Our Team

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Karly Jo Dixon is a 2016-2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by the Friends and Family of Philip M. Stern. Her project focuses on TFDP’s Criminal Justice Debt Initiative. Through direct representation, community education and advocacy, she works to stop jurisdictions from incarcerating people who cannot afford to pay their Class C tickets and related fees. Her past experiences include providing direct legal assistance to individuals facing criminal misdemeanor charges in Travis County, drafting federal and state habeas corpus claims for individuals on death row in Texas, and giving “Know Your Rights” trainings to community groups as a member and co-founder of the Austin People’s Legal Collective.

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Karly is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law.  In law school, she was a member of the Capital Punishment Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, served as the Executive Editor and Submissions Manager for the American Journal of Criminal Law, was the Treasurer for the Public Interest Law Association, and co-founded Getting Radical in the South (GRITS) a student-run conference on progressive lawyering in the South.

Staff Attorney

kdixon@fairdefense.org

Karly Jo Dixon

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Nathan Fennell is a 2019-2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Thomson Reuters and Shearman & Sterling. His project focuses on improving representation for Texans who get arrested and cannot afford a lawyer. His work includes advocacy, litigation development, and helping defendants navigate the court appointment process. His past experiences include providing direct services (legal and nonlegal) to incarcerated people, defending renters from eviction actions, expunging criminal records, lobbying for statewide criminal justice reform efforts in Texas, and the intake and appointment of counsel for indigent defendants in New Orleans. 

 

Nathan is a graduate of Stanford Law School, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas - Austin, and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. In law school, he was co-President of the Prisoner Legal Services pro bono project, a member of the Three Strikes Project and the Community Law Clinic, and interned at the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

Equal Justice Works Fellow

nfennell@fairdefense.org

Nathan Fennell

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Emily Gerrick focuses on TFDP’s Criminal Justice Debt Initiative. Through litigation and legislative advocacy, she works to reduce court costs and stop jurisdictions from incarcerating people who cannot afford to pay fees and fines. Emily joined TFDP as a Liman Fellow in 2014. Her past experiences include providing direct legal assistance to prisoners in long-term solitary confinement, drafting motions and writs in federal criminal cases, and investigating inhumane conditions in Alabama, Connecticut, and Texas prisons.

 

Emily is a graduate of Yale Law School and the University of California at Los Angeles. In law school, she was a member of the Capital Punishment Clinic, the student-director of the Detention and Human Rights Clinic, and a convener of the Criminal Justice Theory and Practice Workshop.

Senior Staff Attorney

egerrick@fairdefense.org

Emily Gerrick

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Amanda Woog joined TFDP in 2018 as Executive Director.  Prior to coming to TFDP, she held research fellowships at the Quattrone Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Texas at Austin.  As a fellow, she co-founded the Texas Justice Initiative, a project and later organization that collects and publishes Texas criminal justice data, while also providing oversight, policy analysis and recommendations for criminal justice data collections.  Amanda was previously a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and has served as Policy Director for the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and as briefing attorney to the Honorable Cheryl Johnson of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  

 

Amanda is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  In law school, she was a member of the Supreme Court and Actual Innocence Clinics and interned at Texas Defender Service and the Office of Capital Writs.

Executive Director

awoog@fairdefense.org

Amanda Woog

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