Profile: janene.mccabe

Janene McCabe is the Director of Technical Litigation at the Colorado State Public Defenders Office. Janene started her career as a Deputy State Public Defender in 2001 where her passion to represent the indigent accused was put into practice. She developed her trial strategies and skills with the support of her office and the State system. Janene has been regularly involved in mentoring new lawyers and became the County Court and Intern supervisor in Adams County in 2007. She developed training tools that were adopted throughout the State to assist lawyers while in the courtroom. In 2009 Janene was named the Attorney of the Year by the Colorado State Public Defender. Janene has been a frequent presenter at the annual Public Defender conference providing continuing legal education credits for attorneys in Colorado. She has taught classes ranging from courtroom demeanor, DNA, Cross examination of the Reid Technique, and Technology in Practice. Today, Janene assists all staff with implementing technology into their daily practice. She has developed classes to teach lawyers how to create digital trial notebooks, software to use to edit video and audio evidence, and use of ipads in the courtroom. Janene is a member of the electronic discovery committee to develop a state-wide system with a goal of distributing discovery to defense attorneys in a timely and consistent electronic format.




On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principleswhich are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.  


On March 2, 2017, NAPD released its Statement on Reducing Demand For Public Defense: Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution Can Reduce Defender Workload, Save Money, and Reduce RecidivismThere are more than 2 million people in jail and prison in the United States. This is a four-fold increase since 1980. This increase and the racial disproportionality among incarcerated people has led to alliances across the political spectrum to address the impact on people and on budgets.  As the new Coalition for Public Safety has put it, “Our country has an ‘overcriminalization’ problem and an ‘overincarceration’ problem — and it’s getting worse." NAPD authored this statement because there is a great opportunity to make transformative changes that can improve justice and save money.  A variety of organizations representing a wide spectrum of political views have joined together to end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes.