A nationally known lecturer on trial skills and
eyewitness identification issues, David is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College, and
teaches trial skills for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Kentucky
Department of Public Advocacy, the Missouri Public Defender’s office and at law
schools and public defender offices around the country.
David’s writings have been published in The New York Times, Los
Angeles Times, The Washington Post and in magazines including Fortune, Slate, and The Nation. His commentaries on the criminal justice system can be heard on National Public
Radio and it's New York affiliate WNYC. He is a frequent guest commentator on Court TV.
A public defender for nearly 15 years, David has defended clients charged
with misdemeanors, murders, and everything in between. After trying cases in Brooklyn and
Manhattan, David served as the Trial Chief of The Bronx Defenders, an innovative public
defender office in the South Bronx. As Trial Chief, he supervised a staff of over 30 committed public
defenders, provided guidance on trial strategy, and in-house training on felony
practice and trial skills.
carried a caseload of homicides and other serious felonies and directed a broad
based legal challenge to police identification procedures, including filing the
first motion for a double-blind sequential lineup. In 2002 David was honored with the National Legal
Aid and Defender Association’s Reginald Heber Smith Award. In 2004 he was received Rider University’s Law and Justice
In 2004 David was awarded a Soros Media Justice Fellowship. As a part of that fellowship he wrote a
book titled “INDEFENSIBLE.” published by Little, Brown & Co. 3rd of 2006.
David was also a Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs at Seton Hall University School of Law, and the producer and co-creator of the TNT show "Raising the Bar". You can find David's full resume here.