Staff Attorney, Marijuana Law and Policy
Joy Haviland is a staff attorney for Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance. She engages in legislative and initiative drafting, litigation, advocacy, and public education in support of marijuana policy reform.
She comes to DPA after spending six years representing individuals directly harmed by the drug war. As a staff attorney at the Three Strikes Project at Stanford Law School, she represented inmates serving life sentences for non-violent crimes under California’s Three Strikes Law. She litigated petitions for resentencing under both Propositions 36 and 47 throughout the state and helped to secure the release of many people in prison. Joy also spent five years at The Bronx Defenders in New York City as both a Staff Attorney and Supervising Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice. At The Bronx Defenders, she represented indigent clients in all aspects of misdemeanor and felony criminal litigation. Having represented hundreds of people charged with the possession and sale of drugs, she had a front row seat to the damage wrought by the war on drugs. She received her B.A. from Pitzer College and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law where she was a member of the Death Penalty Clinic. Joy is a member of both the California and New York state bars.