Christian Lassiter most recently served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland. As an AFPD, Christian represented clients facing complex felony charges, including international white-collar crimes, alleged instances of national terrorism and homicide cases. Christian was a member of the office’s training team and lead initiatives to increase the number of attorneys of color within the office and Maryland’s federal bar. Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Christian owned and operated a private practice in New York City. His private practice focused primarily on criminal defense, post-conviction relief, and family law, including matters of custody and juvenile delinquency. As an AFPD and in private practice, Christian collaborates with attorneys on issues pertaining immigration law and its intersection with criminal law. Christian developed his multifaceted legal foundation at the Bronx Defenders, a nationally recognized holistic defense organization in New York. While at the Bronx Defenders, Christian represented indigent clients facing the highest level felonies and misdemeanor offenses. He also led several community empowerment initiatives, supervised a team of first-year attorneys, and testified on criminal justice issues numerous times, including before New York’s City Council on behalf of the Bronx Defenders.
Christian also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, teaching Criminal Procedure. He also is an Affiliate Professor and Loyola Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business, teaching Legal Environment of Business. Christian also volunteers as Coach in the Mock Trial Program at Howard University Law School.