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Thursday, March 18 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Accountability on the Front Lines: Incorporating Police Misconduct Litigation into Holistic Defense

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The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor catapulted the issue of police violence to the forefront of the media and collective consciousness. But as public defenders, we know well that police violence has long been a fixture of our clients’ encounters with the criminal legal system; from false arrest to excessive force, and even death – our clients live under the constant threat and fear of dangerous police interactions. What is the role of the public defender in addressing the violence we bear witness to through our clients and demanding police accountability? This session aims to address that question and discuss the model for incorporating police accountability into a holistic defense office that has proven successful at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.

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avatar for Emily Ponder Williams

Emily Ponder Williams

Managing Attorney, Civil Defense Practice, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Emily Ponder Williams is the Managing Attorney of the Civil Defense Practice at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem where she leads a team of attorneys and advocates working to address the numerous collateral and direct civil consequences of contact with the criminal legal... Read More →
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Alice Fontier

Managing Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS) is known nationally and internationally for its innovative, community-based, holistic public defense practice. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing unparalleled legal representation.Since we opened our doors in Harlem in 1990, we have pioneered... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 7