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Committee on Law and Justice Staff Information


Staff Listing 


Arlene Lee, Director
Emily Backes, Research Associate
Leticia Garcilazo Green, Program Assistant
Tina M. Latimer, Program Coordinator

Malay Majmundar, Senior Program Officer

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.
Leticia Green Leticia Garcilazo Green, Program Assistant

Leticia Garcilazo Green is a program assistant for the Committee on Law and Justice. Leticia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree 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 couple of years, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, effectively combining her interests in psychology and criminal justice.
 TinaLatimer2 Tina M. Latimer, Program Coordinator

Tina M. Latimer is the program coordinator for the Committee on Law and Justice. Before coming to the National Academies, she worked for two law firms consecutively (Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and the Law Office of Roger M. Adelman) for 9 years. She was born in Washington, DC, but was raised and attended school in Maryland. She is currently studying to be a Certified ASL Interpreter and has two wonderful children … boys … who are the joy of her life!
 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.

 Staff Malay Majmundar 

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 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 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., 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 previously was 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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