Senior Advisor, West Coast Initiatives
Brett Taylor is Senior Advisor for the Center for Court Innovation's West Coast Initiatives. He formerly was the Center’s Deputy Director of National Technical Assistance and the Director of Operations for the Center's Tribal Justice Exchange. Brett currently provides technical assistance to the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Los Angeles site. He also works with numerous states, cities, and tribes on creating justice system strategic plans and needs assessments. He has been the lead planner on several community courts across the country. Brett was an original planner of the Red Hook Peacemaking Program that launched in 2013. He was an attendance court hearing officer at P.S. 27 in Brooklyn from 2007-2010. Before joining the Center in 2007, Brett was the senior defense attorney for more than six years at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, NY and was a senior trial attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn the previous 10 years. From 2000-2015 he was an organizer and coach in the Red Hook Youth Baseball League. He also was a Red Hook Youth Court trainer. Brett holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
- From Taxi to Takeoff: Planning and Implementing Early Diversion in Los Angeles
- BJA’s Sixth Amendment Initiative: Strengthening the Constitutional Protections of the Accused
- Lessons from Community Court: Strategies on Criminal Justice Reform from a Defense Attorney
- Minding the Elephant: Criminal Defense Practice in Community Courts