Tiffany Sizemore, J.D.

Tiffany Sizemore

Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education
School of Law
Law

Room 203, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education
Phone: 412.396.5694
sizemoret@duq.edu

Education:

J.D., Howard University School of Law, Cum Laude
B.S. in Education, Antioch College
Bio

Assistant Clinical Professor Tiffany Sizemore joined Duquesne University School of Law in August 2015. She developed and directs the Youth Advocacy Clinic. Her clinical practice focuses on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. With her students, she represents children in delinquency proceedings as well school discipline and special education matters. Her research focuses on holistic representation in criminal and civil legal aid offices.

Prior to joining the law school, Sizemore was the Deputy Director for the Juvenile Division at the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, where she served for over two years. As Deputy Director for the Juvenile Division at OPD, Sizemore managed eleven full-time juvenile defense practitioners, who appeared before approximately one dozen family court judges. Sizemore was also responsible for the development and training of those lawyers in all aspects of the practice. During her time at OPD, she also did significant policy work with a variety of stakeholders in the delinquency system in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children it serves.

As Deputy, Sizemore wrote and implemented new practice standards across the juvenile division at OPD. Those standards are in compliance with the national practice standards, as promulgated by the National Juvenile Defender Center.

In 2019, Professor Sizemore was chosen as one of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Interdisciplinary Research Leaders to study the Holistic Research Model used in the clinics. Also in 2019, Professor Sizemore was appointed to Governor Tom Wolf's Juvenile Justice Taskforce, which is charged to examine and propose needed reforms to the Pennsylvania's juvenile legal system.

In addition to her extensive trial experience in both criminal and juvenile delinquency court, Sizemore sits at many policy and stakeholder tables related to these issues. In 2014, Sizemore was accepted into Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Multi-System Integration Certificate Program as part of a team from Allegheny County that developed a Capstone Project which seeks to improve outcomes for children who are involved in both the delinquency and dependency systems. Sizemore was a member of the Commonwealth's Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee from 2013-2019. She was first appointed by The Honorable Justice Debra Todd in 2013. In November 2013, Sizemore joined the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania.

In January 2014, Sizemore joined the Board of Directors for Youth Enrichment Services, a mentorship and youth development program based in Pittsburgh. Sizemore served as the Board Chair for the Alliance for Police Accountability in 2016, a grassroots activism and policy organization based in Pittsburgh. She is currently the Board Vice President for the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania and sits on the advisory Board for the National Juvenile Defender Center's Northeast Regional Center. In 2019, she also began serving on the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh. In May 2020, Professor Sizemore joined the Board of Trustees of the Winchester Thurston School.

Prior to being in Allegheny County, Sizemore was a trial attorney for eight years at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, which is widely regarded as the premier public defender organization in the country. In addition to being a trial attorney, Sizemore was a supervisor in the juvenile section for approximately one year immediately preceding her move to Pittsburgh. While at PDS, she represented clients in cases from presentment through disposition of the case, and handled serious violent felonies, including: homicide, sexual assault, armed robbery, armed kidnapping, and armed carjacking. Sizemore spent approximately two years handling almost exclusively juvenile cases at PDS. As a litigator, her work has also included representing witnesses to crimes, targets of grand jury investigations, and defendants in diversionary courts, e.g., mental health court or drug court. She was a member of PDS' hiring committee for seven years.

Sizemore has conducted numerous trainings, including training on the following topics: fundamentals of the rules of evidence, effective juvenile disposition advocacy, how to prepare for an interview as a public defender, education advocacy basics for public defenders, juvenile competence to stand trial, preparing for transfer hearings, fundamental trial skills training (i.e., opening statements, cross-examinations, closing arguments, development of defense theme and theory), and others.

Sizemore is a nationally certified trainer through the National Juvenile Defender Center's Juvenile Training Immersion Program, and joined the faculty of NJDC's Summer Academy in 2016. Additionally, Sizemore has judged many mock trial competitions, and appears regularly on panels discussing indigent defense representation for both children and adults, as well as education and juvenile justice policy reform.

The work of the Juvenile Defender and Education Law Clinic has been frequently featured in local media outlets including: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Public Source, WESA-FM, and the historic Pittsburgh Courier.

Sizemore graduated from Howard University School of Law, cum laude, in May 2004. For her undergraduate studies, she attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio where she received a B.A. in Education. She is a native Pittsburgher, graduate of the Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, and is an avid Steelers fan.

Courses

FALL 2018
Education Law Clinic (61)
Juvenile Defender Clinic (01)

SPRING 2019
Education Law Clinic (61)
Juvenile Defender Clinic (01)

FALL 2019
Education Law Clinic (61)
Juvenile Defender Clinic (01)

Spring 2020
ELC and JDC

Fall 2020
Youth Advocacy Clinic

Honors/Professional Affiliations

Bar: District of Columbia, 2004

Bar: Pennsylvania, 2013

Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania, board member

Youth Enrichment Services, Pittsburgh, board member

Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, July 30, 2013-February 1, 2016, member

Public Defender Service Hiring Committee 2005-2012, member

Bar: Western District of Pennsylvania 2017

National Juvenile Defender Center Northeast Region Advisory Board, Member

National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy, Faculty

Neighborhood Legal Services, Board Member

The Winchester Thurston School, Board Trustee

Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Taskforce, Member

Cum Laude (2004)

Passion Meets the Road Awards, 2019 Forerunner's Award

Scholarship

Articles

"I Don't Want To Hear One More Word About The Constitution, Counselor!": An Examination of the Critical Role of Juvenile Defenders in Delinquency Court
Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, "I Don't Want To Hear One More Word About The Constitution, Counselor!": An Examination of the Critical Role of Juvenile Defenders in Delinquency Court.

Presentations

Managing the Juvenile Caseload
Tiffany Sizemore, Managing the Juvenile Caseload, CLE at Juvenile Court Judges' Conference (November 7, 2018).

Community-University Partnerships Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Applications of Holistic Legal Representation
Tiffany Sizemore, Dr. Tammy Hughes and Angel Gober, Community-University Partnerships Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Applications of Holistic Legal Representation, workshop at 2018 PSU-Pitt Education Summit (September 28, 2018).

You've Been Arrested: Now What?
Tiffany Sizemore and Turahn Jenkins, You've Been Arrested: Now What?, round table discussion at Creative Conversations, Union Project, Pittsburgh, PA (September 20, 2018).

Navigating the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Tiffany Sizemore, Navigating the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Education Justice Conference (July 2018).

The Miller Revolution and Adolescent Brain Science in the Law
Tiffany Sizemore, The Miller Revolution and Adolescent Brain Science in the Law, Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania Summer CLE Defense Training (June 2018).

Challenging Identification Evidence
Tiffany Sizemore and Randy Hertz, Challenging Identification Evidence, National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy (June 2018).

Challenging Transfer
Tiffany Sizemore and Kristina Kersey, Challenging Transfer, National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy (June 2018).

Client Considerations: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression
Tiffany Sizemore and Christina Gilbert, Client Considerations: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression, National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy (June 2018).

Collateral Consequences
Tiffany Sizemore and Serena Holthe, Collateral Consequences , National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy (June 2018).

Immigration Issues for Juvenile Court-Involved Youth
Tiffany Sizemore and Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy, Immigration Issues for Juvenile Court-Involved Youth, Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania & Juvenile Defender Clinic Joint Training (April 2018).

Competence to Stand Trial for Court-Involved Youth
Tiffany Sizemore, Competence to Stand Trial for Court-Involved Youth, Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania & Juvenile Defender Clinic Joint Training (April 2018).

Autism in Practice
Tiffany Sizemore and Dr. Tammy Hughes, Autism in Practice, James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice (November 2017).

Challenging Identification Evidence
Tiffany Sizemore and Randy Hertz, Challenging Identification Evidence, National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy (June 2017).

Challenging Transfer
Tiffany Sizemore and Cathryn Crawford, Challenging Transfer, National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy (June 2017).

JRAP: A Partner Approach to Reducing Barriers for Youth Impacted by Criminal Records
Tiffany Sizemore, JRAP: A Partner Approach to Reducing Barriers for Youth Impacted by Criminal Records,  Equal Justice Works Conference (May 2017).

Ethical Perils of Representing Juveniles Who May Be Incompetent
Tiffany Sizemore and Howard Elbling, Ethical Perils of Representing Juveniles Who May Be Incompetent Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Joint Meeting (April 2017).

Addressing Discipline/Alternative Education Issues
Tiffany Sizemore, Addressing Discipline/Alternative Education Issues, Educational Success and Truancy Prevention Workgroup of the Allegheny County Children's Roundtable (April 2017).

Expungements: How to File & Follow-Up
Tiffany Sizemore, Expungements: How to File & Follow-Up, James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice (November 2016).

Lawyering with Purpose: Holistic Representation, Relational Lawyering, and Resilience
Tiffany Sizemore, Lawyering with Purpose: Holistic Representation, Relational Lawyering, and Resilience, Society of American Law Teachers (October 2016).

Dynamic Dispositions: Real World Ways to Improve Case Outcomes
Tiffany Sizemore, Eduardo Ferrer and Maria Guido, Dynamic Dispositions: Real World Ways to Improve Case Outcomes, National Juvenile Defender Center Annual Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit (October 2016).

50 Years After Miranda & 5 Years After J.D.B.: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Want to Be?
Tiffany Sizemore and various other presenters, panel, 50 Years After Miranda & 5 Years After J.D.B.: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Want to Be?, National Juvenile Defender Center Annual Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit (October 2016).

J.D.B. and Miranda in Practice: Effectively Challenging Juvenile Statements
Tiffany Sizemore and Martin Feinman, J.D.B. and Miranda in Practice: Effectively Challenging Juvenile Statements, National Juvenile Defender Center Annual Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit (October 2016).

Adolescent Brain Development Case Law
Tiffany Sizemore, Adolescent Brain Development Case Law, Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania Summer Bootcamp 2.0 (June 2016).

Cross-Examination
Tiffany Sizemore and Ji-Seon Song, Cross-Examination, National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy (June 2016).

Challenging Identification Evidence
Tiffany Sizemore and Randy Hertz, Challenging Identification Evidence, National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy (June 2016).

Challenging Transfer to Adult Court
Tiffany Sizemore and Mary Ann Scali, Challenging Transfer to Adult Court, National Juvenile Defender Center Summer Academy (June 2016).

Principles to Consider in Juvenile Lifer Resentencings
Tiffany Sizemore, Principles to Consider in Juvenile Lifer Resentencings, Resentencing Juveniles Conference (March 2016).

Juvenile Disposition Advocacy
Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, Juvenile Disposition Advocacy, presented at the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania Defender Boot Camp (2015).

Dispositional Advocacy
Tiffany Sizemore, Dispositional Advocacy, Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania Spring Bootcamp (March 2015).

Public Defenders: Why They Matter
Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, Public Defenders: Why They Matter, guest lecture at Criminal Justice Research Advisory Panel, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (2013).

News

Public Source, June 10, 2020, Should police be in Pittsburgh schools? Advocates call for removal reignited in wake of Floyd's death

WESA-FM, April 20, 2018, Pittsburgh Students Are Working To Keep The ‘Never Again’ Momentum From Fading

Duquesne Lawyer, Summer 2017, The Pittsburgh Foundation awards grant to Juvenile Defender Clinic, Education Law Clinic

Duquesne University Magazine, Spring 2017, New law clinics to help children

Public Source, July 31, 2017, From school to jail: How hundreds of kids get arrested in Pittsburgh schools every year

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 20, 2017, Armed police at city's public schools generating buzz during board election year

WESA-FM, February 14, 2017, Report Finds Youth Want a Voice in Shaping Juvenile Justice Policies

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 13, 2017, Youth give a voice to Pittsburgh Foundation study on juvenile justice, poverty

TribLive, February 13, 2017, Study: Listening to youths could improve justice system

TribLIVE, February 3, 2017, Pa. Education Department: Gateway did not have to ban first-grader

The New Pittsburgh Courier, November 2-8, 2016, Duquesne Law School and Housing Authority win expungement grant

The Duquesne Lawyer, Fall/Winter 2016, Juvenile Defender Clinic and Housing Authority team up to serve public housing residents

Duquesne Duke, November 3, 2016, DU law clinic to help clear records

WESA-FM, October 31, 2016, Student Attorneys To Offer Expungement Services To Public Housing Residents

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 6, 2016, Order in the class: A Duquesne program promotes smart discipline

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 29, 2016, Duquesne University law clinic hopes to assist parents in the school discipline process

Pittsburgh City Paper, March 15, 2016, Charges dropped against teen in ruckus outside Downtown Pittsburgh's Wood Street T Station

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 7, 2016, No Safe Harbor, Part II: Prisons cope with mental health