Cynthia Goode Works
Cynthia Goode Works received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University, a Juris Doctor from The American University, Washington College of Law, and a Master of Laws, (LL.M) in Trial Advocacy, with highest honors, from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law.
Following her graduation from law school, Works was a law clerk for the Honorable Henry Francis Greene, District of Columbia Superior Court. Following her clerkship she worked as a criminal defense attorney at the D.C. Public Defender Service (PDS) representing individuals in both misdemeanor and felony matters in bench and jury trials and at the appellate level. Following her tenure at PDS, Works left criminal litigation and worked as a corporate and civil litigator for law firms specializing in corporate, insurance and medical malpractice defense. Prior to opening her own law office, she served as the Director of Training and Education for the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) the national membership association for legal aid and public defenders. At NLADA, Works had responsibility for the content, direction and development of educational training programs for civil legal aid attorneys and public defenders across the country. Currently, Works maintains a law private law practice located in Maryland where she provides representation in civil, employment and criminal matters. An accomplished trial attorney, Works holds bar memberships in the state and federal bars of both the District of Columbia and Maryland.
In addition to the practice of law, Works has a solid background in the academic arena. She has held faculty appointments at The George Mason University School of Law, The Howard University School of Law, and The American University, Washington College of Law. During her tenure as professor at Howard, the team compiled an impressive number of accolades and titles. A few of them include: being named as one of the top sixteen trial advocacy programs in the nation from 1999, 2000 and 2001. In 1991, the team she coached won the National Championship at the NITA Tournament of Champions Competition. Works was visiting professor at Howard University School of Law during which time she taught in and managed the Criminal Justice Clinic component of the Law School's Clinical Law Center.
Works concentrated her legal research agenda and teaching activities in the fields of criminal law and procedure, evidence, and clinical education. For her writing in the areas of Trial Advocacy and Evidence, Works received the Distinguished Faculty Author Award from the president and provost of the university. She also served as a guest lecturer at the Howard University School of Medicine, presenting lectures to physicians regarding medical malpractice defense. Her work was also published in the Howard University Hospital Newsletter.
In addition to the practice of law, Works specializes in the development of trial advocacy training programs across the United States to law firms, government agencies, legal aid attorneys, public defenders, and corporations. She has also served as a faculty member and program director for The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) in both their public and in-house training programs for many years.
Areas of Specialization
- Trial Advocacy
Degrees & Universities
- LL.M, Temple University School of Law 2002 (Trial Advocacy)
- J.D., American University Washington College of Law 1992
- B.S., Texas A&M University 1989
- Cynthia Goode Works, The Impact of Civil Reentry Barriers on Indigent Defense in America, 31 S.U. L. Rev. 227 (Spr. 2004).
- Cynthia Goode Works, Content Editor & Reviewer, The 2004 Federal Practice Manual for Legal Services Attorneys (Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, 2004).
- Cynthia Goode Works, Reentry – The Tie that Binds Public Defenders and Legal Aid Attorneys, 37 Clearinghouse Rev. 328 (Sept. - Oct. 2003).