Criminal Defense Section

We provide members with cutting-edge analysis and the tools to fight for their clients. Using the listserv, our state-wide, diverse membership participates in current conversations on evolving issues, and our Annual Convention and other events provide networking opportunities. We offer CLE courses and case assistance, including moot exercises and amicus assistance provided by foremost practitioners. Our section is the only organization that supports dedicated lobbying for criminal defense legislation in North Carolina.

2022-2023 Criminal Defense Section Leadership

Chair | Dionne Gonder-Stanley, NCCU School of Law
Vice Chair | Emily Gibson, Gibson Law, PLLC
Secretary | Cynthia Everson, Everson Law Office, PLLC
Immediate Past Chair | Allison Garren, Public Defender Office 27B
Diversity & Inclusion Chair | Kristen Dewar, Minick Law, P.C.
Education Co-Chair | Beckie Moriello, Raleigh Immigration Law Firm
Education Co-Chair | Anthony Monaghan, Mecklenburg County PD’s Office
Legal Affairs Chair | Christopher Heaney, The Law Office of Christopher J. Heaney, PLLC
Legislative Co-Chair | Vacant
Legislative Co-Chair | Thomas Maher, Law Offices of Amos Tyndall, PLLC
Membership Co-Chair | Belal Elrahal, Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office
Membership Co-Chair | Ben Hiltzheimer, Hiltzheimer Law Office, PLLC
Membership Co-Chair | Blake Marcus, Minick Law Firm
PAC Chair | D. Cole Phelps, The Law Office of D. Cole Phelps, PLLC
Public Service Chair | Diane Tucker Charns, IDS – Chief Regional Defender
NCBA Criminal Justice Section Liaison | Dionne Gonder-Stanley, NCCU School of Law
Sentencing Commission Liaison | Lindsey Granados, The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC


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