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Michael Rushford
Michael Rushford
President & CEO
Kent Scheidegger
Kent Scheidegger
Legal Director & General Counsel
Marissa Cohen
Marissa Cohen
Public Policy Director
Kymberlee Stapleton
Kymberlee Stapleton
Associate Attorney

Michael D. Rushford

Michael Rushford is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a nonprofit, public interest law organization dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice.

Prior to forming the Foundation, Rushford served five years as Director of the California Chamber of Commerce Anti-Crime Department, where he raised funds and produced two award-winning statewide public service media campaigns, authored and helped gain passage of a number of legislative proposals dealing with crime, and authored the Guide to Crime Reduction, which has served as a model for anti-crime programs developed in more than 200 communities across the country.

Rushford’s earlier employment included paid consulting and coordinating work for statewide and Northern California political campaigns, production of Sacramento’s 1975 Easter Seal Telethon, and consultant to California’s Lieutenant Governor in 1972.  He served six years in the United States Air Force Reserve, while attending California State University, Sacramento.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
The False Promise and Lethal Consequences of Releasing Inmates (2009)
The Social Benefits of Confining Habitual Criminals, Stanford Law and Policy Review, Volume 11, Winter 1999, page 59.
Reinhardt's Lament, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 18, 1996, page 6, col. 3.
Taking Crime Seriously: An Agenda for the Governor's Crime Summit, The Claremont Institute, Golden State Center for Policy Studies, No. 1994—28.

Kent S. Scheidegger

Kent Scheidegger has been the Legal Director of the CJLF since December 1986. He has written over 150 briefs in cases in the United States Supreme Court. He is the Past Chairman of the Criminal Law and Procedure Practice Group of the Federalist Society and has served on the groupís executive committee since 1996. His articles on criminal and constitutional law have been published in law reviews, national legal publications and Congressional reports. His legal arguments have been cited in the Congressional Record and incorporated in several precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

After receiving a degree in physics with honors from New Mexico State University in 1976, Mr. Scheidegger served for six years in the United States Air Force as a Nuclear Research Officer.

He took his law degree with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1982 and practiced civil law in Northern California. He was general counsel of California Cooler, Inc. from 1984 until 1986, when he joined CJLF.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND CASES
Rebutting the Myths About Race and the Death Penalty, 10 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 147 (2012)
Habeas Corpus, Relitigation, and the Legislative Power, 98 Colum.L.Rev. 888 (1998)
Overdue Process: A Study of Federal Habeas Corpus in Capital Cases and a Proposal for Reform (1995)
A Guide to Regulating Panhandling (1993)
Rethinking Habeas Corpus (1989)
Capital Punishment in 1987: The Puzzle Nears Completion, 15 West.St.L.Rev. 95 (1987)
Teague v. Lane, 489 U.S. 288 (1989)
McCleskey v. Zant, 499 U.S. 467 (1991)
Payne v. Tennessee, 501 U.S. 808 (1991)
Tuilaepa v. California, 512 U.S. 967 (1994)
Sandin v. Conner, 515 U.S. 472 (1995)
Williams v. Taylor, 529 U.S. 362 (2000)
Connecticut Dept. of Public Safety v. Doe, 538 U.S. 1 (2003)
Virginia v. Black, 538 U.S. 343 (2003)
Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 (2004)
Cullen v. Pinholster, 131 S.Ct. 1388 (2011)

Marissa Cohen is the Public Policy Director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, writing about criminal justice policy and advocating for victimsí rights, law enforcement and an improved system of justice.

Ms. Cohen received a degree in criminal justice with honors from California State University, Sacramento in 2014. While a student there, she was involved with Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society, and served as the organizationís president during her final semester. Additionally, she was selected by a professor to participate in an outside assignment for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), taking facts from an actual crime report and generating a character profile of a sex offender. The profile was used in interview and interrogation training courses for detectives receiving certifications in sex crime investigations.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Cohen worked as a receptionist and then as a records clerk for a national civil defense law firm.

Kymberlee Stapleton is Associated Attorney of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation,