Skip to main content
Lisa M Schwind

Lisa M Schwind

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

Client reviews

Not yet reviewed

About Me

Lisa Schwind currently serves as Statewide Unit Head of the Forensic Services and Education Unit as well as Director of the Innocence Project for the State of Delaware, Office of the Public Defender. She has also served 9 years with Widener University School of Law, Legal Education Institute as adjunct faculty, where she teaches courses in both forensics, and issues of criminal law.


Lisa is a 1983 graduate of the University of Delaware, College of Nursing, received her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in 1989 and received her Masters Degree in Nursing from WesleyCollege in 2010.  


In the last 24 years, Lisa has practiced all aspects of criminal defense including death penalty work. Her practice currently is concentrated exclusively on criminal cases which include forensic or medical issues.  In the areas of forensics, forensic nursing, criminal law, and health care she has lectured nationally as well as in Canada, published, and serves on a variety of committees including the National Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation. 


Lisa Schwind has been profiled in the following publications:

Delaware Department of Labor. Law, Public Safety, Corrections &Security, Delaware Career Compass 14th ed. (p.44) 2006. 

Manser, Ann. Merging Law With Medicine, University of Delaware Messenger. Vol 13 No 2 2005. (cover story)

Parra, Estaban.  Forensic Nurses Teach Lawyers ABCs of DNA, The News Journal 6/7/2004.

Benak, Lynda.  Focus on…Lisa Schwind, R.N., JD,  On the Edge: The Official Newsletter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Spring 2002.

Lisa Schwind has been quoted in the following publications:

Williams, Lee. Public Defender Gains National Honors, The News Journal.10/17/2006.  

 Yoo, In-Sung. Nurse as Sleuth, The News Journal. 4/11/2006. 

Rheume, Chris. Forensic Nursing Grads Hit the Front Lines, Johns Hopkins Nursing. Summer 2005.

Parra, Estaban. Forensic Nurses Teach Lawyers ABCs of DNA, The News Journal. 6/7/2004.

Parra, Esteban. Certain DNA Testing Can Be Helpful, Sunday News Journal. 11/9/2003.

Parra, Esteban. State High Court Overturns DNA Rulings, The News Journal. 9/7/2003.

Parra, Esteban. DNA Can Right Witness Error, The News Journal.  7/30/2003.

Allen, Mary. Defenders Seek DNA Testing Law, Sunday News Journal. 4/30/2003.

Allen, Mary. DNA Test Holds Hope for 9 Inmates, Sunday News Journal. 12/29/2002.

Allen, Mary. Convicted Criminals Petition for DNA Tests, The News Journal. 9/16/2002. 

Allen, Mary. DNA Lab to get Technology Upgrade, The News Journal. 12/27/2000.

Allen, Mary. Convicts request DNA Testing, The News Journal. 11/27/2000.

Allen, Mary. Science Battles Injustice, The News Journal. 9/3/2000

Allen, Mary. Jury Weighs Serial Rape Case, The News Journal. 3/30/2000 Holmes, Carlos. Quicker DNA Analysis Helps Speed Up the Trial Process, Delaware State News. 12/23/1997. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    26 years

Attorney Endorsements

No endorsements

Endorsements from fellow lawyers are an important consideration for many when selecting the right attorney. Be the first to endorse your colleague!

Endorse this lawyer

Contact Info

Office of The Public Defender

820 N French St Ste 3
Wilmington, DE, 19801-3509




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Trial Advocacy AwardPhiladelphia Trial Lawyers Association1989
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for NursingUniversity of Delaware1983

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorWidener University Legal Education Institute2000 - Present
Unit Head Forensic Services and EducationOffice of the Public Defender, State of Delaware1989 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
International Association of Forensic NursesPast President of Local Chapter2000 - Present
Innocence NetworkCharter Member2000 - Present
Delaware Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCharter Member1995 - Present
Delaware Nurses AssociationContract Negotiation Committee1983 - 1987


Publication NameTitleDate
A three part distance learning-program incorporating both video (DVD-ROM) and on-line instructional components provided on password-protected websitesForensics Selected Topics2009
LNC ResourceCriminal Cases: A New Challenge2005
The Journal Of Legal Nurse ConsultingDNA: Innocence and Beyond, Part I2004
The Journal of Legal Nurse ConsultingThe LNC and the Innocence Project2004
American Association of Legal Nurse ConsultantsLegal Nurse Consulting A Care Plan for the Criminal Defense Audio CD2004


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wesley CollegeNursingMS - Master of Science2010
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of DelawareNursingBachelor of Science1983

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Widener University School of Law: Widener Law Review SymposiumForensics and Law2013
Defender Association of Philadelphia CLE ProgramCompassion Fatigue: Traumas’ Potential Impact on Criminal Defense Attorneys.2013
Conference for Leadership in Trauma-Informed CarePanel Presentations: Model Approaches for Improving Delaware’s Response to Trauma Survivors in Health and Social Service Settings2013
Christiana Health System: 21st Century Visions of NursingLegal Aspects of Nursing Documentation in the Medical Record2013
2013 First State Chapter American Association of Nephrology Nurses Spring Conference-Bridging the GapLegal Aspects of Nursing Documentation in the Medical Record2013
New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar 2012 Women’s Litigator’s LuncheonBalancing Law & Life: Perspectives on Staying Sane, Strong &Successful2012
Christiana Care Health System. Forensic Fall UpdateUnderstanding Criminal Defense & The Forensic Nurse2012
Delaware Technical and Community College The 411 on Relationship Violence.Anatomy of a Domestic Violence Case from the Defense Perspective2009
Delaware Technical and Community College DNA Basics: Implications for Criminal Justice and Nursing ProfessionalsPresentation of Evidence at Trial – Defense Attorney Perspective2009
Christiana Hospital Forensic Nursing Update. Testifying in Court on Forensic Patients,Public Defender’s View2008
International Association of Forensic Nurses 15th Annual Scientific Assembly.Special Challenges for the Forensic Nurse; Consulting for the Defense2007
Department of Public Safety Alaska State Troopers and Central Peninsula Hospital 7th Annual Interpersonal Violence ConferenceInsights from a Defense Perspective2007
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Success New Challenges New Choices 2007 National Educational ConferenceSpecial Challenges Within Criminal Cases: It’s Not All About The Trial2007
National Association of Forensic Counselors Together Reducing RecidivismForensics2006
International Association of Forensic Nurses 14th Annual Scientific Assembly. ADissecting a Criminal Case: Insights from the Defense Perspective2006
State of Delaware, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Department of Health and Social ServicesThe Criminal Justice Client and Mitigating Medical Considerations2005
International Association of Forensic Nurses; 13th Annual Scientific AssemblyAnatomy of a Criminal case: Crossroads of Science and Law2005
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants' Fourteenth Educational Conference.Legal Nurse Consulting: A Care Plan for the Defense2003
Sussex County Criminal Bar AssociationDNA Technology2000