John Gross

Indigent Defense Counsel

John Gross helps the association devise legislative and litigation strategies, working closely with NACDL’s leadership, committees, affiliates and pro bono outside counsel, as well as liaising with other legal and professional organizations.

Mr. Gross is Indigent Defense Counsel for The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law where he teaches Criminal Procedure and Evidence.

Mr. Gross has published articles on the right to counsel at arraignment, the importance of the exclusionary rule and the role counsel plays in protecting the rights of the indigent. In addition, he has given numerous presentations on Public Defense Delivery Systems and on ethical issues related to the practice of criminal defense.

Prior to joining the NACDL, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Acting Director of the Syracuse University College of Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic. Prior to his teaching and clinical career, he was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society in New York City in the Criminal Defense Division, where he represented indigent defendants at all stages of prosecution, from arraignment through disposition.

A 1999 graduate of Hofstra University College of Law, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1995.

Contact Information

Phone: (202) 465-7631

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