The Justice Innovations team is specially equipped with deep expertise in tech and law:
David Eagleman, PHD
A Stanford neuroscientist, Dr. Eagleman has directed the Center for Science and Law for 14 years, addressing ways of improving the legal system by leveraging science, big data, and modern software. He has authored several books on neuroscience, including The New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, which introduced the issues of neurolaw into the public dialogue. David regularly speaks on neurolaw on NPR, BBC, and CNN, and has been profiled in venues from The New Yorker to The Colbert Report. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a council member on the World Economic Forum, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and a board member of The Long Now Foundation. David is the co-founder of startups, Braincheck, and NeoSensory which have collectively raised over $30 million.
Sasha Davenport, PHD (ABD)
Sasha’s background is in law, neuroscience, and business, most recently serving as COO for the Center for Science & Law for over 9 years where she was instrumental in winning over $ 1 million in grant awards. She is a McNair Scholar who presented research at the West Point Military Academy, publishes research in the areas of justice tech, neurolaw, and data science. Her tech experience includes being a co-developer of predictive risk assessments based on neurocognitive testing, and a co-developer of the nations largest criminal records database that is the first to empower recidivism analysis. With over 18 years’ experience in the legal and tech fields, Sasha has led product development, commercialization, and business development for several early-stage companies.
Shachar brings the team over 18 years of IT leadership, along with prior experience in sales and finance within the legal industry. In addition to programming, building web apps, and general product development, Shachar also develops tools that analyze company financials to optimize earnings, and algorithms that make abandon predictions.
STEVE BALDASSANO, JD
Assistant District Attorney (ret.)
Steve has served and a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has been the Division Chief of Public Integrity, Major Offender and DA for Training Divisions. He’s tried over 250 jury trials, including 3 death penalty capital murders and several high profile cases. He has also handled cases from the Trial bureau, JP Court, Juvenile, Civil Rights, Intake, Police Integrity, White Collar Fraud and the Drug Task Force Divisions. Steve has specialized in training attorneys and law enforcement personnel. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law School. He has taught continuing legal education classes for State and Federal prosecutors, where he has spoken on various topics including, Arson, Fraud, Accomplice Witnesses, Expert Witnesses, Trial Preparation, and Legal Ethics. He has also taught for Police Department Academies, Fire Department Academies, Sheriff’s Offices, and multiple city Police Departments, the National College of District Attorneys, the NICB and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
John Brewer, JD
Assistant District Attorney
John is currently Assistant DA with over 25 years of courtroom experience. John has worked directly with police officers while a Chief prosecutor assigned to the Major Offenders and Financial Crimes Division. He enjoys teaching and is currently one of the instructors at the Houston Police Academy, the Harris County Sherif’s Office Academy, and the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association. John also teaches trial techniques at the University of Houston Law School.
Technical Advisor, Developer
Gary’s expertise is the management of millions of dollars of IT assets, and infrastructure development for the justice community. As the Director of Information Systems Technology for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. He has earned multiple awards from the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute for state and local governments. His most recent enhancements allow the system to deliver digital audio and video evidence to prosecutors, judges, and defends attorneys, complying with new state laws and mandates.