Conference Presenter Profile
Name: Katherine Mattes
Professional Title: Senior Professor of the Practice
Affiliation: Tulane Law School
Country: United States
Short Bio: Katherine Mattes, Senior Professor of the Practice, is Director of the Tulane Law School Criminal Justice Clinic and co-director of the Women’s Prison Project --focused on the intersection between domestic violence and criminal law. Mattes teaches and supervises third-year law students in the representation of indigent criminal defendants at the trial, appellate, post-conviction, and federal habeas levels. She also has specialized expertise in the intersection of criminal justice and mental illness, including mental competency to stand trial and the insanity defense. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Mattes was appointed to represent thousands of incarcerated people who had been evacuated to multiple and sometimes unknown facilities across the state of Louisiana. Mattes’ post-Katrina work became instrumental in the re-construction of the New Orleans criminal justice system following the disaster. More recently, Mattes has played a key role in bringing Louisiana law into conformity with the United States Supreme Court jurisprudence regarding the sentencing of juvenile homicide defendants. Through litigation, judicial training, and legislative advocacy, Mattes has helped fashion and implement legal remedies for people serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles.
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