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 was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) from its inception until 2023, 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.
Gabrielle Caron, Program Associate
As program associate, Gabrielle contributes to 6AC’s standards-based evaluations of indigent defense systems and provides technical assistance to policymakers on right to counsel issues. She also monitors developments at the state and local levels in indigent defense policy, structure, funding, and the law. Gabrielle first joined 6AC in 2022 for a one-year fellowship after earning her JD, cum laude, from Georgetown Law. She is also an alum of 6AC’s Law Student Network. Gabrielle is a DC licensed attorney. She earned a B.Sc. in Forensic Science from Ontario Tech University in 2019. Though she cherishes her French Canadian roots and often visits her family back in Quebec, Gabrielle now lives in the Albany NY area where she has made a home for herself and her energetic and cuddly cat.
Lacey Coppage, Senior Program Associate
Lacey Coppage joined 6AC in 2020, and is principally engaged on standards-based evaluations of indigent defense systems and providing technical assistance to policymakers, including recent projects in Illinois, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Idaho. She also contributes to 6AC’s research on state and federal caselaw and national standards on indigent defense services. Lacey serves as point person on right to counsel issues in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington. Prior to joining 6AC, 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. Lacey is a North Carolina licensed attorney and earned her JD, magna cum laude, from William & Mary Law School in 2016. Lacey 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 where she enjoys going to the beach and working in her garden.
David Carroll, Executive Director & Founder
David Carroll is a nationally recognized expert on the standards and methods for the delivery of right to counsel services, with more than 25 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, Deputy Director
Aditi has worked in indigent defense for over 10 years, starting off as an investigator at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and later as a public defender in Boston and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute. Aditi applies her practical experience at 6AC by providing technical assistance to federal, state, and local policymakers and conducting evaluations of indigent defense systems. Aditi is endlessly fascinated with indigent defense and values any chance she can to meet with folks from all across the country to help with their specific right to counsel needs.
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 & Founder
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.