SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PANEL ATTORNEYS
Our in-house staff all bring different experience to the table. Former prosecutors, judges, and private defense practitioners with over 100 combined years of experience can add different perspectives and spot issues. If you’d like to discuss issues or strategy in your case, we are available. Several of our panel attorneys have had success after conferencing their cases. To schedule, email Dan, Mark, Alicia, Judge Franczyk, or Nick. Monthly case conferences
Forensic Litigation Assistance
Alicia Lilley and retired FBI Investigator Timothy Crino make up our Forensic Unit. They are here to help you on any scientific issues in your case, ranging from DNA to cross-racial identification and ranging from elementary to complex. Alicia and Tim will look over any discovery material that you have obtained, explain it to you in a way that makes sense, and spot any issues. The Forensic Unit also has compiled an ever-growing list of available experts to use on a variety of topics. Contact Alicia by e-mail for a review of your case or any other assistance.
Litigation Support and Legal Research
Nick Texido, along with Legal Writers Kathryn Friedman and Fran Amendola, are available for litigation support, including: quick answers to legal questions, legal research, writing of memoranda or motions, issue spotting hearing or grand jury transcripts, or preparing for a hearing or trial. For any type of assistance, e-mail Nick or call him at 716-440-1904.
Mark Worrell, the Deputy for Quality Assurance, is charged with ensuring the overall quality of representation our attorneys give to clients. He oversees the Mentor Program, where attorneys either in need of guidance or in line for assignment of more serious cases are assigned a mentor. Mark also ensures the quality of the Co-Counsel Program, under which co-counsel is assigned to all serious felonies and all jury trials.
Judge Tim Franczyk is the Deputy in Charge of the CLE Program. The Judge and the rest of our staff are committed to providing a large amount of high-quality legal education free of charge to our panel attorneys. Areas of need are assessed, and programs are tailored to assist our attorneys in any way possible. There is also a one week training course for new panel members, including practical application of skills and concepts, in our John R. Nuchereno Center for Legal Excellence.
Rachel Valkwitch is our Attorney Liaison, and is happy to help with any issues you have or to direct you to the proper person to meet your needs. E-mail her at RValkwitch@assigned.org.