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HQE Duties

Ms. Susan Clemens, as the DSO HQE-East, reports directly to the Chief Defense Counsel of the Marine Corps (CDC) and provides expertise on criminal justice litigation with a focus on the defense of sexual assault cases and similarly-complex cases. Ms. Clemens’ primary function is to develop and implement training, resources, materials, and standard operating procedures for the effective and ethical defense of courts-martial, including pre-trial investigation, interview techniques, case management, trial advocacy, post-trial responsibilities, use of case management and trial presentation software, methods for dealing with complainants and victim advocates, and the Department of the Navy Rules of Professional Conduct. Ms. Clemens also provides case-specific advice to DSO judge advocates and legal services specialists litigating or preparing to litigate complex cases.

Biography

Summary

Award winning criminal defense attorney with outstanding trial advocacy and training skills. Demonstrated ability to combine expert analytical, investigative, organizational, negotiation and courtroom litigation skills to prepare powerful defense for complex high-profile, criminal trials including capital murder; homicide; sexual assault including rape of incapacitated person, forcible rape, child sexual assault and sexually violent predator; armed robbery, residential burglary, assault, drug and gang cases. Worked extensively on multiple specialty collaborative courts, creating new procedures and evidence based practices.  Frequent trainer on legal issues and litigation skills, including capital litigation training.

Experience

Highly Qualified Expert –East, Marine Corps Defense Services Organization

January 2015 – Present

The DSO HQE reports directly to the Chief Defense Counsel of the Marine Corps (CDC) and provides expertise on criminal justice litigation with a focus on the defense of sexual assault cases and similarly-complex cases. The DSO HQE’s primary function is to develop and implement training, resources, materials, and standard operating procedures for the effective and ethical defense of courts-martial, including pre-trial investigation, interview techniques, case management, trial advocacy, post-trial responsibilities, use of case management and trial presentation software, methods for dealing with complainants and victim advocates, and the Department of the Navy Rules of Professional Conduct. The DSO HQE also provides case-specific advice to DSO judge advocates and legal services specialists litigating or preparing to litigate complex cases.

The DSO HQE advises the CDC concerning requirements to ensure the DSO is properly resources to provide effective representation in complex cases, including staffing, workspaces, hardware, software, and access to external resources as necessary. The DSO HQE interacts with senior judge advocates and principal legal advisors in the Marine Corps, Navy and other services, as well as senior attorneys in key civilian government agencies.

Deputy Public Defender-San Diego County Primary Public Defender

October 1988-October 2014

Capital case team litigation. Sole defense counsel in felony criminal matters with full oversight of cases and courtroom litigation in complex serious cases. Prepared and litigated a variety of difficult, complex and high media profile cases to include capital murder. Utilized experts in all relevant disciplines. Trained and advised staff attorneys in legal concepts, use of experts, trial procedures, and litigation strategy. Writs and Appeals experience, included frequent on-call consultations with trial attorneys on litigation strategy and legal authorities.

Ms. Susan Clemens