Former Portland resident Dana Cook has been appointed National Mitigation Coordinator with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel.
Cook will provide mitigation assistance to Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys, the courts, and federal defenders who are working with death penalty cases.
She will work with the National Habeas Assistant and Training Counsel Project to assist in the organization of national seminars and workshops to train lawyers and non-lawyers in the interviewing and document-analysis skills.
In addition, Cook will have the responsibility to develop and enforce the professional standards for high quality representation in federal capital cases.
ACCR released the following comment regarding Cook, "Her value cannot be overstated. During the past decade she has directly contributed to a dramatic decline in death sentences and death authorizations in the Commonwealth, but her influence goes well beyond the numbers.”
Cook is a graduate of Portland High School and received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1996 from Middle Tennessee State University. In 2003, she earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.