Project Staff

Fred L. Cheesman
Dr. Fred L. Cheesman II is a Principal Court Research Consultant with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) specializing in juvenile justice, sentencing, and problem-solving courts. Since joining NCSC in 1997, major areas of project work included (1) Evaluations of juvenile blended sentencing in Minnesota, Ohio, and Vermont (2) evaluations of three community courts ( Midtown Manhattan, Philadelphia, and Red Hook Community Court, the latter in progress); (3) evaluation of risk assessment instrument for low-level offenders in Virginia; (4) an analysis for the SJI-funded project examining case-processing times for courts of the last resort, (5) developing caseload forecasts for more than a dozen facilities design projects, (6) performance measures for drug courts (juvenile and adult), statewide and locally, (7) the evaluation of the DC District Court’s Juvenile Social Services Unit, and (8) Drug Court evaluations in the 9th Circuit of Missouri and Wyoming. Prior to joining NCSC, Dr. Cheesman served on the faculty of the University of Baltimore with a joint appointment in the Criminal Justice and Public Policy Divisions, also serving as a research associate with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy. He also spent a year as a visiting professor at Indiana University. Prior to this, he served as a researcher and systems analyst for 15 years with the Ohio Department of Youth Services, where he developed population forecasts for the agency and conducted program evaluations.


Caroline S. Cooper
Caroline Cooper is Associate Director of the Justice Programs Office of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington D.C. and a Research Faculty member of the School of Public Affairs. She is a graduate of Smith College, Howard University (M.A.) and the Washington College of Law at American University. For a number of years, she has been involved with the provision of technical assistance, evaluation, and training services to courts and other adjudication system agencies engaged in judicial improvement efforts.  She has also been a practicing attorney, an assistant public defender, and has written numerous publications addressing a variety of judicial system issues relating to the management of criminal, civil, juvenile and family matters.  Her most recent publications and presentations have addressed topics relating to drug courts, civil and criminal differentiated case management, and COOP planning, and include: the multi volume reports of the 1997 and 2000 National Drug Court Surveys; Drug Case Management and Treatment Intervention Strategies in the State and Local Courts; BJA Differentiated Case Management Program Brief; and Guidebook for Implementing a Differentiated Case Management System and Establishing Drug Treatment Courts: Strategies, Experiences and Preliminary Outcomes (international experience), prepared for the OAS-EU Conference of Mayors, Lugo, Spain (2010).  She is the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Drug Court Clearinghouse/Technical Assistance Project and Associate Director of the BJA Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project, both operating at American University. Address: Justice Programs Office, School of Public Affairs, American University, Brandywine, Suite 100, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Washington D.C. 20016-8159. TEL.: 202/885-2875; FAX: 202/885-2885. e-mail:


David B. Rottman
David B. Rottman is a principal court research consultant at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). His current research concerns problem-solving courts, the role of procedural fairness in compliance with court decisions, and the evolution of court structures. He directed or participated in three process and impact evaluations of community courts (in Manhattan, Philadelphia, and Red Hook, New York) and directed three national public opinion surveys of attitudes toward the courts and one on attitudes toward sentencing policy. Recent publications include “Problem-solving courts: models and trends (Justice System Journal), “Adhere to procedural fairness throughout the justice system” (Criminology & Public Policy),Trust and Confidence in the California Courts: A Survey of the Public and Attorneys, and“ Procedural Fairness, Criminal Justice Policy, and the Courts” (in K. Ismaili (ed.) U.S Criminal Justice Policy: A Contemporary Reader). Rottman has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana and is the author of books on community justice, social inequality, and modern Ireland.

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  Adult Drug Court Research to Practice Initiative is a cooperative agreement awarded to the National Center for State Courts with the School of Public Affairs at American University.  It is co-funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

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