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Miriam Aukerman

Senior staff attorney, ACLU Michigan


Miriam Aukerman is a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. Miriam litigates high impact cases on a broad range of civil liberties issues, with a particular focus on immigrant rights, poverty, and criminal justice. Miriam also promotes constitutional rights through media appearances, public education, legislative advocacy and training. She was one of the driving forces behind the Does v. Snyder decision out of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, a hallmark case challenging the notion that the registry is not punishment but just a civil regulation.

Paul M. Dubbeling, J.D., M.B.A.

Attorney-at-law, P.M. Dubbeling, LLC


Paul Dubbeling, J.D., M.B.A., is a former U.S. Army Ranger and Infantry officer. He attended law school on an Army scholarship and graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2005 and earned his M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He then served as JAG attorney for six years including two tours in Afghanistan. After leaving the Army, Dubbeling clerked for Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, the current nominee for the United States Supreme Court, before going into private practice. As a private attorney, Mr. Dubbeling successfully prosecuted Does v. Cooper, the federal lawsuit which struck down most of North Carolina’s previous premises restrictions, and is currently lead counsel for NARSOL’s legal challenge to the North Carolina registration laws.

Glenn Gerding, J.D., LL.M.

North Carolina Appellate Defender


Glenn Gerding is the North Carolina Appellate Defender and represents citizens in the appellate courts after a criminal conviction if they are unable to afford an attorney. Prior to his appointment as chief Appellate Defender, Mr. Gerding was in private practice primarily representing indigent people at trial and on appeal in criminal cases. He served on active duty for six years as a J.A.G. officer for the U.S. Navy and continues to serve as a Captain in the Navy Reserve. Mr. Gerding has successfully challenged North Carolina’s premises and internet restrictions and satellite-based monitoring program in the trial courts and on appeal. He partnered with Atty. Paul Dubbeling to litigate a constitutional challenge to North Carolina’s premises restrictions in Does v. Cooper. Most notably he represented Lester “JR” Packingham, Jr., in the trial court, North Carolina appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court, in Packingham v. North Carolina, an important case regarding the use of social media by registered citizens.

Melissa Hamilton, J.D., Ph.D (criminology)

Visiting Criminal Law Scholar at the University of Houston Law Center


Dr. Hamilton conducts interdisciplinary research on the law, policy, and science concerning acts of interpersonal violence, and on the criminal justice system’s response thereto. Her works have been cited in judicial opinions, in legal and scientific publications, and by major news outlets. Courses taught include criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing, corrections, and terrorism. Dr. Hamilton previously worked in criminal justice as a police officer, corrections officer, and judicial law clerk for a federal appellate judge.

Mary Sue Molnar

Executive Director of Texas Voices for Reason and Justice


Mary Sue Molnar is the founder and Executive Director of Texas Voices for Reason and Justice – a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to promoting research based, common sense laws and policies for persons required to register. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Reform Sex Offender Law Organization (now NARSOL) and the National Center for Reason and Justice. Mary Sue received her training from the school of hard knocks, through countless hours of research, and through the many friends and professionals who have selflessly given their time to help teach her the ropes. As the mother of a registrant, she is dedicated to advocating for rational laws and policies based on research and common sense, not panic and paranoia.

Phil Telfeyan, J.D.

Executive Director of Equal Justice Under Law


Phil Telfeyan is the Executive Director of Equal Justice Under Law, a legal non-profit dedicated to ending inequality in the justice system. He is the author of Never Again Should a People Starve in a World of Plenty, 121 Harv. L. Rev. 1886 (2008). Before co-founding Equal Justice Under Law, Mr. Telfeyan served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where, specializing in employment discrimination, he litigated complex pattern-or-practice cases on behalf of victims of discrimination and successfully settled the three largest cases in his section’s history. In addition to his legal career, Mr. Telfeyan spends his time volunteering throughout his community, including weekly commitments at a local soup kitchen and a mentoring program. Mr. Telfeyan is a regional board member for UNICEF as well as a charity magician. He has also toured and photographed every state capitol building and every National Park in the United States.

Special Guests

Timothy Crouch graduated from the University of Michigan with double major B.A. in English and political science, graduated with a J.D. from the University of Georgia, served as law clerk for the Rome Judicial Circuit until beginning private practice in law firms in Savannah and Douglasville, returned to Rome to set up private practice, and has been in solo practice in Rome for 20 years in the areas of criminal, family and probate law. He has filed numerous successful petitions for removal of clients from the Sex Offender Registry and the restrictions thereunder as well as representing individuals charged with offenses which would result in being placed on the registry if convicted.

Brandon Thomas currently operates his own law practice in Atlanta, Georgia, and specializes in criminal law. Mr. Thomas has extensive experience litigating failure to register charges, and has had success in removing sex offenders from the registry in Georgia. Mr. Thomas is a former Assistant Federal Defender for the Middle District of Alabama (Montgomery), 2015-2017. He is also a former Assistant Public Defender for the Eastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia (Savannah), 2012-2015. Prior to becoming a public defender, Mr. Thomas was an associate at the Wall Street law firm of Graham & Penman in New York, where he litigated class-action plaintiff's lawsuits, 2010-2011. Mr. Thomas received his law degree from Emory University School of Law, 2010.

Barry G. Porter is a founding partner of the Albuquerque law firm, Burgess & Porter Law. Mr. Porter has over 22 years of experience as a criminal defense litigator and has served as lead counsel for over 90 full jury trials and over 400 substantive motions. He has received numerous awards related to his criminal defense work including the Lawyer Mentor and Training Award, and the Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice Award. From 2011 to the present, Mr. Porter serves as faculty for the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Trial Skills College.

Kurt J. Martin is a 2003 graduate of Emory University School of law and has lived in Georgia for over 30 years. He has been an Assistant District Attorney in both urban and rural judicial districts in Georgia, and is now in private practice in Cumming, GA (one hour directly north of Atlanta) as a criminal defense attorney and doing related civil litigation. He is co-author of the book “Georgia Weapons Laws” currently in its second edition.