Fredilyn Sison

Fredilyn Sison is an honors grad of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. She loves her job as a public defender. She has served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Districts of Idaho, Nebraska, and Nevada and she is currently the senior litigation counsel and training coordinator for the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina in Asheville. In 2005, she was visiting counsel at the Defender Training Branch and at the U.S. Sentencing Commission in Washinton, D.C. She has also worked as a state public defender, a juvenile prosecutor and an associate in a law firm.

Fredi has written a chapter on child pornography in Practical Guide for Defending a Federal Case and a chapter on jury selection in the 3rd edtion of Cultural Defenses in Criminal Cases and co-authored two chapters on foreign law and jury selection in the 3rd edition of Defending a Federal Criminal Case. She has authored articles on jury selection, cross examination and the effects of incarceration on families for The Warrior, the quarterly journal of the Trial Lawyers College and an article on psychodrama and jury selection for The Champion, the monthly magazine of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers.

She has served as faculty for numerous programs, including the Barton Litigation Boot Camp, the Trial Lawyers College, the Sentencing Advocacy Workshop, and the Trial Skills Academy; she also speaks at numerous defender events throughout the country. A certified practitioner in psychodrama and sociometry, she continues to attend workshops to continue her studies. Her interest in psychodrama has led her to Improv and Playback Theater. She can paint a room like nobody’s business, hike until she gets blisters and wishes she could play the piano like her favorite nun, Sister Mary.


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