Richard Pittman was hired by the Louisiana Public Defender Board on May 28, 2013, to be the Deputy Public Defender – Director of Juvenile Defender Services. He began his career in public defense in Juvenile Court and in criminal courts in 2006, and continued in the practice until his appointment as Deputy Public Defender. From 2006-2013, he represented juveniles accused of delinquency, parents and children in abuse and neglect cases, adults accused of misdemeanors and felonies up to an including capital murder. He had guardian ad litem certification which he maintained from 2006 until 2013. Prior to his public defense practice, Mr. Pittman worked in the field of personal injury litigation.
Kosha Tucker is an Assistant Public Defender in the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office where she has defended adults accused of misdemeanors and felonies and children accused of delinquent acts. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s Office, Kosha was the Robin Nash Fellow at Emory’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center where she advised law students in the Center’s Policy and Appellate clinics and developed articles on child welfare and juvenile justice issues. Currently, Kosha is a junior faculty member with the Georgia Public Defender Council’s Transition Into Law Practice Program and is a graduate of Gideon’s Promise, a rigorous three-year training program for public defenders practicing primarily in the Southern United States. Kosha received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar, and her B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.
Big shout-out to the National Juvenile Defender Center for allowing us to distribute the NJDC JTIP Training materials- thanks!