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Anna M. Ahronheim is an attorney in private practice. Ms. Ahronheim obtained her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. For the next 22 years, she was an attorney with the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender. From 2008 through 2017, she was the supervisor of the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender’s Office in the Western District of Pennsylvania and represented clients in habeas corpus proceedings. She has given presentations on postconviction practice at seminars sponsored by numerous organizations and law schools. She intends to devote her post-public-defender practice to the representation of incarcerated clients in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Michigan.
Keith Grant is the Senior Supervisor for the Lake County Public Defender’s Office in Waukegan, where he concentrates his practice on criminal defense and is responsible for the coordination and litigation of Public Defender complex cases and all training conducted for all employees (legal and otherwise) in the Office. Mr. Grant also coordinates the Public Defender’s Conflict Unit. Previously, he served as the Public Defender’s Office Felony Division Chief and, before that, as the Misdemeanor Division Chief. Before becoming an administrator, Mr. Grant was a line-assistant in the Public Defender’s Office for nearly ten years. He is the President of the Illinois Public Defender Association (2012 – present) and a Past President of the Lake County Bar Association (2014 – 2015) and the Jefferson Inn of Court (2010 – 2011). Mr. Grant received his B.A. from Ripon College and his J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Alison H. Motta has been in private practice since 2001. She is a Partner with Motta & Motta LLC in Aurora, where she concentrates her practice in criminal defense. She is a member of the state and federal trial bar. She is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and ATLA. Ms. Motta received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Robert M. Motta II is a Partner with Motta & Motta LLC in Aurora, where he concentrates his practice in criminal defense (both state and federal) and family and divorce law. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and ATLA. Mr. Motta attended Eastern Illinois University for undergraduate studies and received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Marcos D. Reyes is an associate at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, in Chicago, where he focuses on criminal defense and traffic law. He is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he has received the CIVITAS ChildLaw Fellowship. Mr. Reyes received his B.S. from Loyola University Chicago and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Stephen L. Richards is an attorney at the Law Office of Stephen L. Richards, in Chicago. He has been a member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Screening Committee for the Capital Litigation Trial Bar and is former President of the Illinois Public Defender Association. He has lectured and written extensively on criminal law and the death penalty. Mr. Richards graduated from the University of Chicago and from Brooklyn Law School.
Joshua Sachs is Principal Attorney of the Law Office of Joshua Sachs, in Evanston, where he concentrates his practice in appellate criminal cases. Mr. Sachs, now semi-retired after 45 years of active practice in the trial and appeals level defense of Illinois and federal criminal prosecutions, has returned to music, his first love. He plays the cello in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and in the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. Mr. Sachs earned his B.A. from Grinnell College and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Jed H. Stone is a criminal defense lawyer with Stone & Associates, Ltd., in Waukegan, where he focuses his practice on criminal defense. He is a member of both the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he has been named a Super Lawyer (2016 – 2022). Mr. Stone received his B.A. from Lake Forest College and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Lawrence Wechter is retired from the practice of law. Prior to retiring, he was the Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Larry Wechter in Geneva, where he focused on civil and criminal appeals. Mr. Wechter received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.
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