«PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE PROFESSOR of the PRACTICE, INTERIM DIRECTOR, CRIMINAL CLINIC June 2007 to present Criminal Clinic, Tulane University Law ...»
KATHERINE MARIS MATTES
TULANE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
PROFESSOR of the PRACTICE,
INTERIM DIRECTOR, CRIMINAL CLINIC June 2007 to present
Criminal Clinic, Tulane University Law School
• Teach Criminal Advocacy Seminar as co-requisite to participation in the Criminal Clinic.
• Direct Criminal Clinic, in which third-year law students represent indigent criminal defendants in pre-trial, appellate, post-conviction and federal habeas litigation.
CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR, CRIMINAL CLINIC June 2002 to 2007 Criminal Clinic, Tulane University Law School
• Supervised third-year law students in their representation of indigent criminal defendants in trial and appellate litigation.
• Assisted Clinic Director in teaching Criminal Advocacy Seminar.
• Collaborated with Clinic Director in litigation planning, student evaluation, media relations.
• Identified and directed litigation with state-wide impact, including State v. Denson, 888 So.2d 805, (La. 12/1/04) and State v. Cunningham, 903 So.2d 1110, 2004-2200 (La. 6/13/05).
• Received on behalf of the Tulane Law School Criminal Clinic, the Clinical Legal Education Associations Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Project for the Backlog and Katrina-Gideon Interview Project.
STAFF ATTORNEY & FOUNDING MEMBER October 2001 - June 2002 Innocence Project New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
• Provided post- conviction legal representation to prisoners who have provable claims of actual innocence.
• Assisted in the foundation of IPNO.
• Managed case intake and media strategy.
• Coordinated volunteer work force, including lawyers, students and lay volunteers and engaged in community outreach activities.
• Supervised law student interns, helped establish office protocols, assisted in grant writing.
ASSISTANT SPECIAL COUNSEL 1996-1998 Office of Special Counsel for the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
• Investigated and prosecuted allegations of judicial misconduct and disability, throughout Louisiana, in proceedings before the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana and the Louisiana Supreme Court.
• Deposed witnesses; investigated complaints; drafted formal charges; represented the Office of Special Counsel at evidentiary hearings before the Judiciary Commission.
• Successfully prosecuted cases before the Louisiana Supreme Court, including: In re Cedotal, 706 So.2d 1387, 1997-1291 (La. 2/6/98); In re Quirk, 705 So.2d 172, 97-1143 (La. 12/12/97); In re Cook, 694 So.2d 892, 96-1447 (La. 5/20/97).
PRESIDING DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER 1991-1995 Office of the Public Defender, County of San Diego, CA
• Represented indigent defendants at all trial stages of their criminal cases.
• Supervised trial team of three lawyers and two law clerks
• Served as liaison between judges, deputy marshals, court personnel and litigation team members, resolving conflicts, arranging the calendar, setting court procedure
• Promoted to Presiding Deputy with responsibility for administering criminal court calendar.
• Trained attorneys and law clerks on various subjects relevant to a criminal law practice.
FEDERAL JUDICIAL INTERNJudge John S. Rhoades, Federal District Court, San Diego, CA 1990
• Interned as third-year law clerk for United States District Court Judge John S. Rhoades.
• Analyzed moving papers, researched and wrote advisory opinions concerning subjects such as admiralty/maritime, habeas corpus and social security administration appeals.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
FACULTY, TULANE FORENSIC BEHAVIORAL INSTITUTE March 2012 to present Advance mission of Institute, an interdisciplinary program in forensic psychiatry, forensic psychology and the law. The Institutes activities include academic, training and fellowship programs, professional development activities and continuing education, clinical and basic research, healthcare service provision, and public policy evaluation and consultation MEMBER, Greater New Orleans Drug Demand Reduction Task Force 2011 to present The Drug Demand Reduction Task Force, convened by then U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, is a coalition of community stakeholders, including the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff, the Orleans Parish District Attorney, the Chief Judge of Municipal Court, the Director Metropolitan Human Resources., working on developing a strategic plan aimed at reducing drug use and related crime in Orleans Parish.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana 2011 to present Serve as Director on the Board of Directors for State funded agency representing death-sentenced Louisiana defendants in post-conviction.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER, Post-Conviction DNA Testing Project 2009 to present Serve on seven member board, advising Director of Project which is funded by 1.3 million dollar grant from the Department of Justice to identify and test biological evidence in Orleans parish for actual innocence claims.
DRAFTER/ADVOCATE, Louisiana Competency to Stand Trial Statutes 2008 Drafted and successfully advocated on behalf of legislation amending Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure Articles 641 et seq., dealing with procedures relating to defendants who are incompetent to stand trial.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE BAR REPRESENTATIVE to ASPIRES 2007 to present Represent the interests of the criminal defense bar in ASPIRES - Accountability, Strategic Planning & Integration of Evidence Systems. ASPIRES is a group of criminal justice stakeholders working together to create a model evidence system for Orleans Parish that is reliable, accountable and in line with industry standards
CO-FOUNDER, Orleans Parish Forensic Mental Health Council 2007 to 2009 The focus of OPFMHC is to work towards effective, humane and just treatment of the mentally ill involved in the criminal justice system. Participants include: Chief Judge of Criminal Court, the Honorable Arthur Hunter, representatives from the District Attorney’s office, the Public Defender’s office, the Crisis Unit of the New Orleans Police Department, Unity for the Homeless, the Coroner’s office, Forensic Aftercare program, Mental Health Court coordinators, Orleans Sheriff’s office.
INSTRUCTOR, Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Program 1995-1996 Funded by United Way, St. Tammany Parish, LA Taught criminal justice issues to junior high school students, and to first-offenders.
THE TULANE CRIMINAL LAW CLINIC: AN EVOLUTION INTO A COMBINED INDIVIDUAL CLIENTAND ADVOCACY CLINIC, 18 Clinical Law Review 77 (2011)
REPRESENTING BATTERED DEFENDANTS IN LOUISIANA – A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY’S
GUIDE TO REPRESENTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCECompetency to Stand Trial (Chapter), LOUISIANA CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS GUIDE TO
REPRESENTING DEFENDANTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, 2011Insanity Defense (Chapter), LOUISIANA CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS GUIDE TO REPRESENTING DEFENDANTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, 2011 Incompetent Defendants, (Section), ABANDONED & ABUSED: ORLEANS PARISH PRISONERS IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE KATRINA, American Civil Liberties Union, National Prison Project, 2006 Physicians Assistant Examining Committee, (Comment), THE CALIFORNIA REGULATORY LAW REPORTER, Vol. 9, No. 3: Summer 1989; Vol. 9, No. 4: Fall 1989, and Vol. 10, No. 1 : Winter 1990.
Board of Doctors of Osteopathy, (Comment), THE CALIFORNIA REGULATORY LAW REPORTER, Vol. 9, No. 3: Summer 1989; Vol. 9, No. 4: Fall 1989, and Vol. 10, No. 1 : Winter 1990.
LOUISIANA JUDICIAL COLLEGE, Evidence & Procedure Seminar 2011 Speaker, Mental Health Issues in Criminal Cases: Atkins and other issues relating to Mental Illness, Mental Retardation and Competency to Proceed COMPLEX CLINICAL CLIENTS: Changing the Treatment of Criminal Defendants Who Are Incompetent to Stand Trial in Louisiana The International Conference on Clinical Legal Education, UCLA/University of London
FACULTY, DEFENDER TRAINING INSTITUTEParticipated as faculty in the Public Defenders Skills Training Series, Baton Rouge 2010 and 2011
UNIQUE CONSIDERATIONS IN WORKING WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS 2009Lecturer, National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists, Annual Sentencing Advocacy Training
INSANITY DEFENSE-LAW AND PRACTICE IN LOUISIANALouisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Training/CLE program 2012
ORLEANS PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY CANDIDATE FORUM ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM 2008Co-moderator WORKING ACROSS THE USUAL DIVIDES; National Innocence Project Conference 2008 ASPIRES panelist. ASPIRES(Accountability, Strategic Planning & IntegRation of Evidence Systems), is a group of criminal justice stakeholders working together to create a model evidence system for Orleans Parish that is reliable, accountable and in line with industry standards BAIL TO JAIL – THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN NEW ORLEANS Annually, 2007 to present Guest lecturer for Tulane Forensic Psychiatry Department Fellows Lecture Series
COMPETENCY TO STAND TRIAL – LAW AND PRACTICE IN LAOrleans Parish Public Defenders, Training/ CLE program Annually, 2007 to present
CONTRIBUTOR, CONSULTANT and VIDEO COMMENTATOR - ACLU 2007 American Civil Liberties Union publication and on-line presentation Broken Promises: 2
years after Katrina. Video segments can be viewed at:
EXPERT WITNESS IN STATE LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS 2006, 2007 and 2008 At the request of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys testified on a number of occasions before the Louisiana Legislature on proposed bills dealing with treatment of defendants who have been found incompetent to stand trial.
RADIO/TELEVISION INTERVIEW - DEMOCRACY NOW 2006 Discussed issues relating to the criminal justice system post-Katrina with host Amy
Goodman. Television clip can be streamed at:
INVESTIGATOR/COMMENTATOR – BBC and Lehrer News Hour 2006 Pursuant to court order, lead and provided commentary for BBC film crew documenting and describing condition of Orleans Parish Criminal Court evidence room post-Katrina and prior to remediation.
Pursuant to court order, lead and provided commentary for Lehrer News Hour film crew documenting and describing condition of Orleans Parish Police evidence room post-Katrina and prior to remediation.
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude Honors: Academic Achievement Scholarship Highest grade in Constitutional Law American Jurisprudence Award for highest grade in Criminal Procedure