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Arthur Ago

Director of Criminal Justice Project

Arthur Ago joined the Lawyers’ Committee as the Director of the Criminal Justice Project in November 2019. Before coming to the Lawyers’ Committee, Arthur spent close to two decades at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) representing indigent children and adults facing serious delinquency and felony criminal charges in Washington, D.C. Arthur served as a supervising trial attorney at PDS, the Deputy Trial Chief, and the Trial Chief. For two years, Arthur also served as a special litigation attorney at PDS, representing adults serving sentences for crimes committed when they were adolescents. Arthur has served on the board of directors of the D.C. Law Students in Court Program (now Rising for Justice) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, the American University Washington College of Law, and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.  Arthur received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, his M.A. in Asian American Studies from U.C.L.A., and his B.A. from Amherst College.