If you love fast-paced action, mystery and drama, Nick Chiarkas delivers it all.
Nick Chiarkas’ extensive legal and law enforcement background allows him to write from a place of powerful personal experience. He doesn’t just write about crime and mystery. He’s lived it. Readers will enjoy writing which stems from his experience as Research Director to the President’s Commission on Organized Crime and assisting domestic and international organizations in developing public defender policy.
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A Distinguished Career
Nicholas L. Chiarkas, Wisconsin State Public Defender Emeritus, was the Director of the Wisconsin’s State Public Defender Agency for twenty-two years. Under his leadership, the agency received three consecutive awards for excellence. In addition, he was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and was a visiting lecturer in law at Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen, Germany.
Previously Dr. Chiarkas served as the Deputy Chief Counsel and Research Director to the President’s Commission on Organized Crime; Deputy Chief Counsel to the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; Professor of Law; Professor of Criminology; and a New York City Police Officer. Dr. Chiarkas has a Doctorate and Master’s degrees from Columbia University; a law degree from Temple University; a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice; a Post Graduate Certificate in Computer Systems Analysis from New York University. And, was a Pickett Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Chiarkas worked with Israel in establishing and enriching Israel’s first National Public Defender Agency; with Japan as it introduced a public defender system; with the U.S. Department of Justice in examining indigent defense in the United States, including New Orleans following Katrina; and with the NLADA in assessing defense services in Michigan, and Ohio. He was part of the planning team for USDOJ’s 2010 Symposium on Indigent defense in the United States, in 2012 Dr. Chiarkas developed the public defender protocols for Afghanistan, and in 2013 he examined Delaware’s justice system for The Sixth Amendment Center.
Among Dr. Chiarkas’ publications are law books, books dealing with Criminal Organizations and Enterprises, and articles, two of which have been translated and published in Japan. His novel Weepers released in June 2015.
Dr. Chiarkas grew up in the Al Smith housing projects in the Two Bridges neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where Weepers takes place. He is presently working on his next novel, Nunzio’s Way, which will be followed by Black Tiger Tea, and then Blue Bounty (working title).