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Chris Kemmitt

Senior Counsel

Chris Kemmitt joined LDF in 2015 as Senior Counsel. Before coming to LDF, Chris spent seven years as an attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where he represented indigent defendants charged with serious crimes. During his tenure at PDS, Chris successfully argued numerous appeals before the D.C. Court of Appeals and tried and won cases in D.C. Superior Court. He also conducted trainings on various topics for the D.C. defense bar and co-founded the PDS Criminal Law Blog.

Before joining PDS, Chris worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Nancy Gertner of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Chris graduated magna cum laude from Williams College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned his B.A. in History.