Title: Public Defender
Company: Southern District of Illinois
Location: East Saint Louis, Illinois, United States
Daniel G. Cronin, Esq., Public Defender at Southern District of Illinois, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in criminal defense.
Assistant Federal Public Defender Dan Cronin began his involvement with the Federal Public Defender’s Office as a law clerk in St. Louis in 1990. In 1991, he was selected as the first law student member of the American Bar Association’s Sentencing Guidelines Committee. In 1994, he began working for the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Illinois as a paralegal. He later became that office’s research and writing specialist, and in 2001 took his current position as an assistant federal public defender. In that capacity, he has represented clients in federal court in the Southern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri, and the Eastern District of California. Professional activities outside of the office have included serving on an ABA committee for drafting protocols for prosecuting war crimes, serving on a committee of the Illinois Department of Education for establishing professional standards for paralegals, and teaching Legal Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Webster University.
After obtaining Bachelors of Arts in history in 1987 and in philosophy in 1990 from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Mr. Cronin continued his education with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the St. Louis University School of Law in 1992, where he received Academic Achievement Awards in Jurisprudence and Criminal Procedure II. A graduate of the National Criminal Defense College’s Trial Practice Institute, Mr. Cronin has presented to other defense attorneys on topics such as legal ethics, jury selection, cross-examination, sentencing mitigation, and the use of technology in the courtroom.
Mr. Cronin attributes his success to having skilled co-workers and his willingness to learn. Mr. Cronin became involved in his profession because he did volunteer work with lower-income people in the community in the 1980s and realized that as a lawyer he would be able to do more for them.
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