Nancy Bennett, Senior Program Manager
Nancy Bennett comes to the Sixth Amendment Center after retiring from her role as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), where from 2006-18 she served on the management team of the $200M+ statewide defender agency and led its Private Counsel Division, managing 80% of the state’s total indigent criminal defense caseload, with over 115,000 cases per year handled by 2000+ private attorneys. Nancy is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) and chaired the Standards and Best Practices Committee of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) from 2014-18. She earned her B.A. at Yale University and her J.D. degree at Northeastern University School of Law. Nancy lives in Massachusetts and enjoys swimming in the ocean, travel and cooking with family and friends.
Lacey Coppage, Program Associate
Prior to joining 6AC in 2020, Lacey was a senior staff attorney at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where from 2016 to 2020 she researched and advised on legal issues in the areas of airline consumer protection, public transportation, and artificial intelligence in healthcare, among others. She is a North Carolina licensed attorney and earned her JD, magna cum laude, from William & Mary Law School in 2016. While at William & Mary Law School, Lacey interned with the ACLU of Virginia where she researched state and federal law arguments for over-confinement cases. She earned her B.A. in psychology at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and grew up in Rochester, NY. After too many harsh upstate New York winters, Lacey continually moved south and currently lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
David Carroll, Executive Director
David Carroll is a nationally recognized expert on the standards and methods for the delivery of right to counsel services, with more than 20 years of providing technical assistance to policymakers at the federal, state and local levels. He has led numerous research and evaluation projects, authored several papers and reports, and has testified on right to counsel issues before a number of state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. His work has brought him to all but two of the nation’s 50 states.
Aditi Goel, Program Manager
Aditi Goel was a practicing public defender in Boston for 8 years before joining the Sixth Amendment Center. After graduating law school from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2012, she joined the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), where until 2017, she represented indigent clients on serious felony and misdemeanor cases. In 2017, she joined Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute as a Clinical Instructor, where for three years, she supervised, educated, and trained third-year law students in zealous, client-centered representation of indigent adults and juveniles in Boston criminal courts. Prior to the start of her legal career, Aditi was an investigator with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Aditi is a transplant from the west coast, but has adapted to life in Massachusetts with her partner and adorable puppy.
Kourtney Kinchens, Staff Assistant
Prior to joining 6AC in 2021, Kourtney graduated cum laude from Northwestern University in 2020 with a B.A. in Sociology. There, she wrote her senior thesis on the impact of altruism and juror identity. She has worked as a paralegal at Edelson PC in Chicago and will be attending Duke University School of Law in the Fall of 2022. Though she has lived most of her life in the Midwest, she now resides in Durham, North Carolina and enjoys reading, making jewelry, and the warmth of the South.
Phyllis Mann, Senior Program Manager
Phyllis Mann has over 25 years and counting of experience in criminal defense and its surrounding concerns, after earning her J.D. from Southern Methodist University. Since retiring from her private practice in the state and federal courts of Louisiana, Mann has focused her research, writing, and consulting on how our country can improve the quality and effectiveness of representation for people charged with crimes who cannot afford a private attorney. She has worked with Sixth Amendment Center staff for many years in evaluating indigent defense systems in and across jurisdictions from the east coast to the west, prior to joining our staff in 2015. Now living in her home state of Texas, in her spare time Mann is an omnivorous reader and enjoys getting out on a bicycle when the southern heat allows.
Jon Mosher, Deputy Director
Jon Mosher has been working on right to counsel issues for more than 15 years. He is an expert on the standards for the delivery of indigent defense services, and the methods used by state and local government in providing for those services. He earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, where he was a public interest scholar, a fellow of the Rappaport Center for Law & Public Policy, and a fellow of the Program on Human Rights & the Global Economy. Jon is based in Minnesota, and enjoys jogging even in the dead of winter.
Michael Tartaglia, Senior Program Associate
Michael Tartaglia joined 6AC staff following a one-year fellowship with 6AC from Boston University School of Law, where he received his JD cum laude in 2015. Prior to law school, he was a paralegal at the ACLU National Prison Project, working on class-action cases regarding prison conditions and advocating for more intelligent and evidence-based prison management policies. While at BU School of Law, Tartaglia interned with Greater Boston Legal Services’ Housing Division and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He was also a defender in BU’s Criminal Clinic program, the senior notes editor on Boston University Law Review, and the president of his school’s ACLU student group.