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 December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.


Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE