Law Office Of Lynn B. D' Orio, JD, PLC

214 S. Main, Suite 209
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734)913-5660

lynndorio@hotmail.com

 

EDUCATION:

NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE, MERCER LAW SCHOOL, MACON, GEORGIA
Trial Practice Institute, July 2002

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Doctor of Laws, December 1992

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY
Bachelor of Arts, May 1980
Majors: Organic Chemistry and Secondary Education

SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SELDEN, NEW YORK
Associate Degree, May 1978
Major: General Science, graduated with distinction

EMPLOYMENT

SOLO PRACTITIONER, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Lynn B. D'Orio, JD, PLC, Attorney, 1993 to present
My practice is in the area of GLBT Law, criminal defense on the trial, appellate, and post-appellate levels. I am admitted to practice in all Michigan state courts and the United States District Courts (Eastern and Western Districts) of Michigan.

BAKER COLLEGE, FLINT, MICHIGAN
Adjunct Professor, March 2003 to Present
I teach "Introduction to Corrections" and "Law and Corrections" to students pursuing careers in corrections and law enforcement. I am also re-writing the curriculum for the Law and Corrections class.

WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Instructor, LiveWorkLearn! Seminars March 2000 to present
I present seminars as part of the college’s LiveWorkLearn! Program entitled “Law for Life” (an overview of the law people encounter every day, such as consumer law, real estate, criminal law, wills and estates); “Women and the Law” (a historical overview of laws that effect women); “Don’t be a Victim” (identity theft, how to avoid it and what to do if you are a victim); and “Criminal Justice” (an overview of the criminal justice system and the rights of citizens and law enforcement).

STATE APPELLATE DEFENDER OFFICE, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Law Clerk, January 1992 to February 1993
Researched and wrote appellate briefs for indigent criminal defendants.

MICHIGAN PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Law Clerk, June 1990 to September 1992
Researched and wrote briefs on civil rights issues for the developmentally disabled. Interviewed lay and expert witnesses.

PFIZER INC., CHEMICAL DIVISION, HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS
Territory Manager, July 1980 to September 1989
Managed 22 distributor sales representatives and created and executed marketing strategies and sales presentations. I also held the following positions: Associate Sales Representative and Sales Representative. I was responsible for over $5.4 million in sales.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

MICHIGAN STATE BAR
Admitted May 1993, P-48042.
I am a member of the Criminal Law and Real Property Law Sections.

BATTERED WOMEN'S CLEMENCY PROJECT
Co-coordinator, 1994 to present. Member since 1990.
The Clemency Project seeks freedom for women who fought back against their abusers and were convicted because little or no evidence of domestic violence was presented at their trials. To date, three women have been freed.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS OF MICHIGAN
Board of Directors, 2003-2006 term. Education committee, 2002 to present. Member, 1993 to present.
See Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD
Ann Arbor Chapter, President from 1996 to 1999. Member 1994 to present.
As a practicing member of the Guild, I personally represented many people who were arrested practicing civil disobedience and worked with the Ann Arbor Police Department to design constitutional procedures to handle crowds at a KKK rally in Ann Arbor.

WOMEN'S LAWYER'S ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN
Member, 1993 to present.
I have participated in the University of Michigan Women Law Students Mentorship Program from 1998 to present.

WASHTENAW RAINBOW ACTION PROJECT
1996 to present. Positions held: Vice President, Board member, Advisory Committee member, and legal counsel.

ANN ARBOR HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Appointed by Mayor as Commissioner to serve from November 1999 through October 2002.
Vice-Chair, 2000 to October 2002, Chair of Police Community Relations Committee, 1999 to October 2002.

The Human Rights Commission recommends to City Government ways to improve programs and ordinances to eliminate or remove effects of past discrimination. As Chair of the Police Community Relations Committee, I was instrumental in passage of a City Council Resolution requiring the Ann Arbor Police Department to collect data to determine whether officers are using racial profiling when initiating traffic stops.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
Field Instructor, 1997-1999.
I worked with social work students within my law practice, managed their projects, provided instruction and direction on the law as it applies to areas of social work, and provided performance evaluations to the School of Social Work.

YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Washtenaw County Chapter, Secretary, 1997 to 1998; Treasurer, 1996 to 1997. Member May 1993 to May 1998.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW, WASHTENAW COUNTY
Member, 1993 to present.

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
Women's Justice Committee, 1994 to present.

WASHTENAW COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Member, 1993 to present.

PUBLICATIONS

"Survivors of Domestic Violence and Equal Protection: Two Cases Meet the McKleskey v. Kemp Standard in Oakland County," D'Orio, L.; Jacobsen, C.; Mizga, K.; Noruddin, I. (in preparation).

"Survivors of Domestic Violence Not Given Equal Protection in Oakland County," Right to Counsel, Spring 2003 (submitted).

Clemency for Battered Women in Michigan: A Manual for Attorneys, Law Students and Social Workers, edited by Lynn B. D'Orio and Lore A. Rogers, published by the ACLU Michigan Battered Women's Clemency Project, October 1998.

"Attorney General Investigation of Defense Counsel's Knowledge of Inmate Client's Assets," Criminal Defense Newsletter,'vol. 19, no. 3, Dec. 1995

"False Allegations of Child Sex Abuse: A Case in Point," Res Ipsa Loquitur, vol. 27, no. 6 January 1995 (reprinted with permission)

"False Allegations of Child Sex Abuse: A Case in Point," Criminal Defense Newsletter, vol. 18, no. 1, Oct. 1994

"What To Do When the Charge Is Criminal Sexual Conduct and the Complainant is HIV Positive?" Michigan Bar Journal, vol. 72, no. 9, Sept. 1993

 

PRESENTATIONS

"Youth Legal Round Table: Know Your Rights," presented with Nicholas Roumel (UM Student Legal Services) and Jay Kaplan (ACLU) at Washington Rainbow Action Project, January 31, 2003, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"Practicing Law and Activism: Keeping Your Perspective," presented at the University of Michigan Law School, November 7, 2002.

"The Fight for Clemency for Battered Women Who Defend Themselves", presented with Professor Carol Jacobsen, University of Michigan, at the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence 20th Annual State Wide Conference, June 17, 1998, Midland, Michigan.

"Misogyny, Sexism and Homophobia: A Diversity Training" presented with James Toy, March 25, 1998, Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan.

"Misogyny, Sexism and Homophobia: A Diversity Training" presented with James Toy, March 3 & 5, 1998, Ann Arbor City Hall, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"Misogyny, Sexism and Homophobia: A Diversity Training" presented with James Toy, October 21, 1997, Washtenaw County Bar Association Race-Gender Bias Awareness Week, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"Considering the Duress Defense When the Defendant is the Victim of Spouse or Child Abuse; Should There be an Exception to the No-Homicide Rule?" accepted, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Annual Meeting, March 16-20, 1993, Kansas City, Missouri.

"Rape Shield Laws and Their Effects on the Criminal Justice System," National Women's Studies Association 15th Anniversary Conference, June 19-23, 1992, Austin, Texas.

 

HONORS

Extraordinary Achievement Award, The Domestic Violence Project, Inc., SAFE House, for pro bono representation of battered women charged with criminal offenses, presented October 27, 1999.

Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project's Spectrum Award, for drafting the City of Ypsilanti's Non-discrimination Ordinance, presented June 12, 1999.

American Association of University Women, Research and Projects Grant recipient, 1989-1990, to assist recipients in educational and professional advancement

 


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