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Thursday, March 18 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Defenders At the Desk: How Client Advocates and Legal Assistants Wield Extraordinary Power from their Everyday Spaces

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Every day, the criminal legal system dehumanizes our clients.  This experience is not limited to the courtroom.  Our “Defenders at the Desk” (Client Advocates, Social Workers, Investigators, and Legal Assistants) are superheroes who spend their days fighting against this dehumanization with fearlessness, compassion, and devotion to our clients.  This training spotlights the exceptional work done by Client Advocates and Legal Assistants working quietly from home or from their corner cubicle.  They may not be going to court but they have witty one liners, a sense of humor, a fighting spirit and are always one step ahead of their nemesis-just like your favorite Superhero!

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Pat Shelton

Social Services Program Manager, Nashville Public Defender Office
Pat Shelton is the Program Manager of the Social Services Department in the Nashville Public Defender Office. Pat manages a team of social workers and client advocates and provides training for graduate student interns from various disciplines. Pat has gained extensive experience f... Read More →
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Cheryl Bruce

Legal Assistant, Nashville Public Defender Office
Cheryl Bruce has over two decades of experience working exclusively with criminal defense attorneys.  She previously worked as a paralegal for 20 years with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Nashville, retiring in 2014 before being hired by the Nashville Defender's Office in... Read More →

Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 2