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Cynthia W. Roseberry

Executive Director
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Cynthia W. Roseberry joined the Council for Court Excellence as executive director in June 2017 after serving as project manager for the historic Clemency Project 2014, which has been referred to as the nation’s largest law firm of nearly 4,000 lawyers providing unprecedented pro bono support to more than 36,000 applicants for presidential clemency.

Ms. Roseberry also served on the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a nine-member, bipartisan, blue-ribbon panel created by Congress to examine challenges in the federal corrections system, including overcrowding, prison violence, public safety measures, prison rehabilitation and employment programs, and re-entry programs and policies to reduce recidivism. The Task Force submitted its findings and recommendations to Congress, the Attorney General, and the President, and released its report, Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives: Final Recommendations of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, in early 2016.

Previously, from 2009 to 2014, Ms. Roseberry was the executive director of the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc. From 2007 to 2009 she taught advanced criminal procedure and co-taught in the death penalty clinic at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where she also founded the misdemeanor clinic. For more than 10 years prior to teaching, she practiced federal and state criminal defense in Georgia.

Ms. Roseberry is a founding board member of the Georgia Innocence Project, and was the first African-American female president of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She received the 2016 COS Humanitarian Award and the 2017 annual service award from the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.

Ms. Roseberry earned her Bachelor of Science from Wilberforce University in Ohio and her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law.

A national and international trainer, Ms. Roseberry has presented in nearly every U.S. state and in Europe. View her recent TEDx talk, My Father, My Hero, which she delivered at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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