Elizabeth Toplin

Assistant Chief, Trial Unit

Ms. Toplin is the Assistant Chief of the Trial Unit at the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In addition to supervising the daily legal and administrative operations of the unit, Ms. Toplin maintains a varied trial caseload that includes complex and high profile criminal cases throughout the district.

Ms. Toplin has served as an adjunct criminal law professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Ms. Toplin lectures frequently and presents at trainings for attorneys under the Criminal Justice Act in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on a variety of subjects relevant to federal criminal practice.

Since 2009, Ms. Toplin has participated as a member of the Supervision to Aid Reentry (STAR) Program team in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Toplin has lectured to various audiences nationally about the STAR program. In 2018, she was honored by the Federal Criminal Law Committee as a recipient of the Clifford Scott Green Bill of Rights Award for her outstanding work with the STAR Program and devotion to the Bill of Rights.

Prior to joining the Federal Community Defender Office in 2007, Ms. Toplin worked for ten years as an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and for one year as an attorney at the Bronx Defenders. Ms. Toplin is a graduate of Columbia College and Temple University Law School. Ms. Toplin is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.