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Criminal Unit 

Anne Gingrich Cornick

Deputy General Counsel

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Anne Gingrich Cornick was appointed Deputy General Counsel for the Pennsylvania Governors Office of General Counsel (OGC) in March 2015. Her chief responsibilities encompass all criminal legal issues at OGC and she serves as the primary contact for all law enforcement agencies. Anne is also Chair of the Criminal Justice Practice Group.

Anne came to OGC after many years as a criminal defense attorney in both state and Federal jurisdictions. She has represented individuals, including a large indigent client base, at every level of the criminal justice system, and her extensive trial experience has been comprised of charges ranging from DUIs, drug offenses, assaults, and homicides. She has also served as counsel in civil litigation cases involving family law, custody law, wills and estates, professional licensure law, and evolving civil proceedings concerning SORNA legislation. Anne has a strong background in direct and collateral appellate work, and served as the Chief Deputy Public Defender of the Appellate Division in Dauphin County, where she first began her legal career.

Anne has served as an adjunct professor in constitutional and criminal law at Central Penn College, an instructor at the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, and a guest lecturer at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law where she was a Presidential Scholarship in Law Recipient and a Texas Law Fellow. Prior to attending law school she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer leading community health programs in Luapula Province, Zambia. She holds a B.A. from Boston University College Honors Program, summa cum laude. Anne lives in the city of Harrisburg with her husband, Sean, and their daughter.

 

Eimy Yagüé-Cowfer

Criminal Justice Specialist

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Eimy joined the Governor's Office of General Counsel in March 2016 as a Criminal Justice Specialist. In her role, she shares the responsibility of the processing for extradition and rendition matters, including executive agreements; reviewing pardon case summaries and recommendations for accuracy and preparation of the charters; the tracking and processing of criminal referrals; the tracking of current capital cases; maintaining the Capital Case Management System (CCMS); the development of capital case documents for the Deputy General Counsel; and the preparation and processing of the GAAP and Single Audit letters. Eimy brings to OGC a wealth of experience of over five years from the York County District Attorney's Office as an Extradition Specialist.  She also has a broad range of paralegal experience and can provide Spanish interpretation and document translation.

 

Carissa Mager

Criminal Justice Specialist

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Carissa joined the Governor's Office of General Counsel in August 2018 as a Criminal Justice Specialist. In her role, she shares the responsibility of processing extradition and rendition matters, including executive agreements; reviewing pardon case summaries and recommendations for accuracy and preparation of the charters; the tracking and processing of criminal referrals; the tracking of current capital cases; maintaining the Capital Case Management System (CCMS); the development of capital case documents for the Deputy General Counsel; and the preparation and processing of the GAAP and Single Audit letters.  Carissa has a broad range of paralegal experience from past employment with the Pennsylvania Department of State. She also brings to OGC a wealth of litigation experience from her most recent employment with McNees Wallace and Nurick LLC. Carissa received her Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013, and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration in the near future.

 

René D. Wood

Criminal Justice Specialist

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René has been a Criminal Justice Specialist in the Governor's Office of General Counsel since July 2019.  She shares responsibility for processing extradition and rendition matters, including executive agreements; reviewing pardon case summaries and maintaining the Capital Case Management System (CCMS); the tracking and processing of criminal referrals; the development of capital case documents for the Deputy General Counsel; and the preparation and processing of the GAAP and Single Audit letters.  René earned a Bachelor's Degree with honors from Sam Houston University and a Paralegal Certificate from Harrisburg Area Community College.  Her previous experience includes work as a paralegal for a private law firm specializing in immigration and family law and with the litigation division of the Office of General Counsel, where she also coordinated OGC's Legal Extern Program.  Before earning her paralegal certificate, René worked as a graphic designer and as an Art Director for an advertising agency in Dallas, Texas.