White Collar Crime Policy, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Shana-Tara Regon serves as Director of White Collar Crime Policy for NACDL. In that capacity, she focuses on monitoring and attempting to prevent overcriminalization, overfederalization, and the erosion of mens rea in our federal criminal laws. She also works to maintain the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege and to prevent the further erosion of civil liberties in our criminal justice system. Shana staffs NACDL’s White Collar Crime Committee and assists in the development of NACDL’s white collar defense programming. She also coordinates NACDL’s strategic partnership with other organizations on multiple federal legislative and agency initiatives.
Prior to joining NACDL, Shana practiced as a white collar defense lawyer at Shipman & Goodwin, LLP in Hartford, CT representing individual and corporate clients in state and federal civil and criminal investigations. She has represented clients facing a variety of criminal charges including fraud, public corruption, RICO, tax fraud, espionage, felony escape, criminal harassment and assault, and in civil matters such as Qui Tam, Freedom of Information Act and unfair trade practices. She also frequently represented clients in civil litigation against the Connecticut Attorney General’s office and served as pro bono immigration counsel for political refugees seeking asylum. Shana received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Western New England College School of Law, where she was a Note Editor for the Law Review. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. in English from Sweet Briar College. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Joette Katz of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Shana is a former President of the District of Connecticut’s Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a former pupil of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court. She is currently a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a member of the ABA’s White Collar Crime Committee & Criminal Justice Section. She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Connecticut, Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.