Christopher Durocher is government affairs counsel for the Criminal Justice Program at The Constitution Project. His work focuses on addressing the indigent defense crisis at both the national and state level, securing federal funding for indigent defense and reforming federal death penalty and habeas corpus law. Before joining The Constitution Project, Christopher worked as a litigation associate for Mayer Brown LLP. Previously, Christopher served as senior associate at the Alexandria, VA-based law firm of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC, where he represented its clients before the U.S. Congress and various federal agencies, developed communication approaches and oversaw fundraising and contribution strategies for political action committees.
In his pro bono work he has drafted legislation and legislative reports for members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and nonprofit organizations. Christopher recently wrote, “Are We Closer to Fulfilling Gideon’s Promise?: The Effects of the Supreme Court’s ‘Right-to-Counsel Term’” (American Constitution Society, 2013) and co-authored, “A Reform Roadmap for the Criminal Justice System” (Judicature, 2011).