While the Sixth Amendment Center is new, the senior members of our staff have been working together for many years, improving our theories and working principles.
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.
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.
Phyllis Mann, Senior Program Manager
Phyllis Mann has 22 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.