Director of Technical Litigation, Colorado Office of the Public Defender (Denver, CO)

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.