Ames Grawert

Senior Counsel, John L. Neu Justice Counsel

Ames Grawert is Senior Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program, and the John L. Neu Justice Counsel. He studies the cost of America’s criminal justice system to people, communities, and society as a whole, and develops and advocates for solutions to reverse the damage done by mass incarceration.

Previously, Mr. Grawert served as an assistant district attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, where he reviewed and litigated claims of actual innocence in addition to his appellate work.  Before entering public service, he was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP, where he represented criminal defendants pro bono in state and federal post-conviction litigation. He uses this experience to examine criminal justice issues from “both sides,” taking into account the interests of prosecutors, police officers, and criminal defendants alike. 


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