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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 L. 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


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 with the Committee on Law and Justice and DBASSE. She is currently supporting three projects: Proactive Policing—Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties; the Science of Science Communication; and Science Literacy and Public Perception of Science. She has provided analytical and editorial support for studies on juvenile justice reform, forensic science, 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. She received an M.A. and B.A. in history from the University of Missouri, and she is currently pursuing a J.D. at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law where she received the 2015 Justice Thurgood Marshall Legal Scholar Award.
Kathi Grasso Kathi L. Grasso is the Director of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Before assuming this role in July 2015, she was a senior leader in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Kathi joined DOJ in 2001 as Director of OJJDP’s Research and Program Development Division, and served in several other positions from 2003 to 2015, including as OJJDP’s senior juvenile justice policy and legal advisor, the designated federal official for the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and attorney-advisor in DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women. She is a graduate of the intensive DOJ Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program that led to her SES certification by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Prior to her employment at DOJ, she worked at the American Bar Association Center for Children and the Law where she directed research and other projects that had national and international impact in the areas of child and adolescent health, juvenile and family court improvement, legal representation of children, independent living services for transitioning youth, child abduction, and child sexual abuse and exploitation. Kathi also served as the Chief and Managing Attorney of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s Child Advocacy Unit in Baltimore City and as an attorney with the Maryland Disability Law Center. Kathi has extensive litigation experience, has published in the child welfare field, and has contributed to numerous national interagency and professional workgroups, including the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity. Kathi was awarded her Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies with High Distinction from Douglass College of Rutgers University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also has a Juris Doctorate from Catholic University School of Law and is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars.
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 Committee on Law and Justice and has worked in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) for over 12 years. She has provided analytical, administrative, and editorial support for a number of studies and workshops in the area of criminal justice and contributed technical writings for many reports. Her recent projects include The Growth of Incarceration in the United States; Reforming Juvenile Justice; Health and Incarceration; Understanding the U.S. Illicit Tobacco Market; Strengthening the National Institute of Justice; and Support for Forensic Science Research. In addition to her work on law and justice issues, she has ably engaged with projects in the areas of STEM education and the science of human-system integration. She has an M.S. in education from Cornell University and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, San Diego. 



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