Curriculum Vitae
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE I have worked as a journalist and as a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense and civil rights litigation. I am currently admitted to practice law in the State of New York. By the time I graduated from law school, I had published front-page articles in The Wall Street Journal, multiple op-eds in The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as articles in other national publications. During law school I worked for seven months as a paid law clerk in the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. Following law school I served for two years as a law clerk to a United States District Court Judge. From 1993 to 1998, 2001 to 2008 and, starting again in 2011, I operated a solo law practice focusing on criminal defense, police misconduct, civil rights and constitutional litigation. During this period I initiated and participated in investigations of human rights violations impacting marginalized and vulnerable populations. I am also the former host of a weekly two-hour interview-based legal affairs radio program ( In 2008, I moved to Central Asia to work as a Long Term Legal Specialist with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI). Based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, I designed and conducted international human rights and trial skills trainings for defense advocates, prosecutors, judges and government officials. In 2010, shortly after returning to the United States, I started an online advocacy and Internet publishing company, Phoenix New Media. I bring extensive advocacy and communications skills to any assignment.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2010 - Present Phoenix New Media New York, NY 1993- 1999 ♦ 2001-2008 ♦ 2011 - Present Hentoff Law Solo Law Practice  Managed a busy solo law practice focusing on criminal defense, police misconduct, civil
rights and constitutional litigation in state and Federal courts: o o Hired and supervised clerical staff, associate attorneys, paralegals, investigators, law student clerks, and experts. Responsible for the management of two Maricopa County felony indigent defense contracts from 1993-1998.

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o o Maintained death penalty defense qualification pursuant to Rule 6.8, Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure, from 2002 until 2008. Served as co-counsel on the Habeas petition before the U.S. District Court in the case that eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court as Schriro v. Summerlin, 542 U.S. 348 (2004)

 An average of 25% to 35% of my active caseload was devoted to pro bono cases including:
o The representation in state and federal courts of prisoners assaulted by guards or deprived of their basic human rights through the conditions of their confinement, and of citizens assaulted by the police. The representation of a Native American murder defendant facing the death penalty in a first-degree murder trial in Maricopa County Superior Court. The representation of a Native American murder defendant in the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court (the tribe prosecuted the murder as one of a string of misdemeanor offenses they sought to run as consecutive one year sentences). The representation of plaintiffs in civil rights and constitutional litigation as a volunteer pro bono attorney for the Arizona Civil Liberties Union and the Maricopa County Chapter of the NAACP. Counseled families of police shooting victims for the NAACP. The pro bono representation of crime victims under Arizona's Victims' Rights law.

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 Developed extensive case-based research, interviewing and writing skills through criminal
defense investigations -- including death penalty cases -- as well as investigations into human rights violations impacting marginalized and vulnerable populations.

 Compiled and submitted a detailed case-based report to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S.
Department of Justice that resulted in a 1995 investigation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for civil rights abuses.

 Founding member of Citizens for Improved Community Police Relations (CICR), a citizens’
group organized in the 1990's. As a member of the CICPR steering committee I helped to successfully lobby for a change in the Phoenix Police Department’s use of force continuum, including restrictions being placed on the use of chokeholds by Phoenix police officers. I also assisted in the monitoring of police activity in a poor South Phoenix neighborhood following several police shootings and acted as a mediator of citizen-police disputes, including an armed home barricade situation.

 Uncovered, through a public records request, an e-mail regarding problems with the
processing of DNA evidence in the City of Phoenix Crime Lab that resulted in a review of crime lab procedures.

 Won an acquittal in a false confession case. The jury returned a three-hour not-guilty verdict
after an eight-week trial. Client faced a mandatory life sentence if convicted on all charges.

 Extensive experience dealing with print and broadcast journalists in high profile cases,
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HENTOFF CV - PAGE THREE  Hosted and produced a two-hour weekly interview-based legal affairs radio program,
“Citizen Lawyer Radio,” on 1010 KXXT Air America Phoenix. The program focused on social justice issues (a selection of shows can be heard at

 Served on a team of lawyers appointed to represent inmates in a Federal class action lawsuit
challenging the Arizona State Prison system’s protective segregation policy, which would have released vulnerable inmates into the general prison population. The case involved deposing dozens of former members of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang in an intense investigation under time pressures.

 Served in the 1990’s as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Civil Liberties
Union and for over a decade as a member of the AzCLU’s Legal Committee.

2008 – 2009 Long Term Legal Specialist American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/ROLI) Dushanbe, Tajikistan ♦ Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan  Assisted in the management of attorneys and staff in a multicultural work environment.  Conducted trial skills, fair trial standards and rule of law training for law students, advocates,
prosecutors, judges and government officials from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

 Assisted in the establishment of a national Advocates Training Center (ATC), including the
creation of an institutional development work plan. The ATC was officially registered as a public foundation by the Kyrgyz government on December 25, 2008.

 Assisted in the preparation, proofreading and copyediting of USAID and INL monthly and
quarterly reports, work plans, budgets and grant proposals.

 Promoted ABA/ROLI activities by preparing public information materials, press releases and
articles for the ABA/ROLI website.

 Invited to give a presentation at a regional conference on Central Asian bar reform for
defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges and government officials.

1999-2000 Senior Litigation Counsel Center for Individual Rights Washington, D.C.
Responsible for initiating, managing and litigating cases in Federal courts primarily involving First Amendment issues.

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HENTOFF CV - PAGE FOUR 1992-1993 Associate Attorney Litman, Asche, Lupkin & Gioiella New York City, NY
Assisted the firm’s partners in litigating high profile criminal cases in State and Federal courts in the tri-state area.

1990-1992 Deputy Public Defender Maricopa County Public Defender's Office Phoenix, Arizona
Managed a busy caseload of indigent clients charged with a wide variety of crimes from misdemeanors to first-degree murder (including death penalty cases).

1988-1990 Judicial Clerk The Honorable Charles L. Hardy United States District Court Judge Phoenix, Arizona
Gained experience in managing a complex litigation caseload as the “elbow clerk” for a United States District Court Judge: Conducted legal research; Drafted opinions and bench memoranda; Advised the Judge on evidentiary issues during trials; Acted as a liaison between the Judge and the litigants.

January - August 1987 Paid Extern Office of Legal Counsel United States Department of Justice Washington, D.C.
Earned academic credit during law school working for seven months as a paid extern in the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The OLC drafts the legal opinions of the Attorney General and also provides its own written opinions and oral advice in response to requests from the Counsel to the President, the various agencies of the executive branch, and other offices within the Department of Justice.

June - December 1986 Assistant to the Communication’s Director Office of the Governor, State of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona
Worked on various research and writing projects for Michael McCurry, Governor Bruce Babbitt’s Communications Director (who later served as press secretary to President Bill Clinton). Google Voice: (845) 232-1776 ♦ Email: ♦

HENTOFF CV - PAGE FIVE 1984-1985 Staff Reporter - The White Mountain Independent St. Johns, Arizona
Worked as a reporter for a northern Arizona regional newspaper, based in a small town bordering the Navajo Nation, covering what at the time was the poorest county in the United States. Responsible for expanding the newspaper's coverage of the Navajo Nation.

1983 Staff Reporter The Wall Street Journal Washington, D.C., Bureau
Published numerous bylined articles while employed as a Staff Reporter in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington D.C. bureau during an externship while attending Cornell University.

Education: Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences:
• A.B., cum laude with honors in Philosophy, awarded June 1984.

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law:

J.D. awarded August 1988. Executive Editor - Arizona Law Review

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