Christine Freeman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alabama Post-Conviction Relief Project. Christine has served as the Executive Director of the Middle District of Alabama Federal Defender Program, Inc., in Montgomery, Alabama since 1999. During her tenure as head of the Federal Defender Office, Christine saw many federal capital habeas clients denied any opportunity of relief due to failures by their state post-conviction counsel. In 2004, Christine initiated the Alabama Post-Conviction Relief Project, which seeks to avoid these issues by assisting state post-conviction counsel with support and resources in representing capital clients during the Rule 32 process.
Prior to joining the federal defender’s office in Montgomery as Senior Litigator in 1995, Christine was an assistant federal defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Tennessee. She has also been employed in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee; in the county public defender’s office for Davidson County, Tennessee; spent five years as a staff attorney in prison and post-conviction litigation for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia; and was a staff attorney and branch office director in three different legal services offices in Eastern Kentucky with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky.
Christine received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her undergraduate B.A. from the University of Michigan, with high honors in history.
Christine is a member of the American Inns of Court, Federal Bar Association, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Alabama Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery. She has served on the Boards of each of these organizations and formerly served as president of ACDLA, UUFM, and the Montgomery Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Christine has children living in Milwaukee, Brooklyn and Montgomery.