David J. Utter

Director of Policy - Florida

David Utter has spent his legal career representing indigent individuals in civil rights cases throughout the South. He is the former director and co-founder of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. He has worked as an attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, where he represented indigent prisoners in Alabama and Louisiana who challenged illegal treatment and conditions. He also co-founded the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center to address inequities in the defense of indigent persons facing the death penalty. In 2003, the Louisiana Bar Foundation named him its Distinguished Attorney of the Year for his work on juvenile justice reform. He is also the recipient of the Ford Foundation and Advocacy Institute’s Leadership for a Changing World Award for 2005. He is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Florida Levin College of Law.