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Tiffany Sizemore, J.D.

Tiffany Sizemore

Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education
School of Law
Law

Room 310, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education
Phone: 412.396.5694
sizemoret@duq.edu

Education:

J.D., Howard University School of Law
B.S. in Education, Antioch College
Bio

Assistant Clinical Professor Tiffany Sizemore joined the faculty of Duquesne Law School in August 2015. She developed and directs the Juvenile Defender Clinic and the Education Law Clinic.

The Juvenile Defender Clinic provides zealous, holistic representation to children charged with crimes in Allegheny County Juvenile Court. The Education Law Clinic also operates as a holistic model, and represents children who are facing school disciplinary and proceedings and special education matters. Prior to joining the law school, Sizemore was the Deputy Director for the Juvenile Division at the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, where she served for over two years. As Deputy Director for the Juvenile Division at OPD, Sizemore managed eleven full-time juvenile defense practitioners, who appeared before approximately one dozen family court judges. Sizemore was also responsible for the development and training of those lawyers in all aspects of the practice. During her time at OPD, she also did significant policy work with a variety of stakeholders in the delinquency system in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children it serves. As Deputy, Sizemore wrote and implemented new practice standards across the juvenile division at OPD. Those standards are in compliance with the national practice standards, as promulgated by the National Juvenile Defender Center. Along with those stakeholders, she regularly attended some of the most prominent juvenile justice conferences in the country, including the Models for Change Conference, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Conference, and the National Juvenile Defender Center Summit.

In addition to her extensive trial experience in both criminal and juvenile delinquency court, Sizemore sits at many policy and stakeholder tables related to these issues. In 2014, Sizemore was accepted into Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Multi-System Integration Certificate Program as part of a team from Allegheny County that developed a Capstone Project which seeks to improve outcomes for children who are involved in both the delinquency and dependency systems. Sizemore was a member of the Commonwealth's Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee from 2013-2019. She was first appointed by The Honorable Justice Debra Todd in 2013. In November 2013, Sizemore joined the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania. In January 2014, Sizemore joined the Board of Directors for Youth Enrichment Services, a mentorship and youth development program based in Pittsburgh. Sizemore served as the Board Chair for the Alliance for Police Accountability in 2016, a grassroots activism and policy organization based in Pittsburgh. She is currently the Board Vice President for the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania and the co-director for National Juvenile Defender Center's Northeast Regional Center and is a member of the NJDC National Advisory Board.

Prior to being in Allegheny County, Sizemore was a trial attorney for eight years at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, which is widely regarded as the premier public defender organization in the country.

Courses

FALL 2018
Education Law Clinic (61)
Juvenile Defender Clinic (01)

SPRING 2019
Education Law Clinic (61)
Juvenile Defender Clinic (01)

FALL 2019
Education Law Clinic (61)
Juvenile Defender Clinic (01)

Honors/Professional Affiliations

Bar: District of Columbia, 2004

Bar: Pennsylvania, 2013

Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania, board member

Youth Enrichment Services, Pittsburgh, board member

Crossover Youth Practice Model, Allegheny County Juvenile Court, team member

Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, July 30, 2013-February 1, 2016, member

Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee, member

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Allegheny County, stakeholder

Criminal Justice Research Advisory Panel, University of Pittsburgh, member

Public Defender Service Hiring Committee 2005-2012, member

Scholarship

Article

"I Don't Want To Hear One More Word About The Constitution, Counselor!": An Examination of the Critical Role of Juvenile Defenders in Delinquency Court

Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, "I Don't Want To Hear One More Word About The Constitution, Counselor!": An Examination of the Critical Role of Juvenile Defenders in Delinquency Court.

Presentations

Managing the Juvenile Caseload

Tiffany Sizemore, Managing the Juvenile Caseload, CLE at Juvenile Court Judges' Conference (November 7, 2018).

Community-University Partnerships Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Applications of Holistic Legal Representation

Tiffany Sizemore, Dr. Tammy Hughes and Angel Gober, Community-University Partnerships Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Applications of Holistic Legal Representation, workshop at 2018 PSU-Pitt Education Summit (September 28, 2018).

You've Been Arrested: Now What?

Tiffany Sizemore and Turahn Jenkins, You've Been Arrested: Now What?, round table discussion at Creative Conversations, Union Project, Pittsburgh, PA (September 20, 2018).

Juvenile Disposition Advocacy

Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, Juvenile Disposition Advocacy, presented at the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania Defender Boot Camp (2015).

Public Defenders: Why They Matter

Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, Public Defenders: Why They Matter, guest lecture at Criminal Justice Research Advisory Panel, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (2013).