Lifetime developing criminal justice drama

Project is from former homicide prosecutor Pam Wechsler

While working as a homicide prosecutor in Boston a decade ago, Pam Wechsler was contacted by producers of ABC's Boston-set legal drama "The Practice" for information about her cases. The collaboration inspired her to write specs for "Practice" and "Law & Order."

With the Justice Department, she came to Los Angeles for a grand jury and, when done, ran to the Universal lot to meet with showrunner Walon Green for a new series, NBC's "Law & Order: Trial by Jury."

She was hired as legal consultant and ended her 15-year career as a high-level attorney and a prosecutor for a shot at becoming a writer. But the series was canceled after 13 episodes.

"It's very different from working for the government," she quipped.

Wechsler stuck with TV writing, landing gigs at "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Canterbury's Law," and now, she is developing her first project, a drama for Lifetime.

The project, from Sony TV and studio-based Apostle, centers on a team of victim witness advocates.

"They are the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system," said Wechsler, who, as a prosecutor, had daily interactions with such advocates, who are hired by the prosecutor's office. "They are really there to advocate on behalf of those going through trauma."

Jim Serpico and Denis Leary of Apostle, which also co-produced "Canterbury's," are exec producing.

Wechsler is repped by UTA and attorney Bryan Wolf.