Prosecuting Gangs in Juvenile Court Part II: Courtroom Practice

December 8, 2021

December 8, 2021
90-minute presentation

3:00 p.m. EDT

Hosted by the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) in partnership with the National Gang Center

Take what you learned in Part I and get ready to apply it in the courtroom. Trial strategies and avoiding appeal will be covered.

Presented by: 

Dr. David Pyrooz

David Pyrooz is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a faculty associate in the Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science. He received the BS and MS in Criminology from California State University, Fresno, and the PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University in 2012. Prior to joining the Department of Sociology in 2015, he was a faculty member in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. He was the 2015 recipient of the inaugural New Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the 2016 recipient of the Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar award from the American Society of Criminology. He is the co-author of Confronting Gangs: Crime and Community (Oxford), the co-editor of The Wiley Handbook of Gangs (Wiley-Blackwell), and the author of a National Institute of Justice white paper on the relationship between gang affiliation and restrictive housing in U.S. prisons.

Stormy Ellis

Stormy Ellis is currently an Assistant District Attorney with the 11th Prosecutorial District of North Carolina covering Vance, Warren, Franklin, Granville and Person Counties.  She previously served as the Special Gang Prosecutor for Durham County.  She now focuses on drug trafficking and violent offenses including robberies, aggravated assaults, and murders.

She has also served as a Staff Attorney for the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry commission, and as an Assistant District Attorney for the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to attending law school at North Carolina Central University, Stormy graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University.  She also graduated the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s police training program and spent over ten years as a police officer with various federal, local, and state police agencies.  The agencies she has worked with include the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps, the U.S. Capitol Police, the Waynesville Police Department, and the N.C. Capitol Police.

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Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.5 hours

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