Highlights of Michael Wiseman's Career in Criminal Defense and Civil Rights

● Criminal Defense Litigator Focusing on Criminal and Capital Defense at Trial, on Appeal and in Post Conviction Proceedings in State & Federal Court

 

● 30 Years of Litigation Experience in All Phases of Criminal Defense

 

● Significant Civil Rights Litigation Experience

 

● Former Chief of the Nationally Renowned Capital Habeas Corpus Unit of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Providing Post-conviction Representation to Capital Prisoners Around the Country

 

● Litigated and Argued Cases in the United States Supreme Court, Various United States Courts of Appeals and District Courts, in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court and Trial Courts

 

● Delivered the 2011 Key-note Address to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Airlie House National Conference on the Death Penalty, a National Gathering of the Country’s Leading Capital Litigators

 

● Extensive Courtroom Experience at Trial and in Evidentiary Hearings

 

● Extensive Oral Argument Experience in State and Federal Appellate Courts

 

● Recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Legal Services Award from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

 

● Member of the Death Penalty Working Group – Appointed by Director, Administrative Office of United States Courts, as One of Fifteen Lawyers from Around the Country to Advise this Federal Government Agency on Formulation and Implementation of Strategies for Death Penalty Defense, 2007 to 2011

 

● United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Task Force on Death Penalty Litigation – Appointed by Then-chief Judge Edward Becker to Working Group of Defense Attorneys, Prosecutors and Judges Charged with Identifying and Resolving Problems in Capital Habeas Corpus Litigation, 1999-2001

 

● Adjunct Faculty Member, Widener University School of Law, Teaching Courses in Trial Advocacy and Capital Punishment, 1994 to Present 

 

● National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome – Testified as Expert Witness Before Commission in July, 1990