In 2014, Isabelle Raquin began working with the Montgomery County Adult Drug Court Program, a voluntary treatment program designed to reduced recidivism for adult offenders suffering from drug and alcohol dependence. Three years later, Raquin started her private practice, RaquinMercer LLC, and the Drug Court program asked her to continue working with the program in an attorney liaison position.
“As a defense attorney in drug court, I am inspired to learn how to improve clients’ outcomes by working as an integral member of a team of drug court professionals while continuing to zealously advocate for my clients in court and on appeal,” Raquin said.
Raquin’s firm focuses on complex litigation and has a significant pro bono and low bono practice, which extends to criminal and civil cases at trial, and their appeals. Raquin’s practice areas extend to criminal defense, appeals and post-convictions.
Raquin is passionate about mentoring young attorneys and law students, and her firm offers two externships, which she supervises. The first allows American University’s Washington College of Law students to work on the firm’s pro bono cases for course credit, and the second allows law students who have passed the French Bar exam to gain legal experience at the firm for six months.
As a dual citizen of the United States and France, Raquin strives to foster “legal and diplomatic relations on both sides of the Atlantic,” she said.
Raquin one day hopes to join the bench.
“As a defense attorney in drug court, I am inspired to learn how to improve clients’ outcomes by working as an integral member of a team of drug court professionals while continuing to zealously advocate for my clients in court and on appeal.”