At Vladeck, Raskin and Clark we believe that lawyers are uniquely situated to provide service to the community above and beyond the duties of practice.Through education and experience, the lawyer can provide invaluable insight in pursuit of legal reform, and more broadly support a whole range of activities by lending professional expertise to the community. We are proud to support these pro bono and charitable endeavors by all members of the VRC team.
The following is a list of some of the projects supported by our team:
Norman L. Reimer
Norman Reimer’s long-time passion has been reform of the nation’s criminal justice system. These are some of the projects he currently supports:
- Council on Criminal Justice, Member
The Council on Criminal Justice works to advance understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and build consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. Independent and nonpartisan, the Council is an invitational membership organization and think tank, serving as a center of gravity and incubator of policy and leadership for the criminal justice field.
- End The Trial Penalty Coalition, Member
The End the Trial Penalty Coalition is an ideologically diverse coalition of criminal justice organizations and leaders committed to eliminating the Trial Penalty to ensure a fair, rational, and humane criminal justice system. The Coalition’s ideological diversity reflects a shared commitment to the Constitution and individual liberty.
- Plea Bargaining Institute, Board of Advisors
The Plea Bargaining Institute is a groundbreaking project that will provide a global intellectual home for academics, policymakers, advocacy organizations, and practitioners working in the plea bargaining space share knowledge and collaborate in efforts to limit coercive plea practices.
- United Justice Coalition, Advisory Board
The United Justice Coalition is a charitable organization that works across disciplines to raise awareness around key social justice issues and promote criminal justice reform.
Susan J. Walsh
Susan Walsh has dedicated her career to ensuring that the legal system provides the utmost safeguards for those at risk of injustice, whether in an employment context or as the target of a criminal prosecution. Here are some of the current projects to which Susan contributes her talents in the service of that credo:
- Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL), Chair of the Board (https://appellate-litigation.org/)
- United States Sentencing Commission, Practitioners Advisory Group (PAG), Member (https://www.ussc.gov/new/practitioners-advisory-group)
- American Bar Association, Task Force on Sentencing, Liaison
Susan Walsh serves as the defense liaison to the Task Force on Sentencing Standards that has been empaneled by the ABA Criminal Justice Section. The Task Force, which includes preeminent criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, and judges, has undertaken a comprehensive review of the policies, principles, and practices that undergird sentencing in the United States with an aim toward developing standards and best practices in that endeavor. The Task Force expects to issue a comprehensive report for consideration by the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section sometime in 2024.