Mary Broderick serves on the Executive, Board Development and Dinner Committees of DPF, and on the Board of Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform, which sponsored Proposition 62 and opposed Proposition 66. She is also a Board member of the Southern Center for Human Rights.
As Executive Director of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), the largest statewide association of criminal defense lawyers and allied professionals, Ms. Broderick was responsible for policy development; supervision of the legislative, professional education and publications programs; public education and media relations; liaison with other organizations; technical assistance; and administration. She led the CACJ legislative effort that preserved unanimous jury verdicts in California.
Ms. Broderick was also Director of the Defender Division of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), where she conceived and edited NLADA’s Standards for the Appointment and Performance of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases, which were adopted by the American Bar Association as Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases. She conceived and edited NLADA’s Standards for the Administration of Assigned Counsel Systems, and supervised development of NLADA’s Performance Guidelines for Criminal Defense Representation; Indigent Defense Caseloads and Common Sense: An Update; The Lay of the Land: Statewide Defender Programs; FINAL REPORT: Indigent Defense and the FY 91 BJA Formula Grant Program; and the National Directory of Death Penalty Mitigation Specialists. She designed and launched NLADA’s Life in the Balance death penalty defense training, and NLADA’s Defender Management Training, and supervised its Appellate Defender Training. She also led NLADA’s effort in Congress to preserve habeas corpus.
Ms. Broderick served as team leader for the NLADA evaluations of the Cook County (IL) Public Defender and the San Bernardino County (CA) Public Defender, and developed a Projected Indigent Defense System Budget for San Diego (CA). She was also a team member for the NLADA evaluations of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, Montana indigent defense system and the Riverside County (CA) Public Defender, and the Justice Management Institute project in Santa Clara County, CA.
Ms. Broderick served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Due Process Advocacy Program Development, a joint project of the American Bar Association (ABA) Juvenile Justice Center, the Juvenile Law Center and the Youth Law Center. The final report, A Call for Justice: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings, was published by the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Juvenile Justice Center.
Ms. Broderick was also a trial and appellate attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, clerked for a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge, was a news producer at two Washington, DC television stations, and a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer.