THE WREN COLLECTIVE, LLC

Strategic Advising for Social Change

We live in a time where change is badly needed but difficult to achieve. True impact requires expertise and commitment. The Wren Collective provides both to clients who want to take the bold action needed to radically transform the criminal legal system.

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Our Services

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STRATEGY & CAMPAIGNS

We design full-throttle campaigns to achieve change.  We craft messages, identify those who can effectively communicate them, and determine how and when they should be delivered.  We will show you which levers need to be pulled to obtain radical transformation, and then we help you pull them.

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LEGISLATION SUPPORT

We design ballot initiatives and legislation and provide the research and strategy necessary to get them passed. We help clients throughout the process, tracking amendments, identifying whether proposed changes will harm the client’s goals, and developing strategies to oppose these modifications when necessary.

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CRISIS RESPONSE

We provide a rapid response strategy in a crisis, helping to mobilize those voices that can help combat an attack.

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RESEARCH & POLICY

We perform deep, evidence-based research to identify the solutions that will help our clients achieve their goals. We write position papers, reports, policies, and white papers, and then distill them into clear messaging to help you push for change.

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MEDIA PLACEMENT

We help place stories in all forms of media—print, digital, radio, and television—to get our clients' message to the widest audience possible.

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LITIGATION SUPPORT

As long-time criminal defense lawyers, we can provide specialized media and strategy support for your litigation.

 
 
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Our Vision

The Wren Collective is a strategic advising firm that provides our clients with significant substantive knowledge, experience, and an unparalleled work ethic. We are lawyers and policy experts who deploy our considerable criminal justice system expertise to provide communication, policy, legislative and campaign support.

 

We are not your ordinary firm:

 

  • We are deeply client-centered. We are a boutique firm that is entirely focused on achieving our client's end goals—meaningful change. We are selective so that we can give our clients as much time and attention as they need.
     

  • We believe subject matter expertise matters. Successful communications and policy work requires people who understand both how things do and should operate. We have that expertise. 
     

  • We believe hands-on experience is critical. We have been in the trenches, both in courtrooms and on campaigns. We understand how to create targeted and effective advocacy.

 

Our Team

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Jessica Brand

Jessica Brand is a criminal justice expert with significant experience in policy and political communications. Previously, she served as the Legal Director at The Justice Collaborative, heading a team of attorneys, researchers, journalists, and media strategists that worked to reduce the harm caused by the deeply flawed criminal justice system.  In that job, she advised elected officials across the country as they tried to proactively implement meaningful change, while leading communication strategies to roll out policies to safely shrink incarceration levels and supervision in their jurisdiction. She also led teams in responding to crisis situations, and worked with media to soften the groundwork for criminal justice reform.

 

Jessica previously worked at the Texas Defender Service in the capital trial project, where she consulted with trial teams in death penalty cases across the state of Texas and conducted state-wide trainings on understanding mental health and performing capital defense investigation. Prior to that, Jessica was a staff attorney in the appellate division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She also served as a member of the forensic practice group, and she continues to train lawyers across the country on litigating the admissibility of forensic evidence. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Michael McConnell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Jessica has been published in Slate, CNN, and The Appeal, and been featured on NPR and CSPAN.

Jessica graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2007, and summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Defender Service and the University of Pennsylvania Platt House Performing Arts Alumni Council.

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Kosha Tucker

Kosha Tucker has extensive experience in civil rights and criminal justice litigation. Prior to joining the Wren Collective, Kosha was a Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Georgia, where she litigated federal civil rights cases on behalf of people directly impacted by the criminal legal system. While at the ACLU of Georgia, Kosha also worked in coalition with community partners on initiatives to end mass incarceration, eliminate racial disparities in the criminal legal system, and stop the criminalization of poverty. 
 

Before the ACLU of Georgia, Kosha was an attorney at the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office where she provided client-centered representation to children and adults charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. As a public defender, Kosha was identified as an emerging leader in the career of indigent defense and served as a trainer and presenter with the Georgia Public Defender Council, the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, and the National Juvenile Defender Center's Juvenile Training Immersion Program. Kosha is a proud graduate of the Gideon's Promise program and is currently a member of the Indigent Defense Committee of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
 
Kosha began her legal career as the Robin Nash Fellow at Emory’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center where she advised law students in the Center’s Policy and Appellate clinics and developed articles on child welfare and juvenile justice issues. 

Kosha received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar, and her B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, where she was a Benjamin N. Duke Merit Scholar.

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Amy Weber

Amy Weber has over fifteen years of experience in criminal justice litigation and advocacy work.  Prior to joining the Wren Collective, Amy was a Senior Attorney at the Justice Collaborative, where she partnered with elected prosecutors to design and implement significant criminal justice reforms driven by data and research, while considering political feasibility, timing, and strategies for optimizing expansive change.  Before her involvement in designing and supporting new criminal justice policies, Amy provided litigation assistance and constitutional briefing to attorneys handling capital, juvenile life-without-parole, and nonviolent life-without-parole cases across the country.  Amy contributed to many significant victories, including the Delaware Supreme Court decision invalidating the State’s capital punishment law and a successful challenge to the first true juvenile life-without-parole sentence imposed in Florida following the State’s legislative response to Miller v. Alabama.

 

Prior to her work litigating these constitutional criminal issues, she spent nearly a decade as a trial, training, and appellate attorney at the public defender’s office in Miami, Florida, representing clients in all phases of Florida criminal proceedings. She made significant changes to the office’s felony training program that are still in effect today and regularly trained lawyers in the Miami community.   Amy has also served as a law clerk for Judge Janet C. Hall of the District of Connecticut, a staff attorney in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, and an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.

 

Amy obtained a B.A. from Cornell University in 1996 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2002.

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Ben Miller

Ben Miller spent nearly a decade as an appellate public defender, first at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and then with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Besides handling appeals and assisting trial attorneys, Ben provided trainings to other lawyers on legal writing and oral advocacy, properly preserving issues for appeal, and defending against the government’s use of so-called gang expert testimony.

 

Prior to joining the Wren Collective, Ben was a senior legal counsel at The Justice Collaborative, where he drafted policies and legislation aimed at ending mass incarceration on issues such as bail reform, fines and fees, the death penalty, life without parole, sentence review, and compassionate relief. He also co-authored reports to provide guidance to prosecutors seeking to develop sentence review units and on the experience of public defenders across the country at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Ben has authored or co-authored op-eds that have appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, USA Today, Politico, and The Appeal. He also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law, and American University Washington College of Law.

In addition to his work with the Wren Collective, Ben continues to represent indigent clients appealing their convictions or seeking compassionate relief from prison. He received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.

 

Contact Us

E-mail:  info@wrencollective.com
Phone: 512.537.3248‬