Carmen D. Hernandez
President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007-2008
Carmen Hernandez represents persons accused of federal crimes at trial and on appeal. An expert on federal sentencing, she has chaired NACDL’s Federal Sentencing Committee and has been a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Practitioner’s Advisory Group. In 2001, she was honored with the Robert C. Heeney Award, NACDL’s most prestigious award. In 2004, she was honored with the Champion of the Constitution Award by the National Association of Federal Defenders.
She received a J.D. with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law and a B.A. from New York University. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Herbert F. Murray, United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. Ms. Hernandez has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. She has lectured nationally, written articles and testified before Congress regarding federal sentencing