David B. Rankin

David B. Rankin has been actively involved in numerous first amendment cases and in the defense of protesters and bystanders arrested at or around demonstrations.  During the Republican National Convention in 2004, he helped lead the National Lawyers Guild’s legal response to unconstitutional police practices by organizing nearly 1,000 lawyers and legal workers.  Currently, Mr. Rankin is litigating numerous federal civil rights cases against the New York City Police Department and defending those arrested and accused of criminal acts. Mr. Rankin received a B.A. from Reed College and a J.D. from New York Law School.  He was an assistant to the President of the ACLU. He is a member of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.


Mark C. Taylor

Mark C. Taylor is a graduate of Reed College and Brooklyn Law School. He is a member of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. During law school Mr. Taylor interned for the Innocence Project advocating on behalf of prisoners seeking DNA testing to review their convictions.  Also during law school Mr. Taylor helped organize opposition to the New York City Police Department’s attempts to restrict public protest through changes to New York’s parade permitting scheme. Prior to Law School Mark worked as a bicycle messenger, a security guard, a nursing assistant, and a handyman, and directed summer youth camps at Rowe Camp. His wife, Stephanie, is an attorney with Legal Services of New York and they are the proud parents of a baby girl, Helen. Mark is a Zen Buddhist and an avid cyclist.


Robert M. Quackenbush

Robert M. Quackenbush has been an associate attorney at Rankin & Taylor since 2009 and is actively involved in nearly all aspects of the firm’s civil rights cases against police and corrections departments. He is responsible for numerous published opinions which recognize the rights of prisoners, criminal defendants and criminal suspects. While studying at Brooklyn Law School, Robert focused on indigent criminal defense and the defense of civil liberties in the New York City area.  In addition to working with the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division and Prisoners Rights Project, Robert was an active member of the National Lawyers Guild, serving on the executive boards of both the New York City chapter and the national organization.  Robert received his undergraduate degree in History and graduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Florida. Before law school, Robert worked as a public school teacher in Gainesville, Florida and later in Northeast Washington, DC.


Jane L. Moisan

Jane L. Moisan graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in May 2010. She is admitted to practice law in New York. In law school, Jane focused her work and studies on homelessness and housing, through externships with housing and human rights organizations including the Centre on Human Rights and Evictions (COHRE) in Geneva, Switzerland, and with the Washington, D.C.-based National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP). During her time with the COHRE, her work included filing complaints within international human rights bodies under international housing rights and non-discrimination law, and assisting in the drafting of the U.N. Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty. While with NLCHP, Jane coordinated national written and oral testimony from housing campaigns across the country for submission before the United Nations Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik, during her first United States mission. She also worked to ensure the rights homeless children and youth in New York City to equal access to education by seeking enforcement federal McKinney-Vento laws. Before law school and after receiving her bachelors of arts in politics from Mount Holyoke College, Jane worked for the homeless as a counselor and an advocate in New York City, Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, conducting intake and street-based outreach. Additionally, Jane volunteered for over five years as an intake counselor at the American Civil Liberties Union in Portland and San Francisco, providing referrals and advocacy to persons seeking ACLU assistance. As an activist, she has worked on many campaigns for access to basic resources, women’s issues and activists’ rights. Jane is currently a very active member of the New York City Chapter National Lawyers Guild.




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