NCJW Supports Veronica Rossman. Here’s why:
Veronica Rossman has spent her career ensuring all people are treated fairly and with dignity while navigating the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on fighting for her clients to have continued access to medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to her extensive record as a public defender, Rossman brings a critical perspective to the federal bench as an immigrant whose family fled Russia due to antisemitic persecution.
Veronica Rossman’s stance on important issues:
Excessive Sentencing: Veronica Rossman has represented over 250 indigent clients at both the trial and appellate level in her 12 years as a federal public defender, including several cases where she was successful in getting sentences vacated or reduced for people who were facing significant time in prison for nonviolent offenses, despite having no prior criminal record.
Humane Sentencing: Rossman has been a significant proponent of more humane sentencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, from writing about the poor health conditions of federal detention centers to advising other attorneys on securing compassionate release and home confinement for clients in poor health. In addition to advising other attorneys, Rossman also sought compassionate release for a medically vulnerable client who contracted COVID-19 while serving a more than 10 year sentence for a nonviolent offense. Currently, Rossman oversees a two-district effort between Wyoming and Colorado focused on securing compassionate release for hundreds of eligible defendants under the First Step Act of 2018, which is legislation that reformed sentencing standards with the goal of reducing number of incarcerated people in federal prisons.
Religious Persecution: Rossman has firsthand experience with religious persecution and political discrimintion. As a young child, her family came to the United States as religious and political refugees to escape antisemetic persecution in the former Soviet Union.
Racial Discrimination and Search Warrents: In 2021, Rossman represented a Chinese immigrant before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing the police confused her for another individual with a similar-sounding name on the search warrant, and that high energy consumption alone was not probable cause for the government to search her home for a marijuana grow operation.
Veronica Rossman’s education and experience:
Experience: Veronica Rossman has experience in civil litigation focusing on antitrust and intellectual property law. While a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, Rossman worked on international patent cases, conducting depositions, working with witnesses, and assisting at trial. While at Mastbaum & Moffat, she represented an employee in a lawsuit where the clients former employer was wrongfully using their name and professional reputation after the client has already resigned. Additionally, Rossman worked for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as a staff attorney, reviewing cases and providing recommendations to judges who were set to hear the cases. She also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she taught courses on civil procedure, conflict of laws, and legal research and writing.
Education and Clerkships: Rossman attended Columbia University and University of California, Hastings College of Law. After law school, she clerked for Chief Justice A. William Maupin on the Supreme Court of Nevada.
Volunteer and Pro Bono Work: Rossman has volunteered with the ACLU of Colorado, the Colorado Bar Association’s Hate Crimes Education Program, and the Faculty of Federal Advocates, which provides legal education, mentoring, and pro bono opportunities to lawyers in Colorado.
Professional Affiliations: Rossman serves as President-Elect of the Faculty of Federal Advocates (FFA), and organization dedicated to improving the quality of legal practice in Colorado’s federal courts. In addition to her work with the FFA, Rossman is a member of the Tenth Circuit’s Criminal Pattern Jury Instruction Committee and the America Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. She was recently selected to serve on the University of California, Hastings College of the Law Board of Trustees.