Karl A. Doss

Director, Community Education

National Legal Aid & Defender Association

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 900
Washington, DC 20036

(202) 452-0620 x244 | Fax: (202) 872-1031


Karl Doss has over 20 years experience as an attorney and currently serves as the Director of Community Education for NLADA.  Among his responsibilities are supporting and developing defender training programs.  During his career, Mr. Doss has gained experience as a public defender, prosecutor, and judicial officer.  Prior to joining NLADA in January 2009, Mr. Doss served as the Director of the Department of Judicial Programs with the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, where he developed a training program to certify special justices who conduct mental health commitment hearings and coordinated court projects to reform Virginia's magistrate system and mental health commitment process as well as improve compensation for court appointed lawyers providing indigent defense services.  From 2003 to 2006, he also served as Director of Training and Human Resources with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission where he developed and conducted training programs for public defenders and court appointed private attorneys providing indigent defense representation, including the statutorily mandated indigent defense certification training program and the Public Defender Trial Skills Bootcamp.  Mr. Doss has been a presenter at numerous trainings and continuing legal education programs on the subjects of client interviewing skills for defenders, juvenile defense, attorney ethics, and diversity in prosecutor offices.  He also served one year as Deputy Public Defender in the Norfolk (VA) Public Defender's Office where he supervised attorneys assigned to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and from 2000 to 2002 was a Staff Attorney with the Children's Law Center in Brooklyn, NY.  From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Doss was a member of the Hennepin County (MN) District Court bench as a Referee of Family Court.  Prior to that he served seven years as an Assistant County Attorney in the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and he began his career in 1987 as an Assistant Hennepin County Public Defender.

Phyllis E Mann - Wed, 01/20/2010 - 15:36