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Jonathan M. Kirshbaum works at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada in Las Vegas. In this position, he focuses exclusively on 28 U.S.C. s. 2254 cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and the Ninth Circuit. Prior to that, he was a public defender at the appellate level in New York State. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School teaching a criminal appeals clinic as well as a clerkship class. He was the founder of this blog back in April 2009. The views he expresses on this blog are his own personal opinions and do not represent the views and positions of his employer. He can be reached at jmkirshbaum@gmail.com.

Matthew B. Keller is a criminal defense attorney in New York City. In addition to several years of private practice and teaching, he has clerked in the Eastern District of New York and in the Staff Attorney's Office for the Second Circuit, where he was deeply involved in evaluating habeas petitions filed by state and federal prisoners. In addition to habeas law, Mr. Keller is interested in sentencing policy and pretrial diversion experimentation and reform. Mr. Keller's comments represent his personal views only and not those of his employer. Mr. Keller can be reached at mkeller18@gmail.com

Alan Lewis has been representing Habeas Petitioners and Respondents for most of his 25 year legal career. Since 2006, Alan has been a partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, a mid-sized general practice firm in lower Manhattan, where he co-heads the White Collar Defense Practice Group. Alan has been a criminal defense lawyer for fifteen years and, for nearly a decade before that, served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County where he was the Homicide Bureau’s chief appellate attorney. Alan’s criminal defense practice includes trial, appellate and post-conviction representation in both federal and state courts. Alan can be reached at Lewis@clm.com

Alexandr Satanovsky is a staff attorney at Texas Defender Service, a private nonprofit organization that represents Texas death row in their post-conviction proceedings, primarily in federal court. Alex previously worked as a post-bar clerk at the California Appellate Project, a state-funded resource for capital post-conviction practitioners, and as a summer fellow at the Capital Habeas Unit of the Arkansas Federal Public Defender's Office. Alex's comments are his own personal views and not those of his employer. He can be reached at satanovsky@ucdavis.edu.