Dan Cronin began his involvement with the Federal Public Defender’s Office as a law clerk in St. Louis in 1990. In 1991, he was selected as the first law student member of the American Bar Association’s Sentencing Guidelines Committee. In 1994, he began working for the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Illinois as a paralegal. He later became that office’s Research and Writing Specialist, and in 2001 took his current position as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. In that capacity, he has represented clients in federal court in the Southern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri, and the Eastern District of California.
Professional activities outside of the office have included serving on an ABA committee for drafting protocols for prosecuting war crimes, serving on a committee of the Illinois Department of Education for establishing professional standards for paralegals, and teaching Legal Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Webster University.
A graduate of the National Criminal Defense College’s Trial Practice Institute, Dan has presented to other defense attorneys on topics such as legal ethics, jury selection, cross-examination, sentencing mitigation, and the use of technology in the courtroom.