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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Committee on Law and Justice Staff Information


Staff Listing 


Kathi Grasso, Director
Malay Majmundar
, Associate Director

Emily Backes, Research Associate

Leticia Garcilazo Green, Program Assistant

Tina M. Latimer, Program Coordinator

Julie Schuck, Associate Program Officer

Daniel Talmage, Program Officer


Mailing Address

Committee on Law and Justice

The Keck Center of the National Academies

500 Fifth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001


Tel: 202-334-3730

Fax: 202-334-3829


Staff Biographies (alphabetical)  


 Emily Backes - Photo Emily Backes is a Research Associate at the National Research Council. She is currently working with the Committee on Law and Justice and has provided analytical and editorial support for projects on juvenile justice reform and the illicit tobacco market. Previously, Emily worked with the Committee on Human Rights where she was responsible for researching cases of unjustly imprisoned scientists worldwide and synthesizing scholarship on science and human rights issues. From 2010 to 2011, she interned at the Center for American Progress’s Enough Project, which seeks to end genocide and crimes against humanity. She supported the policy team’s work and wrote for the Center’s Enough Said blog. She has an M.A. and B.A. in history from the University of Missouri.
Kathi Grasso Kathi Grasso, the Director of the Committee on Law and Justice was a senior leader in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice. She was the designated federal official for the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, responsible for setting the strategic direction for the groups’ activities, among other responsibilities. She has served on multiple federal interagency work groups, including the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity and the Health Care Delivery and Criminal Justice Subcommittees of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Interagency Working Group on Demand Reduction. Kathi joined OJJDP in 2001 as the Director of its Research and Program Development Division, and served in multiple senior leadership positions since then. Prior to joining OJJDP, she directed national research and other projects that addressed child and adolescent health, juvenile and family court improvement, independent living services for transitioning youth, international and domestic child abduction, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and multidisciplinary collaboration for the American Bar Association. Kathi also served as the Chief Attorney of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s Child Advocacy Unit in Baltimore City. She has written and presented on topics such as child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, parental abduction, and legal representation of children. Kathi holds a B.A. from Douglass College of Rutgers University and a J.D. from Catholic University School of Law.
Leticia Green Leticia Garcilazo Green is the Program Assistant for the Committee on Law and Justice. Leticia joined the CLAJ staff in the summer of 2014. She earned a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in criminology from Louisiana State University in 2012. During her undergraduate studies, she held leadership positions in several organizations that focused on breast cancer research, women’s rights, and the increasing minority population on campus. In the next year, she plans to pursue an M.A. in forensic psychology.
 TinaLatimer2 Tina M. Latimer is the Program Coordinator for the Committee on Law and Justice. Tina joined the CLAJ staff in the spring of 2014 after 19 years of experience working in law firms as an Office Manager and Executive Legal Secretary. She also worked as a staff assistant to the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Competitiveness. Through these experiences, she developed excellent skills in managing the overall administrative and logistical procedures in a busy environment. She is responsible for coordinating the reporting requirements, administrative functions and logistical support for CLAJ and the project committees. She supervises the Program Assistants for all projects, provides support to the Board Director and ensures the smooth implementation of DBASSE and NRC procedures. She plans to pursue a B.S. in Criminal Justice.
 Malay Majmundar4 

Malay Majmundar is the Associate Director for the Committee on Law and Justice. He is currently the study director for two projects: Proactive Policing—Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties and the Roundtable on Crime Trends. He has also worked on studies on federal budget policy, immigration enforcement and statistics, criminal justice, and demography and population aging. He has a B.A. in political science from Duke University, a J.D. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago. 

 Julie Schuck 

Julie A. Schuck is an Associate Program Officer with the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice and has worked in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education for over 10 years. She has provided analytical and editorial support for a number of studies and workshops in the areas of STEM education, privacy protection and terrorism prevention, the science of human-system integration, and criminal justice. Her recent projects have examined reform efforts in juvenile justice and the growth of incarceration in the United States. She has an M.S. in education from Cornell University and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, San Diego.


 Daniel Talmage Daniel E.J. Talmage, Jr. is a Program Officer with more than 14 years of experience at the NRC. He joined the staff of CLAJ in 2013 to be the study director for the committee on a Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice Reform. Daniel is also the study director for the FAA sponsored, Assessment of Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation that is part of the Board on Human System Integration. He previously worked for thirteen years for the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences where he worked on studies for the intelligence community under the TIGER (Technology Insight-Gauge, Evaluate, and Review) Standing Committee. He was responsible for leading multiple studies dealing with the interface of science, technology, and innovation, and U.S. national security, including Human Performance Modification: Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future, S&T Strategies of Six Countries: Implications for the United States, and Persistent Forecasting of Disruptive Technologies. Mr. Talmage also worked for the Air Force Studies Board on Air Force technology related studies and for the Board on Army Science and Technology working on chemical demilitarization studies. Prior to the National Academies, he served as Manager of Issues Management and State and Local Government Affairs at the Public Affairs Council where he organized a variety of workshops and conferences. He holds a B.B.A. from Radford University and received a M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.


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