the census. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Versus Trump: Trump Versus Net Neutrality

10/4/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about the Trump Administration's lawsuit against California that would block California's new net neutrality law from going into effect. Listen now!

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps