CPCS Innocence Program
21 McGrath Highway, 2nd floor
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: 617-623-0591


Program Director

_MG_3776-EditLisa M. Kavanaugh, lkav...@publiccounsel.net

In her capacity as Director of the Innocence Program, Ms. Kavanaugh evaluates and litigates potentially meritorious Massachusetts innocence claims and provides litigation support and oversight of funding for the investigation and expert resources needed to successfully litigate these claims. She is also actively involved in developing statewide training programs on forensic evidence. In 2013, she formed a Working Group of criminal justice leaders that is focused on improving access to post-conviction DNA analysis and secured federal funding to support this work. Ms. Kavanaugh first joined CPCS in 2002 as a staff attorney in the Somerville Superior Court trial unit. From 2007-2009, she worked in the Appeals Unit and litigated numerous felony appeals. She is a 1996 graduate of Yale University and a 2000 graduate of Harvard Law School. From 2000-2002, she served as a Prettyman Clinical Teaching Fellow with the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. A frequent lecturer at MCLE and CPCS training programs, she has also served on the faculty of training programs at Harvard Law School and the Suffolk University Law School Macaronis Institute, and as an Adjunct Professor with the Innocence Clinic at Boston College Law School. In 2016, she will teach a course on Criminal Adjudications as a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard Law School. She presently serves on the Board of the national Innocence Network and its Ethics & Best Practices and Membership Committees.

Staff Attorney

Ira Gant, iga...@publiccounsel.net

Lead Investigator

Rob Selevitch, rsel...@publiccounsel.net

Support Specialist

Emma Zack, eza...@publiccounsel.net