Caleb Kruckenberg, Litigation Counsel, comes to NCLA with broad legal experience, often adverse to the government. Caleb developed his principled opposition to the administrative state from his experiences as a criminal defense attorney, after witnessing one too many prosecutions arising from technical violations of impenetrable regulations.
Before joining NCLA, Caleb represented clients in diverse matters at both the trial and appellate level in a variety of jurisdictions. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the New York County District Attorney’s Office, then served as an Assistant Public Defender for the State of New Mexico. He later transitioned to serve as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico. Most recently, Caleb worked as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney in Philadelphia, and as an advocate for criminal justice reform for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Caleb is at home in almost any legal forum, and has tried cases before juries and argued appellate matters all over the country, sometimes in the same week. Caleb received his J.D., cum laude, from Temple University, Beasley School of Law, where he was the Lead Articles Editor of the Temple Law Review. He also holds a B.A. in fine art from the University of Kansas. In a prior life, Caleb studied figurative painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which was founded in 1805 and was the first art school in the United States.
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