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JPO Senior Fellows

The JPO is staffed by a small core group of full-time research faculty and staff associates, and is supported by a larger group of JPO Senior Fellows – formally recognized senior practitioners in a variety of justice system specialties – who work with JPO faculty and staff on projects in direct support of state and local government agencies and foreign governments. This cadre of faculty, staff and Senior Fellows is supplemented, as necessary, by outside consultants and by AU academic faculty in the disciplines of law, economics, computer science, public administration, and other specialties.

The individuals listed below currently serve as JPO Senior Fellows. 

James Bueermann

President, Police Foundation

Jim Bueermann

Jim Bueermann is the president of the Police Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and improvement in policing through its research,technical assistance, training, professional services, and communication programs. As president, Bueermann directs all foundation operations and is a voting member of the board of directors.

Jim Bueermann worked for the Redlands Police Department for 33 years, serving in every unit within the department. He was appointed chief of police and director of Housing, Recreation and Senior Services in 1998. He retired in June 2011. 

As chief, he developed a holistic approach to community policing and problem solving that consolidated housing and recreation services into the police department and was based on risk and protective factor research into adolescent problem prevention. This strategy was recognized as one of the country's 25 most innovative programs in the 2000 Innovations in American Government program sponsored by Harvard's Kennedy School. 

Jim was the first police chief to be inducted as an honorary fellow in the Academy of Experimental Criminology and into the halls of fame at George Mason University's Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy and the School of Behavioral Science at California State University, San Bernardino. 

He is on policing advisory boards at Cambridge University, George Mason University, John Jay College, and the Council for State Governments and works extensively in the field of evidence-based policing, innovative technologies, and prisoner reentry. 

Prior to coming to the Police Foundation, he was an executive fellow with the US Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice and a senior fellow at George Mason University.

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Hon. Joseph Thomas Flies-Away, J.D., M.P.A.

Hualapai Tribal Nation, Peach Springs, AZ

Joe Flies-Away

Joseph Thomas Flies-Away (Hualapai), Chief Justice of the Hualapai Nation Court of Appeals &governance consultant, describes himself as a community and nation building facilitator. As a consultant, Flies-Away facilitates tribal community &nation building projects in planning, evaluation, technical assistance, research, and training. Focusing on developing justice systems, including Healing to Wellness Courts, Flies-Away is interested in how courts and other governmental institutions contribute to affective governance and 'living together well'. Judge Flies-Away's experience includes serving as a Hualapai Tribal Council Member, Director of the Tribe's Department of Planning &Community Vision, promoter and Chairman of the Board of the Tribe's corporation, HBE, Inc., and Chief Judge and Associate Judge of the Hualapai Tribal Court (trial court). Justice Flies-Away has also taught students from Jr. High to the university, including Lecturer in Law at Stanford University School of Law and Lecturer in Native American Studies in the Stanford School of Humanities &Sciences, Arizona State, UCLA, and currently as an adjunct professor at Arizona Summit Law School.

In his first term as Chief Judge, Flies-Away helped to plan, implement, then preside over the Hualapai Wellness Court, which later became a Mentor Court. It was one of the first wellness courts to offer both an adult and juvenile docket. On his own and as a consultant for the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) and other agencies Flies-Away assists tribes and Alaskan villages to plan, develop, and refine Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. Working with TLPI, Judge Flies-Away helped produce the Overview Healing to Wellness Courts;Healing to Wellness Courts: The 10 key Components;and the Wellness Court Judge's Bench Book (draft), which is currently being updated. In his own writing, Judge Flies-Away describes Wellness Courts as Therapeutic Jurisprudence +, 'the plus' being a spiritual element added to the psychological and emotional impact concerns of Tribal justice. Spiritual in this context connotes how individuals and groups feel connected, linked, and tied together, a bond that strengthens the spirit and soul. Flies-Away believes that many addicts seek and rely on substances to help them feel connected and apart. Healing to Wellness Courts, for Flies-Away, provides a format for participants to find alternate ways to feel connected, related, empowered, and restored. Flies-Away's is also a member of the National Advisory Council for NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse &Alcoholism).

Through his experience and education as a judge, council member, planner, and teacher, Judge Flies-Away is familiar and experienced with a broad spectrum of issues and concerns Indigenous peoples face in their endeavors to re-build strong communities, governments, and nations. Flies-Away commits to comprehensive strategies and facilitations in the areas of human capital development, organizational development, community infrastructure development/environmental support, and economic development (what he refers to as the People, Policy, Place, &Pecuniary Possibilities or How the People Gather Ground &Grow). Flies-Away offers holistic workshops and concepts that embrace Indigenous processes, including the Spirituality of Law and Warrior of Law;and speaks to various audiences on Indigenous governance, law, and leadership. Judge Flies-Away holds a Juris doctor Degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and is a graduate of Stanford University in English Literature.

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Peter French, MA CF FRSA FSyI

United Kingdom (Senior Law Enf. - Retired)

Peter French

Peter French is a veteran of 32 years in the British Police Service. He retired as a Senior Detective and has continued his interest in criminal justice via his company GOLD COMMAND.

Peter was commended nine times by Chief Constables and British Judges in relation to his investigative skills into serious drug related organised crime.

In 1998 Peter attended The Association of Chief Police Officers conference in the UK and heard from Judge Stanley Goldstein from the Miami Drug Court. Peter considered that the Miami project could be utilised in the UK. Peter was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to travel to the United States and the British Dependent Territories to examine "Ways of Reducing Drug Related Crime in the UK."

Returning from North America Peter presented his findings to the UK Government and to the US Attorney General. During his Fellowship Peter was afforded audience with US President's senior drug advisers at the White House. Recognising that treatment is a way to stop the revolving door of drug use, crime and prison, the British Government implemented part of Peter's proposals.

Peter has a Master's Degree from Exeter University. He is also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow at the Security Institute. Peter is proud to be a Senior Visiting Fellow to the American University. He lectures extensively on ways to combat Drug Related Crime.

In the words of one academic "It is refreshing that a senior operational detective who has spent considerable time on the National (Regional) Drug Squad has pursued a common sense approach to reducing the misery and cost of drug related crime."  

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Hon. Dennis Fuchs (Ret.)

Sr. Judge, District Court, Salt Lake City, UT

Dennis Fuchs

Bio: Born March 31, 1947: New York City, New York

Education: Hempstead High School, 1961-1965; Bethany College, 1965-1969; Boston University School of Law, 1970-1973

Admitted Bar: Oregon 1973; Utah 1974

Work: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration:  1973-1977; Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office:  1977-1981; Private Practice of Law: 1981-1983; Utah State Board of Pardons: 1983-1987; Utah State Judge: 1987-2007; Retired from the Bench: 2007; Drug Court Consultant State of Utah:  2007-present; Private Mediation: 2008-present; Consultant BJA: 2010-present

Consulting Services:  I am responsible for all of the certification of Drug, DUI, and Hybrid Courts in the State of Utah. This involves adult, family dependency, juvenile courts, Mental Health, Veteran, and other Problem Solving Courts.. I also provide technical assistance to the problem solving courts in Utah when requested.

I provide technical assistance at the request of American University as a subcontractor for the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The TA includes telephone and site visits of numerous Court locations throughout the United States. I provide TA for Drug, Mental Health and Veteran Courts.    

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Pamela Q. Harris

State Court Administrator

Pam Harris

Pamela Harris was appointed in August, 2013 as the first female State Court Administrator in Maryland.She is responsible for a $522,300,000 budget and approximately 4,200 employees.She previously held the Trial Court Administrator position for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland for 27 years. Ms. Harris is committed to infusing evaluation-based practices into every aspect of court management so that quality initiatives achieve intended results while meeting the needs of court personnel and clientele.Ms. Harris is certified as a Fellow the Institute of Court Management and serves as faculty for Caseflow Management. She is also a Senior Fellow at American University in the School of Public Affairs.

She has taught national and international programs on ethics, leadership, differentiated case management, and caseflow management. She also has worked extensively in the field of differentiated case management and court administration both nationally and internationally.

Ms. Harris is a Past President of the National Association for Court Management (NACM). She currently chairs the NACM International Committee and previously served on the Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) which originally developed the NACM Core Competencies and Curriculum Guidelines.

She previously held executive board positions including President of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Court Management (MAACM), an organization committed to the fair and effective administration of justice through improved management of courts.

She currently serves on the Board of the International Association for Court Administration (IACA) as Vice President - International Associations.Ms. Harris is also serving a 4 year term on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts and also serves on their Programs Committee and International Committee.She also serves on the Board of the Justice Management Institute (JMI).

In April of 2012, she was appointed to the Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Maryland Rules Committee).She recently became a Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow through the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law and the Maryland Judiciary's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office. She currently serves as Member of the Maryland Conference of Circuit Court Judges and the Maryland Judicial Council.

Ms. Harris served on the Board of the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium (RAROLC) and worked for more than a decade promoting the rule of law and improving the capacity of local Russian legal institutions to implement reform. She also serves on the Board of the Maryland International Coordinating Council, Inc., (MICCI) and the Maryland Sister States Program, Legal Affairs Committee within the Maryland Governor's Office of the Secretary of State.She has been active internationally with various rule of law initiatives in Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, India, Russia, Sri Lanka, and the Ukraine.

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Hon. Jamey H. Hueston

Judge, Maryland District Court for Baltimore City and Founding Member/First Chair, Maryland Problem Solving Courts Commission

Jamey Hueston

Judge Jamey Hueston is the founder of the Baltimore city Drug Court, one of the first in the nation and administered the court for 20 years. She also founded and chaired the Maryland Judicial Problem Solving Courts Committee for over ten years which provided a comprehensive systems approach and state-wide supervision to these courts in Maryland. 

Judge Hueston is the founder and Chair of the Baltimore City Teen Court and Maryland Teen Court Association.She also chaired the Baltimore City Public School Health Advisory Committee and founded Court Watch, a court visitation/student education project as well as the Doctor/Lawyer/Teacher Partnership.She produced a drug education video with Maryland Public TV used in high schools throughout the country and authored Drug Enforcement and Community Anti-Drug Nuisance Abatement legislation.

Judge Hueston lectures, writes and consults extensively regarding problem solving and drug courts. Previously, she worked in both public and private practice in the United States and in Mexico.Judge Hueston has been a member of various local and state boards relating to juveniles, drug courts and substance abuse, as well as numerous drug prevention and education task forces.Judge Hueston is a founding member of The National Association of Drug Court Professionals and recently served as Vice-chair. drug courts.She serves on the faculty of the National Judicial College for over a decade and teaches throughout the United States and internationally regarding a variety of topics with specific concentration on the development, implementation and enhancement of drug courts and the effects of drug use and abuse and therapeutic justice.Judge Hueston has also received numerous teaching awards and in the Criminal Justice field including from the Maryland State Bar Association and the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.

In her spare time, Judge Hueston is an amateur naturalist and teaches nature and survival skills.

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David Mee-Lee, M.D.

American Society of Addiction Medicine

David Mee-Lee

David Mee-Lee, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Dr. Mee-Lee is Chief Editor of The ASAM Criteria and is Senior Vice President of The Change Companies. He is also a Senior Fellow, Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University, Washington, DC.Dr. Mee-Lee has over thirty years experience in person centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions. 

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David Owens

Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (Retired)

David Owens

David Owens has an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Education, and Masters in Education Degrees. All of his degrees are from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He made the Dean's the list two years of Graduate School with a cumulative grade point average of 3.79. 

David Owens began his career in law enforcement as a Corrections Officer for the Philadelphia Prison System in June of 1964. After completing the academy he was assigned to Holmesburg Prison thus beginning an outstanding journey that has taken him to the top of his profession. He is very proud that he rose through the ranks, holding every rank in the chain of command.David worked in every institution in The Philadelphia Prison System, and commanded the Pre-Release Program that received two national awards for outstanding programming. In 1978 David Owens was appointed Warden of Holmesburg Prison, this was a dream come true for someone who started working at that facility and was very popular with both the officers and the inmates. 

However, his assignment to Holmesburg Prison was interrupted by problems at the Philadelphia Detention Center and the following year he was assigned to the Detention Center to bring that facility into compliance with national standards. In June of 1980 Superintendent Edmund Lyons resigned and David Owens was appointed Superintendent of the Philadelphia Prisons. The loss of Superintendent Lyons was more than just a loss of an outstanding boss;Lyons was a dear friend and mentor. Owens has said that commanding the Philadelphia Prisons System and working with the outstanding women and men of that system was very rewarding and some of the happiest days of his life. 

In April of 1987 Governor Robert P. Casey asked David Owens to become the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is one of the oldest and largest Corrections Departments in the Nation. In June of 1987 Owens was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate to become the first African American to hold that office. 

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Lawrence Siegel, M.E.E.

Private Consultant, Facilities Planning and Security

Larry Siegel

After Navy and university training as an electronics engineer, my professional career began with electronic design and systems engineering in the defense industry gradually evolving into operations research and systems analysis as applied initially to issues of military and civil defense needs. Starting in 1971 and continuing from 1975 as an independent consultant, I became involved in analyses of court and other criminal justice systems, facilities, and operations throughout the United States and in one Canadian province. Within the U.S. I have visited facilities and studied operations in county, city, and state agencies of forty four states and one territory, analyzing and suggesting improvements in courthouses and correctional, police, and related facilities. These projects considered such issues as the reorganization, renovation, and security of buildings and operations in reference to how they affect the purpose of the agencies they house, and the interplay between buildings, operations, budgets, and the passage of time–always emphasizing that needs develop and change over time periods measured in decades - and suggesting means of keeping abreast ofthe inevitable processes of change. Much of this work was performed in the Technical Assistance operations of American University's Justice Programs Office. 

I have written numerous project reports (many of them bearing very high security classifications), several chapters ofSpace Management and the Courts, and a book entitled The Image of Justice. In the latter I developed and presented a means of analyzing and ranking courthouses in terms of their functional qualities rather than their "brick and mortar" conditions. Also developed and presented in that book was a method for assessing the space (and other) needs of courthouses in terms of their occupants' case-handling requirements. This was based on the concept that the "case processing unit" was the major analytic for courthouse design, rather than the generally accepted nothingness of how many judges needed how many courtrooms, from which other design features (if any) followed.

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Hon. Andrew L. Sonner

Sr. Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, Montgomery, Co., MD

Andrew Sonner

ANDREW L. SONNER, Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 7th Appellate Circuit (Montgomery County), November 1996 to July 11, 2004. Retired July 11, 2004. 

Member, Task Force on Sentencing and Intermediate Sanctions of the Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 1996. Chair, State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1999-2003. Member, Pretrial Release Project Advisory Committee, 2000-01. Chair, Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, 2004.  

Deputy State's Attorney, Montgomery County, 1967-71. State's Attorney, Montgomery County, 1971-96. Member, Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, 1979-82;State's Attorneys' Coordination Council, 1979-91;Maryland Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, 1982-85. Chair, Criminal Justice Commission, Montgomery County, 1985-87. 

Member, Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1996, 2014-. The American University, B.A., 1957;Washington College of Law, The American University, J.D., 1963. Member, American Bar Association;Maryland State Bar Association (criminal law &practice section council, 1990-, past chair);vice-chair, special committee on citizenship & law-related education, 2002-);Montgomery County Bar Association. Private law practice, 1964-66. Member, American Judicature Society, 1969-. Board of Directors, Maryland State's Attorneys' Association, 1971-96 (president, 1973-76). Member, Advisory Committee on the National Consortium on Violence Research, 1996. Instructor, American Academy of Judicial Education, 1970-76. Professorial Lecturer, American University School of Law, 1971-79. Lecturer, University of Maryland, 1975-;Montgomery College, 1977-87. Numerous publications in professional journals. Distinguished Alumni Award, American University School of Law, 1979. Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, Maryland State Bar Association, 1988. Certificate of Merit for outstanding contributions in the field of victims rights and services, Governor of Maryland, 1988. Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship Award, Harvard University School of Law, 1992. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2002. J. Joseph Curran Award  

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James A. Summey

President,West End Ministries; Executive Director, High Point Community Against Violence, High Point, N.C

Jim Summey

Jim Summey is Executive Director of the High Point Community Against Violence (HPCAV) in High Point, North Carolina.HPCAV is a non-profit agency in its 18th year with a single mission of reducing violent crime in High Point.HPCAV accomplishes this goal by working directly with violent crime offenders who have been selected out of police and court data observing them to be high risk for long prison terms due to their violence.These offenders are given the opportunity to move their lives forward and given a variety of skills training to equip them to live non-violently.Over the past 18 years HPCAV, working along with its law enforcement partners, has helped reduce violent crime in High Point by 67%.HPCAV and the High Point Police Department are tracking over 2000 offenders who have been "notified" that their violence cannot be tolerated but the community cares about their futures and wants to see them succeed in life.The 18 year recidivism rate is 3.7% in this group of notified offenders. 

Jim's career has been focused in the area of Christian ministry as he served in the areas of chaplaincy (institutional/hospital) and as a pastor. However, Jim has always been involved in working with people in crisis (economic, homelessness, hunger issues, mental illness, and justice matters). From starting an entity to address hunger and homelessness in High Point (West End Ministries) to being involved in violent crime reduction strategies, Jim, along with many colleagues, have seen great results in the effort to bring relief in struggling communities.The violent crime reduction strategy known as focused deterrence policing has been applied to bring reductions in repeat violent crime violence, open air drug markets, gang group situations, and domestic violence, while all the while keeping the offenders in focus to provide legitimate opportunity and services to help them turn away from destructive lifestyles.This community policing effort has been awarded and recognized by the Herman Goldstein International Policing award, Harvard's Ash Institute of the Kennedy School of Justice, The Urban League of Cities, and The FBI's Director's National Community Outreach Award (2015). Jim is an expert consultant with Michigan State University's Criminal Justice Department, The John Jay School of Criminal Justice (City University of New York), and is a Senior Fellow with the American University's School of Public Policy. 

Jim graduated from Gardner-Webb University (BA);Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Columbia Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). 

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Hon. Ronald A. Taylor

Sr. Judge, Berrien County Circuit Court, St. Joseph, MI

Ron Taylor

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: 

1962-1974 Private litigation law practice – Elected Prosecuting Attorney 

1974 Elected Judge of the Fifth Judicial District of Michigan - Re-elected, 1980 

1978 Elected Chief Judge of District Court - three successive terms

1984 Elected Judge of the Second Circuit of Michigan --Re-elected, 1990 

1987 Elected Chief Judge of the Circuit Court - three successive terms 

1995 Appointed by Michigan Supreme Court as first Chief Judge of Berrien County Unified Trial Court 

1996 Appointed Chief Officer of Administration of Justice Support Project - Cairo, Egypt (Resigned from the bench to accept appointment.) 

1996-98 Residence in Cairo, Egypt as Director of AOJS project 

1998 Return to US 

RECENT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITES:

Domestic and International private consulting, teaching and mediation. 

Involved in numerous domestic and international court improvement and judicial education projects regarding court administrative matters 

1999 Retained by Republic of Eritrea, Africa as consultant -- Court System Development Project under new Eritrean Constitution.Worked with drafters of Constitution and legal scholars in establishment of court component and legal framework for implementation legislation and court rule development under Constitution of Eritrea. 

2000 –2004 Worked on curriculum development for training of newly-appointed Judicial and prosecutorial officers as part of development team appointed by Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina.Later lectured numerous judicial groups under the program. 

2005-2006 Retained by European Union to develop training programs for Judges and other court administrative personnel –Republic of Kosovo and elsewhere 

2007-2008 Developed curriculum and lectured on judicial and administrative topics related to court administration and case management in France, Italy and Germany under auspices of European Union. 

1998 –Date Consulted, lectured and developed presentations related to court and caseload management topics throughout U.S. as Senior Fellow at American University Office of Justice Programs, Washington, DC 

Consultant to: National Center for Prosecution Management - Washington, DC National Center for State Courts - Williamsburg, VA American University, Washington, DC Jefferson Institute for Justice Studies, Washington DC Justice Management Institute - Denver, CO US Department of Justice –Bureau of Justice Assistance, Washington, DC Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Republic of Eritrea European Union 

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