I am the head of the capital division of the Orleans Public Defenders, the division of the public defender's office that handles pretrial death penalty cases in New Orleans. Everything I've ever learned about narrative and character is now funneled into shaping my clients' stories and producing narratives about poverty, violence, trauma, mental illness, prosecutorial misconduct, due process, mercy, and healing, all in an effort to save their lives.

Anna VanCleave
​KU English BA, 1999
JD, NYU, 2003


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