NATIONAL TRAFFIC LAW CENTER
Contact us via our general National Traffic Law Center email at email@example.com
or contact a specific staff member, listed below.
Duane M. Kokesch Director
Duane M. Kokesch is a Senior Attorney with the National Traffic Law Center, a division of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). Mr. Kokesch has more than 16 years experience litigating criminal cases, beginning as an Assistant City Attorney with the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan where he prosecuted driving under the influence and other local crimes. He also worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Calhoun County, Michigan and an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. In 2006, Kokesch was appointed Chief of the Criminal Section for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. As Chief, he oversaw the prosecution of routine and high profile drug and alcohol traffic-related offenses in the District of Columbia as well as other crimes. Prior to joining NDAA, Kokesch worked in private practice with a focus on criminal litigation. He is a cum laude graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from St. Cloud State University.
Metria Hernandez Project Coordinator
703.519.1683 Email Metria Hernandez
Metria Hernandez is a Project Coordinator for the National District Attorneys Association’s National Traffic Law Center. She provides administrative support to the organization’s program director and staff and senior attorneys. Ms. Hernandez also plans, coordinates and implements logistical support for training conferences and group meetings.
In the 12 years that Ms. Hernandez has been working with the National District Attorneys Association, she has become an integral member of the NDAA’s team through her work on 48 conferences with the number of participants ranging from 50-250. Metria continues to be a key player at the National District Attorneys Association in a mutually-rewarding relationship.
Dave Hollenberg Staff Attorney
Dave Hollenberg joined the National District Attorneys Association in November 2014, and serves as a staff attorney with the National Traffic Law Center. Prior to NDAA, Dave worked as a fellow, and as a special Assistant State’s Attorney with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for nearly two years, prosecuting hundreds of criminal and traffic cases, and assisting with more complex jury trials. He has also worked in civil litigation. Dave received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from American University Washington College of Law.
Peter Odom Senior Attorney
Peter Odom is a senior attorney with the National Traffic Law Center in Alexandria, Virginia. He is criminal practitioner with 25 years’ experience and over 200 felony jury trials to his credit. He currently resides in Washington DC. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Pepperdine University Law School. Peter served as deputy county attorney in Strafford County, New Hampshire, from 1990 until 2003, handling primarily child physical and sexual abuse cases. He then joined the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office five-person Homicide Unit before moving to Atlanta in 2006 to prosecute for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in the Major Case and Public Integrity Units. He opened The Odom Law Firm in July, 2008, handling criminal cases exclusively.
Peter currently teaches International Law and Criminal Law at Georgetown University’s Paralegal Program. He is a former instructor at Emory University in Atlanta, and at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. In addition, he has taught for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in both Monterrey, Mexico, and Guatemala City, Guatemala, providing instruction in trial practice to lawyers, law professors, and law enforcement professionals.
Before joining the National Traffic Law Center, Peter served as a frequent commentator on high-profile criminal cases for Headline News, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, and CNN. His real life adventures as a homicide prosecutor leading a high profile multiple murder investigation are featured in the 2008 book Wicked Intentions: The Sheila LaBarre Murders by Kevin Flynn.