Danielle Carman joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice as its Deputy Director in September 2016. Prior to joining SCSJ, she served for more than 15 years as the founding Assistant Director and General Counsel of the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS), a statewide agency charged with overseeing the provision of legal services to indigent persons. In that capacity, she directly supported the work of the IDS Commission, worked with other staff and stakeholders to effectively manage a budget of more than $120 million, and was instrumental in reforming and improving North Carolina’s indigent defense system. Before assisting in the establishment of IDS, she served for almost four years as an Assistant Appellate Defender in the North Carolina Office of the Appellate Defender. In that capacity, she represented indigent criminal defendants on direct appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of North Carolina.
Danielle attended the University of North Carolina School of Law as a Chancellors Scholar and graduated with high honors in 1997. After graduating, she taught four semesters of legal research and writing to first-year law students as an adjunct professor at UNC Law. Through her work at IDS, she has given numerous presentations to actors in the North Carolina justice system, including legislators, judges, clerks, and defense attorneys.