Michael McCullough is Senior Fellow with the Rule of Law Collaborative. He is an attorney, democracy and governance expert, and global promoter of the rule of law. He has nearly 20 years of experience promoting democracy and governance reform through justice and rule of law programs in over a dozen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (“LAC”) and around the world. He is currently a technical director with Tetra Tech DPK, where he provides technical support for business development and proposal development for rule-of-law programs in the Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, LAC, and Middle East and North Africa regions, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (“USAID”), U.S. State Department, and other funders; as well as program management of overseas rule-of-law programming; and serves as a member of the Tt DPK management team.
His experience in the field includes service as chief of party, deputy chief of party, and technical expert on USAID justice programs in Colombia and Bolivia, and a State Department program in Mexico. He also served as director for the LAC region at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, where he managed a portfolio of justice programs providing legal technical assistance in 12 countries in LAC.
He has previously practiced law as a public defender at the federal and state levels, and also engaged in private practice. He has trained over 1,000 attorneys, judges, and police on litigation, trial and investigative techniques, and the accusatorial criminal justice system. He is also a regular speaker on rule of law and criminal justice issues, and is a published author on litigation skills.
He has a law degree and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. He is professionally fluent in Spanish.