Alcala spent nine years as an assistant district attorney under D.A. Johnny Holmes in Harris County. She was the lead trial attorney in more than seventy felony jury trials, with focus on violent offenders and distributors of narcotics. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where she was named to the Order of Barristers and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas.
William Boggs is the former Deputy Chief Defender–Director of Training for the state of Louisiana Public Defender Board, responsible for training all public defenders. Prior to holding that position, he was the Deputy Chief Defender and Chief of the Capital Defense Unit at the Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) in New Orleans, Louisiana. He founded the Unit, which was dedicated to the highest standards and best practices of capital defense. He is also the former Director of Training at OPD after serving as a staff attorney and Supervisor. He helped build the Orleans Public Defenders from part-time private lawyers appointed by judges into a full-time, client-centered, professional, public defense office. He organized the introduction of Social Workers into OPD. In New Orleans, he served on the Mayor’s Special Task Force on Violent Crime. He has led and organized the Louisiana Defender Training Institute and served as an instructor at Gideon’s Promise (formerly SPDTC) and the Louisiana Advanced Capital Training. He has taught numerous CLEs and has vast experience as a trial attorney, including winning full acquittals in three separate murder trials. He is the 2015 recipient of the “Clyde Merritt Award,” given by the Orleans Public Defenders in recognition of his, “extraordinary dedication to public defense … revolutioniz[ing] the face of public defense . . . instrumental in establishing the current client-centered, community-oriented defense practice that now sets the bar for indigent defense in Louisiana.” He served on multiple Louisiana legislative committees tasked with criminal justice reform. In New York, he worked in the Criminal Defense Division at the Legal Aid Society and as a Staff Attorney at the Bronx Defenders. Before becoming a public defender, William was a corporate lawyer working in New York and London. He has appeared as a television legal commentator on CBS’ “48 Hours Mystery” and on “CNN Presents with Soledad O’Brien.” He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science.
Mona Kermani holds a BSc. in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, a Postgraduate LL.B. from the University of Law in London and an LL.M. in International Law & Capital Punishment from the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Kermani qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom where she was actively involved with the work of human rights organizations including Reprieve, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Law Society International Action Team and Young Legal Aid Lawyers. She moved to Texas in 2014 to work exclusively on the representation of indigent defendants facing the death penalty. Prior to joining Texas Defender Service as a John P. Niland Fellow/Mitigation Specialist, Ms. Kermani worked with persons facing the death penalty in pre-trial and trial proceedings in Harris County and surrounding areas, and at the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs.