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Adjudication: Courts and Sentencing

Corrections: Incarceration and Supervision

Crime: Causes, Trends, and Prevention

Delinquency: Prevention, Intervention, and Justice

Domestic and Personal Security: Terrorism and Cyber Security

Evaluation: Programs and Policies

Investigation and Enforcement: Policing, Forensics, and Regulations

Research: Data and Measurement

Victims: Vulnerable Populations and Family Violence

Committee on Law and Justice Staff Information


Staff Listing 


Arlene Lee, Director
Emily Backes, Research Associate

Malay Majmundar, Senior Program Officer

Steve Redburn, Scholar

Julie Schuck, Senior Program Associate
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, Research Associate

Emily Backes is a research associate at the National Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Emily worked for two and half years with the Academies’ Committee on Human Rights. From 2010 to 2011, she interned at the Center for American Progress’s Enough Project, supporting the policy team’s work and writing for the Center’s Enough Said blog. In 2010, she received a M.A. from the University of Missouri in history, specializing in U.S. foreign policy and human rights. During her graduate studies, she received a travel grant from MU’s International Center to study and conduct research at the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center in Kigali, Rwanda. She received a B.A. in history from the University of Missouri in 2008.
 Arlene Lee - photo 

Arlene F. Lee, Director


Arlene F. Lee is the Board Director for the Committee on Law and Justice. Prior to joining CLAJ Arlene was the Director of Policy at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, where she focused on helping federal and state elected officials develop research-informed policies and funding to improve results for children and families. In this capacity, she oversaw, a leading national resource for results-based policy. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Maryland Governor's Office for Children, where she chaired the Children's Cabinet and was responsible for the cabinet’s fund of 60+ million dollars annually. She has served as the Deputy Director of the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Director of the Federal Resource Center for Children of Prisoners and Youth Strategies Manager for the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Lee is also the author of numerous articles and co-authored The Impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act on Children of Incarcerated Parents. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Washington College and a J.D. from Washington College of Law, American University. As a result of her work, Arlene was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women and has received three Governor’s Citations.


Malay Majmundar, Senior Program Officer


Malay Majmundar is a senior program officer at the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academies. He is currently the study director for two projects: Committee on the Illicit Tobacco Market: Collection and Analysis of the International Experience and the Roundtable on Crime Trends.  He has worked on studies on federal budget policy, immigration enforcement and statistics, criminal justice, and demography and 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.


 Steve Redburn - photo 

Steve Redburn, Scholar


Steve Redburn is a study director for the National Academy of Sciences. In 2010 and 2011, he was project director for the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform. Steve is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has chaired its standing panel on executive organization and management. In 2010 and 2013, Dr. Redburn was a visiting adjunct and lectured at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, in Adelaide Australia, and elsewhere. He is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. He served as a senior executive at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for many years until his retirement from the federal service in 2006. Following his retirement, he worked in 2007 as advisor to the budget director of Kosovo for a USAID development project. For NAS, Dr. Redburn has directed studies of causes and consequences of high rates of incarceration in the U.S. (current) and of planning and budgeting for immigration enforcement (2010 – 2011). In 2008 – 2009, he was study director for a joint committee of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration, whose report on options to address the long-term budget challenge, Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future, was released in January, 2010. His own scholarship focuses on public administration reform and strategic approaches to policy development. He has authored and edited numerous academic works on budgeting, public management, and a variety of public policy issues. His Ph.D. in political science is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 Julie Schuck 

Julie Schuck, Senior Program Associate


Julie Anne Schuck is a senior program associate with the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences and has worked in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education for over 10 years. Much of which has been spent understanding different fields of study and preparing technical reports. She has provided analytical and editorial support for a number of projects and workshops in the areas of STEM education, privacy and terrorism prevention, the science of human-system integration, and criminal justice. Currently, she is part of the staff team supporting the NRC committee on the causes and consequences of high rates of incarceration. 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., MBA, Program Officer

Daniel Talmage joined the staff of the board in 2013 to be the study director for the committee on a Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice Reform. He 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, Mr. Talmage 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. Mr. Talmage holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Radford University and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management.


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