Toussaint C. Romain
Deputy General Counsel for Appalachian State University
Toussaint served as an Assistant Public Defender for the past ten (10) years, where he provided zealous legal representation to indigent clients charged with crimes like Murder, Drugs, and Robbery and as Habitual Felons. Toussaint represented thousands of individuals and he had over 50 jury trials of which he received Not-Guilty verdicts in more than 40 of those cases. Toussaint also led trainings, at the UNC School of Government, in Motions practice, factual and legal investigations, and in developing trial theories for attorneys from across the state. He was also a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, for nine (9) years, leading advanced undergraduate courses in Constitutional Law and Mass Incarceration. Toussaint has guest lectured at law schools across North Carolina and he has taught CLEs for the American Bar Association and several other state bar associations across the nation. In addition, Toussaint is a nationally-renowned speaker presenting on issues of Leadership, Systemic Racism & Sexism and Criminal Justice Reform to legal professionals, systems’ leaders, and corporate executives. Prior to earning his law degree in 2007, Toussaint worked for federal prosecutors, federal and state judges, large law firms, the National Institute of Justice and U.S. Senator John Edwards. Toussaint also studied at the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. In college, Toussaint was an NCAA Division 1 Athlete and he won a Conference USA Championship at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.